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Welcome to our Oscars 2021 live blog


We'll be keeping it updated throughout the night, with red carpet arrivals, best speeches, winners and snubs


The 93rd 

Welcome to our Oscars 2021 live blog.  We’ll be keeping it updated throughout the night, with red carpet arrivals, best speeches, winners and snubs. The 93rd Academy Awards, which were delayed by two months, will look a little different this year. Split across multiple venues – including a courtyard at the downtown Union Station in Los Angeles, and a satellite ceremony at the BFI Southbank in the UK – the organisers have learnt from the Zoom-debacle of the Golden Globes, and all nominees are under strict instructions to attend in person.

But while these Oscars will look different, they will feel similar to previous ceremonies. A rolling ensemble of stars, including  Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Renée Zellweger, will present the awards, and speeches are encouraged – though nominees have been asked to “read the room” when accepting awards.  

This year’s awards are notable for their diversity: Chinese-American Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Korean Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari are in contention for Best Picture, while Emerald Fennell’s spiky, #MeToo thriller Promising Young Woman is also expected to do well and Viola Davis is strongly tipped for Best Actress for her role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. It’s also a good year for British talent, from Anthony Hopkins in The Father to Gary Oldman in Mank and Daniel Kaluuya  in Judas and the Black Messiah.

We’ll be keeping you up to date right here, so don’t go anywhere.

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Best Supporting Actress nominee (The Father) Olivia Colman, interviewed at the BFI, says this year’s Oscars campaign experience has been “a completely different kettle of fish. You’re at home, on Zoom, with pajamas on from the waist down.” Is she excited to be at the BFI? Er, sort of. “It’s a funny old time of night, isn’t it?” she points out. Talking about The Father co-star Anthony Hopkins – who failed to turn up to collect his Best Actor Bafta – she adds: “He should be in bed, shouldn’t he? He’s 83.”

At 83, Anthony Hopkins is the oldest Best Actor nominee ever –  and also the first person to get back-to-back acting nominations in their 80s (following his supporting actor nod for The Two Popes last year). Read Tim Robey’s review of The Father here.

What is Carey Mulligan most looking forward to doing at the Oscars? “I’m excited to get in there and stalk Riz Ahmed and tell him I love him.” Quite right.

Laura Dern is rocking a shredded swan. No sign of an egg yet though.

Laura Dern has arrived on the #Oscars red carpet, rocking a skirt full of feathers


The Judas and the Black Messiah star was enjoying his very first Oscars tonight, not that you’d know it. “I’m pretty chill you know, crazy chill,” he said on the red carpet, before sharing his mantra for a Zen life. “I ain’t gonna lie to you, if you work hard in life, you gotta enjoy it.”

But we’ll certainly get to see Kaluuya’s excitement at the bar: “I’m going 10.5 out of 10. “


Viola Davis and Borat’s Maria Bakalova were both papped taking a fake shot on the red carpet. Are things really that bad, ladies?

The hottest new trend on the #Oscars red carpet? Taking a fake shot. First Viola Davis, now Maria Bakalova. Who's next?


Best supporting actor nominees Daniel Kaluuya and Leslie Odom Jr. share a laugh on the #Oscars red carpet. We love to see it


 Luckily, best actor nominee Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) was on hand to fix his wife Farheen Mirza’s ’do on the red carpet 

Riz Ahmed pauses the #Oscars red carpet to fix his wife Fatima Farheen Mirza's hair: “I'm the official groomer”


Well, a modest ceremony. The roughly 30 nominees gathered at the London hub will be socially distanced, and are allowed to bring just one guest from their household. There will be no bar serving drinks, as the venue is complying with strict Covid regulations.

At least three nominees seem to think that coming in Oscar statue cosplay is the way to go home with the little guy. Still, it makes a change from everyone else’s mass wedding bridal white.

Detecting a pattern


The ABC pre-show has started airing this year’s Best Song nominees, including the entry from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – coming to the Oscars from its namesake town in Iceland.

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Viola Davis, nominated for Best Actress in Netflix’s Ma Rainey Black Bottom, is now the most nominated black actress ever: two lead actress nods, two supporting. She’s also the only black actress to get more than one best actress nomination.


This is the eighth Oscar nod for Glenn Close (for Hillbilly Elegy), who has yet to bag her statue. She’s also only the third actor ever to be nominated for a Razzie and an Oscar for the same role, following James Coco for Only When I Laugh and Amy Irving for Yentl.

