by Beth Keating
April 26, 2021
The 93rd Academy Awards have come and gone, and Disney’s Soul and Nomadland were the company’s big winners this year under its Pixar and Searchlight brands.
Held at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, with appearances by winners videoed in from points around the globe, the Oscar ceremonies took place last night, April 25, 2021, honoring movies released in 2020.
Aired on the Disney-owned ABC network, the company also snuck in a lavishly done new trailer for the upcoming Disney and Steven Spielberg film remake of West Side Story.
Given the repercussions of this year’s pandemic, it is no surprise that Disney and Netflix, the two streaming powerhouses, were the big winners this year.
The Oscars for Disney under its Pixar partnership both belonged to Soul. Soul was released on Disney+.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM WINNER:
Pete Docter and Dana Murray
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) WINNER:
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste
And if you include the Searchlight film Nomadland among the Disney family of properties (Disney acquired Searchlight in 2019), you can chalk up a few more wins in the Disney column.
Chloé Zhao, who took home her statue for Nomadland, became the second woman to win the category, as well as the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to win for Best Director. Nomadland was released on Disney’s Hulu platform, as well as in theaters.
BEST PICTURE WINNER:
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE WINNER:
Best picture and best animated feature film – it can’t get much better than that for Disney and its movie studios.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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