Nomadland has swept the Oscars with wins for its director Chloe Zhao and its lead Frances McDormand as well as best film – with British stars Daniel Kaluuya and Emerald Fennell also among the winners.

Zhao, who was born in China, is the first woman from an ethnically diverse background to win the Academy Award for directing, and the second woman in history, after Kathryn Bigelow’s triumph 11 years ago for The Hurt Locker.

Accepting her statuette for her directing, Zhao told the audience at Los Angeles’ Union Station: “I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world.

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Oscars highlights: Nomadland wins big

“So this is for anyone who had the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that.”

Nomadland continued its dominant run, with Frances McDormand picking up the award for best actress, who told the crowd the night needed a karaoke bar.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was absent from the ceremony, won the award for best actor for his performance in The Father, with the film also winning best adapted screenplay.

Sir Anthony’s win came as somewhat of a shock, with Chadwick Boseman widely tipped to win posthumously for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – one of his final films before his death.

Daniel Kaluuya, winner of the award for best actor in a supporting role for "Judas and the Black Messiah," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)
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Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor. Pic: AP

In a video on Instagram after the ceremony, Sir Anthony said that he “did not expect to get this award”.

He added: “I’m very grateful to the Academy and thank you, and I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who was taken from us far too early.

“And again, thank you all very much… I feel very privileged and honoured.”

Elsewhere, Daniel Kaluuya was named best supporting actor for his role as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah, while Emerald Fennell walked off with best original screenplay for her debut movie and Sky Original, Promising Young Woman.

Judas And The Black Messiah also won best original song, giving the film two wins in LA.

Taking to the stage, Kaluuya, who is the first black British winner of the supporting actor award, said he admired Fred Hampton, who was shot and killed by police in Chicago in 1969, adding: “When they played divide and conquer, we say unite and ascend.

“There’s so much work to do guys and that’s on everyone in this room.

“This ain’t no single man job. We’ve got work to do.

“I’m going to get back to work Tuesday morning, because tonight I’m going out.”

Sound Of Metal, starring Briton Riz Ahmed as a punk drummer who loses his hearing, also took home two awards –