Through time, the Oscars have given us some of the biggest pop culture moments in history.
The wrong 'Best Film' winner drama of 2017, for instance. Jennifer Lawrence tripping up on stage to collect her Best Actress gong, Michael Moore's anti-President Bush speech in 2003 and plenty of memorable dresses.
The 2020 Oscars saw the likes of Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern, Bong Joon Ho, Brad Pitt and Joaquin Phoenix win golden gongs for their roles in some of the most standout films of the year including Parasite and Judy.
Little did we know, however, that weeks later the world would be hit by the coronavirus pandemic and that it would put several awards ceremonies and events, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Met Gala, on hold for the foreseeable.
Here's everything you need to know about next year's Oscars ceremony:
When are the Oscars 2021?
The Oscars have been postponed by two months, moving its original scheduled date of February 28 to April 25.
The stars, from Margot Robbie to Zendaya, took to the red carpet in what was the most business-as-usual awards show we've seen this season in 2021:
Until the early 2000s, the Oscars took place in March or April until the Academy moved it forward to a date in February.
In addition to postponing the event, the BBC reports that the ceremony’s organisers have also extended the qualifying window for awards from December 31 to the end of February next year.
‘This is a much needed boost for those films who may have been stalled in post-production,’ an Academy member recently told Variety.
All other major award shows postponed their ceremonies too; the BAFTAs were pushed back to April 11, the Golden Globes to February 28 weeks later than its usual end of January slot, while the SAG Awards were held on April 4.
Who are the 2021 Oscar winners and nominees?
After the Oscar nominees were announced live from London by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas in March 2021, a month later and we now know the winners from the night.
Here are 2021 Oscar winners and their nominees in each category...
Actress In A Leading Role
Winner: Frances McDormand - Nomadland
Viola Davis - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day - The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby - Pieces Of A Woman
Carey Mulligan - Promising Young Woman
Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Anthony Hopkins - The Father
Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Gary Oldman - Mank
Steven Yeun - Minari
Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Yuh-Jung Youn - Minari
Maria Bakalova - Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Glenn Close - Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman - The Father
Amanda Seyfried - Mank
Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah
Sacha Baron Cohen - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom, Jr. - One Night in Miami...
Paul Raci - Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield - Judas and the Black Messiah
Achievement in Directing
Winner: Chloé Zhao - Nomadland
Thomas Vinterberg - Another Round
David Fincher - Mank
Lee Isaac Chung - Minari
Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman
Judas And The Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal
The Trial Of The Chicago Seven
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Promising Young Woman (Emerald Fennell)
Judas and the Black Messiah
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
One Night In Miami
The White Tiger
Best Animated Feature Film
Over The Moon
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Best Documentary Feature
Winner: My Octopus Teacher
The Mole Agent
Best Original Song
Winner: 'Fight For You' - H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas from Judas and the Black Messiah
'Husavik' - Savan Kotecha, Rickard Goransson, fat max Gsus from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
'Io Sì (Seen)' - Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
'Speak Now' - Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth from One Night in Miami...
'Hear My Voice' - Daniel Pemberton and Celeste from The Trial of the Chicago 7
Best Original Score Shortlist
Da 5 Bloods
News of the World
Where will the Oscars be held?
While there were initial reports that Hollywood's biggest night was on track to be held traditionally with a live audience at the Dolby Theatre with the postponed date, given the continuing threat of the pandemic the plans have been altered.
On February 12, the Academy told The Hollywood Reporter that a multi-location will be the approach for this year's Oscars. It will feature guests and potentially nominees and presenters but in a very different, varied format to what we've seen before from the iconic ceremony.
On the Oscars night, the main event was in Los Angeles, however there were smaller events held in London, while Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher were seen in Sydney, Australia.
'In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritising the public health and safety of all those who will participate,' a spokesperson told THR. 'To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre.'
Recent awards ceremonies have featured a blend of pre-taped and live moments in place of live audiences, which is what the Oscars may attempt. The 2020 Emmy's socially-distanced show included footage of winners accepting the awards from their homes while host Jimmy Kimmel ran the proceedings from the Staples Center, audience-free, occasionally joined by the odd celebrity guest at a distance.
According to a report published on April 19 by Variety, masks will not be 'required for people on camera', due to the fact the Oscars will be running much like a TV or film production set with strict guidelines. However, when attendees are not on camera, they will be asked to keep their masks on.
The 170 people audience are expected to be rotated in and out of the venue due to capacity rules and nominees will receive personalised itineraries.
What changes have the Academy making to improve diversity?
Awkwafina, Zendaya, Ryan Murphy, Cynthia Erivo, Kaitlyn Dever, Constance Wu, Florence Pugh and Olivia Wilde are reportedly just a few of the 819 artists who were invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to improve diversity.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that out of the overall number of members, 36 per cent of those invited to join the Academy are people of colour, while 45 per cent are women and 49 percent are based outside of the US.
‘The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences,’ Academy President David Rubin has reportedly said in a statement obtained by the publication.
‘We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now.’
The decision marks the Academy’s latest move to diversify its membership following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in 2016.
Last month, the Academy announced it was launching the next phase of its equity and inclusion initiative, called Academy Aperture 2025.
The Academy has stated it will guarantee 10 Best Picture nominees beginning with the 2021 Oscars and unconscious bias training will also be made
Who is presenting the 2021 Oscars?
After years of controversial hosts and the job being jokingly referred to as one of the worst to land in Hollywood, the Oscars continued with its theme of being host-less in 2020.
Rather than having one presenter throughout the ceremony, there were a number of stars who presented individual awards and performances instead, with Regina King kicking things off by introducing the ceremony.
On April 12, 2021, the Academy confirmed some of the presenters that we will see make an appearance on April 25:
Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
Who will perform at the 2021 Oscars?
It wouldn't be the Academy Awards without some memorable performances like John Legend and Common's moving 'Glory' number in 2015 or the star-studded Les Miserables performance in 2013 or last year's hugely talked about rendition of 'Shallows' by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
It's unknown who will perform at the 2021 ceremony but the 2020 event saw the likes of Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman perform their Oscar-nominated songs.
Oscar-nominated artists for 'Best Original Song' this year include British singer Celeste, Grammy winner H.E.R and One Night In Miami... (and Hamilton's) Leslie Odom Jnr.
Last year, Eminem also surprised attendees with his rendition of 'Lose Yourself', resulting in some rather amusing reactions among the audience.
How can I watch the Oscars?
In the UK, the Oscars are usually streamed live on Sky Cinema's dedicated Sky Cinema Oscars channel. NOW TV Sky Cinema Pass holders can therefore also watch the proceedings live from the US.
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