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92nd Academy Awards: A night of cinematic glitz, glam and recognition

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The film awards extravaganza can never be better than the Oscars 2020. The whole world was glued to their TV sets or smartphones to view live the six-hour telecast of the award ceremony. Needless to say, the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre was packed with the who’s who of global film fraternity, reality stars and high-fashion models not to be left out. But the 92nd Academy Awards was not without its misses.

Here are some of the noteworthy ones:

  • Continuing with the last year’s trend, Oscars went host less. But this ended up in adding to the confusion and it was felt mostly when a star appeared on camera to introduce another notable personality, who then introduced another famous person. Sounds confusing? Not just that. This whole thing forced people to sit for six long hours.  The best example of this was when Anthony Ramos who is a star of the In the Heights introduced his old friend Lin Manuel Miranda, an American composer, lyricist, singer, actor & producer. Miranda, then introduced a montage of noteworthy songs in movie history.
  • Former hosts Steve Martin and Chris Rock opened the show with a witty back and forth critical reception of some earlier year’s Oscars snubs. Martin stated that there was a big disaster at the Oscars a couple of years ago. Citing the example of the 2017 initial reading of the best picture as La La Land instead of Moonlight. “That won’t happen this year, because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa Caucus app!” Martin also pointed that the list of nominees for the best director award did not have a single woman nominee.

  • Actor Natalie Portman made a fashion and a feminist statement on the red carpet. She showed off a black and gold Dior Haute Couture outfit with names of eight female directors embroidered. But none of them were nominated. Oooops!
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  • Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig while presenting for best production design, clinched the moment to showcase that they have a range beyond comedy as well. “We just know there are a lot of directors here tonight,” Wiig said to which Rudolph added, “We just wanted them to know, we do more than comedy.” The pair then gave us everything from their singing abilities to dramatic acting chops, from bursting into tears and belting out a medley of songs to even nearly walking off the stage in rage.

  • A surprise performance by Eminem got a standing ovation as well. When Miranda introduced a montage of famous movie songs from Huey Lewis Power of Love that underscored Back to the Future to Dueling Banjos from Deliverance. However, when a clip from Eight Mile began, Eminem’s Oscar-winning song was not played along with it. But instead, a live band rose from beneath the stage with Eminem himself singing the title track.

But the highlight of Oscars 2020 was South Korean film Parasite winning the best picture creating history by becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize. Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best picture

Parasite

Best actress

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best director

Bong Joon-ho for Parasite

 Music (original song)

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

Music (original score)

Joker

International feature film

South Korea, Parasite

Makeup and hairstyling

Bombshell

Visual effects

1917

Best film editing

Ford v Ferrari

Best cinematography

Roger Deakins, 1917

Best sound mixing

1917

Best sound editing

Ford v Ferrari

Best supporting actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Documentary short feature

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

Documentary feature

American Factory

Best costume design

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women

Best production design

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Live-action short film

The Neighbors’ Window

Best adapted screenplay

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Best original screenplay

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Animated short film

Hair Love

Animated feature film

Toy Story 4

Best supporting actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best supporting actress

Laura Dern Marriage Story

 

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