The 93rd Academy Awards: Relive Every Big Moment From Hollywood’s Biggest Night

Are you ready to relive key moments from the 93rd Academy Awards? Did you miss a moment and want to catch up on what happened? Looking for the name of that speaker or presenter? Well, we’re here with a full play-by-play of all the Oscar action!

5:02pm – And here we go! Regina King steps to the Oscar stage with the first award of the night! Regina: “Welcome to the 93rd Oscars. It has been quite a year and we are still smack dab in the middle of it.”

5:03pm – “I know a lot of you people at home want to reach for the remote when you feel Hollywood is preaching to you, but I am a mother of a Black son and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”

5:04pm – King explains all the protocols for making this a safe in-person event. She celebrates the love of movies.

5:05pm – Our first award of the night is Best Original Screenplay. King celebrates the writers of Judas and the Black Messiah: “Shaka King. That’s my cousin. He’s not, but in my head he is.”

5:07pm – EMERALD FENNELL, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

Emerald Fennell accepts the Oscar® for Original Screenplay during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021.Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

5:08pm – “They said write a speech but I didn’t because I didn’t think this would happen! I’m going to be in trouble with Steven Soderbergh!”

5:09pm – “I have so many people to thank, I’m mortified for being here by myself when it wasn’t just my work at all.”

5:10pm – And Regina King will also present Best Adapted Screenplay. “There are some fun facts in this teleprompter, but I’m gonna go off script for a minute… [Kemp Power’s] favorite movie is Animal House, where he heard Sam Cooke for the first time.”

5:12pm – She reads the entire title and ALL nominees for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm!

5:12pm – CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON AND FLORIAN ZELLER, THE FATHER

Florian Zeller smiles as he holds his Oscars statuette after winning the Best Adapted Screenplay for the ‘The Father’ at a screening of the Oscars on Monday April 26, 2021 in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

5:13pm – Zeller: “I have to thank everyone involved in The Father and everyone who helped make the film.”

5:14pm – “I thought until someone comes and proves it is not possible, I think potentially it is… For The Father, I learned not to close the door on my dream.”

5:15pm – Commercial Break

5:20pm – Laura Dern is here to present the award for Best International Feature Film.

5:22pm – ANOTHER ROUND, DENMARK

Tomas Vinterberg accepts the Oscar® for International Feature Film on behalf of Denmark during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

5:22pm – Thomas Vinterberg: “This is beyond anything I could have ever imagined, except this is what I’ve always imagined, since I was 5 years old.”

5:23pm – “This is a film about losing control of life, even while I lost control of my own.”

5:25pm – “We wanted to make a film that celebrates life. And something happened four days into filming. We lost my daughter on the highway to someone on a cell phone… We miss her, we love her… If anyone dares to believe she’s here with us somehow, you’ll be able to see her clapping and cheering with us.”

5:27pm – And Laura Dern, last year’s winner for Best Supporting Actress, presents the award for Best Supporting Actor.

5:30pm – DANIEL KALUUYA, JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Daniel Kaluuya accepts the Oscar® for Best Actor in a Supprting Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

5:31pm – “Thank you, Mum. You gave me everything… “It’s so hard to make a film, and to make a film like this.”

5:33pm – “To Chairman Fred Hampton…how blessed we are to live in a lifetime where he existed.”

5:34pm – “There’s a lot of work to do. And it’s up to everyone in this room. It’s not a single man job.” And then, “I thank my mum and dad, they had sex and now look.” (Camera cuts to his mom’s reaction, “Wait, what did he say??”)

5:36pm – Commercial Break

5:40pm – Don Cheadle presents the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling.

5:41pm – SERGIO LOPEZ-RIVERA, MIA NEAL, and JAMIKA WILSON, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

Jamika Wilson, Sergio Lopez-Rivera and Mia Neal accept the Oscar® for Makeup and Hairstyling during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

5:42pm – Mia Neal: “I want to say thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, who were denied on the way up… To the spirit of Ma Rainey, thank you.”

5:44pm – Don Cheadle also presents Costume Design.

5:45pm – ANN ROTH, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

5:46pm – Ann Roth is not available to accept the Oscar.

