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McDormand, having just thanked the Oscars audience for Nomadland‘s best picture win, offered a succinct but heartfelt speech. “I have no words. My voice is in my sword. We know the sword is our work. And I like work. Thank you for knowing that, and thanks for this,” she said.
Moments before on the Oscars stage as the cast and crew accepted the best picture win, McDormand howled out in honor of the film’s production sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder, who died this March. “That howling to the moon is for Wolf,” McDormand told press following the win.
In the best actress category, McDormand beat out competition including Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman). This is McDormand’s sixth Oscar nomination and third win. She’s previously won best actress in 1997 for her role in Fargo and in 2017 for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Searchlight’s Nomadland nabbed the top prize of Oscars’ best picture and best director for Chloé Zhao on Sunday night. Zhao became only the second woman ever to claim the directing honor at the Oscars.
The 93rd Oscars aired Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The ceremony, which had no host, was televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
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