Hey Hollywooders! Welcome back to HollyGOOD Tuesday, where we cover all things Hollywood. While last week we talked about 10 things you may not have known about the Oscars, this week we’re focusing on all of the 2021 Oscars moments that will go down in history. If you watched, you know the event was nothing short of epic and inclusive right from the beginning with the Oscars pre-show, filled with HollyGOOD quotes from Oscar winners and presenters and relatable tweets from viewers at home.
Half of the acting Oscars went to people of color and two out of the five directors nominated were women. We truly do love to see it.
Here are some of our favorite historical moments from this special Hollywood night.
We stan the acknowledgment of Native lands
The 2021 Oscars started off strong with the recognition of the Tongva indigenous people, whose ancestral land the Oscars were being held on. This set the tone for the rest of the show, and hopefully, it sets the precedent for more inclusivity in Hollywood in the future.
#Oscars just did a land acknowledgment. The Tongva are the indigenous people on who’s ancestral land tonight’s ceremony is being held.
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) April 25, 2021
“For a while, it felt as though the Oscars only represented the views of old white men. And while it is hard to tell how much the judging of the Oscars has changed, they have definitely improved their representation and recognition of the diversity in Hollywood,” Hollywood.com’s very own videography Ange shared after watching the 2021 Oscars Sunday night. “They started the performance by recognizing the Native land the ceremony took place on. And the rest of the ceremony seemed to take that introduction seriously. So many of the speeches covered the problems that exist in Hollywood, such as racism, homophobia, and homelessness.”
While Hollywood still has a long way to go, the 2021 Oscars was a step in the right direction.
Viewers at home, including UN Women, shared similar sentiments:
This is the first year there have been 2 women nominees for best director at the #Oscars!
While we celebrate progress, we must continue to insist on recognizing women’s achievements in the media industry.
Representation matters. pic.twitter.com/pw33gzrpto
— UN Women (@UN_Women) April 26, 2021
Growing up, I never saw anyone that looked like me on the big screen, let alone winning Best Director and Supporting Actress Oscars. Times are (slowly) changing. Representation matters. #oscars
— Christine Pagulayan (@christineisa) April 26, 2021
Encouraged by the progress in representation made in front of and behind the camera at this year’s #Oscars Can’t wait to tune in!
— Derek Mio (@derekzmio) April 25, 2021
First Black women to win Best Hair and Makeup
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson became the first Black women to ever win the Oscar for Best Hair and Makeup for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix.
Congrats to Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson! The two just became the first Black women to win the Oscar® for Best Makeup & Hairstyling for their work on MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, alongside Sergio Lopez-Rivera. pic.twitter.com/RTelg2gm2n
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) April 26, 2021
“I want to say thank you to our ancestors who put the work in, were denied but never gave up,” Mia Neal said in her acceptance speech. “And I also stand here as Jamika and I break this glass ceiling with so much excitement for the future. Because I can picture Black trans women standing up here and Asian sisters and our Latino sisters and indigenous women. And I know that one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking; it will just be normal.”
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson reminded women of color everywhere to keep breaking that glass ceiling.
Ma Rainey Black Bottom actress Viola Davis posted in support of her “posse.”
This is my posse. My collaborators. My fellow artists. There are absolutely no words to describe how happy I am for them. Love them to the moon and back! @JamikaWilson @sergiowastaken #MiaNeal 💛💛💛 pic.twitter.com/t3UABQmFqv
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) April 26, 2021
Yuh-Jung Youn wins for Best Supporting Actress…and best speech
“We became a family.” Congratulations to the incredible Yuh-Jung Youn. First ever Korean actor to win an Oscar, the light of our year, the only one of us brave enough to ask Brad why he didn’t visit set 💖 pic.twitter.com/cU9WqDA76K
— A24 (@A24) April 26, 2021
Not only was this moment iconic, but her speech simply made the night. Yuh-Jung Youn made an inspiring speech and even cracked a few jokes, and started off her speech by fangirling over Brad Pitt.
“Mr. Brad Pitt, finally. It’s nice to meet you. Where were you while we were filming? It’s an honor to meet you.” We think Brad Pitt the honor goes to Brad Pitt for finally meeting Yuh-Jung Youn.
She finished her speech by thanking her two sons, “I like to thank my two boys who made me go out and work. This is the result because mommy worked so hard.”
Best Actress winner Frances McDormand, Best Actor winner Anthony Hopkins, and Best Supporting Actress Winner Yuh-Hung Youn show us that age is just a number; all 3 Oscar winners are over the age of 60.
Fantastic to see two women aged over 60 win at the #AcademyAwards last night!🏆
Frances McDormand: Oscar for Best Actress
Yuh-Jung Youn: Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role pic.twitter.com/Em6xL21sqO
— ERA5050 (@ERA50_50) April 26, 2021
You can watch Yuh-Jung Youn in Minari by renting it on Amazon.
Chloé Zhao’s Historic win for Nomadland
Chloé Zhao won Best Director for her film Nomadland, marking a HUGE moment in Oscars history. She is the second woman to win the award and the first-ever woman of color to win the Best Director award in all of Oscars history.
In her speech, Chloé Zhao recalled memorizing Chinese poems with her father, and cited one in particular that translates to “People at birth are inherently good.” She continued by saying, “Those six words had such great impact on me when I was a kid, and I still truly believe them today, even though sometimes it might seem like the opposite is true. But I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world. “
Chloé Zhao was named Best Director at the BAFTA Film Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Golden Globes, making her the most decorated director in a single award season.
We *cannot wait* to see what is next from this talented filmmaker.
While the 2021 Oscars were nothing short of inclusive, there is still more work to be done. But for now, we can bask in the glory of some of our favorite Academy Awards moments.
Here are some of Twitter’s favorite moments from this iconic night.
The #Oscars are always a great way to look at a basic annual progression inclusiveness. My favorite move this year was Sound of Metal, and we maybe wouldn’t have that story without inclusivity in mind.
— Bolen (@ShaunBolen) April 26, 2021
#Oscars2021:A historic night for womxn, a historic for inclusivity, a historic night for representaion 🙌 👏#Oscars #WomenInCinema #womensupportingwomen #InclusivityMatters #representationmatters✊ #AnnRoth #EmeraldFennell #YuhJungYoun #Oscar2021 #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/uOU0H6JuEf
— 𝐖𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 (@WenchFilmFest) April 26, 2021
— Patricia Hswe (@pmhswe) April 26, 2021
Hairstylists, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first Black women to be nominated for (and win!) the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award for their work on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, alongside Sergio-Lopez Rivera 💕#Oscars pic.twitter.com/4nmEz9d8GR
— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) April 26, 2021
Congratulations to Chloé Zhao who has just become the 1st woman of color, the 1st Asian woman, the 2nd woman ever to win an Academy Award as Best Director. Tonight she wins for her film NOMADLAND! #Oscars #WomanOfColor #Diversity pic.twitter.com/KHf30QC5TT
— Fabienne Colas (@Fabiennecolas) April 26, 2021
Diversity took center stage at the #Oscars. While the Academy is taking important steps to better reflect the diversity of our real world, there’s still more work to be done. 💥 pic.twitter.com/AJsgUdqhUN
— Descendants Of Hope (@HopeDescendants) April 26, 2021
— Archangel Films (@Rivals129) April 26, 2021
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