5:46pm – Commercial Break

5:49pm – From the Dolby Theater, Bryan Cranston presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He introduces the award by explaining that Mary Pickford and Jean Hersholt created the Motion Picture and Television Fund to help creators after the end of the 1918 pandemic.

5:52pm – Cranston: “It’s the 100th anniversary of the MPTF and we have 70 members here tonight.”

5:52pm – MPTF Chairman Bob Beitcher accepts the award on behalf of the entire organization.

5::56pm – Cranston introduces Bong Joon-ho, who will present the award for Best Director. “If you have to explain to a random kid on the street what directing is, what would you say?” He explains the answers from each of the five directors.

5:59pm -CHLOE ZHAO, NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao accepts the Oscar® for Directing during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

6:00pm – “I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I keep going when things get hard. I think it goes back to something I learned when I was a kid. My dad and I would play a game…there’s one I remember so dearly. It’s called the Three Character Classics and the first phrase go, People at birth are inherently good.”

6:03pm – Commercial Break

6:06pm – Riz Ahmed: “In a year when all of us forgot to mute ourselves, we learned the importance of sound.”

6:08pm – NICOLAS BECKER, JAIME BAKSHT, MICHELLE COUTTOLENC, CARLOS CORTÉS, and PHILLIP BLADH, SOUND OF METAL

6:09pm – Nicolas Becker thanks Darius and Abe, the true masters behind Sound of Metal. “From this team I received so much love, care, and attention.”

6:10pm – Ahmed asks how many in the room started their careers in short films. A few hands raise. “Right. Some of you went straight to the top.”

6:11pm – Presenting the award for Best Live Action Short Film.

6:12pm – TWO DISTANT STRANGERS, TRAYVON FREE and MARTIN DESMOND ROE

Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe accept the Oscar® for Live Action Short during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

6:13pm – Travon Free: “God is so good.” He gives the statistic that on average, the police will kill 3 people per day, and a disproportionate number of them will be Black. “Please don’t be indifferent to our pain.”

6:14pm – Commercial Break

6:19pm – Reese Witherspoon presents the award for Best Animated Short. She shares each nominee’s inspirations.

6:21pm – IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU, WILL MCCORMACK AND MICHAEL GOVIER

6:21pm – Michael Govier: “I never thought I’d get to say this, “Thank you to the Academy.”

6:22pm – Will McCormack: “We dedicate this film to all those who’ve lost loved ones to gun violence. We deserve better than to live in a country where 100 people are lost to gun violence every day. We deserve better, we will do better.”

6:23pm – Reese Witherspoon also presents Animated Feature: “I fell in love with animated movies when my mother took me to a movie called The Secret of NIMH… It was my first experience seeing a strong woman at the center of a film.”

6:24pm – “Tonight we have nominees here with us in person, but we want to say hello to the nominees joining us in Kilkenny, Ireland.”

6:26pm – SOUL, PETE DOCTER AND DANA MURRAY

SOUL — Courtesy of Disney/Pixar

6:27pm – Pete Doctor: “This film started as a love letter to jazz, but we had no idea how much jazz would teach us about life.”

6:28pm – Dana Murray: “Thank you to our crew who finished it at home with seven weeks of production. You should be up here. I’m not supposed to be speaking.”

6:29pm – Docter: “To all our jazz musicians, you teach us something about life.”

6:30pm – Commercial

6:33pm – Marlee Matlin presents the award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

6:34pm – COLETTE, ANTHONY GIACCHINO AND ALICE DOYARD

6:35pm – Anthony Giacchino: “Today is Colette’s birthday. She was born 22 days before the first Academy Awards.”

6:36pm – Giacchino says he wants to make sure the subjects of his fellow nominees are not forgotten.

6:37pm – Alice Doyard: “This film is a tribute to every woman in the world who join hands and fight.”

6:38pm – And Marlee Matlin presents the award for Best Documentary Feature, with a shout out to Darnella Frazier, whose cell phone video last year changed the world.

