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Historic firsts take center stage at the Oscars

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The 93rd Academy Awards was a celebration of diversity. Carter Evans takes a look.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Hollywood's biggest night certainly had a different look in the pandemic year. It was a night of firsts, with a plot twist at the very end. Here's CBS's Carter Evans.

CARTER EVANS: And the Oscar goes to nomads--

- I'm just houseless.

CARTER EVANS: Immigrants--


CARTER EVANS: And a Messiah.

- I am! A revolutionary!

CARTER EVANS: Women won a record 17 Oscars, including Best Director Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland."

CHLOE ZHAO: This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves.

CARTER EVANS: The film's star, Frances McDormand, won Best Actress, her third Oscar. It was a celebration of diversity, both in front of the camera and behind. Jamika Wilson and Mia Neal are the first African-American women to win for makeup and hair.

- I can picture Black trans women standing up here, and Asian sisters, and our Latina sisters.

CARTER EVANS: The fight for racial justice was also a theme.

- There's so much work to do, guys, and that's on everyone in this room. This ain't no single-man job.

CARTER EVANS: And the show had a surprise ending. The Oscar for Best Actor was expected to go to the late Chadwick Boseman.

- The Academy Award for Actor goes to Anthony Hopkins.

CARTER EVANS: Hopkins was a no-show, and so were most Americans. It was the smallest TV audience for the Oscars ever. Carter Evans, CBS News, Hollywood.