Oscars 2021: Musical director Questlove explains why no winners’ speeches had play-off music

Among the many new twists Sunday evening’s Oscars had in store included eliminating the preemptive music the band plays to curtail acceptance speeches running over the allotted time.

Questlove, the Oscars’ musical director, explained to Variety last week that producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins changed the format to eliminate music ushering out speeches during the 93rd annual Academy Awards.

‘The one thing I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be able to do is my favorite all-time thing, which is the play-off music when the speeches get too long,’ the musician, 50, said. ‘I’m not allowed to do that.’

The latest: Questlove, the Oscars' musical director, said that producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins changed the format to eliminate music ushering out speeches during the 93rd annual Academy Awards

The latest: Questlove, the Oscars' musical director, said that producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins changed the format to eliminate music ushering out speeches during the 93rd annual Academy Awards

The latest: Questlove, the Oscars’ musical director, said that producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins changed the format to eliminate music ushering out speeches during the 93rd annual Academy Awards

He said, jokingly, ‘They were like, “No, you can’t interrupt speeches,” so if [eight-year-old Minari actor Alan Kim] won Best Supporting Actor, I would just interrupt his speech. Not really. But one day I’ll cross that off the bucket list.’

The evening featured a litany of moving speeches from winners including Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao (Best Director), Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg (Best International Feature) and Judas and the Black Messiah’s Daniel Kaluuya (Best Supporting Actor).

Zhao, after becoming the first woman of color ever to win the honors, said in her speech, ‘This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and hold onto to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that – this is for you. You inspire me to keep going.’

Vinterberg noted that his daughter Ida had died in an auto accident when he began shooting his film, dedicating his honors to her.

Sunday's show was held from Union Station in Los Angeles to adhere to proper social distancing protocols for the first major Hollywood gathering in a year

Sunday's show was held from Union Station in Los Angeles to adhere to proper social distancing protocols for the first major Hollywood gathering in a year

Sunday’s show was held from Union Station in Los Angeles to adhere to proper social distancing protocols for the first major Hollywood gathering in a year

Memorable: Nomadland's Chloé Zhao, after becoming the first woman of color ever to win the honors, delivered an optimistic speech while accepting the honors

Memorable: Nomadland's Chloé Zhao, after becoming the first woman of color ever to win the honors, delivered an optimistic speech while accepting the honors

Memorable: Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao, after becoming the first woman of color ever to win the honors, delivered an optimistic speech while accepting the honors 

Emotional: Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg paid memorial to his late daughter Ida in accepting the honors for Best International Feature

Emotional: Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg paid memorial to his late daughter Ida in accepting the honors for Best International Feature

Emotional: Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg paid memorial to his late daughter Ida in accepting the honors for Best International Feature

‘We ended up making this movie for her, as her monument,’ he said. ‘So Ida, this is a miracle that just happened, You are a part of this miracle … this one is for you.’

In claiming his honors, Kaluuya paid tribute to his mother Damalie, who wept in the crowd.

‘I’d like to thank my mom,’ he said. ‘Thank you for pouring so much into me. You gave me everything. You gave me your factory settings so I could stand at my fullest height.’

Sunday’s show was held from Union Station in Los Angeles to adhere to proper social distancing protocols for the first major Hollywood gathering in a year, allowing attendees to go mask-free while on-camera or seated in the main show room. 

93RD ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland – WINNER

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

Best Picture: The Trial of the Chicago 7 is one of the eight films nominated

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day – The United States vs Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand – Nomadland – WINNER

Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman – The Father

Amanda Seyfried – Mank

Youn Yuh-jung – Minari – WINNER

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Olivia Colman is up for her role in The Father

Best Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul – WINNER

 

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You – WINNER

Opera

Yes-People

 

Best Live Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

 

Best International Feature Film

Another Round – WINNER

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound - a war film starring Tom Hanks - is up for the gong

Best Sound: Greyhound – a war film starring Tom Hanks – is up for the gong 

Best Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal  – WINNER

 

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7  

 

Best Music (Original Song)

H.E.R. – Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest

Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead

Speak Now – One Night in Miami…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is vying for the award

 Best Director  

Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round

David Fincher – Mank

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland – WINNER

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal 

 Anthony Hopkins – The Father – WINNER

Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom 

Gary Oldman – Mank

Steven Yeun – Minari 

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…

Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Lakeith Stanfield – Judas and the Black Messiah

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul – WINNER

Wolfwalkers

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Animated Feature Film:  A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is nominated

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Mulan

Pinnochio

 

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father – WINNER

Nomadland

One Night in Miami…

The White Tiger

 

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman – WINNER

Shaka King and Will Berson – Judas and the Black Messiah

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Darius Marder and Abraham Marder – Sound of Metal

 Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

 

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher – WINNER

Time

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Judas and the Black Messiah is up for the gong

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette – WINNER

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

 

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal – WINNER

The Trial of the Chicago 7

 

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank – WINNER

News of the World

Tenet

 

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet – WINNER

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Mank

Pinocchio

 

 

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