Best Original Screenplay goes to Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell, author of the daring #MeToo-era revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman”, took home the evening’s top prize for Best Original Screenplay.

You might recognize Fennell in “The Crown”. She plays Camilla Parker Bowles.

Emerald Fennell accepts the Oscar for Original Screenplay at the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles on April 25, 2021.Todd Wawry / AMPAS via Reuters

The show starts off strong!

In the opening minutes of the ceremony, Regina King confidently walked through Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by a chic soundtrack and stylish opening credits. She took the stage and faced the crowd of nominees, who are seated in tiered booths and at cocktail-style tables.

King praised Derek Chauvin’s verdict, saying in his opening remarks: “I have to be honest, if things had turned out differently last week in Minneapolis, maybe I would have traded in my heels for walking boots. “

I am cautiously optimistic that the show will be fun. Here’s why.

It’s been a tough few years for Oscar aficionados. Television ratings have plummeted. Nominees are often overshadowed by streaming TV shows, video games, TikTok clips. Conventional wisdom is that Hollywood’s renowned awards show is fast becoming irrelevant.

But this year, I’m cautiously optimistic that the ceremony could be fun to watch – or, at the very least, give the folks at home a welcome distraction from Sunday fears.

The main reason is that the show’s producers, including innovative director Steven Soderbergh, were given more leeway to experiment with the format. The producers have promised a more intimate event that evokes the “joy of cinema” for viewers tired by the pandemic at home.

If tonight’s show channels the effortless cool of Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, we’re going to have an interesting evening. But if not, well, there’s always next year.

The nominees for the best original songs get the pre-show treatment and it totally rules

Typically, the top nominees for the original songs are featured during the Oscars broadcast. However, in order to give each performance equal time, songs were featured as part of the pre-show broadcast, with four of the five nominees pre-recorded on the Dolby Family Terrace at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

The fifth? Performed in Iceland which makes sense considering it was “Húsavík” from “Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga”.

The thing is, it totally works. Not only is every song and performer free to have to play under serious time constraints, but there is finally a way for us to find a guideline for the feelings behind each one.

Plus, instead of waiting for a live show to inevitably go a bit badly, we’ve been placed in the front row of talent without their nerves on edge, meaning we’re allowed to just… listen. And, of course, Google where to buy the sweaters worn by the children’s choir in Iceland. (After the Oscars are over, I swear.)

Chloe Zhao’s red carpet look (hopefully) epitomizes the future of formal

I know the red carpet is a welcome beacon after more than a year of the absolute opposite, but Chloe Zhao’s Oscar pick reaffirmed that one day, in a post-containment world, the definition of what formal means could finally change.

Dressed in Hermes and a perfect white sneaker, the director of “Nomadland” made dressing cool, comfortable and a way to express yourself – while avoiding blisters. Made even more perfect by her French braids and minimal makeup, may her look inspire us all to wear what we’d love to, especially since it’s impossible not to look amazing while doing it.

Chloe Zhao attends the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles.Matt Petit / AMPAS via Getty Images

Men bring undeniable style to the Oscars

Men make incredible fashion statements on the Oscar red carpet, starting with actor Coleman Domingo.

Domingo, who stars in the Oscar nominated film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” brought some warmth with this bespoke hot pink suit with sparkles in all the right places.

Actor Leslie Odom Jr. in a gold and black suit – perhaps hoping to add a matching gold Oscar trophy to the outfit by the end of the night. Odom is nominated for two Oscars for his work in “One Night in Miami”.

LaKeith Stanfield, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bill O’Neal in the movie “Judas and the Black Messiah,” gave fans a preview of his 70s-inspired black and white costume before. to show up on the red carpet.

Viola Davis remembers her co-star Chadwick Boseman on the red carpet

Speaking to Giuliana Rancic on the Oscar red carpet, Best Actress contestant Viola Davis recalled her “My Rainey’s Black Bottom” co-star, Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, who died last year of cancer, is posthumously nominated for Best Actor.

Rancic asked Davis how he felt Boseman was honored with an appointment.

“It’s just because I know him,” Davis replied. “He was genuineness on steroids.”

Davis added that sometimes we “honor people who weren’t really nice or whose character doesn’t match the person,” saying that wasn’t the case with Boseman.

“This artist did not confuse his presence with the event,” said Davis.

Davis is the most nominated black woman in Oscar history, according to Weekly entertainment. In addition to her nomination tonight, she has also been nominated for “Fences”, “The Help” and “Doubt”.

If she wins tonight, she will be the second black woman to win the Best Actress award, joining Halle Berry, who won in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”.

Some of the most memorable thugs of the Oscars past

Celebrities are already bringing fine fashion to the red carpet. It’s a welcome bright spot after a year that many of us have spent in soft pants.

We look forward to – and hopefully – some wild outfits. Tonight I’m thinking of some real wonders from years gone by, especially Bjork’s albatross dress. And who could ever forget Cher’s spider dress, one of the many designed by his friend Bob Mackie?

Bjork at the Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 25, 2001.SGranitz / WireImage file
Cher wears a black headdress at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angles on March 24, 1986.Getty Images

NBC bloggers make their predictions for the best picture

When we asked our team of live bloggers to submit their predictions for the best picture, I assumed everyone would pick the favorite: “Nomadland” by Chloe Zhao, the elegiac road drama that took top honors. in most pre-Oscar shows.

But it turns out my colleagues were torn between Lee Isaac Chung’s “Nomadland” and “Minari,” a heartbreaking portrayal of a Korean immigrant family in pursuit of the American dream.

Here is where we are:

Nicole acevedo, journalist: “Minari”

Daniel arkin, journalist: “Nomadland”

Amanda Covarrubias, publisher: “Nomadland”

Anne T. Donahue, blogger: “Nomadland”

Ben kesslen, journalist: “Minari”

Matthieu Marshal, social networks: “Nomadland”

Kalhan Rosenblatt, journalist: “Minari”

Ethan Bags, journalist: “Nomadland”

Joy Wang, publisher: “Nomadland”

We’ll know who picked the right horse at the end of the Oscars… in many, many hours.

Fashions are breaking out …

This young “Minari” star, who has been nominated for several of tonight’s biggest awards, is quite adorable. Admit it.

Actor Alan S. Kim and producer Christina Oh arrive at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.Chris Pizzello / Pool via AFP – Getty Images

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