The 93rd annual Academy Awards ceremony was a night of firsts. It was the first time we’ve seen an entirely in-person awards show since COVID-19 began, the first time 9-year-old Alan Kim attended the Oscars and, honestly, the first time in a while we’ve loved every look we saw on the red carpet. All in all, it was a great night for everyone from Chloé Zhao to Regina King, but eight moments, in particular, really stood out to us.
8. WHEN ‘NOMADLAND’ TOOK HOME THE AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE
We can’t say we weren’t pleased to see the Academy give this one to Nomadland.
7. WHEN WE ACTUALLY GOT A REAL RED CARPET
It feels like forever since we’ve seen an actual awards show not on Zoom…
6. WHEN ALAN KIM TAUGHT US ALL HOW TO POSE (AND DRESS)
Despite not being nominated for his role in Minari, the 9-year-old managed to turn heads on his first-ever Oscars red carpet. The young actor looked chic in a tuxedo jacket, shorts, a bowtie and mismatched socks. However, it was his impressive poses for the camera that really caught our attention.
4. When Regina King Kicked off the event with that Killer opening
We knew that this show would be different because of COVID, however, we weren’t quite expecting the entrance we got from Regina King—a long strut to the stage with rolling credits as a nod to the movies (duh). King also gave the opening monologue and announced the first two awards.
3. Daniel Kaluuya’s mom’s reaction to his speech
How else would you react when your son talks about your sex life in a nationally-televised speech?
2. CHLOE ZHAO’S HISTORY-MAKING WIN
Zhao blazed trails tonight as the first woman of color, the first Chinese woman and the second woman ever to win the Oscar for directing. Need we say more?
1. When Youn Yuh-jung freaked out over meeting Brad Pitt
“Oh, Mr. Brad Pitt, it’s so nice to meet you….Where were you while we were filming in Tulsa? It’s so nice to meet you," Youn said to the actor. Our sentiments exactly.