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And the Oscars Go To…

The 92nd annual Academy Awards were handed out last night. There were very few surprises, good or bad. I was very happy to see Bong Joon-Ho and “Parasite” win big. Watching Bong give his surprised acceptance of the Oscar for Best Director was one of the highlights of the night. I am really excited for the massive increase in attention “Parasite” now has. It is now the first movie not in the English language to win Best Picture, hopefully encouraging many more people to seek it out. For my full review of “Parasite,” click here. My one disappointment was probably Renée Zellweger’s win for Best Actress in “Judy.” Since the nominations were announced several weeks ago, I have seen “Judy,” and I would say Zellweger’s performance was about the only thing about the movie which I did not hate. However, I really think Scarlett Johansson was more deserving of the Oscar for her powerful performance in “Marriage Story.” I guess I was pleasantly surprised to see Eminem on stage performing his classic Oscar winning song “Lose Yourself,” though I would say his appearance certainly made it even more obvious this year’s batch of nominees for Best Original Song were all pretty unremarkable comparatively. 


Here is the full list of last night’s winners: 


Performance by an actor in a leading role:

Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker”


Performance by an actor in a supporting role:

Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”


Performance by an actress in a leading role:

Renée Zellweger in “Judy”


Performance by an actress in a supporting role:

Laura Dern in “Marriage Story”


Best animated feature film of the year:

“Toy Story 4”

Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera


Achievement in cinematography:


Roger Deakins


Achievement in costume design nominees:

“Little Women”

Jacqueline Durran


Achievement in directing:


Bong Joon Ho


Best documentary feature:

“American Factory”

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert


Best documentary short subject:

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (When You’re a Girl)”

Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva


Achievement in film editing:

“Ford v Ferrari”

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland


Best international feature film of the year:


South Korea

Directed by Bong Joon Ho


Achievement in makeup and hairstyling nominees:


Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):


Hildur Guðnadóttir


Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):

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

Music by Elton John

Lyric by Bernie Taupin


Best motion picture of the year:


Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers


Achievement in production design:

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Production Design: Barbara Ling

Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


Best animated short film nominees:

“Hair Love”

Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver


Best live action short film:

“The Neighbor’s Window”

Marshall Curry


Achievement in sound editing:

“Ford v Ferrari”

Donald Sylvester


Achievement in sound mixing:


Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson


Achievement in visual effects:


Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy


Adapted screenplay:

“Jojo Rabbit”

Screenplay by Taika Waititi


Original screenplay:


Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won

Story by Bong Joon Ho

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