Milestones reached and records broken at this year’s Oscars

This year's Academy Awards delivered a string of history-making moments.

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The 2021 Oscars delivered a string of history-making moments, following a slate of nominations that smashed records for diversity and representation.

Here are the milestones reached in this year’s awards:

  • Chloe Zhao is only the second woman in the history of the Oscars to be named best director, which she won for her film Nomadland.

Her triumph comes 11 years after Kathryn Bigelow became the first ever woman to win best director, for the film The Hurt Locker.

Zhao is also the first Chinese director to win the award.

  • Yuh-Jung Youn is the first person from South Korea to win best supporting actress, for the film Minari.

She is also the second Asian actress to win the award.

The first was Miyoshi Umeki, who won in 1958 for the film Sayonara.

  • Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson are the first black women to win the Oscar for best make-up and hairstyling.

Along with Sergio Lopez-Rivera, they collected the award for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

  • Daniel Kaluuya is the first British non-white winner of best supporting actor.

He is only the sixth non-white actor to win the award.

Denzel Washington was the first, for the film Glory in 1990.

  • Emerald Fennell is the first British woman to win best original screenplay since the category was established in its current form at the 1958 Oscars.

She picked up the award for Promising Young Woman, for which she also bagged a nomination for best director.

Before 1958, the Oscars had separate categories for original screenplay and original story and, during this era, British writer Muriel Box became the first ever woman to win original screenplay, for The Seventh Veil in 1947.

  • Sir Anthony Hopkins, 83, is now the oldest person to win an acting Oscar, after being named best actor for his performance in The Father.

It is Sir Anthony’s second Oscar, coming 29 years after he won best actor in 1992 for The Silence of the Lambs.

This is the longest gap between wins by any actor in this category in the history of the Academy Awards.

Oscars 2021: Full list of winners

  • Best picture: Nomadland
  • Best actor: Sir Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
  • Best supporting actor: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)
  • Best actress: Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
  • Best supporting actress: Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)
  • Best director: Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)
  • Best animated feature film: Soul
  • Best cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)
  • Best film editing: Mikkel EG Nielsen (Sound Of Metal)
  • Best costume design: Ann Roth (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
  • Best original score: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste (Soul)
  • Best original song: Fight For You (Judas And The Black Messiah)
  • Adapted screenplay: The Father – Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller
  • Original screenplay: Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell
  • Best production design: Mank
  • Best make-up and hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Best sound: Sound Of Metal
  • Best live-action short film: Two Distant Strangers
  • Best visual effects: Tenet
  • Best documentary feature: My Octopus Teacher
  • Best international feature: Another Round (Denmark)
  • Best animated short: If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Best documentary short: Colette
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