Oscars 2020 Winners: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and More

Much to the everyone’s surprise, Parasite won the best picture award, actress Renée Zellweger made a huge comeback and won the best actress award and everyone’s favourite this year, Joaquin Phoenix, took away the award for best actor.
Oscars 2020 Winners: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and More
Clockwise: Joaquin Phoenix, Bong Joon-ho, Brad Pitt and Renée Zellweger

With or without a host, the 92nd Academy Awards was an event that didn’t fail to entertain and impress movie lovers around the world. Though simply steered by the presenters who came out to give away the Oscars, the show still had it’s nail biting moments as some movies performed as expected while some beyond expectations.

1917, everyone’s favourite for the best picture award, didn’t fail to impress by winning 3 awards – Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing. However, it did not win the Best Picture award as a far better and impressive film emerged as winner. 

Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, stole the show and won 4 awards – Best original screenplay, International feature film, Best director and surprisingly the Best Picture award. The overjoyed cast and crew of the movie remarked that they had thought that the awards function was wrapped up for them after the Best International Feature Film award. Also, Parasite now became the first ever international film to win an Oscar for Best Film. The South Korean film was the first foreign-language movie to win the top award. It also won best director, best international film and best original screenplay.

The award that turned out as everybody had predicted and hoped for and were waiting eagerly (including us) was that of the Best Actor, given out to Joaquin Phoenix! What a pleasant moment that turned out to be. He deserved it for all that he had given to the character of ‘Joker’ and we had written earlier why he had to win the award. You can read the article here in case you missed it: Will Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker laugh at the Oscars

(We had hoped the same for Scarlett Johansson for her double nominations but the decision makers made the right choice by giving away the Best Actress award to Renée Zellweger.)

Renée Zellweger won the Best Actress award for her impressive portrayal of Judy Garland in the film ‘Judy’ and she totally deserved it. She has proved that her acting skills have only improved with her ageing but are touching new heights. Now this is one accomplishment she will surely note down in ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’.

Brad Pitt won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role of stuntman Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’ and during his acceptance speech, made a funny remark on Trump’s impeachment trials and how the Senate voted against the allowing of witnesses.

He remarked, “They told me I only had 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I’m thinking maybe Quentin (Tarantino) does a movie about it and in the end the adults do the right thing.”

Laura Dern won her first ever Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Nora Fanshaw, a tough and blunt divorce attorney, after being nominated twice in the past, for Best Actress Best Supporting Actress. A visibly overjoyed and emotional Dern couldn’t help praising her parents and also role models, “Some say, never meet your heroes. I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents,” she said emotionally. She further added, “I share this with my acting legends, my heroes, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You’ve got game. I love you.”

There were some well-deserved wins in the other nominations as well this year and below is a complete list of Oscar 2020 Winners.

Oscar for Best Picture

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Parasite (Won the Award)

Ford v Ferrari

Oscar for Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker (Won the Award)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Oscar for Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Renée Zellweger, Judy (Won the Award)

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Oscar for Best Director

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (Won the Award)

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Won the Award)

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story (Won the Award)

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Oscar for Best Music (Original Song)

“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough

“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II

“Stand Up” from Harriet

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

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4

“Glasgow” from Wild Rose

Oscar for Best Music (Original Score)

Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker (Won the Award)

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Oscar for Best International feature film

Les Misérables, France

Honeyland, North Macedonia

Corpus Christi, Poland

Parasite, South Korea (Won the Award)

Pain and Glory, Spain

Oscar for Best Makeup and hairstyling

Bombshell (Won the Award)

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

Oscar for Best Visual effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 (Won the Award)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Oscar for Best film editing

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (Won the Award)

Parasite

Oscar for Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, 1917 (Won the Award)

Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman

Lawrence Sher, Joker

Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Oscar for Best Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

Joker

1917 (Won the Award)

Ford v Ferrari

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Oscar for Best Sound Editing

1917

Ford v Ferrari (Won the Award)

Joker

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

American Factory (Won the Award)

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland

Oscar for Documentary Short feature

In the Absence

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

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Oscar for Best costume design

Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman

Mark Bridges, Joker

Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women (Won the Award)

Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

Oscar for Best production design

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (Won the Award)

The Irishman

1917

Jojo Rabbit

Parasite

Oscar for Live-action short film

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window (Won the Award)

Saria

A Sister

Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit (Won the Award)

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker

Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

Rian Johnson, Knives Out

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (Won the Award)

Oscar for Best Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love (Won the Award)

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4 (Won the Award)

So, the Academy bestowed the best of the best with well deserved Oscars and though it was a tough competition, the judges went with popular choices in many of the nominations, the biggest one being Parasite, a movie that may have set a precedent for international movies.

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