Entertainment News Roundup: 'Nomadland' wins best picture Oscar; Oscar winner thrills South Korean minari farmers and more
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While accepting her award for a best-supporting actress at Sunday's Academy Awards, South Korean film icon Youn Yuh-Jung joked that her win may have been the result of American hospitality for a Korean actor. If so, it was the hospitality that had never been extended before. Youn's Oscar win for her role in "Minari" was a historic first for any Korean performer, a year after the South Korean-produced "Parasite" was lauded for "breaking the language barrier" when it became the first non-English language film to win Best Picture.
Chauvin verdict weighs heavily on Oscars broadcast
Following one of the most consequential court cases in recent U.S. history, Hollywood wasted no time in reflecting on the state of race relations and police use of force in Sunday's Academy Awards show. The theme was revisited several more times, injecting politics into a broadcast seen around the world.
Pandemic-constrained Oscars feature more oratory, less music, comedy
The Oscars telecast on Sunday, stripped to its bare essentials by constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibited a look and feel like no others - devoid of the usual comedy and musical performances but chock full of lengthy oratory from the winners. As the producers had promised, the 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony marked a dramatic departure from televised Oscar presentations of the past, with no opening monologue, no live orchestra or any of the glitzy song-and-dance numbers that typically fill the show.
Chloe Zhao made history as the first Asian woman and second woman ever to win the best director at the Academy Awards, but her big moment was blacked out from live television in her native China. Zhao, 39, cemented her reputation as one of the most acclaimed directors in the film with "Nomadland," the story of financially stretched van dwellers that also won the best picture and captured the best actress Oscar for Frances McDormand.
Frances McDormand won her third Oscar on Sunday for "Nomadland," cementing her reputation as one of the best actresses of her generation. McDormand's win makes her a member of an elite club that includes Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Jack Nicholson as the winners of three acting Oscars. The late Katharine Hepburn won a record four.
The British actor Anthony Hopkins won the best actor Oscar on Sunday, an upset victory over the late Chadwick Boseman, the presumed front-runner. Hopkins, 83, won the second Oscar of his storied career for a heart-wrenching performance as a man with dementia in "The Father."
Nets' Durant, Jazz's Conley win Oscar for short film
Durant's business manager Rich Kleiman and entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs also served as executive producers on the film, which won in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
'Nomadland' wins best picture Oscar
April 25 (Reuters) - "Nomadland," a recession-era tale about a community of van dwellers in the American West, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday. The film stars Frances McDormand as a widow in a depressed Nevada mining town who turns her van into a mobile home and sets out on the road, taking seasonal jobs and making friends along the way.
Reinvented Oscars hands 'Nomadland' win on diversity-packed night
"Nomadland," the story of van dwellers in America, won the best picture Oscar and two other Academy Awards on a triumphant night for women that also saw a return to Hollywood glamour after a long pandemic shutdown. In a major upset, Britain's Anthony Hopkins won the best actor trophy for his role as a man battling dementia in "The Father." The Oscar had been widely expected to go to the late Chadwick Boseman for his final film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
For one South Korean couple who spend nine months a year farming Minari, watching the leafy green become world-famous at the Academy Awards brought pride and excitement. "Minari" , which tells the tale of an immigrant Korean family trying to farm in the United States, brought home six nominations and one Oscar - for supporting actress Youn Yuh-Jung - on Sunday.
(With inputs from agencies.)