Best supporting actress nominee Glenn Close sports a sparkling blue tunic on the #Oscars red carpet. Click here for more Oscars fashion


Okayyyyy, ladies and gentlemen…LaKeith Stanfield in custom Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (!!!!). THE BEST. #Oscars

He’s up against his hotly tipped Judas and the Black Messiah co-star Daniel Kaluuya in the Best Supporting Actor race… But he’s got one prize down: Style. Icon.

Read our piece on the true story behind the film and Stanfield’s character here.

It’s The Oscars tonight! I wasn’t invited. Was it something I said?


Most nominees are in white this year –  but not Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell, who has brought colourful English country garden glam to the red carpet. She describes her look as “Susan, your pottery teacher, who has a business opportunity for you that is definitely NOT a pyramid scene.” 

Her writing habits? Slightly less glam: listening to Britney Spears, and eating pizza out of the bin.

Read Julie Burchill’s brilliant piece on how Promising Young Woman gives Oscars’ ‘woke bros’ a good kick in the groin.

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Well, it’s not just the awards ceremony that’s got him excited, he explained on the red carpet. “I haven’t been outside in about a year. To see you and all these people is strange.” The Covid Oscars: expect a lot of celebrities to come blinking into the daylight. (Read our Minari review here.)

Best Actress seems so unusually wide open, I'm really curious who everyone thinks has got it?(write-ins for Vanessa Kirby welcomed, but I've got her fifth for likelihood)


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A short, bald, smooth and golden one. Yes, she’s still got an Oscar in her sights. Will the Academy swipe right tonight?

Neither can the awards bodies. The Critics’ Choice and Independent Spirit Awards went with Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), SAG chose Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), the Golden Globes awarded Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday), Bafta chose Frances McDormand (Nomadland), and Vanessa Kirby won at the Venice Film Festival.

Paul Raci, who plays the deaf coach in brilliant film The Sound of Metal in which Riz Ahmed plays a deaf rocker, is one of the first on the red carpet along with his longtime agent and wife Liz Raci. Raci grew up with deaf parents, so it makes sense that he is speaking both orally and in American Sign Language – as is his wife! Might Ahmed  – the first Muslim nominated for Best Actor – go home with his first Oscar tonight? In the meantime, read our piece on the Oscar-winning film that was a triumph for the deaf community long before The Sound of Metal.

There are nine actors of colour nominated this year, and 70 women nominated overall – the most ever. It’s also the first time that two black women are in the best actress category since Cicely Tyson and Diana Ross in 1972. Oddly, Ross was playing singer Billie Holiday – as is 2021 nominee Andra Day.

But spare a thought for Diane Warren, now on 12 nominations. As yet, no wins…

This could be a good year for the home team: it’s Britain’s highest number of acting nominations since 2002, with eight out of 20 nods. And Emerald Fennell becomes the first British woman to be nominated for best director – on her feature debut, no less.

We are warming up to one of the strangest evenings in Hollywood, with some of the most famous faces in the world returning to the red carpet after more than a year in lockdown. Will any of them walk it in their slippers? Will they have forgotten how to pout? We’ll be relaying all the glamour and drama right here, so stay with us!

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0100

Oscars updates live: All the action from the Academy Awards' red carpet and ceremony, with stars including Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Riz Ahmed in 

Oscars updates live: All the action from the Academy Awards’ red carpet and ceremony, with stars including Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Riz Ahmed in the running.

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Not long until the ceremony starts. Before it does, here’s a few more looks for you.

Left to right: Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya and Laura Dern in LA, and nominee Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher at a screening in Australia.

Photos: AP

Watch: Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan talks about the groundbreaking film on the red carpet in LA

Spotlight on… Judas And The Black Messiah: ‘Daniel Kaluuya is one of the best actors in the world’

British star Daniel Kaluuya has already won numerous awards, including the best supporting actor BAFTA, for his portrayal of civil rights activist and Black Panther deputy chairman Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah. It’s a story which has been little known up to now, filmmaker Shaka King told Sky News in an interview earlier this year, “because it would contradict everything America represents”.

The film is also up for five Oscars, with Kaluuya and his co-star Lakeith Stanfield both up for best supporting actor, and Kaluuya the favourite to win.

Our arts and entertainment colleague Bethany Minelle (currently on maternity leave, but following at home with baby Iris – hi Bethany and Iris!) caught up with filmmaker Shaka King – read her interview here.

