On February 10, 2020, 92nd Academy Awards ceremony 2020 (commonly known as Oscars), presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2019 was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States(US).Highlights of the 92st Academy Awards:
i.The ceremony was hosted by actor and singer Billy Porter, award-winning journalist and talk show host Tamron Hall, supermodel Lily Aldridge and film critic Elvis Mitchell.
ii.Actor Zachary Robin Gottsagen, starring in the 2019 comedy-drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon, has created history as 1st Oscar presenter with down syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes certain birth defects, learning problems, and facial features.
iii.American actor, producer, and environmentalist Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (45) clichéd the best actor trophy for his performance in “Joker“, whereas American actress ,Renée Kathleen Zellweger (50) won the best actress for “Judy”.
iv.Actress Natalie Portman with dual Israeli and American citizenship, wore a black cape embroidered with last names of female directors that were snubbed from the Best Directors nominations by the Academy.
v.For the 1st time Bong Joon Ho created history by becoming the first Asian and South Korean filmmaker to bag the Academy Award for best original screenplay for his genre-defying “Parasite”, while filmmaker Taika Waititi bagged the Oscar in the adapted screenplay category.
vi.American computer animation studio Pixar won its 10th animated feature Oscar with ‘Toy Story 4” ,directed by Josh Cooley.
vii.Icelandic musician Hildur Gudnadottir becomes 3rd female composer to win Oscar for original score for Todd Phillips’s cinematic marvel ‘Joker’.
viii.English cinematographer, Roger Alexander Deakins won the Oscar for best cinematography for World War I drama 1917.
ix.South Korean comedy thriller film “Parasite” has bagged the best international film Oscar, the 1st Korean film to do so.
AMPAS presented Academy Awards in 24 categories and the list of the winners is as follows:
|Best Motion Picture of the year
|Parasite – Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho (Producers)
|Actor in a leading role
|Joaquin Phoenix for Joker
|Actress in a leading role
|Renée Zellweger for Judy
|Actor in a supporting role
|Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
|Actress in a supporting role
|Laura Dern for Marriage Story
|Animated feature film
|Toy Story 4 – Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
|Roger Deakins for 1917
|Jacqueline Durran for Little Women
|Bong Joon Ho for Parasite
|American Factory-Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
|Documentary (Short subject)
|Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone-Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
|Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
|International Feature Film
|Parasite (South Korea)
Directed by Bong Joon Ho
|Make-up and hairstyling
|Bombshell-Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
|Music (original score)
|Music (original song)
|(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, Rocketman-Music by Elton John;Lyric by Bernie Taupin
|Once upon a Time…in Hollywood-Production Design: Barbara Ling;Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
|Short Film (animated)
|Hair Love-Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
|Short Film (live action)
|The Neighbors’ Window-Marshall Curry
|Ford v Ferrari – Donald Sylvester
|1917 – Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
|1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
|Writing (adapted screenplay)
|Jojo Rabbit – Screenplay by Taika Waititi
|Writing (original screenplay)
|Parasite -Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won;Story by Bong Joon Ho
Quick Facts about Oscars:
First awarded in– 1929
Creator– George Stanley
Presented by– AMPAS