Remember when the Oscars were appointment TV? Movie geeks, industry enthusiasts, celeb watchers and fashionistas all had a rare alignment around one night of the year. The hype started months out and reached fever pitch as the night approached.

These days? Barely a ripple. You know they are coming up at some point as other, even more pointless self-congratulatory circle jerks start to happen. You hear about them vaguely. They you realize they are tomorrow pretty much when the Razzies are announced.

Already facing downward pressure on both viewing figures and relevance, the pandemic was the last thing the Oscars needed. Market lockdowns, travel bans and quarantines in place.

Most of the headline talent was working abroad and unwilling to delay projects in order to wade through various restrictions simply to sit in a theatre and applaud the most correct choices made by an Academy signalling it’s virtue yet again. So it was already on course to be a wash-out.

93rd Academy Awards ceremony had to rework itself. With various song numbers having been done in the pre-show, COVID-19 safety protocols in place, a smaller setting and global hubs via video line the ceremony felt very different.

On thing that didn’t feel very different were the winners. Pretty much as expected across the board with no major surprises. If Soul is better than Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon then my name is Susan.

Best Picture
WINNER: “Nomadland”
“The Father”
“Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Promising Young Woman”
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Actor
WINNER: Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”)
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Best Actress
WINNER: Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”)
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Director
WINNER: Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”)
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
David Fincher (“Mank”)
Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)

Best Supporting Actor
WINNER: Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)
Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

Best Supporting Actress
WINNER: Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”)
Maria Bakalova (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”)
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)

Best Animated Feature
WINNER: “Soul”
“Over the Moon”
“Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”

Best International Feature
WINNER: “Another Round” (Denmark)
“Better Days” (Hong Kong)
“Collective” (Romania)
“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)
“Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Best Documentary Feature
WINNER: “My Octopus Teacher”
“Crip Camp”
“The Mole Agent”

Best Adapted Screenplay
WINNER: Christopher Hampton (“The Father”)
Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimmer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman & Lee Kern (“Borat Subsequent Movie Film”)
Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”)
Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”)
Ramin Bahrani (“The White Tiger”)

Best Original Screenplay
WINNER: Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
Will Berson & Shaka King (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Darius Marder & Abraham Marder (“Sound of Metal”)
Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Best Cinematography
WINNER: Erik Messerschmidt (“Mank”)
Sean Bobbitt (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
Dariusz Wolski (“News of the World”)
Joshua James Richards (“Nomadland”)
Phedon Papamichael (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)

Best Film Editing
WINNER: “Sound of Metal”
“The Father”
“Promising Young Woman”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Best Production Design
WINNER: Donald Graham Burt (“Mank”)
Peter Francis (“The Father”)
Mark Ricker (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
David Crank (“News of the World”)
Nathan Crowley (“Tenet”)

Best Score
WINNER: Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (“Soul”)
Terence Blanchard (“Da 5 Bloods”)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (“Mank”)
Emile Mosseri (“Minari”)
James Newton Howard (“News of the World”)

Best Song
WINNER: “Fight for You,” from “Judas and the Black Messiah”
“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest”
“Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead”
“Speak Now” from “One Night in Miami”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
WINNER: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“Hillbilly Elegy”

Best Costume Design
WINNER: Ann Roth (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Alexandra Byrne (“Emma”)
Trish Summerville (“Mank”)
Bina Daigeler (“Mulan”)
Massimo Cantini Parrini (“Pinocchio”)

Best Visual Effects
WINNER: “Tenet”
“Love and Monsters”
“The Midnight Sky”
“The One and Only Ivan”

Best Sound
WINNER: “Sound of Metal”
“News of the World”

Best Animated Short Film
WINNER: “If Anything Happens I Love You”
“Genius Loci”

Best Live-Action Short Film
WINNER: “Two Distant Strangers”
“Feeling Through”
“The Letter Room”
“The Present”
“White Eye”

Best Documentary Short Film
WINNER: “Colette”
“Do Not Split”
“A Concerto is a Conversation”
“Hunger Ward”
“A Love Song for Latasha”