Oscars 2021: no real upsets but Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland triumph is a wonderful coup | Peter Bradshaw

With best picture also in the bag, it was a great night for Zhao – but Korean veteran Youn Yuh-jung ended the night as queen of this year’s awards seasonOscars 2021 – as it happenedHistoric wins for Nomadland – and surprise victory for Anthony Hopkins – at odd OscarsSo this strangest of years was matched with the strangest of Oscar ceremonies, a weirdly subdued and anticlimactic affair with an ending that had people more discombobulated than the final episode of The Sopranos.

No central host, none of the usual deployment of clips, and then the evening finished with best actor instead of best picture, leading everyone to expect that it was going to go with a posthumous tribute to Chadwick Boseman for his performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Instead it went – I think justifiably – to Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of a man with dementia in The Father.

But Sir Anthony was not present.

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