Oscars 2020


South Korean black comedy film Parasite was the big winner at the Oscars this year!

This year’s award ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and, for the second year in a row, there was no host.

Singer and actor Janelle Monae opened the Oscars with an energetic musical performance which paid tribute to the films of the year.

Parasite won the award for Best Picture, beating out Hollywood hits like Joker and 1917. The film made history by being the first non-English language to win an Academy Award.

“We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” said the producer, via an interpreter.

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won the Best Director award for Parasite.

Other big winners included Brad Pitt, who won the first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Laura Dern, who won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Marriage Story.

Pitt said this awards season had put him in a reflective mood.

“I am not one to look back but this has made me do so and I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in and seeing Butch and the Sundance Kid … loading out the car and moving out here … Gina (Davis) and Ridley (Scott) giving me my first shot (in 1991’s Thelma and Louise).”

“To all of the wonderful people I have met along the way to stand here right now…. Once Upon A Time I Hollywood? Ain’t that the truth! This is for my kids who colour everything I do. I adore you.”

Laura Dern dedicated her ward to her “heroes”, her acting legend parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, while Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for Joker.

Rapper Eminem took to the stage for a surprise performance of Lose Yourself which was the theme song to his 2003 film 8 Mile, confusing a few stars in the audience.

Below is the full list of winners this year: (winners indicated in bold)

Actor in a Leading Role

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Actor in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Actress in a leading role 

Renee Zellweger – Judy
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Actress in a supporting role 

Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Animated feature film 

Toy Story 4
How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link


Roger Deakins – 1917
Rodrigo Prieto – The Irishman 
Lawrence Sher – Joker
Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse
Robert Richardson – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran – Little Women
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson – The Irishman
Mayes C Rubeo – Jojo Rabbit
Mark Bridges – Joker
Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood 


Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Sam Mendes – 1917
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood 

Documentary (Feature)

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama

Documentary (Short subject)

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If you’re a girl)
In the Absence
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Film Editing

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland – Ford v Ferrari 
Thelma Schoonmaker – The Irishman
Tom Eagles – Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth – Joker
Yang Jinmo – Parasite

International Feature Film

Parasite – South Korea
Corpus Christi – Poland
Honeyland – North Macedonia
Les Miserables – France
Pain and Glory – Spain

Make-up and hairstyling

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – Bombshell
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou – Joker
Jeremy Woodhead – Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole – 1917

Music (original score)

Hildur Guonadottir – Joker
Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
Randy Newman – Marriage Story
Thomas Newman – 1917 
John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

Music (original song)

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4
I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough
Into the Unknown – Frozen II
Stand Up – Harriet

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood

Production Design

Barbara Ling, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh – Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood
Bob Shaw, Set Decoration: Regina Graves – The Irishman
Ra Vincent, Set Decoration: Nora Sopkova – Jojo Rabbit
Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Lee Sandales – 1917
Lee Ha Jun, Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo – Parasite 

Short Film (animated)

Hair Love – Matthew A Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
Dcera (Daughter) – Daria Kashcheeva
Kitbull – Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Memorable – Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
Sister – Siqi Song

Short Film (live action)

The Neighbor’s Window – Marshall Curry
Brotherhood – Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
Saria – Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
A Sister – Delphine Girard

Sound Editing

Donald Sylvester – Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray – Joker
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate – 1917 
Wylie Stateman – Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood
Matthew Wood and David Acord – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson – 1917 
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano – Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A Morrow – Ford v Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland – Joker 
Michael Minkler, Christian P Minkler and Mark Ulano – Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood 

Visual Effects

Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy – 1917 
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick – Avengers: Endgame
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli – The Irishman
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman – The Lion King
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 

Writing (adapted screenplay)

Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit
Steven Zaillian – The Irishman
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver – Joker 
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes

Writing (original screenplay)

Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Rian Johnson – Knives Out
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns – 1917 
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood 

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Written by Rekha Kulen


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