6:41pm – MY OCTOPUS TEACHER, PIPPA EHRLICH, JAMES REED, AND CRAIG FOSTER

6:42pm – Pippa Ehrlich: “Thank you to our fellow nominees who spent a lot of years and a lot of tears making beautiful movies and bringing them to the world.”

6:43pm – “In many ways this is a very tiny, personal story that played out in a sea forest in South Africa. But it’s a bigger story…that plays out for all of us around the world.”

6:45pm – James Reed: “A final, extra thank you for Craig…It began and ended with him. It’s his story and he showed us if a man can form a friendship with an octopus, it does sort of make you wonder what else is possible.”

6:50pm – Steven Yeun is here to present Visual Effects. “When I was 8 years old, my mom took me to see Terminator 2. I’m pretty sure she didn’t know what it was about.” And then, “Maybe she reveled in getting to take her son to see a badass mom duking it out with rebel robots in 1991.”

6:52pm – TENET, ANDREW JACKSON, DAVID LEE, ANDREW LOCKLEY AND SCOTT FISHER

6:52pm – “All my colleagues are overseas so you have to hear me speak. “I’d like to thank my team, my crew, and my father who won this award before me.”

6:53pm – Brad Pitt says his love for movies began at the drive-in. He is here to present the award for Best Supporting Actress.

6:54pm – YUH-JUNG YOUN, MINARI

Yuh-Jung Youn accepts the Oscar® for Actress in a Supporting Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

6:55pm – Yuh-jung Youn! “Mr. Brad Pitt, finally! Nice to meet you! Where were you when we were filming?” She forgives everyone for mispronouncing her name.

6:56pm – “I can’t believe I’m here. Okay. Let me pull myself together.”

6:57pm – “I don’t believe in competition. The other nominees, our roles are so different…Maybe I’m just luckier than you.”

6:58pm – “I’d like to thank my two boys who made me go out and work. This is the result because mommy had to go and work.”

6:59pm – Commercial Break

7:03pm – Halle Berry introduces the nominees for Best Production Design.

7:04pm – MANK, DONALD GRAHAM BURT AND JAN PASCALE

7:05pm – Jan Pascale: “It was such an honor to work with such amazing people… When I was young, I never realized this was a career that was even a possibility. There were so many people who guided me.”

7:06pm – And Halle Berry says Cinematography is one of those jobs everyone has heard of but still doesn’t know what they do.

7:07pm – ERIK MESSERSCHMIDT, MANK

7:08pm – “I wish I could cut this into 5 pieces because you all deserve it.”

7:10pm – Commercial Break

7:15pm – Harrison Ford arrives. “I’m going to share some notes. Some editorial comments that appeared for a movie I was in: Is he on drugs? Are we all on drugs? Why is there a third cut of the eggs? This movie gets worse every screening.”

7:16pm – He continues, “That movie was called Blade Runner and those notes help explain why the editing process can be a little complicated.”

7:17pm – He presents the award for Film Editing.

7:18pm – MIKKEL E.G. NIELSEN, SOUND OF METAL

7:18pm – Nielsen: “Thank you, Academy and fellow nominees. You’re an inspiration to me. I’m from Denmark and I would like to greet Denmark because they are extremely bold in funding the Danish film school so we can develop our craft for four years.”

7:20pm – “To Darius Marder, thank you for your incredible vision. Thank you for inviting me on this journey… It’s been like an incredible rainbow and today we found the gold.”

7:21pm – Viola Davis presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. She quotes Maya Angelou. “My great friend, filmmaker, and philanthropist Tyler Perry personifies empathy.”

7:22pm – She continues to share the many ways Perry has helped in the past year, from providing food and shelter during the pandemic to paying for the funerals of Black people killed by police.

7:24pm – Davis: “Tyler, I know you never do what you do for thanks but thank you for all you do to make this a better world.”

7:25pm – With a standing ovation, Tyler Perry accepts his award. “I want to say a very special thanks to Viola Davis who is nominated tonight and doing this… When I set out to help someone, it’s my intention to do just that. It’s not my intention to meet them at their humanity.”

7:27pm – “I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or Black or white, or because they are LGBTQ, or a police officer… Everyone who wants to join with me in refusing hate, this is for you.”

