2020 Oscars: All Parasite, No Host

2020 Oscars: All Parasite, No Host

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, were presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today, to award the best films of 2019. South Korean film PARASITE (directed by Bong Joon-ho) took out the Oscar for Best Picture, the first foreign language film to achieve this. Before awards season began, PARASITE was not even thought of as an outsider, however as the weeks passed it won accolades from numerous film festivals such as AACTA, BAFTA, Cannes, The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Writers Guild of America to name some of the more prominent awards. So far, the film has taken home more than 100 awards since mid-2019

Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 had collected several awards including the Golden Globes and from the Directors Guild. It was widely tipped to take home the Best Picture Oscar, but instead received three technical awards.

For the second year in a row, the ceremony did not have a host, although some felt that comedians Chris Rock and Steve Martin acted as substitutes and this was one of the targets of their presentation. As Martin said, “We have both hosted the Oscars before and this is such an incredible demotion.”

The audience was at first confused by the appearance of Eminem singing his 2003 Oscar-winner Lose Yourself from the movie 8 MILE. By the end of the performance he was given a standing ovation. At the time of his winning, he had refused to perform the song because it would have been censored for broadcast. Some censoring still occurred, but apparently, Eminem has accepted this. Or as the man himself explained on Twitter “”Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @The Academy,” he wrote, “Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”

Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for JOKER. Best Actress was Renée Zellweger for her portrayal of Judy Garland in JUDY. Best Supporting Actor went to Brad Pitt for ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and Best Supporting Actress was Laura Dern for MARRIAGE STORY.

Dern’s Oscar was one of the few bright spots for Netflix who dominated with 24 nominations, but only received two wins (The other being AMERICAN FACTORY, a documentary about an Ohio plant reopened by a Chinese billionaire, won Best Feature Documentary.) Netflix received multiple awards in 2019 and reportedly spent millions making prestige movies in the past year, following that up with millions in publicity campaigns.

Despite Netflix’s campaigning not going to plan, the future of the Academy Awards will involve more and more content from streaming services and if this year is any guide, the Oscars look set to transform into something different as it approaches it’s 100th anniversary. Perhaps PARASITE is a pointer to the awards becoming truly global.

Full Winners List

 BEST PICTURE

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

WINNER: Parasite

 

BEST ACTRESS

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy

 

BEST ACTOR

Antonio Banderas, Pain And Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

WINNER: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story 4

WINNER: I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman

I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough

Into the Unknown, Frozen II

Stand Up, Harriet

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

WINNER: Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Corpus Christi

Honeyland

Les Misérables

Pain And Glory

WINNER: Parasite

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

WINNER: Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil

1917

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

WINNER: 1917

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

 

BEST EDITING

WINNER: Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

WINNER: 1917

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

WINNER: 1917

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

WINNER: Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise Of SkyWalker

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

In The Absence

WINNER: Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

WINNER: American Factory

The Cave

The Edge Of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

WINNER: Little Women

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

WINNER: Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

Parasite

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

WINNER: The Neighbours’ Window

Saria

A Sister

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Irishman

WINNER: Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

WINNER: Parasite

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

Dcera (Daughter)

WINNER: Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

WINNER: Toy Story 4

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood

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