2020 Academy Award Winners

We made it! I know I sound like a broken record with how disappointed I am with the garbage nominations this year, and how it's the least amount of fun I've had in my entire decade of Oscar blogging, but tonight was actually...mostly fun. We saw history made with Parasite becoming the first foreign language film to win an Oscar. Taika Waititi won for screen writing, and Kelly Marie Tran was given more screen time here than the entirety of Rise of Skywalker. Here are a list of the winners, plus my thoughts after an entire bottle of wine.

A few quick thoughts: Janelle Monae's opening number had me questioning my sexuality. A lot of the presenters  called out the academy's abysmal lack of nominations for women and people of color. Ball's in your court, Academy. Stop voting the way you do.

Eminem performed Lose Yourself for some reason. I have no idea why but I still love that song and he didn't perform it when he actually won for it, and I was happy to see it here. It was much better than some of the other segments (like that awful Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig bit that went on way too long)

Drink, King.
Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
I thought for sure 1917 was going to win until Bong won Best Director. Then I knew it had a change. I cheered and am SO happy the right film won. 

Best Director
Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
Todd Phillips - Joker
Sam Mendes - 1917
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho - Parasite
I screamed. I thought Mendes had this in the bag, what a lovely surprise.

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio  - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver - Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes
The best part about this category was when Olivia Colman got up on stage and said last year was the "best night of her husband's life." And then she pointed out she had three children. Hilarous, and amazing. I love Olivia. For the actual win, my face matches Billie's.

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Saorise Ronan - Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Renee Zellweger - Judy
Renee's speech felt like it lasted 20 minutes. This was a boring win, but an expected one.

Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
Al Pacino - The Irishman
Joe Pesci  - The Irishman
Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Pitt's speech was really emotional and he talked about enjoying the view of riding DiCaprio's coat tales. Can't complain.

Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates - Richard Jewel
Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson  - Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Margot Robbie - Bombshell
I can't believe Laura Dern chose THAT dress to win in. I'm struggling to say anything about the acting categories because they were so predictable. 

Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi - Jojo Rabbit
Steve Zaillian - The Irishman
Anthony McCarten - The Two Popes
Greta Gerwig - Little Women
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver - Joker
TAIKA TAIKA TAIKA! He looked so overwhelmed. I'm so happy with this win. I can't wait to purchase Jojo Rabbit the minute it comes out on blu ray.

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson - Knives Out
Noah Baumbach - Marriage Story
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns - 1917
Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won - Parasite
#BONGHIVE The first big win for Bong started here.

Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4
I changed my pick last minute from Toy Story to Klaus. Ugh. This was the most vanilla one they could've chosen. I'm sorry, HTTYD series. You deserved better.

International Feature Film
Corpus Christi
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
This was a given. Bong said he was going to have a drink after this, then he won two more Oscars. He's going to be drinking all night.

Best Documentary
American Factory
The Cave
Edge of Democracy
For Sama
I feel bad, but I didn't like American Factory. The only other nominee I saw was For Sama and I preferred that.

Best Cinematography
The Irishman
The Lighthouse
Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
I'm so happy to see Roger Deakins picking up back to back Oscars after being robbed for so many years. 

Best Costume Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
This was another one I switched last minute. I had Little Women, then changed to Jojo. I'm happy with this win. Greta Gerwig was too as she cried during it. 

Film Editing
Ford vs. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
I got this right too! I wanted Parasite to win though.

Makeup and Hairstyling
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Another one I guessed correctly. I'm happy for the Bombshell team, who deserved it after having to do those terrible things to Charlize Theron's face.

Original Score
Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I loved the way they presented the scores this year. They had a female conductor and the orchestra actually played snippets of each nominated film. Hildur Guðnadóttir said the composer is "only as talented as the director" and honey do NOT sell your self short like that. You are so much better than Todd Phillips could ever dream of being.

Original Song
"I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
"I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
"I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
"Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
"Stand Up,” “Harriet
No EGOT for Cynthia Erivo. That's disappointing (almost as disappointing as Glasgow not being nominated lol you thought I'd drop it) but I can't argue Elton's win. I liked that song too. The performance of Into The Unknown blew me away tonight. It wasn't my favorite song from Frozen 2 but having all the different Elsa's singing in multiple languages was beautiful.

Production Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
A given, though I was hoping for Jojo or Parasite. OUATIH may not have been my favorite but it did look great.

Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I thought 1917 was going to win this. I have to laugh at myself because I saw a tweet go by as soon as this lost saying something like "there go its Best Picture chances." Guess they were right.

Sound Mixing
Ad Astra
Ford vs. Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
UGHHHHHH Why doesn't Marvel EVER win this. I can't imagine what it must be like to look at something like Thanos, for example and say "Nah, not voting for that."

