On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 2021

Television Debut

Jan 15 TV series "WandaVision" starring Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision debuts on Disney+

Golden Globes

Feb 28 78th Golden Globes: Best film "Nomadland" (drama), "Borat" (comedy), Best TV series "The Crown", Chadwick Boseman posthumously wins film Best Actor

Film & TV History

Mar 7 Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex broadcast on CBS, alleges Meaghan was made suicidal and subject to racist treatment by the palace

Film & TV History

Mar 9 UK TV host Piers Morgan leaves ITV's "Good Morning" after 41,000 complaints made about him saying he did not believe Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's statement about her mental health

  • Mar 10 Video gaming platform Roblox goes public on the New York stock exchange, valued at $45 billion

Film & TV History

Mar 18 US President Joe Biden agrees Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "killer" in ABC News interview. Putin responds "It takes one to know one" a day later.

  • Apr 5 Italy scraps its 1914 film censorship law that could ban films on moral and religious grounds

Film & TV History

Apr 6 Jeff Bezos, worth $177 billion, tops Forbes Billionaires list of 2,755 people, including new entry Kim Kardashian

BAFTA Awards

Apr 11 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held virtually; "Nomadland" best film, Chloé Zhao best director, Frances McDormand, Anthony Hopkins best acting awards

Film & TV History

Apr 13 Voice actor Hank Azaria who is white apologizes for voicing Indian character Apu on "The Simpsons" for 30 years

Academy Awards

Apr 25 93rd Academy Awards: "Nomadland" wins best film, director (Chloé Zhao), and lead actress (Frances McDormand); Anthony Hopkins best actor

Film & TV History

May 8 Tesla chief executive Tesla Elon Musk hosts "Saturday Night Live" in the US

  • May 10 NBC says it will not televise the 2022 Golden Globes because of criticism of its lack of diversity [1]
  • May 19 BBC investigation finds their 1995 Princess Dianna interview was secured through 'deceitful behavior' by journalist Martin Bashir [1]
  • May 26 Amazon says it will buy 97-year-old film and television studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $8.45 billion

Film & TV History

May 27 "Friends" reunion screens, 17 years after the TV sitcom series ended

Film & TV History

Jun 30 Pennsylvania Supreme overturns comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, ruling that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby in return for Cosby's testimony in a related civil suit; Cosby immediately released from prison

  • Jun 30 US actress Allison Mack sentenced to three years for her role in the Nxivm sex cult in New York
  • Jul 17 73rd Cannes Film Festival: Titane wins Palme d'Or, its director Frenchwoman Julie Ducournau only 2nd woman to win
  • Jul 20 Leyna Bloom becomes Sports Illustrated's first transgender cover model
  • Aug 10 "I am Legend" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman tweets "It's a movie. I made that up. It's. Not. Real." amid rumors COVID-19 vaccines could turn people into zombies, as in the film [1]
  • Aug 16 First Marvel film with an Asian superhero "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" starring Simu Liu premieres in Los Angeles
  • Aug 23 Video evidence of a Seychelles giant tortoise hunting and eating a bird revealed for the first time, tortoises previously thought to be herbivores [1]
  • Sep 11 74th Cannes Film Festival: Audrey Diwan's "Happening" (L'Événement) wins the Palme d'Or
  • Sep 17 Netflix drama "Squid Game" premieres created by Hwang Dong-hyuk

Music History

Sep 19 RuPaul becomes the most decorated black artist in Emmy history, winning his 11th award for "RuPaul’s Drag Race"

  • Sep 19 73rd Emmy Awards: "The Crown" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "Mare of Easttown" Best Limited Series

Film & TV History

Sep 27 Netflix says Shonda Rhimes' "Bridgerton" is its most-watched series ever, with "Extraction", starring Chris Hemsworth, its No. 1 film [1]

Film Premiere

Sep 28 James Bond film "No Time To Die", the last starring Daniel Craig, premieres after an 18 month delay due to the pandemic

  • Oct 5 Russia launches an actor and director to the International Space Station to make the first film in orbit

Nobel Prize

Oct 8 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression" [1]

Film & TV History

Oct 13 William Shatner becomes the oldest person to reach space, travelling aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket on a 10 minute flight

Film Premiere

Oct 18 Marvel film "Eternals" directed by Chloé Zhao, starring an ensemble cast including Gemma Chan, Richard Madden and Angelina Jolie premieres in Los Angeles

Film & TV History

Oct 21 Actor Alec Baldwin shots cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and injures director Joel Souza with a prop gun in rehearsal on a film set at Bonanza Ranch, New Mexico

Hall of Fame

Oct 30 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Foo Fighters; The Go-Go's; Jay-Z; Carole King; Todd Rundgren; Tina Turner; Kraftwerk; Gil Scott-Heron; Charley Patton; LL Cool J; Billy Preston; Randy Rhodes; and Clarence Avant

Film & TV History

Nov 9 Actor Paul Rudd is named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive

Film & TV History

Nov 10 New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson sells Weta Digital's technology division to video games company Unity for US$1.6 billion [1]

  • Nov 23 NASA launches its DART Mission, to test technology to prevent future impact on earth by hazardous asteroid, by deliberately crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid (in a real life echo of the movie Armageddon) [1]
  • Nov 25 Peter Jackson's documentary series "The Beatles: Get Back" premieres on Disney+

Music History

Dec 5 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held for Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels and Justino Diaz with President Biden attending in Washington D.C.

  • Dec 9 Actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of falsely reporting a hate crime in 2019, in a Chicago court
  • Dec 13 70th Miss Universe Contest won by Miss India's Harnaaz Sandhu in Eilat, Israel

Film Premiere

Dec 13 Marvel superhero film "Spider-Man: No Way Home" starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by Jon Watts, premieres in Los Angeles