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AS IT HAPPENED: Oscars 2021 closes pandemic-era awards season

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Directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed pose in the press room with the award for best Documentary Feature for "My Octopus Teacher" at the Oscars.
Directors Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed pose in the press room with the award for best Documentary Feature for "My Octopus Teacher" at the Oscars.
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26 April 05:26

FINAL VERDICT:

And just like that, the curtains are drawn on Hollywood's biggest night.

The personal stories of all the nominees was a big highlight.

Other memorable moments include Glenn Close dancing, Chloé Zhao's historic Best Director win, Youn Yuh-jung's winning speech and South Africa winning its second Oscar for the documentary My Octopus Teacher.

See you again next year!

SA's My Octopus Teacher takes home the Oscar: 'A huge privilege to represent this place I love’

26 April 05:24

If you missed all the action catch the rebroadcast of the ceremony tonight at 22:30 on M-Net (DStv 101).

26 April 05:19

Congratulations to all the winners!

All the 2021 Oscar winners

26 April 05:15

WINNER:

Actor in a Leading Role - Anthony Hopkins, The Father

26 April 05:13

WINNER:

Actress in a Leading Role - Frances McDormand, Nomadland.

26 April 05:12

Here are the nominees for Actor in a Leading Role:

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Anthony Hopking, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

26 April 05:10

Here are the nominees for Actress in a Leading Role:

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDorman, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

26 April 05:08

It's the two last awards for the evening.

26 April 05:06

WINNER:

Best Picture - Nomadland, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, producers.

26 April 05:01

The big award of the night. 

Who will take Best Picture?

The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

26 April 04:59

Love a humble brag, go Rita!

26 April 04:55

Tyler Perry, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, poses in the press room during the Oscars.

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26 April 04:51

That time of the night when we take out the tissues. 

26 April 04:39

26 April 04:38

WINNER:

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.

26 April 04:32

WINNER:

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

26 April 04:22

Tyler Perry is the second recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award tonight.

26 April 04:18

WINNER:

Film Editing - Mikkel E. G. Nielsen, Sound of Metal.

Read our review

26 April 04:11

Mank led this years Oscars nominations with a record 35 nods. 

Directed by David Fincher it is an ode to Citizen Kane and centres on ageing screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he writes what would become the greatest movie of all time. 

Read our review

26 April 04:07

WINNER:

Cinematography - Erik Messerschmidt, Mank.

26 April 04:05

WINNER:

Production Design - production design Donald Graham Burt and set decoration: Jan Pascale, Mank.

26 April 04:03

Loving all these personal stories about the nominees. 

26 April 03:55

WINNER:

Best Supporting Actress - Youn Yuh-jung, Minari.

Nonconformist Youn Yuh-jung: South Korea's first Oscar-nominated actress

26 April 03:52

WINNER:

Visual Effects - Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher, Tenet.

26 April 03:49

What an awards season My Octopus Teacher has had.

So proud! 

SA's My Octopus Teacher takes home the Oscar: 'A huge privilege to represent this place I love’

26 April 03:41

WINNER:

Documentary (Feature) - Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster, My Octopus Teacher.

26 April 03:38

So nervous for this next category.

Holding thumbs for My Octopus Teacher. 

26 April 03:34

WINNER:

Documentary (Short Subject) - Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard, Colette.

26 April 03:30

If you're wondering why there is no singing this year. 

All of this year's Best song nominees songs were performed during the 90-minute pre-show Oscars: Into the Spotlight.

The official pre-show special "highlight the nominees' journey to Hollywood's biggest night to give fans around the world the ultimate insiders' sneak peek to the party, and, for the first time, bring Oscar music to the festivities".

26 April 03:27

WINNER:

Animated Feature - Pete Docter and Dana Murray, Soul.

Read our review here

26 April 03:22

WINNER:

Short Film (Animated) - Will McCormack and Michael Govier, If Anything Happens I Love You

26 April 03:19

This year's Oscars announcer is Afi Ekulona.

Did you know Ronald Reagan was the announcer at the first televised Oscars?

Inside the first televised Oscars 68 years ago

26 April 03:13

26 April 03:12

WINNER:

Short Film (Live Action) - Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, Two Distant Strangers.

26 April 03:08

WINNER:

Best Sound - Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh, Sound of Metal.

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