Parasite surprised everyone at the 92nd Academy Awards taking home the most awards of the night (four) which resulted in victories in categories everyone thought would be for 1917. Read the events and results below:

The show kicked off with Janelle Monae and a performance paying tribute to Mr. Rogers. The performance included dancers dressed in get-ups from 2019 films not nominated such as Dolemite Is My Name, Midsommar and Us.

The Oscars saw an introduction from comedy legends Steve Martin and Chris Rock. There were jokes about big speeches, black people and the police, Scorsese Irishman length jokes and Bezos being rich which was amazing. They highlighted the absence of female nominated directors – something missing (vaginas). No black nominees when it started. One now.

The first musical performance saw Aurora and Elsa’s from around the world performing Into The Unknown. The performance featured Idina Menzel and voice actresses from Japan, Poland, Thailand, Germany, Norway, Russia, Spain & Castillian Spanish dub and Denmark.

The next song performance was Diane Warren performing “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough which was a powerful performance accompanied by a large vocal chorus.

After Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a segment on the songs that have shaped films and vice-versa, there was a prolonged moment of scenes from 8 Mile. This resulted in a surprise performance from Eminem playing his Oscar winning hit ‘Lose Yourself’ and I would have been happy if that hadn’t happened.

Music legend, Randy Newman graced the stage with a colourful set design featuring cloud designs of popular Toy Story characters for his track “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4. A classic track.

Tom Hanks gave a speech about museums and the lack of one dedicated to motion pictures. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open its doors on 14th December 2020.

Cynthia Erivo performed the original song ‘Stand Up’ from the movie Harriet. A moving performance and a powerful song.

James Corden and Rebel Wilson came out dressed as their characters from the disappointing Cats remake and mocked the importance of visual effects in movies.

The final nominated song performance was from legend, Elton John with his song ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from Rocketman. A groovy piece with eccentrically-bright stage design.

Spielberg introduced the ‘those in the industry we have lost’ section which was accompanied by a performance from Billie Eilish covering The Beatles ‘Yesterday’.

Joaquin Phoenix won his first Academy Award which was also his fourth nomination.



  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbors’ Window *WINNER*

  • Saria
  • A Sister

(Presented by Shia LaBeouf & Zachary Gottsagen)

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

(Presented by Mark Ruffalo)

Best Animated Short

  • Dcera (Daughter)
  • Hair Love *WINNER*

  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister

“It was a labour of love (…) we have a firm belief that representation matters deeply.”

(Presented by Mindy Kayling)

Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Endgame – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken & Dan Sudick
  • The Irishman – Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser & Stephane Grabli
  • The Lion King – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones & Elliot Newman
  • 1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler & Dominic Tuohy *WINNER*

  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach & Dominic Tuohy

(Presented by Rebel Wilson & James Corden)

Best Sound Mixing

  • Ad Astra – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson & Mark Ulano
  • Ford v Ferrari – Paul Massey, David Giammarco & Steven A. Morrow.
  • Joker – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic & Tod Maitland.
  • 1917 – Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson. *WINNER*

  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler & Mark Ulano.

(Presented by Oscar Issac and Salma Hayek)

Best Sound Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari  – Donald Sylvester *WINNER*

  • Joker – Alan Robert Murray.
  • 1917 – Oliver Tarney & Rachel Tate.
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Wylie Stateman.
  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Matthew Wood & David Acord.

(Presented by Oscar Issac and Salma Hayek)

Best Production Design

  • The Irishman – Bob Shaw & Regina Graves.
  • Jojo Rabbit – Ra Vincent & Nora Sopsková.
  • 1917 – Dennis Gassner & Lee Sandales.
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh *WINNER*

  • Parasite – Lee Ha Jun & Cho Won Woo.

(Presented by Kristen Wig & Maya Rudolph)

Best Original Song

  • I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4 (Randy Newman).
  • (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman (Sir Elton John & Bernie Taupin) *WINNER*

  • I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough (Diane Warren).
  • Into The Unknown – Frozen 2 (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez).
  • Stand Up – Harriet (Joshua Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo).

