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4/25/21 11:22PM
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Yeah, very strange end to the ceremony. Guess I was wrong: The Academy did not save Best Actor for last in order to give the late Chadwick Boseman the Oscar. In an enormous upset, Anthony Hopkins wins for his performance in The Father—my favorite of the nominated turns, incidentally, but I can’t help but still feel Read more

4/25/21 11:14PM
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Everyone’s a winner tonight... for making the right face, grateful and humble and touched, as a celebrity delivers prepared remarks about them.

4/25/21 11:13PM
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So Best Actress, and then a big standing ovation as Chadwick Boseman wins Best Actor?

4/25/21 11:12PM
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I’m happy to see it win, too. Definitely my favorite of the nominated films. Obviously not as shocking as Parasite’s victory—this whole awards ceremony has been building to Nomadland’s victory. As in most years, I’d love to see the points breakdown. What almost won? How many ballots did it go? We’ll never know!

4/25/21 11:05PM
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I’ve been watching the Oscars for more than 25 years, and I’ve never seen them do Best Picture anytime but the very end.

4/25/21 11:03PM
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My guess: They want to end with Boseman’s win.

4/25/21 11:02PM
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Hold on, they’re doing Best Picture before the acting awards??

4/25/21 10:59PM
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Also possible. Often feels like that montage moves slower than some of the full lives it eulogizes. Not on Soderbergh’s unsentimental watch!

4/25/21 10:57PM
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My imagination, or is the In Memoriam montage moving faster than usual? Sad reality may be that there’s more names than usual to include.

4/25/21 10:50PM
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As time-killers go, this Questlove bit was pretty good. Love the Academy shade (and bleeped profanity!) at the Academy’s party.

4/25/21 10:48PM
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Katie, I don’t want to make this all about me, but this is the first award I’ve missed tonight (unless you count the shorts, which I cowardly punted on). I thought it would go to “Speak Now,” performed by Supporting Actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. My heart was with “Húsavík,” the best Disney yearning anthem not made Read more

4/25/21 10:40PM
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Taking home the award for Best Original Score, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross defeat themselves for a second Oscar, their soothing Soul score (composed alongside the jazz contributions of fellow winner Jon Batiste) defeating their throwback Mank themes. It’s Batiste who does the talking on stage, which seems Read more

4/25/21 10:33PM
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Only five awards left! Leave it to Soderbergh (of the classic cinema recuts, among his more famous accomplishments) to keep this thing moving.

4/25/21 10:29PM
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Do they normally give the Humanitarian Award during the ceremony? Maybe it’s usually not a star as big as Tyler Perry receiving it. Side note: Whatever you think of the movies he’s written and directed (or the child-rearing tactics of Madea), the guy really should have been nominated for his delicious supporting turn Read more

4/25/21 10:22PM
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Sound Of Metal wins Best Editing. Which doesn’t surprise me, as it’s the nominee here whose craft is maybe the most noticeable. (It’s been said that great editing is often invisible, but nobody told the Academy that.) Nomadland was my pick, for both its seductive flow and the philosophy behind it—the way the film Read more

4/25/21 10:18PM
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Loving grumpy Harrison Ford reading disparaging studio Blade Runner notes in order to set up Best Editing.

4/25/21 10:16PM
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Davis is far from a lock—that is the tightest major race of the night, I think! So I’m watching on pins and needles. Boseman feels much more locked in; if he loses, it will be a huge upset.

4/25/21 10:13PM
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And Mank takes Best Cinematography, too. I often quip there’s no such thing as a bad-looking black-and-white movie, and this is no exception, though I don’t think Erik Messerschmidt’s work here is quite as convincing a Golden Age facsimile as it thinks it is. (Digital will never get the look of celluloid exactly Read more

4/25/21 10:08PM
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Mank rather predictably wins Best Production Design, allowing the Academy to finally hand an Oscar to this year’s most Hollywood-centric movie. I have a feeling Mank isn’t winning much else, but this one makes some sense—there sure is a lot of elegantly dressed Hollywood real estate in this movie!