Oscars 2020 has come and gone and the night was packed with big, hilarious and heartwarming moments we will never forget.
The Super Bowl was last Sunday, and while I was excited, Oscars 2020 is really what I was waiting for all year. There were a lot of buzz worthy moments last night and it was actually one of the most exciting Academy Award ceremonies we have had in a while. Let’s start at the beginning shall we? Janelle Monae started the show with a musical number and while it seems to be celebrated by some, I found it so awkward and just wanted it to be over the second it started. When Steve Martin and Chris Rock came out and did their monologue and I was laughing the whole time, I kept wishing that’s how the show started. They tried something and it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. Anyways, let’s see if my predictions were correct!
Parasite Wins Big and Makes History
Undoubtedly the biggest winner of the night was Bong Joon-Ho and Parasite. Not only did the film become the first movie out of South Korea to win an Oscar, it was also the first movie not in the English language to win Best Picture. It also won for best original screenplay and Bong Joon-Ho won for best director. I am so happy this movie did so well because it is definitely the best, most original movie I have seen this year. Everything about it was just so perfect and I walked out of the theater at the end so affected by what I just watched and completely unaware of what I was feeling and even how I was supposed to feel. I wasn’t alone either. The whole theater felt that way. Any movie that can make someone feel that way deserves all the love. I was wrong in my prediction for the winner of this category, but I am so happy I was.
The first award went to Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor for his work in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. I was shocked that this was his first, just because he has been in the business for so long, but I still think he deserved it. I wasn’t too surprised though because he had won every award leading up to it, so I don’t think anyone was shocked. Was not a huge fan of the movie, as well all know, but he deserved it I guess. Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story and gave a beautiful tribute to her parents in her acceptance speech that left everyone in tears. This was also Dern’s first Oscar which I was just as surprised by for the same reason. She won a day before her birthday so I think we can all agree she had a great night celebrating two milestones. I predicted her win too so so far I am two for two.
The winners for the lead acting categories were also not surprising and were what I predicted. Best actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker which was not at all a shock. The other nominees were great but Phoenix’s performance was a masterclass in acting. His speech was a twenty minute speech about social justice and animal abuse which was a whole mood and felt a little off. His tearful mention of his brother was heartwarming though. Renee Zellweger won for her role of Judy which yet again was not surprising. She gave a poignant speech about heroes and how they unite people globally and then named Judy Garland as one of those stand out individuals. It was a beautiful tribute to Judy and a wonderful end to Zellweger’s award season.
Stand Out Presenters
My favorite part of any award show is not just who wins and who loses… it is the moments in between when my favorite celebrities present the awards. Some jokes stick and really hit, while others get no laughs and make for some awkward moments. Either way, I live for them. My two favorite from last night are definitely Kristen Wigg and Maya Rudolph and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell. An honorable mention goes to James Corden and Rebel Wilson. They presented the categories which usually don’t get a lot of love and made me super interested in who was going to win. Wigg and Rudolph singing a medley of random songs, Louis-Dreyfus and Ferrell falsely identifying what cinematographers are and hating on film editors was so funny. Honorable mention to Corden and Wilson for embracing their flop Cats. I also loved all the jokes about John Travolta messing up Idina Menzel’s name at the 2014 Oscars since she performed again this year.
Really the only surprise was rapper Eminem coming out and singing his Oscar winning song “Lose Yourself.” No one, including me, was expecting that and we were all confused why it was happening, but super there for it at the same time. I immediately went into research mode and deduced that the only reason he is rapping right now is that he skipped the ceremony where he won in 2003. The memes this has spawned are amazing and make this confusing performance worth it. Look up the reactions of Idina Menzel, Martin Scorcese and Billie Eilish if you have yet to see them, and then promptly thank me.
Anyways, for a full list of last night’s big winners head over the the Academy’s website!