Daily Podcast: The Highs and Lows of the 2021 Academy Awards

On the April 26, 2021 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the 93rd Academy Awards.

In The News:

  • The Setting/Format/Tone
    • Lack of Clips/Montages
    • Song Performances Happened During the Pre-Show
    • No Playing People Off, So the Speeches Were Long
    • Ask Chris about “watching” it via Twitter
    • Frances McDormand’s howl (backstory)
    • Oscars Trivia segment, leading to Glenn Close’s “Da Butt”
      • Brad: The Morning Watch: 2021 Oscars Highlights: New Format, Best Speeches, Glenn Close Loves “Da Butt”, and More
      • Chloe Zhao is the first woman of color to ever win a directing Oscar.
      • Anthony Hopkins is now the oldest Oscar winner in any acting category at 83 years old.
      • Frances McDormand is now the second person to ever win Best Actress three times, joining Katharine Hepburn, who has four.
      • Yuh-jung Youn is the first Korean performer to win an Oscar in an acting category.
      • Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to win an Oscar in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
      • Emerald Fennell’s win for Best Original Screenplay is the first time a woman has won that category since Diablo Cody won for Juno.
      • Even during a pandemic year, Netflix couldn’t win Best Picture.


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