2020 Oscar Awards Winners

 

Film directors, producers, and actors came dressed to impress for the 2020 Oscar Awards this year, as always, stunning in bold colours, brazen fashion ensembles, and their most camera-friendly smiles. Outside of the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, the red carpet experienced an unexpected downpour, but the weather could not put a damper on the glamour and glitz of the pre-Oscars red carpet parade.

The adorable young duo, Archie Yates and Roman Griffin Davis from Oscar-winning movie Jojo Rabbit showed off with jumps, laughs, and bunny ear poses as celebrities and news reporters moved along the legendary red carpet shortly before the 92nd annual Academy Awards kicked off.

For the second year in a row, the Academy Awards took to the Dolby Theatre stage without an official emcee. Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment had announced in January 2020, “Let me confirm it now, together with the Academy, that there will be no traditional host this year." This decision came from the gaffe-turned-into-“successful formula,” which led to the decision to eliminate a host for the 2020 show, as well.

Kevin Hart was declared the host of the 2019 Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but due to old anti-gay tweets that came to light and the mounting uproar that ensued, Hart chose to relinquish the emcee spot within days of the announcement.

Shortly after the Academy made it official that there would not be a host in 2019, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted that the Oscars had originally asked him to host the show, but he could not make the schedule work around shooting Jumanji. Despite all of the madness surrounding host picks, the 2019 Oscars reeled in approximately 30 million viewers, a 14.3 per cent uptick of ratings from the previous year's all-time low, thus earning the “successful formula” for a host-less show that Burke declared would be repeated in 2020. 

 

Highlights of the 2020 Oscar Awards

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Billy Porter landed at the top of the list for extravagant attire this year with a gold feather embellished breastplate top, flared ancient Rome skirt, and gold high heeled boots to top it all off. 

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Billie Eilish's baggy but classic tweed suit made by Chanel looked more like comfy pyjamas than an ensemble for the Oscars.

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Janelle Monae's Ralph Lauren dress featured over 168,000 Swarovski crystals and looked like a gown from the future.

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Brie Larson's gown, a slimming and sultry number, was designed by Celine by Hedi Slimane.

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Scarlett Johansson, nominated for two Oscars, glowed goddess-like in a champagne dress designed by Oscar de la Renta featuring a gilded fishnet bodice, dripping embellishments, and train flowing behind her.

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Probably one of the best on the red carpet, Cynthia Erivo arrived in Atelier Versace, a stunning white gown cut to show off one of her beautifully toned legs.

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The biggest highlight of the night, however, was the shattering of Oscar history after ninety-two years of bestowing Academy Awards. “Parasite,” the South Korean box office thriller by Bong Joon Ho, became the first movie not in the English language to win an Oscar for best picture. The film had grossed over $167.6 million worldwide in movie theatres as of 9 February 2020, the most any South Korean film has ever made in the history of cinema.

More epic than that, “Parasite” also won best director, original screenplay, and international feature from the Academy. These honours gave non-white film directors and producers a reason to embrace the future of film accolades. There was finally a glimmer of hope that the Oscars might start recognizing a more diverse spectrum of nominees after almost a hundred years of acknowledging only white directors, producers, actors, and film storylines.

The sweeping win was not enough for viewers who thought the cast deserved an award if a movie received multiple Oscars, though. One tweet mentioned, “'Parasite' is the 6th film with a predominantly Asian cast to score 5+ nominations w/o a single acting nod.”

The film's nuclear victory did not come in time to suppress digs at the Academy following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2015 and 2016, either. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was started by April Reign in 2015, the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, calling out the Oscars for the lack of ethnic diversity it has embodied since 1929. When she posted the Tweet from the comfort of her home, she did not expect the hashtag to turn into a national movement to change the Oscars.

Jabs at the Academy concerning the nearly completely white nominee list were sprinkled throughout the show during speeches and performances. Janelle Monáe opened the show with a bizarre six-minute-long amalgamation that celebrated the art of storytelling and expressed how nervous nominees feel on the night of the Oscars.

The number started with a Mr Rogers-themed tribute, during which Monáe placed her bowler hat on Tom Hanks' head, a nod to the movie for which he was nominated for best supporting actor, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. She made sure to stir the pot by singing “Oscars so white!” during her performance, and shouted out “I'm so proud to stand here as a black, queer artist telling stories! Happy Black History Month!”

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Comedic duo, Steve Martin and Chris Rock took the stage next. They quipped about various nominated movies, nominees, and even audience members like billionaire president, founder, and chief executive of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and the illustrious American film director, screenwriter, and producer, Martin Scorsese.

Then, Rock declared that there were “so many great directors nominated this year.” Martin seemed to disagree, ”I don't know, Chris, I thought there was something missing from the list this year.” Rock asked, “Vaginas?” and Martin and Rock concurred at the same time, “Yeah.” The obvious banter referred to the absence of female directors on the nomination list.

Then, Martin introduced, “Cynthia Erivo is here tonight.” Rock echoed, “Yes, Cynthia Erivo is here tonight.” After the applause died down, Rock continued, “Cynthia did such a great job in Harriet hiding black people that the Academy got her to hide all of the black nominees.” The audience giggled at a dull roar while Rock asked, “Is Eddie Murphy under this stage?”

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Toward the middle of the Oscars, a half-time show of sorts, Utkarsh Ambudkar recapped the show with a clever freestyle rap. He jeered, “I'm here to recap the show and emcee for a bunch of nominees that don't look like me.” At the end of the wordplay, he vocalized, “Been a long time, tryin' to be colourblind. What you seein' right in front of you's a sign of the times...Keep an open mind. I'm sure we'll find that there's plenty of light in here for us all to shine. Us all to shine.”

Most likely due to the lack of a host, the 2020 Oscars was so packed full of artists and performances, some people may have forgotten they were watching an award ceremony about movies. As if to demonstrate how diverse the Oscars can be, the Academy scheduled an assortment of artists to perform a potpourri of music performances. Elton John took to the piano on stage to play “(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again,” his award-winning best original song from Rocketman. Likewise, Randy Newman also played the piano while he heralded his nominated “I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away,” from Toy Story 4.

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Crissy Metz soulfully belted out the 11-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren's “I'm Standing With You,” from Breakthrough, and AURORA sang background for Idina Menzel, who executed the well-known “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II, both nominated for best original song. Oscar nominee for best actress, Cynthia Erivo, received a standing ovation for her performance of “Stand Up,” also nominated for best original song.

Two weeks after her victorious Grammys sweep, Billie Eilish sang a slow, simpler rendition of the Beatles' 1965 song “Yesterday,” for the In Memoriam performance. She was joined by her brother, Finneas O'Connell, who played the piano. During a surprise performance, Eminem rocked the microphone with his acclaimed “Lose Yourself,” which won the best original song in 2003 at the 75th annual Academy Awards. While some of the audience sang along with Eminem, Martin Scorsese appeared to nod off during the performance.

Aside from the “Parasite” victories, the Cynthia Erivo nomination for best actress for “Harriet,” and the performances, 2020 was yet another non-diverse year for the Oscars. Regardless of how diverse the performers were, the lack of inclusion the Academy has displayed in the form of Oscar Awards and nominations during the past century will most likely continue to be a source of controversy until the nomination lists become more diversified.

The Academy has considered the harsh criticism, though, inviting 842 professionals from the film industry (from 59 countries) to become members on the voting panel. Maybe Utkarsh Ambudkar is right. Maybe there is enough light for everyone to shine.   

 

Complete List of 2020 Oscar Awards Winners

Best supporting actor

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

Best animated feature

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

Best original screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite
WINNER

Best adapted screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
WINNER
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best live-action short

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
WINNER
Saria
A Sister

Best animated short

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
WINNER
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best production design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
WINNER
Parasite

Best costume design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best documentary

American Factory WINNER
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best documentary short

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

Best supporting actress

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

Best cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best sound editing

Ford v FerrariWINNER
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best sound mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best film editing

Ford v FerrariWINNER
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best visual effects

Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917
WINNER
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best makeup and hair

BombshellWINNER
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best international feature film

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite
WINNER

Best original score

Joker WINNER
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best original song

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

Best actor

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

Best actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, JudyWINNER

Best director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, ParasiteWINNER

Best picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite
WINNER

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