Frances McDormand Wins Oscar for Best Actress & Jokes about the Ceremony Needing a Karaoke Bar

Olowokandi Fiyin
Apr 26, 2021
03:50 P.M.
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Frances McDormand bagged the award for Best Actress at the 2021 Oscars. The renowned actress joked about the ceremony needing a karaoke bar in her acceptance speech.


At the recently-concluded 2021 Oscars ceremony, Frances McDormand made headlines for taking home the award for Best Actress for her stellar performance in the movie "Nomadland."

The renowned actress emerged on top, defeating Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Vaness Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman).

Frances McDormand accepts Best Female Lead onstage during the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


During her acceptance speech for the accolade, McDormand showed off her hilarious side as she cracked a joke about the award show needing a karaoke bar. The Hollywood star said:

"Look, they didn't ask me, but if they had, I would have said karaoke. Because when you've got voices like Leslie [Odom Jr.] and Marcus [Mumford], we should have had a karaoke bar."


After a reaction from the audience, the four-time Academy Award winner revealed that she had no words before giving a cryptic statement about her voice being in her sword. She then likened her sword to her work.

McDormand spoke about her portrayal of Fern and how in most ways, it revealed parts of herself.


McDormand concluded her speech, declaring that she loved work and appreciating the Academy for recognizing it and giving her the award. The win for Best Actress made it the third Oscar for the actress.

Later the night, she bagged the fourth one when the western drama won Best Picture. In "Nomadland," McDormand played the role of a widow in the '60s named Fern who embarked on a journey through the American West after a failed business.


In an interview with the New York Times, McDormand spoke about her portrayal of Fern and how in most ways, it revealed parts of herself that she had kept secret throughout her more than four-decade career.

The 63-year-old confessed that her nomad character mirrored a past decision in her life when she wanted to turn her back on Hollywood, change her name, and drive off in an R.V after reaching 60 years old.


She recalled telling her husband that she was ready to give up acting as the industry was becoming ageist. However, with the help of director Chloé Zhao, she was able to tap into those areas of her life.

It's no surprise that


bagged the award for Best Actress as she has been often praised for embodying her character. Some of her

memorable roles

 include "Blood Simple," "Fargo," and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."