(Presented by Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson & Gal Gadot)

Best Original Score

  • Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir *WINNER*

  • Little Women – Alexandre Desplat.
  • Marriage Story – Randy Newman.
  • 1917 – Thomas Newman.
  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – John Williams.

(Presented by Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson & Gal Gadot)

Best Make-Up & Hairstyling

  • Bombshell – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan & Vivian Baker. *WINNER*

  • Joker – Nicki Ledermann & Kay Georgiou.
  • Judy – Jeremy Woodhead.
  • Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil – Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten & David White.
  • 1917 – Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis & Rebecca Cole.

(Presented by Ray Romano and Sandra Oh)

Best Film Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker & Andrew Buckland. *WINNER*

  • The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker.
  • Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles.
  • Joker – Jeff Groth.
  • Parasite – Yang Jinmo.

(Presented by Will Ferrell & Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Best Costume Design

  • The Irishman – Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson.
  • Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubio.
  • Joker – Mark Bridges.
  • Little Women – Jacqueline Durran *WINNER*

  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Arianne Phillips.

(Presented by Kristen Wig & Maya Rudolph)

Best Cinematography

  • The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto.
  • Joker – Lawrence Sher.
  • The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke.
  • 1917 – Roger Deakins *WINNER*

  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Robert Richardson.

“Thank you Sam Mendes for a wonderful experience.”

(Presented by Will Ferrell & Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Best International Feature

  • Corpus Christi – Poland.
  • Honeyland – North Macedonia.
  • Les Miserables – France.
  • Pain And Glory – Spain.
  • Parasite – South Korea *WINNER*

“I applaud the new direction.”

(Presented by Penélope Cruz)

Best Documentary Feature

  • American Factory *WINNER*

  • The Cave.
  • The Edge Of Democracy.
  • For Sama.
  • Honeyland.

(Presented by Mark Ruffalo)

Best Animated Feature

  • How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World.
  • I Lost My Body.
  • Klaus.
  • Missing Link.
  • Toy Story 4  *WINNER*

“Toy Story 4 is a love letter to our families.”

(Presented by Mindy Kaling)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Knives Out – Rian Johnson.
  • Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach.
  • 1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino.
  • Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won *WINNER*

(Presented by Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Irishman – Steven Zaillian.
  • Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi *WINNER*

  • Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver.
  • Little Women – Greta Gerwig.
  • The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten.

“Dedicated to all the indigenous kids who want to do art.”

(Presented by Timothée Chalamet and Natalie Portman)

Best Director

  • The Irishman – Martin Scorsese.
  • Joker – Todd Phillips.
  • 1917 – Sam Mendes.
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino.
  • Parasite – Bong Joon Ho *WINNER*

“After winning best international feature I thought I was done for the day and ready to relax. The most personal is the most creative. (A reference to Scorsese).”

(Presented by Spike Lee)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell.
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story *WINNER*

  • Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit.
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women.
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell.

“Noah wrote a movie about love and about breaching divisions in the name and the honour of our families.”

Dern gave thanks to families, her parents and her step children.

(Presented by Mahershala Ali)

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 Hollywood *WINNER*

Pitt dedicated an important shout to the stuntmen in film after his portrayal as one in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

(Presented by Regina King)

Best Actress

  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet.
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story.
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women.
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell.
  • Renee Zellweger – Judy *WINNER*

“Our heroes unite us. That matters. When we celebrate our heroes we’re reminded of who we are, one people.”

(Presented by Rami Malek)

Best Actor

  • Antonia Banderas – Pain And Glory.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story.
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker *WINNER*

  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes.

“We share the same love, the love of film. I don’t know where I’d be without it. I think that we’ve become disconnected from the natural world. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and we take her baby.” A powerful speech about unity. One of the best Oscars speeches.

(Presented by Olivia Coleman)


  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
  • Parasite *WINNER*

    First foreign film to win Best Picture!

“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now”

(Presented by Jane Fonda)

Bon Joon Ho and Parasite surprised everyone taking home awards such as Best Director and Best Picture. I highly recommend this movie, please go and see it!


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