Photo: Judas And The Black Messiah/Warner Bros

Watch: Best actor nominee Gary Oldman speaks to Sky News’ arts and entertainment correspondent Lucy Cotter at the London hub for the show

Spotlight on… The Father: ‘There’s something funny going on’

Starring British heavyweights Sir Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman as a father and daughter dealing with his dementia, The Father saw Sir Anthony win this year’s leading actor BAFTA, which had widely been expected to go posthumously to the late Chadwick Boseman. It is also nominated for six Oscars, including best actor, best supporting actress and best film.

This one hasn’t been released in the UK yet, and we’ve not been able to see a preview, but if reviews and the trailer are anything to go by, Hopkins and Colman deliver some pretty impressive performances.

It’s set to be released in cinemas in the UK from 11 June.

More incredible Oscars frocks

Left to right: Best actress nominee Vanessa Kirby, H.E.R, best supporting actress nominee Amanda Seyfried, and Angela Bassett.

Photos: AP

Spotlight on… Sound Of Metal: ‘Deafness is not a disability, it’s a culture’

Sound Of Metal stars British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed as a punk-metal drummer and former addict who very abruptly loses his hearing, and follows his journey trying to finding acceptance. Paul Raci, whose parents were both deaf, co-stars as the veteran leader of a centre helping deaf addicts.

The film picked up two awards at the BAFTAs, for editing and sound, and is in the running for six Oscars, including best film, best actor and best supporting actor.

Ahmed spoke to our arts and entertainment colleague Lucy Cotter ahead of the ceremony – read his interview here.

I also spoke to Raci and director Darius Marder to find out more – you can read that feature here.

Photo: Amazon Studios

More from the red carpet

Power shoulders! Gold and a thigh-high split! Regina King and best actress nominee Andra Day serving up some incredible looks here.

Photos: AP

Watch: Nomadland director Chloe Zhao talks about how at one point she thought the film might not happen

Spotlight on… Promising Young Woman: ‘We hear these stories again and again and again’

This is a darkly comic revenge tale starring British actress Carey Mulligan as Cassie, a woman who lives a double life by night in order to right the wrongs of the past. Addressing a subject that all women will be familiar with but has rarely been portrayed on screen in this way, this film has got a lot of people talking.

It is up for five Oscars, with a record Academy Awards nomination for writer and director Emerald Fennell, who becomes the first British woman to be shortlisted in the directing category.

They’re in demand, but our arts and entertainment colleague Claire Gregory managed to catch up with Mulligan and Fennell before the ceremony – you can read that interview here.

Photo: Focus Features/ Sky Cinema

More Oscars fashion

Here’s Riz Ahmed (nominated for best actor for Sound Of Metal), Leslie Odom Jr (nominated for best supporting actor for One Night In Miami, and Carey Mulligan (nominated for best actress for Promising Young Woman)

Photos: AP

Watch: Never mind the potential Oscar, British star Daniel Kaluuya is just excited to get out the house

Maria Bakalova makes an entrance

A show-stopper dress for Maria Bakalova, who’s nominated in the best support actress category for her role in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

Photo: AP

Spotlight on… Nomadland: ‘I’m not homeless, I’m just… houseless. Not the same thing, right?’

Starring Frances McDormand as a 60-something woman who heads out to find work on the road after losing her job in the recession, this is an exploration of the American West rarely portrayed by Hollywood and has already picked up several gongs so far during awards season. It was the big winner at the BAFTAs, taking home four prizes – best film, leading actress for McDormand, best director for Chloe Zhao, and cinematography – and is in the running for six Oscars.

Cast alongside McDormand are real-life nomads, a community of itinerant van dwellers living off grid, on the periphery of society, and the film is a touching portrayal of their lives.

It’s the favourite to win best picture and Zhao is the favourite to become only the second woman ever to win the best directing prize. McDormand won best actress at the BAFTAs and has won other critics’ awards for her performance, but she faces stiff competition in the leading actress category from Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman), Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman) and Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday).

You can find out more about the film, and why it’s an Oscars front-runner, in our feature here.

Photo: Searchlight Pictures/20th Century Studios

Best Picture

Here are the eight films nominated for the night’s big prize, best picture.

We’ll introduce each one ahead of the ceremony to give you a bit more information. If you’ve seen them, let us know your thoughts – and of course, who you want to win.

Let’s start with the favourite…

More from the red carpet

Some stunning looks from the nominees here: Chloe Zhao, Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya.

Photos: AP

Watch: Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell on the red carpet

Oscars analysis from Iris

We are now going live to baby Iris, who we think at three weeks old is our youngest Oscars live blog follower.

