Oscars 2021: The 11 Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From the Ceremony

The strangest awards season in recent memory came to a close on Sunday night, courtesy of the 93rd Academy Awards.

Like most ceremonies of the past year, the Oscars had to get creative amid the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in an in-person event that took place at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre and Union Station… and, unfortunately, was kind of a bore. (Hardly any movie clips? At the Oscars?!)

In the list below, we’ve gathered 11 of the three-hour broadcast’s best and worst moments, including some very curious production choices that turned cinema’s biggest night into one looong acceptance speech. (That’s how it felt, at least; read our full review of the show here.)

But the evening wasn’t entirely without its highlights: Numerous winners, like Nomadland director Chloé Zhao, made Oscar history with their victories, while Daniel Kaluuya’s off-the-cuff acceptance speech, an unexpected shout-out to Saved by the Bell and an appearance from a certain Supernatural vet, among other moments, brightened the proceedings. And just when the Oscars were getting a little too sleepy, Glenn Close stood up and shook what her mama gave her. (Yep, you read that right!)

Scroll through the list below to see all the moments we’ve singled out from this year’s Oscars, then drop a comment with your own picks from the ceremony!

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