Join Carl on the red carpet for his comprehensive roundup of all the winners and losers from this year’s Academy Awards
And that is that. With a click of a camera shutter and a big star attended event, the Awards season is over. The grand finale of the season, The Academy Awards have been handed out. Were there any major shocks or surprises? Yes, we were given some and at least three were huge. Almost every award went to where it was expected to go. We at The Future Of The Force send our congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the runners-up. Let us take a look at who the winners were:
Best Picture: Parasite
WHAT? A film not in the English language has taken the top honour at the Academy Awards. This is the first time this has happened in the 92 years of the Oscars. And a huge shock win. History has truly been made here tonight. It’s only the second time a film has won the Palme d’Or and has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars after ‘Marty‘.’1917‘ was the expected winner of the award but Bong Joon-Ho’s film has beaten all comers. And becomes the big winner on the night. The cast and crew took to the stage to thank the Academy and all the people who have supported the film. I think we can safely say that Bong Joon-Ho is going to be very drunk later!
Best Director: Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite)
Well, that WAS a surprise! The South Korean director takes home his third award of the evening ahead of favourite Sam Mendes. He started his speech by saying he thought he was done for the evening and was ready to go home. He paid a personal tribute to Martin Scorsese who received a standing ovation in return. He paid tribute to Quentin Tarantino for his work and his support. He also paid tribute to Mendes and ‘Joker‘ director Todd Phillips before saying he was going to be drinking to the following day!
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
And rightfully so! You get what you f*****g deserve! His performance was a powerhouse. And became the second actor to win an award for playing the character after Heath Ledger’s posthumous award for ‘The Dark Knight‘. Once again, an expected win. Phoenix used his acceptance speech to address the perceived differences in Hollywood and the inequality between people. He graciously said he didn’t feel elevated above his fellow nominees. His passionate speech asked everyone to stop being selfish and to start embracing change. And he thanked the room for giving him a second chance. He finished his speech with a quote from his sadly departed brother, River which brought the room to its feet. The actor was visibly highly emotional during his speech.
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Best Actress: Renee Zellweger (Judy)
Renee Zellweger now has a Best Actress Oscar to go alongside her Best Supporting Actress one. Again, the award is completely deserved and expected. And completes a magnificent comeback. She started her speech with thanks to the Academy and to her fellow nominees. She thanked her family and paid tribute to those who unite us and inspire us. And she paid tribute to the late Judy Garland, calling her a hero.
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
Finally, Brad Pitt has an Oscar for his acting prowess. And one that is richly deserved and long overdue. Pitt stood up to accept his award with a hug with his co-star Leonardo Dicaprio. He started his acceptance speech with a political statement before moving onto a tribute to Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo Dicaprio and the crew of the film. He also paid tribute to Sir Ridley Scott and Geena Davis for giving him his big break in ‘Thelma & Louise‘. He also thanked his children in his speech. He said ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘ was a true reflection of him.
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
As expected, Laura Dern has finally taken an Oscar. A This win was a completely nailed on victory as the actress had so much momentum and awards behind her before the night started. We can honestly say that the award was well deserved and was a nice birthday present for her ahead of her celebrations come midnight. The actress thanked her family and the cast and crew of the film.
Best Original Screenplay: Parasite
Wow! Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin Won scooped the award ahead of favourite Quentin Tarantino. The South Korean writer and director gave his acceptance speech in broken English and his native Korean alongside his co-writer. Both thanked the Academy and paid tribute to their families.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit
And I punched the air! Taika Waititi completely deserved the award for his completely fantastic movie. The New Zealand writer and director (and part-time actor) accepted the award with a typically manic and off the wall speech. I think this award is probably one of the most deserved of the night.
Best Original Score: Joker
Hilder Gudonadottir took the award for her amazing score to what is in my mind, the best film of 2019 and became the first Icelandic person to win an Academy Award. She thanked her entire family and asked the women out in the world who have a dream to speak up and follow their dreams to success.
