‘Parasite’ Takes Over the Oscars

Oscars 2020

Whoa. I have to say, I was really surprised to see that this year’s Oscars was a lot less mean-spirited and politically-charged than in recent years. It was a refreshing change and hopefully one that will stick. Although it began with an odd choice with Janelle Monae serenading Tom Hanks with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” in reference to his movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Fortunately, that transitioned into a show-stopping number that celebrated this year’s nominated films. Then the hostless award show brought out two former hosts from Oscars past: Steve Martin and Chris Rock, who then proceeded to act like hosts poking fun at this year’s nominees.

Highlights of the night included MayaRudolph and Kristen Wiig’s presenting the awards for production design showing off their “acting” skills, Idina Menzel singing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 with the all of the other Elsas of the world, Chrissy Metz singing “I’m Standing with You” from Breakthrough, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Farrell confusing the role of a cinematographer, Cynthia Erivo singing “Stand Up” from Harriet and a surprising lack of self-important celebrities ranting about climate change.

Negatives for night included a performance by Eminem. (With all of the pop/rock music songs that have been used for movies, why did they decide to pick one from Eminem?) Just when I thought the night was void of weird, bizarre speeches, Joaquin Phoenix (who won for best actor) didn’t let me down. Even Jane Fonda kept it classy.

And the Winner is…

Parasite was the big winner of the night not only winning the award for Best International Foreign Film, but also Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Here is who else won tonight:

Bong Joon Ho, Kwak Sin Ae, cast and crew of Parasite (Arturo Holmes/ABC)

Best Picture


Best Director

Bong Joon Ho / Parasite

Best Actress
in a Leading Role

Renee Zellweger / Judy

Best Actor
in a Leading Role

Joaquin Phoenix / Joker

Best Actress
in a Supporting Role

Laura Dern / Marriage Story

Best Actor
in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins / 1917

Best Original Screenplay

Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won / Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

Taika Waititi / Jojo Rabbit

Best International
Feature Film

Parasite (South Korea)

Best Documentary
Feature Film

American Factory

Best Animated
Feature Film

Toy Story 4

Best Live-Action Short Film

The Neighbor’s Window

Best Documentary Short Subject

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Best Animated Short Film

Hair Love

Best Costume Design

Little Women

Best Makeup and Hairstyling


Best Production Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Visual Effects


Best Original Song

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” / Rocketman

Best Original Score


Best Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari

Best Sound Mixing


Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari

(Main Image: ABC)

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