Mum Bethany Minelle, our arts and entertainment colleague, has told us Iris is a bit of a film buff and is very excited about watching her first Academy Awards so has given us her predictions for the evening.

“She thinks that Nomadland will do well and bag best picture as well as best director for Chloe Zhao (which would make her the first woman from an ethnically diverse background to win this prize, plus only the second woman ever to take home the gong!).

“Iris also reckons the late Chadwick Boseman will get a well-deserved posthumous award for best actor for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, while newcomer Andra Day will take best actress. Plus, she fancies Daniel Kaluuya for best supporting actor and Amanda Seyfried for best supporting actress (much as she’d love to see it be eighth time lucky for poor old Glenn Close!).

“Bring on the awards!”

We’ll have more updates from Iris later on, providing she’s not napping. Thanks, Iris!

Celeste at the Oscars

British singer-songwriter Celeste has arrived, looking stunning in dramatic black and red.

She’s nominated in the original song category, for Hear My Voice, from The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

Photo: AP

The 2021 Oscar nominations. Discuss…

After expanding the Academy membership, this year’s nominations are the most diverse ever, with nine of the 20 acting nominees from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

And as we said earlier, this year also sees two women – yes, two! – nominated in the best director category for the first time.

Plus, it’s a really good year for British stars, too, with the likes of Riz Ahmed, Daniel Kaluuya and Carey Mulligan all in the running for awards.

Ahead of the ceremony, there’s a lot to talk about. Swot up here.

Photo: Best actress nominee Andra Day in The United States vs Billie Holiday – Paramount Pictures Corporation/ Sky UK

Red carpet pics

The stars are arriving! In person, and not on Zoom.

Here we have: Minari star Steven Yeun and Joana Pak; Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell, who is pregnant – congrats, Emerald!; Sound Of Metal star Paul Raci; and Hillbilly Elegy’s Glenn Close and her glam feet.

Photos: AP

Even Glenn Close’s feet are glam

The actress is in the running for best supporting actress for her role in Hillbilly Elegy – it’s her eighth time nominated, but could tonight be the night for her first award?

How to watch this year’s nominees

With cinemas closed for the majority of the last 12 months due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, many film release dates were pushed back – so several in the running for the Oscars are not yet available in the UK, or have only just been released here.

With eligibility for awards relaxed for 2021, films didn’t have to have followed the usual release schedule in cinemas, meaning lots went straight to streaming. You can already watch some from the comfort of your sofa, but you might have to wait a little while to see others.

Here’s where and when you can see this year’s Oscar nominees.

Photo: Actress Frances McDormand and director Chloe Zhao on the set of Nomadland – Searchlight Pictures

Impressive Oscars Prep

Sky News correspondent Katie Spencer knows how to throw an at-home Oscars party.

Round of applause for the Sound Of Meatball pasta bake, with a special mention for the Mankaroni cheese bites, too.

Witherspoon Watching

Mystic Marfuggi’s predictions from the red carpet in LA

Behind the scenes

And here’s me, bringing you all the action overnight until tomorrow morning. I’ll save my speech until later.

Covering from Sky HQ

Speaking of Backstage’s Claire Gregory, she’s here covering with me overnight. Here she is looking glam with her very own Oscar…

Who’s going to win?

In the run-up to last year’s ceremony, it was obvious who was going to take home each of the four acting prizes, as the same group – Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix – had cleaned up at all ceremonies prior.

Luckily, things aren’t so predictable this year, which makes the 2021 Oscars more exciting than any in recent memory.

If you want to place your bets then look no further than Sky News’ Backstage podcast team, as co-host Claire Gregory has handily given us their predictions.

It’s their job to watch TV shows and films (and occasionally do a bit of work, too) so if anyone’s going to get it right, it’s them – see if you agree here.

Photos: AP

Good evening!

It’s finally Oscars night and we are here to bring you all the action from Los Angeles, covering from the equally glamorous Sky HQ in west London.

Due to pandemic restrictions we couldn’t fly out to LA, but we’ve tried to do our best to bring some Oscars glam to proceedings. Which means a frock! Brushed hair! A keyboard zhooshed up with our very own statuette!

As we’ll be staying up through the night, we want to see you, too, so snap your Oscars party and send the pics over. Whether you’ve gone full black tie or are sticking to your pyjamas, let us know how you’re watching and we’ll include the best photos here in the blog.

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Oscars 2021 Live red carpet updates as Carey Mulligan and Riz