2020 Oscars


Owen P. Nassif, Staff Writer

Owen Nassif



For 92 years the Oscars have been rewarding the best and brightest in the movie industry. Being able to lift that golden man up into the air is the peak of movie success, and is every actor’s dream. This year was filled with amazing movies, from Marvels Endgame that broke box-office records, to the groundbreaking cinematography in the WWI action movie, 1917.

And the Oscar goes to….

Best Picture: Parasite

Parasite was the undisputed king of the night. It won four Oscars and was the first foreign-language film to win as many Oscars as it did. Bong Joon-ho and Kwak Sin-ae can’t be more proud of the work that they put into this movie. To quote Kwak Sin-ae in her acceptance speech, “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen, we’re so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.” Bong Joon-ho has won three different individual Oscars and four in total.

Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

While many critiqued the Joker for promoting violence, no one can deny the performance that was Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. Unpredictable and, in a unique way, frightening, Phoenix’s Joker embodied everything that was wrong with Gotham City.

   Photo Provided By Rob Latour

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Brad Pitt played the stuntman and best friend of lead, Leonardo DiCaprio’s, characters. This is Brad Pitts’s second Oscar and his first one in an acting category. Pitt had previously won an Oscar for his work as the director of 12 Years a Slave.

Best Actress: Renée Zellweger- Judy

Renée’s performance was most definitely the best of the year. Judy was a biographical film about the last years of singer-actor Judy Garland’s carrier as she deals with relocating to Britain and her own worsening health problems.

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Laura Dern won for her role in Marriage Story as Adam Driver’s wife as their marriage slowly breaks down under the pressures of modern-day life.

Best Director: Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

Parasite made history by being the first Korean film to win an Oscar. Parasite follows a poor Korean family as they try to integrate themselves into society. Very quickly, however, it becomes apparent that there is something very off about this family as they plan to infiltrate a very rich and powerful family in order to gain wealth and prestige.

Photo provided by David Swanson

Best Original Music Score: Joker

Joker had one of the most memorable music scores in recent years. Its dramatic medleys brought a new level of suspense and drama to the movie. The score was written by Hildur Guðnadóttir and this is her first Oscar.

Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 4

A wonderful ending to the Toy Story franchise, the fourth installment brought diehard fans to tears as we watched our favorite childhood characters get the ending they deserved.

Best Foreign Language film: Parasite

Adding on to its already historic night, Parasite took another Oscar home for an incredible story about a poor Korean family who, through lies and deceit, are able to infiltrate a very rich family only to see all of their dreams come crashing down on them.

Best Original Screenplay: Parasite

Parasite not only made history but did it in the most extraordinary way possible by winning not one but four Oscars. This was just the feather on the cap of Bon Joon-ho’s fantastic movie.

Best Documentary Feature: American Factory

Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and Jeff Reichert won the Oscar for best documentary feature for their work on American Factory. This documentary follows the lives of factory workers in America in an ever-changing world.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit

A somewhat controversial movie this year, JoJo Rabbit displays the atrocities of Hitler’s Nazi Germany in the most satirical way possible.

Best Original Song: “I’m Gonna—Love Me Again”

Elton John and Bernie Taupin won for this wonderful song. The fact that Elton John wrote this song predestined it for success.

Best Cinematography: 1917

Head Cinematographer Roger Deakin’s added another Oscar to his already astonishing career. 1917’s unique filming style made it stand out among the other nominations, and there is no surprise that it won.

Best Sound Mixing: 1917

Stuart Wuksin and Mark Taylor won the Oscar for the best sound mixing due to their fantastic work in 1917. Just like with the other Oscars that 1917 won, this was one is well earned.

Best Visual Effects: 1917

This goes hand in hand with Cinematography. Visually, 1917 was one of the most impressive movies in recent history, and while it did have some stiff competition this year, its gore and large scale explosions put it ahead of its competition.

Best Costume Design: Little Women

One thing that made Little Women so memorable was its beautiful dresses and incredible suits. Jacqueline Durran takes home the Oscar for this one, and it was well earned.

Best Production Design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

From the beautiful scenes on the ranch to the awesome movie sets, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a deserving winner. While some may point to 1917 as the movie that should have won, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood definitely earned this Oscar. Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling get the Oscars for this category.

Best Animated Short Film: Hair Love

A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver won for their short film about an African American father who must do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Best Live Action Short Film: The Neighbors’ Window

This short film follows the life of a middle-aged woman who is caught up in the mundane routine of life until a young couple moves across the street and helps her to find the joy in life. This short film was directed and written by Marshall Curry.

Best Film Editing: Ford v Ferrari

Film editors Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland took home the Oscar for the amazing racing adventure that was Ford v Ferrari

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Bombshell

Kazuhiro Tsuji, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker win for their efforts in the movie bombshell. Bombshell was about one of the most controversial events in the last decade and was an excellent portrayal of the real-life events surrounding Roger Ailes’s abuse of power and female employees. The quality of the hair and makeup in Bombshell left the viewers wondering if they were actually watching Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly rather than Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, the two actresses that portray them.

Best Sound Editing: Ford V Ferrari

Donald Sylvester won for his work on Ford v Ferrari. The movie’s ability to make it seem like the audience was actually in the race is most definitely the reason Ford V Ferrari won.

Best Short Documentary: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Elena Andreicheva and Carol Dysinger won for the short documentary. This documentary follows young girls in Afghanistan as they learn to read, write, and ultimately skateboard.