NOMADLAND wins Oscar for Best Film

26. April 2021

The big winners at this year's Oscars are the makers of NOMADLAND, which won Best Picture and took home two other top prizes: Chloé Zhao was awarded for directing, Frances McDormand for leading actress. The road movie was shown as a gala premiere at ZFF last autumn. Our festival films SOUND OF METAL and THE FATHER were also honoured with two additional Oscars each.

Chloé Zhao (Photo: Reuters / Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

The six-time nominated drama NOMADLAND was rewarded with three Oscars: Best Film, Best Director (Chloé Zhao) and Best Actress (Frances McDormand). The film already thrilled our programme team and our audience last year and screened at the ZFF as a Gala Premiere. The theatrical release in Switzerland is planned for next June.

Since her neo-western THE RIDER, director Chloé Zhao has been considered one of the most exciting new voices in American independent cinema and has already won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for NOMADLAND as best film. She is the second woman in history to win the Oscar for Best Directing after Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER).


19 years after his unforgettable performance in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Anthony Hopkins is honoured for the second time with an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role: In THE FATHER he embodies a man who fights his dementia. The filmmakers were also able to claim an award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film is scheduled to be shown in cinemas in Switzerland from 20 May.

After six nominations, the drama SOUND OF METAL won in two categories: One Oscar for Best Editing and one for Best Sound. The film won the feature film competition at ZFF in 2019 and can currently be seen on Amazon Prime.

The 93rd Academy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles and broadcast live. The complete overview of all winners can be found at