7:28pm – Commercial Break

7:32pm – Zendaya presents the award for Best Original Score.

7:32pm – TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS, AND JON BATISTE, SOUL

7:33pm – Jon Batiste: “What’s deep is God gave us 12 notes. It’s the same 12 notes Duke Ellington had, Bobcat, Nina Simone… Every gift is special. Every contribution that comes from the Divine, into the instruments…into the minds and hearts of the people who watch it… Man, it’s just so incredibly special… I’m thankful to God for those 12 notes. That’s so dope.”

7:35pm – Batiste: “This moment is a culmination of so many miracles.”

7:36pm – Batiste: “I love ya even if I don’t know ya!”

7:37pm – And Zendaya presents the award for Best Original Song.

7:38pm – “FIGHT FOR YOU,” JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

THE OSCARS® – TIARA THOMAS, H.E.R., DERNST “D’MILE” EMILE II

7:39pm – H.E.R.: “I did not expect to win. Thank you to the Academy. I’ve always wanted to say that… Musicians, filmmakers, I believe we have an opportunity and a responsibility to tell the truth and how it connects to today, and what we see today… As long as I’m standing, I’m gonna fight for us.”

7:41pm – Questlove: “We’re gonna play a game called Questlove’s Oscar Trivia with my friend, Lil Rel Howery!”

7:41pm – Lil Rel explains that Questlove will play a song and we have to guess if it was an Oscar winner, nominee, or neither.

7:42pm – First he goes to Andra Day with “Purple Rain.” She says, “I mean, it’s a brilliant song, it probably wasn’t [censored!].” Lil Rel explains the score won but the song wasn’t nominated.

7:43pm – He goes next to Daniel Kaluuya. “Everybody knows I saved you! I saved you. I stole a car from my job and drove to the woods to save you.” Daniel: “I know. I’ll never be with a woman like that again.” Their song is “Last Dance,” by Donna Summer. Kaluuya says nominee, he was wrong. It won. Lil Rel: “You’re in the sunken place again.”

7:45pm – He goes to Glenn Close next with “Da Butt” by E.U. Close gives the history of the song, including that it wasn’t nominated even though it should have won. Whatever she said next was probably amazing and sadly censored. Lil Rel is shocked that Glenn knew the song, and she shocks again by jumping up and doing the dance.

7:47pm – Lil Rel: “Let’s go to a break! Let’s get out of here!”

7:47pm – Questlove says, “It’s been an honor to be here tonight with all this royalty.” And going to commercial, he throws it to a sneak peek at his directorial debut, Summer of Soul.

7:48pm – Commercial Break

7:52pm – Angela Bassett introduces the In Memoriam segment, recognizing the many lives lost to the pandemic and to violence.

7:56pm – Commercial Break

8:00pm – Rita Moreno is here to present the award for Best Picture? What? I think we forgot something.

8:01pm – The Twitterverse is alive with confusion, consternation, befuddlement, and elation.

8:06pm – NOMADLAND

Chloé Zhao accepts the Oscar® for Best Picture with during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

 

8:06pm – Linda May and Swankie are here with the team! Chloé Zhao, “Thank you for showing us what true kindness is about.”

8:08pm – Frances McDormand: “We give this one to our wolf!” And she howls with joy.

8:08pm- Commercial Break

8:11pm – And Renee Zellweger is here to present the award for Best Actress instead of Best Actor.

8:13pm – FRANCES MCDORMAND, NOMADLAND

Frances McDormand accepts the Oscar® for Actress in a Leading Role during the live ABC Telecast of The 93rd Oscars® at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

8:13pm – “They didn’t ask me, but if they had, I would have said karaoke… “My voice is my sword and my sword is in the work, and I like work. Thank you for this.”

8:14pm – And Joaquin Phoenix presents the final award of the night, Best Actor.

8:14pm – “When I watch these performances, I feel inspired. And it’s a shame we have to choose just one.”

8:15pm – ANTHONY HOPKINS, THE FATHER

Anthony Hopkins, THE FATHER — Sony Pictures Classics

8:16pm – Anthony Hopkins was not present to accept his award.

8:17pm – “Thank you, and good night.” End of show.

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