The biggest Oscar moments you missed, from Chadwick Boseman's loss to Glenn Close's 'Da Butt'

Written by on April 26, 2021


From Daniel Kaluuya stunning his mother to Glenn Shut’s dance to Frances McDormand’s howling tribute, we break down the massive moments from the Oscars. USA TODAY

You may at all times depend on the Academy Awards for some good TV. 

Though many classes have been seemingly sewn up going into Sunday’s present, the Oscars are well-known for his or her surprising wins (“Moonlight” over “La La Land” for finest image) and shocking moments (Eminem popping in to carry out “Lose Your self” final 12 months, a lot to Idina Menzel’s bewilderment). 

This 12 months was no completely different, with the reimagined Oscars ceremony held at Los Angeles’ iconic Union Station for the primary time ever. The host-less, mask-less occasion featured nominees in particular person in L.A., in addition to remotely from “hubs” corresponding to London and Paris, for these unable to journey due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Listed below are the wild, great and simply plain bizarre moments it’s best to know from this 12 months’s Oscars, the place “Nomadland” scored three large wins (for finest image, actress and director). 

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Anthony Hopkins stuns with finest actor win over Chadwick Boseman

Speak about a jaw-dropping finale: Breaking from custom, the Oscars gave the very best actor award on the very finish of the present, presumably to go away the viewers with a tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman. (The “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside” star, who died from colon cancer last August at age 43, has swept awards season.)

However in a shock twist, Anthony Hopkins gained finest actor for his gut-wrenching flip as a person with dementia in “The Father.” The British appearing legend wasn’t in attendance and the present awkwardly ended with presenter Joaquin Phoenix standing alone on stage. 

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Here is why Frances McDormand howled like a wolf when ‘Nomadland’ gained 

McDormand turned the sixth actor in history to win three appearing Oscars with “Nomadland,” wherein she performs a widow who hits the highway and lives in her van after shedding her job. She additionally gained a fourth Oscar as a producer of “Nomadland,” which took finest image. 

“At some point very, very quickly, take everybody right into a theater, shoulder to shoulder in that darkish area and watch each movie that is represented right here tonight,” McDormand stated, becoming a member of director Chloé Zhao through the best-picture acceptance speech. “We give this one to our Wolf.”

She then let loose a howl in tribute to Michael Wolf Snyder, a sound mixer on the movie who died at age 35 earlier this 12 months. 

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Glenn Shut twerks to ‘Da Butt,’ turns into a meme 

Shut launched a thousand memes with her encyclopedic knowledge throughout a trivia section with Questlove, wherein he examined stars together with Andra Day and Daniel Kaluuya on their Oscar music data. The “Hillbilly Elegy” actress was seemingly stumped when he requested her about 1988 tune “Da Butt,” till she realized, “Wait a second – that is ‘Da Butt.’ ”

The eight-time Oscar nominee (who misplaced finest supporting actress to “Minari” star Yuh-jung Youn) then shaded the Academy for snubbing the tune, which was featured in Spike Lee’s “Faculty Daze.” She ended by getting up and twerking for just a few seconds, in one among present’s few lighthearted and completely sudden moments.

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Regina King talks Chauvin verdict, maskless celebs in opening 

King memorably kicked off the ceremony strutting into Los Angeles’ Union Station, the place she introduced the screenplay awards. The “One Evening in Miami” director took a second to debate final week’s responsible verdict of Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis cop discovered responsible of murdering unarmed Black man George Floyd. 

“I do know a lot of you wish to attain on your distant whenever you really feel Hollywood is preaching to you, however because the mom of a Black son who fears for his security, no fame or fortune adjustments that,” King stated.

She additionally addressed the query on all of our minds: How are all these A-listers mingling with no masks? 

“Folks have been vaxxed, examined, re-tested, socially distanced, and we’re following all the rigorous protocols that received us again to work safely,” King stated. “So similar to on a film set, once we are rolling, masks off.”  

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Daniel Kaluuya baffles mother, sister with ‘intercourse’ remark 

Kaluuya could have gained finest supporting actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” however it was his mother, Damalie, who stole the present. The British actor began his speech by thanking his mother, saying, “You gave me every thing. You gave me your manufacturing unit settings. So I might stand at my fullest top.”

However the inspiring speech took a flip when he began speaking about being grateful to be alive. 

“We’re respiration, strolling, it is unbelievable. It is unbelievable,” Kaluuya stated. “My mum, my dad, that they had intercourse. It is wonderful! I am right here.” 

Cue the hysterical cutaway to his shocked mother, wincing as she appeared to mouth, “What’s he speaking about?” as Kaluuya’s sister buried her face in her fingers. 

Oscars speeches weren’t performed off this 12 months. It meant Daniel Kaluuya got to shock his mom.

‘One other Spherical’ director delivers a heartbreaking tribute to his late daughter 

There wasn’t a dry eye within the room when Danish director Thomas Vinterberg accepted the award for finest worldwide movie for “One other Spherical,” about 4 high-school academics (one performed by Mads Mikkelsen) who experiment with being drunk on a regular basis. The movie was meant as a celebration of life, Vinterberg stated, and have become an emotional tribute to the filmmaker’s 19-year-old daughter after she was killed in a automotive accident simply 4 days into taking pictures. 

“Two months earlier than she died, she was in Africa and he or she despatched me a letter,” a tearful Vinterberg stated. “She had simply learn the script and he or she was glowing with pleasure, she cherished this and he or she felt seen by this. … We ended up making this film for her as her monument. So Ida, this can be a miracle that simply occurred and also you’re part of this miracle. Perhaps you’ve been pulling some strings someplace, I don’t know, however this one is for you.” 

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Yuh-jung Youn flirts with Brad Pitt, salutes Glenn Shut 

Youn gave essentially the most pleasant speech of the evening accepting finest supporting actress for “Minari.” She was introduced the award by final 12 months’s supporting actor Oscar winner (and “Minari” producer) Brad Pitt, and the Korean icon proceeded to flirt with the Hollywood star as she took the stage. 

“Oh, Mr. Brad Pitt, lastly! It is so good to satisfy you,” Youn stated. “The place have been you whereas we have been filming in Tulsa?” 

Youn is the primary Korean appearing winner in Oscar historical past, however graciously chalked up her victory to luck. 

“I don’t consider in competitors, how can I win over Glenn Shut?” Youn stated. “Tonight, I’ve just a bit bit luck, I feel, possibly. I’m luckier than you. And likewise possibly it’s American hospitality for the Korean actor. I’m unsure. However anyway, thanks a lot.”

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