Oscars 2021: Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis Snubbed

Oscars 2021. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom leads the SAG Awards nominations. (Credit: Netflix)

In a year celebrated for bringing the most diverse nominees in Oscars history, several Black actors and actresses — including the late Chadwick Boseman — were shut out of the 93rd Academy Awards when the winners were announced Sunday night.

Anthony Hopkins won the best actor award for his role in The Father, beating out Boseman for his portrayal of musician Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

On the best actress side, Nomadland‘s Frances McDormand picked up the award, which many had expected to go to Ma Rainey star Viola Davis or newcomer Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

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Daniel Kaluuya wins the best supporting Oscar Award on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles. (Credit: ABC/AMPAS)
Daniel Kaluuya wins the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (Credit: ABC/AMPAS)

Other Black artists did take home Oscars, including Daniel Kaluuya, who picked up the best supporting actor statuette for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

After thanking his mother and sister, Kaluuya paid tribute to Hampton. “What a man. How blessed we are that we live in a lifetime where he exists. Thank you for your light,” the British-Ugandan actor said in his acceptance speech.

The night also brought several historic moments, including Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao becoming the first woman of color to win the best director award. The film also won best picture.

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Chloé Zhao accepts the Oscar® for Directing during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
Chloé Zhao wins the best director Oscar at Union Station in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 25, 2021. (Credit: ABC/AMPAS)

Travon Free, the screenwriter and co-director of best live-action short film Two Distant Strangers, became the first Black winner in the category and started his powerful speech by decrying police brutality by noting how many people are killed daily by police officers.

Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black winners in the makeup and hairstyling category. They shared the award with Sergio Lopez-Rivera for the trio’s work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

And H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, and Tiara Thomas shared the best original song award for “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah.

Meanwhile, Tyler Perry was awarded the previously announced Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his charitable works and asked viewers to “refuse hate,” in his acceptance speech.

In an awards season like no other, the ceremony took place at a different venue than its usual Dolby Theatre home — this time the nominees gathered at Union Station, an iconic rail and bus station in downtown Los Angeles. The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was used as a remote site for social distancing, along with locations in London and Australia.

Read the full list of Oscars 2021 winners below:

Best Actor
Anthony Hopkins
The Father

Best Actress
Frances McDormand

Best Picture
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

Music (Original Song)
“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

Music (Original Score)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

Film Editing
Sound of Metal
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

Erik Messerschmidt

Production Design
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

Actress in a Supporting Role
Yuh-Jung Youn

Visual Effects
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

Documentary Feature
My Octopus Teacher
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

Documentary Short Subject
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

Animated Feature Film
Pete Docter and Dana Murray

Animated Short Film
If Anything Happens I Love You
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

Live Action Short Film
Two Distant Strangers
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

Sound of Metal
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh