I’m on an Oscar High! The 92nd Academy Awards

I’m on an Oscar high! The 92nd Academy Awards just wrapped up. This might be the best ceremony by far, at least for Parasite’s win. I could ask for more, but for now, I am celebrating!

Nominations

As usual, there are a lot of issues circulating in The Academy again. There are only a very few females that have been nominated, and the best director isn’t even one of them, making this year the second consecutive time without a female Best Director nomination. The list of nominees is also male white-dominated, which I already expected. Based on Oscar’s history, all categories have almost always been male-dominated, with lead characters in the nominated films being predominantly male.

The Farewell, one of the best films last year that didn’t make it to the cut

Jennifer Lopez’s take on the character Lorene in Hustlers made a lot of waves in the critics, so I am wondering why she didn’t make it to the cut. Akwafina, the Golden Globes Best Actress winner, along with her film The Farewell didn’t make it to either. Song Kang Ho of Parasite could’ve also been nominated for Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor. These occurrences made me question the academy once again.

The 92nd Academy Awards

However, the show went on. The Academy is unstoppable. The 92nd Academy Awards was held on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

Parasite, by Bong Joon Ho makes Oscar history as the first foreign film to win Best Picture

I, as an Asian, rejoice over Parasite’s big Oscar win. It was my prediction, but I wasn’t completely hopeful despite the fact that the film also won last year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. That’s because based on some Oscar history, this has not been the case. The Academy has had several critics regarding their choices, with this vlogger lavishly exposing what the Academy’s real business is about. However, I am currently very giddy and almost in tears for our Asian neighbor’s win, and I’m hoping that the next Academy Awards would feature a more diverse set of nominations, and perhaps a Filipino film, finally (I mean, nothing is impossible, right)? And maybe French, Swedish, Japanese, etc. usual Palme d’Or winners to also make it to The Academy.

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


Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

This is the film I look forward to watching after the Oscars as I’m a fan of Judy Garland.

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

Yay! Bong Joon Ho!

Best Director
Winner: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Sam Mendes (1917)

This Oscars has been very historic to people of color (yellow) that we almost forget that our favorite hunk just won his first Oscar!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

It’s true. Her win has been long overdue.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Best Animated Feature
Winner: Toy Story 4
Missing Link
Klaus
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body

Best Documentary Feature
Winner: American Factory
For Sama
Honeyland
The Edge of Democracy
The Cave

Best International Feature Film
Winner: Parasite
Les Misérables
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Pain and Glory

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Han Jin-won (Parasite)
Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Rian Johnson (Knives Out)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
Todd Phillips( Joker)
Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)
Scott Silver (Joker)

Best Cinematography
Winner: Roger Deakins (1917)
Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishman)
Robert Richardson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Jarin Blaschke (The Lighthouse)
Lawrence Sher (Joker)

Best Visual Effects
Winner: 1917
Avengers: Endgame
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Lion King
The Irishman

Best Sound Mixing
Winner: Stuart Wilson and Mark Taylor (1917)
Steve A. Morrow (Ford v Ferrari)
Michael Minkler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Tom Ozanich and Tod A. Maitland (Joker)
Mark Ulano, Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson (Ad Astra)
Mark Ulano (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Editing
Winner: Andrew Buckland (Ford v Ferrari)
Tom Eagles (Jojo Rabbit)
Jeff Groth (Joker)
Thelma Schoonmaker (The Irishman)
Yang Jin-Mo (Parasite)

Best Sound Editing
Winner: Donald Sylvester (Ford v Ferrari)
Oliver Tarney (1917)
Rachael Tate (1917)
Wylie Stateman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
David Acord (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Matthew Wood (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Alan Robert Murray (Joker)

Best Original Score
Winner: Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
1917 (Thomas Newman)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)
Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
Marriage Story (Randy Newman)

Best Original Song
Winner: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
I’m Standing With You (Diane Warren)
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Randy Newman)
Stand Up (Cynthia Erivo, Joshuah Campbell)
Into the Unknown (Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez)

Best Costume Design
Winner: Jacqueline Durran (Little Women)
Christopher Peterson and Sandy Powell (The Irishman)
Mark Bridges (Joker)
Mayes C. Rubeo (Jojo Rabbit)
Arianne Phillips (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Production Design
Winner: Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Won-Woo Cho and Lee Ha-Jun (Parasite)
Nora Sopková and Ra Vincent (Jojo Rabbit)
Regina Graves and Bob Shaw (The Irishman)
Lee Sandales and Dennis Gassner (1917)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Winner:  Vivian Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji (Bombshell)
Kay Gorgiou and Nicki Ledermann (Joker)
Jeremy Woodhead (Judy)
(Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)
Tristain Versluis, Naomi Donne, and Rebecca Cole (1917)

Best Documentary Short Film
Winner: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
In the Absence
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film
Winner: The Neighbors’ Window
Nefta Football Club
Brotherhood
Saria
A Sister

Best Animated Short Film
Winner: Hair Love
Kitbull
Mémorable
Daughter
Sister

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