MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The 92nd Academy Awards marks a milestone in its history for naming Parasite the Best Picture, making it the first ever foreign language film to helm the prestigious awards show. Apart from this, Bong Joon-ho was named Best Director, and the film also got Best Original Screenplay, and International Feature Film Award. Other contenders for Best Picture were Ford v Ferrari; The Irishman; Jojo Rabbit; Joker; Little Women; Marriage Story; 1917; and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Breakout film Joker also won big at the Academy by grabbing the Best Actor award for Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of Arthur Fleck, a deranged comedian at the very edge of the Gotham society. Joker was nominated for 11 categories prior to the ceremony.
Renée Zellweger went home as Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy, facing Cynthia Erivo for Harriet; Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story; Saoirse Ronan for Little Women; and Charlize Theron for Bombshell as competition.
The Best Adapted Screenplay went to Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi, besting The Irishman, Joker, Little Women, and The Two Popes.
Roger Deakins, whose work for 1917 got the Best Cinematography, won among the directors of photography of The Irishman, Joker, The Lighthouse, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film also won the Best Sound Mixing, defeating Ad Astra, Ford v Ferrari, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The epic war film also got the Oscars for Best Visual Effects.
Meanwhile, Ford vs Ferrari won Best Sound Editing. Don Sylvester rose among Joker’s Alan Robert Murray; 1917’s Oliver Tarney, and Rachel Tate; Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s Wylie Stateman; and Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker’s Matthew Wood, and David Acord.
Laura Dern’s compelling lawyer character in Marriage Story secured her the Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, beating Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell; Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit; Florence Pugh in Little Women; and Margot Robbie in Bombshell.
The Oscars for the Best Supporting Actor went to Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The Quentin Tarantino film also took home the Oscars for the Best Production Design.
On documentaries, Carol Dysinger’s Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) won the Best Documentary Short Subject. In the Absence, Life Overtakes Me, St. Louis Superman, and Walk Run Cha-Cha were also nominated. American Factory by Julia Rieichert, and Steven Bognar took the Best Documentary Feature from The Cave, The Edge of Democracy, For Sama, and Honeyland.
British costume designer Jacqueline Durran’s work for Little Women paid off as it won Best Costume Design among films The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While Kazuhiro Tsuji, Anne Morgan, Vivian Baker were awarded Best Makeup and Hairstyling for their work in Bombshell.
Toy Story 4 was named the Best Animated Film Feature, beating How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, and Missing Link. The Best Animated Short went to Hair Love, a short film on friendship and family kickstarted by Matthew A. Cherry, and Karen Rupert Toliver.
The Oscars for Best Live Action Film was awarded to The Neighbors’ Window. Brotherhood, Nefta Football Club, Saria, and A Sister were also nominated for the award.
Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s original composition (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman went home with the Oscars for Best Original Song.