Oscars 2021: 'Another Round' is Best International Feature Film, fans say 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' was better
Director Thomas Vinterberg paid tribute to his daughter Ida, who was killed in an accident four days after the film started shooting
After a two-month postponement, the 93rd Academy Awards kicked off with much fanfare on Sunday, April 25, at 6:30 pm ET, with no hosts for tonight's ceremony amidst Covid-19 restrictions, With the most diverse nominations to date and an in-person ceremony that will not allow candidates to use Zoom, the Oscars ceremony on Sunday is expected to be historic.
The ceremony, which was conducted without a host, took place at Union Station in Los Angeles and at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the show is usually held. All eyes were on the Best International Feature Film category and the winner was 'Another Round' (Denmark). The other nominations for the category included 'Better Days' (Hong Kong), 'Collective' (Romania), 'The Man Who Sold His Skin' (Tunisia) and 'Quo Vadis, Aida?' (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Directed by Thomas Vinterberg, the film's original title is 'Druk' which means "binge drinking" in Danish. It stars Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe among others. Mikkelsen is a familiar face in the Hollywood industry, having played the antagonist in 'Casino Royale', Kaecilius in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the TV series 'Hannibal'.
Tribute to daughter
Director Thomas Vinterberg paid tribute to his daughter Ida, who was killed in an accident four days after the film started shooting. “We miss her, and I love her,” he says in a powerful speech. “We ended up making this movie for her, it’s her monument”, he said in his Oscars speech. Vinterberg was joined by his wife, Helene Reingaard Neumann who wore an ethereal high-necked baby blue gown with subtle sequins. "This is beyond anything I could ever imagine—except this is something I've always imagined...and here I am. It's real. It's amazing," the director said.
A Twitter user shared a drunk dancing scene from the movie, saying: "This scene from 'Another Round' was one of the absolute best of 2020. #Oscars".
#AnotherRound director Thomas Vinterberg pays tribute to his daughter Ida, who was killed in an accident four days after the film started shooting. “We miss her, and I love her,” he says in a powerful speech. “We ended up making this movie for her, it’s her monument” | #Oscars pic.twitter.com/sGRNsLkhrW— Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) April 26, 2021
'What if men were drunk and happy?'
"Another round winning just tells us we should all day drink while at work #oscars," a fan said while another added: "i love ANOTHER ROUND because it’s like… what if men were drunk and happy? #Oscars " "Quo Vadis Aida was better," said a user
i love ANOTHER ROUND because it’s like… what if men were drunk and happy? #Oscars— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) April 26, 2021
Quo Vadis Aida was better— fan account (@rihannalately_) April 26, 2021
The official Academy Awards preshow, ‘Oscars: Into the Spotlight’ began airing on ABC at 6:30 pm ET. With Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery as hosts, it offered a behind-the-scenes look at the big night with red carpet coverage and interviews. The main ceremony started at 8 pm ET on ABC.