Best Original Song: I’m Gonna (Love Me Again) – Rocketman
Sir Elton John takes his second Academy Award and Bernie Taupin wins his first for the original song from the biopic based on Sir Elton John’s life. The writing partners have been together for 53 years. Both paid tribute to the other and to their respective friends and family alongside their fellow nominees.
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 4
Well, that was a surprise. Going into the Academy Awards, the momentum was with ‘Klaus‘ and ‘Missing Link‘. But Disney/Pixar swoop in to take the award.
Best Documentary Short: Learning To Skateboard In A War Zone (If You’re A Girl)
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva scoop the award for their documentary short which is richly deserved.
Best Documentary Feature: American Factory
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert take the award for their documentary feature ahead of the front-runner ‘For Sama‘. I haven’t seen the documentary so sadly, I cannot say if the award was deserved or not. However, it seemed like a popular win to the assembled in the auditorium.
Best International Feature Film: Parasite ( South Korea)
Bong Joon-Ho takes home the award for his successful comedic drama. He thanks the academy for the award which he celebrates with the cast and crew of the film in attendance and congratulates the academy on changing the categories name from the Best film not in the English language to Best International Feature Film, a surely more fitting name for the award. And now, he says, it’s time for a drink! Once again, an expected win.
Best Costume Design: Little Women
Jacquelin Durran’s great work on the Greta Gerwig film was rightfully awarded. The English designer gratefully thanked the Academy for her award and paid tribute to her director in her brief acceptance speech.
Best Make-up And Hair Styling: Bombshell
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker take the Oscar for their work on the true-life dramatic film and for transforming actress Charlize Theron into Megyn Kelly in the film.
Best Visual Effects: 1917
Dominic Tuohy, Greg Butler and Guillaume Rocheron take the award for their sterling work on the epic war film. All thank Sam Mendes for the awards they have received tonight.
Best Animated Short: Hair Love
A nice little win here for the short animated movie. An animated film made in a classic style. A great win for a film about black people’s hair. Sony Pictures Animation will be happy.
Best Production Design: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling stepped up onto the stage to accept their awards for their sterling work on Tarantino’s possibly masterpiece. Each paid tribute to the director and their respective teams for their work on the film.
Best Sound Editing: Ford Vs Ferarri (Le Mans’66)
Donald Sylvester takes home the Oscar for his sterling work on the dramatic true-life story with a thank you speech for his crew and his director, James Mangold.
Best Sound Mixing: 1917
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson take the award for their mixing on Sam Mendes’ World War I epic. The pair thanked the crew on the film, Mendes himself and their families for the honour.
Best Live Action Short: The Neighbor’s Widow
Marshall Curry stepped up onto the stage and accepted the award with good grace, thanking his cast and crew, his family and paid a special tribute to his mother with a moving story of growing up on a peach farm and the power of a good storyteller.
Best Cinematography: 1917
Roger Deakins takes home his second Oscar in his career for his amazing work on the first world war film. This win was expected. Deakins paid tribute to the other Cinematographer nominees and his crew and his wife. The British legend ended his speech with a thank you to Sam Mendes.
And there we have it. Awards season is officially over. ‘Parasite‘ is the big winner on the night, taking home four awards ahead of ‘1917‘ with three. The winners are off to celebrate their wins, the runners-up off to drown their sorrows, probably to the same places and parties. Last year was a vintage year for movies and the split of the awards this year proved that. And it’s been a truly international celebration of film. In a different year, many of the films that were overlooked would have swept the board. As it was, it was a fairly even split across the nominated features. Of the almost three hours-long show, there were highlights and some stuff that didn’t really blow the mind. But as a celebration of film, you really can’t compare anything to the Academy Awards. But we must say a fond goodbye to all that glitz and glamour for another year. And with the hope that the 2021 Academy Awards can celebrate another vintage year in cinema.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!