After a two month delay, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cinema, and a shortened guest list, the Oscars have finally come and gone!
Despite the hangups of the past year obviously being felt in the film community, the Oscars were still able to provide a fun and theatrical show. Everyone agreed that the most memorable moments of the night were the historic wins and touching acceptances speeches.
Here are the five most heartwarming moments from the 93rd Academy Awards.
Thomas Vinterberg’s Acceptance Speech
Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg had one of the most memorable moments of the night when he collected his Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. He profusely thanked his cast and crew for enlisting in a movie that was about, “four depraved white drunk men.” After going on to give a tribute to his lead actor Mads Mikkelsen, Vinterberg began to talk about how Another Round is a film that celebrates life. He then revealed that four days into shooting, Vinterberg lost his daughter Ida in a car accident while she was traveling home from Belgium with her mother. Despite not wanting to move forward with the film, Vinterberg remembered Ida’s enthusiasm for the script and her desire to be in the movie herself. Vinterberg ended up dedicating Another Round to her, while filming much of the film in her school with her classmates. He even had the script reworked to become more life affirming. “It should not just be about drinking. It was about being awakened to life”, stated Vinterberg. When accepting the award, he said of his daughter, “maybe you’ve been pulling some strings somewhere. I don’t know, but this one’s for you.”
Yuh-Jung Youn wins Best Supporting Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn made history last night as the first Korean actress to win a Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Award, and an Academy Award. Her role as the unconventional grandmother to the Yi family in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. She is also the second Asian actress to triumph in the category, more than six decades after Japanese-born Miyoshi Umeki earned the trophy for 1957’s Sayonara. The seventy-three year old veteran actress immediately started her speech on a high note when she casually asked presenter Brad Pitt where he was while Minari was shooting since his company was involved in the production. She went on to thank her Minari family including Steven Yeun, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho and director Lee Isaac Chung before noting the other actresses nominated in the category. “I don’t believe in competition. How can I win over Glenn Close?” Yuh-Jung Youn said of the Hillbilly Elegy star and elaborated by saying that she was simply luckier than the other nominees. When the camera cut to fellow nominee Amanda Seyfried she mouths, “I love her!” The actress capped off the speech by thanking her very first director, Kim Ki-young, and said “I think he would be very happy if he was still alive.”
Tyler Perry Accepts the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Tyler Perry sent out a very powerful message as he accepted the honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He began his speech with a story of encountering a homeless woman who needed shoes while renting out a building for production. After bringing her into the studio to provide her with the footwear Perry remembers the woman being worried that he would hate her. He remembers telling her that they are the same since he had his own experiences with homelessness and poverty. The A Madea Family Funeral filmmaker credited his mother for being the thing that inspired him despite all of the hardships he faced. He goes on to tell the audience that the most important lesson his mother taught him was to, “refuse hate.” Perry implores that we imbue our children with the same lesson and learn to meet in the middle to make long lasting change.
Ma Rainey Wins Big
While no film surpassed more than three wins Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom racked up a lot of love last night. Sergio López-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson made history with their win in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category. Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first black women to win for best hair and make-up at the Oscars. When taking the stage, Neal, the department head, used the opportunity to celebrate breaking this glass ceiling. In her speech she said she saw a future in which she can see, “black trans women standing up here, and Asian sisters, our Latina sisters and Indigenous women. I know one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking. It will just be normal.” After the trio left the podium, Ma Rainey’s costume designer, Ann Roth, 89, also made history as the oldest woman to win an Oscar, tying Agnés Varda and James Ivory for the oldest winners. Despite not being able to attend the ceremony in person, presenter Don Cheadle accepted the award on her behalf.
Daniel Kaluuya Thanks His Mom
Daniel Kaluuya nabbed the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah. Upon taking the stage to accept the award the camera cut back to Kaluuya’s mother and sister who were watching in the Oscars audience at the BFI in London. Kaluuya even began his speech by thanking his mother for giving him everything including her “factory settings” which allowed him to stand at his fullest height. He then gave tribute to Fred Hampton saying, “he was on this earth for 21 years, 21 years and found a way to feed kids breakfast, educate kids, give free medical care against all the odds.” Kaluuya included himself among the children Hampton helped by crediting Hampton’s work for giving him self confidence. The speech ended on a particularly hilarious note when Daniel Kaluuya started talking about celebrating life. “You got to celebrate life, man! We’re breathing, walking, it’s incredible. It’s incredible. Like, it’s incredible,” he told the audience and the millions watching from home. “My mom met dad, they had sex. It’s amazing.” Cameras then immediately caught on to Kaluuya’s mother in the BFI audience putting her head in her hands.
Incredible that we get to see the real-time reaction from Daniel Kaluuya’s mother as he talks about his parents having sex pic.twitter.com/juxCZeJcQC
Kelly Levine is a screenwriting student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in television writing and production. Kelly loves television, movies, and all things nerdy in pop culture!
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