This Year’s Oscars


Oliver Jamias, Contributor

On February 6, 2020, the 92nd Academy Awards show premiered. This annual celebration of the film industry, better known as the Oscars, gave the spotlight to both new and old faces.

For overall best picture of the year, Korean-made dark comedy film Parasite won the award. The film also won the awards of best original screenplay and best international feature film. Director Bong Joon Ho won the award for best director for his work on the movie. While not winning in these categories, Parasite was also nominated for the awards of best production design and best film editing. As for the best animated feature, Toy Story 4 won.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger won the awards for best lead actor and actress, respectively. Phoenix played the role of the titular DC villain in Joker, while Zellweger took on the role of Judy Garland in the biographical drama Judy. As for the best supporting actors, the awards went to Brad Pitt and Laura Dern. Pitt got the award for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Dern starred in the drama Marriage Story.

In 1917, a film set during World War I focusing on two soldiers, won 3 seperate awards. Roger Deakins won an award for his cinematography, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson for their sound mixing, and Guillaume Rocheron and Greg Butler for their work on the visuals of the movie.  Jacqueline Durran won best costume design for her work in Little Women, an adaption of a book of the same name. Learning to Skateboard in A Warzone, a story of how skateboarding is able to help kids in warzones, won the award for best short documentary, with the reward for feature documentary going to the Obama-produced American Factory, which documents working conditions in Chinese-American factories.

The sports-drama film Ford vs. Ferrari won two awards. One was for Donald Sylvester’s sound editing, while the other was for the film editing done by Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won another award, this time for the production design of Barbara Hing and Nancy Haigh. Bombshell, a biographical drama, won the award for best makeup and hairstyling, done by Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker. Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, a film about a boy with Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend, won the award for best adaptation of a screenplay.

In the short films category, Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver won the best short animated film. The Neighbor’s Window by Marshall Curry won best live action short film.

Joker won the award for the best original soundtrack, which was the work of Hildur Guðnadóttir. Elton John’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” won the award for best original song after being featured in Rocket Man. Eminem, to the Oscars’ surprise, also put on an unexpected performance of Lose Yourself, which won the award for best original song 17 years ago.

The Academy Awards 2020 allowed many deserving films to receive the spotlight, as well as allowing some lesser known ones to be known to a larger audience.