PARASITE Takes Best Picture And Makes Oscar History At The 2020 Academy Awards

Oscar history was made this evening as the South Korean class thriller Parasite took home four Academy Awards including Best Picture and became the first foreign language film to take that top prize. Director Bong Joon Ho’s film was the first South Korean film to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category and also nabbed the Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film and Best Director.

The winners of the four acting categories – Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern – came as no surprise as all four had previously won at the Screen Actors Guild awards and were considered the strongest contenders in their respective categories. While Pitt’s Best Supporting Actor for his work in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is his first acting win, as a producer he has already won in 2014 as a producer on 12 Years A Slave.

Although many winners acknowledge director Martin Scorsese and his film The Irishman, the epic three-and-a-half hour gangster saga did not take home any Oscar gold despite ten nominations.

Best Original Score winner Hildur Guðnadóttir became the first female composer to win the category since 1997 when Ann Dudley took home the trophy for The Full Monty. Adding Guðnadóttir’s win to her previous wins at the Emmys and the Golden Globes, she is now a Tony Award away from hitting EGOT status.

Here is a complete list of the winners –

Best Picture

Actor in a Leading Role
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Actress in a Leading Role
Renée Zellweger – Judy

Actress in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Adapted Screenplay
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay
Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han

International Feature Film
Parasite – South Korea

Production Design
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker

1917 – Roger Deakins

Visual Effects

Costume Design
Little Women

Sound Mixing

Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari

Original Score
Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir

Documentary Feature
American Factory

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

Makeup and Hairstyling

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4

Animated Short Film
Hair Love

Live-Action Short Film
The Neighbors’ Window

Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman) — Elton John & Bernie Taupin

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