Documentary Short Subject
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha
I thought Walk, Run, Cha-cha would win. Skateboard was good, but I hated the way I had to watch it on AE's website. In The Absence was my favorite, I'm bummed that didn't win.

Animated Short Film 
Hair Love
I am SO SO SO SO happy for this win and if you have not seen Hair Love yet, please spare 6 minutes and 47 seconds and watch it HERE.

Live Action Short Film 
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbor’s Window

A Sister
I'm so psyched about this win too. This short absolutely broke me. I would've been fine if A Sister won, but Neighbor's Window was my favorite. 

A few memorable red carpet moments:

How pure are they?

Rian Johnson wearing porg cuff links is everything.


  1. I was rooting for Marriage Story but I loved Parasite too so I'm still happy.

    I can't believe Phoenix and Zellweger won. Actually I can but they didn't deserve it. Driver, Banderas, Johansson and Theron deserved those two awards so much more. At least Brad won :)

    YAS to Taika winning adapted screenplay!

    As for the animated film, I knew Toy Story 4 would win. But it was such an average film, just another film in the series and did not deserve to win. It didn't even deserve the nomination in my opinion

    1. Agree with everything you said here. Toy Story 4 was so basic. Driver better get an Oscar soon. He was so robbed.

  2. I was reading through your Twitter feed and when Parasite won.... I wanted to scream so loud but my mom was on the phone with a friend as I was more like a quiet YES!!!!

    Honestly, this is the best feeling when the right film won. While Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was the film I really wanted to win, Parasite winning Best Picture just felt right. Plus, Bong winning 3 more awards made it even sweeter. I liked Brad and Laura's speech and I was also happy for Taika as he deserved that prize. Joaquin's win was predictable but I did like his speech as I started to get teary when he mentioned River as I loved River Phoenix. Renee's win was... eh...

    Yes, Lupita Nyong'o should've been nominated.

    I was angry that Avengers: Endgame didn't win but I was happy for Hair Love. I'm glad Elton and Bernie won as it was a big YES for the fact that Diane Warren loses again. If she keeps writing crappy songs for crappy movies, she might break Kevin O'Connell's record for most nominations and losses. Let's just hope Alex doesn't make a list of her losses because if he does and she wins. I will kick him in the fucking ass and make him listen to the worst kind of music I can think of.

    It was a pretty good show as my mom now wants to see Parasite more than ever.

    I love that pic of Ronan and Archie while my list for the best dressed include Scar-Jo 3:16, Brie, Saiorse, Gal, Jane Fonda (HOLY FUCK!!!), Penelope, PO'TMAN MOTHAFUCKA!, Florence, Margot, Charlize, Salma, Margaret Qualley, and the BONGHIVE. Korea Town in L.A. is going to go nuts. BRING BONG SOME BEERS!!!!!!

    1. Parasite winning was definitely the highlight!

      I'm happy with Elton's win even though I preferred Cynthia's song. He preformed it perfectly.

      It honestly felt a bit weird hearing Joaquin talk about River because he never does.

      I loved Scarlett's dress too!

  3. Ok...best dressed is Jonel Monae if I am spelling that right. Too tired to look at the top of your blog...sad but true. She slayed the singing numberat the beginning and I loved Steve Martin and Chris Rock. I just don’t get why Joker won best score...to me it was the worst. I hated Eminem’s song ...never cared for it and I was so wanting his pants to fall down. I loved Martin Scorsese’s look. I am showing my age in disliking this segment with a passion. I saw Parasite last night and loved most of the movie especially the way they seemed to be the cockroaches who hide and scurry about but then the last 20 minutes changed the whole tone of the film 180 degrees and I just felt that last part didn’t fit. If it ended where they ended up living in the basement, it would have been so great but it went all psycho. I know I’m in the minority with this feeling. I was hoping 1917 would have won. Renee Zellweger droned on and on...ughhh but I loved the cats theme...very funny.

    1. I'm glad you liked Parasite! Janelle's dress qas gorgeous. She always slays on the red carpet.

  4. I didn't stay up for it this year, I just knew those acting categories were a bit of a dull lock, but I am SO HAPPY for Parasite and Bong Joon Ho!
    I'm gutted for Klaus, but it got a BAFTA so I can make peace with that.
    Also - obligatory ADAM DRIVER WAS ROBBED.

  5. Glad Parasite won. I assume the Academy didnt wanna look like they are illiterate on top of sexist and racist

    1. Lol probably. Now here's hoping they actually make changes. They have a lot to make up for.

  6. Seems like you made a lot of good picks! I was surprised Parasite was able to win the big one but glad the Academy found a way to keep me guessing!

    1. I'm happy for that too considering how predictable the acting categories were.


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