The most prestigious film award ceremony – the 92nd Academy Awards – was finally held on the night of 9-10 February in Los Angeles. Traditionally, the most famous and talented stars receive the Oscars at the Dolby Theater, and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named the first winners at last.
Oscar 2020 nominees were announced on January 13. After that, candidates for the prestigious award gathered at a traditional lunch on January 27. Later on, the voting for nominations began on January 30 and ended a few days ago on February 4.
It’s the second time the Oscars 2020 is being held without a presenter. Celebrities who were not nominated were the ones to announce the winners.
This year, Netflix films claimed awards in all categories. They overtook leading Hollywood studios in terms of the number of nominations (for example, Disney had 23 nominations, and Sony Pictures Entertainment had 20). Two Netflix films – Marriage Story and The Irishman – fought for the Best Picture at once, but the award went to the South Korean film Parasites.
In total, The Irishman, the streaming giant’s favorite at the Oscars, had ten nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The film ended up not receiving any awards at all, despite the talented Scorsese and the fantastic cast.
Perhaps the streaming service didn’t win anything because of the Netflix-bias from the industry. Various filmmakers have repeatedly been opposed to nominating films explicitly made for streaming services. Among them was Steven Spielberg, who claimed that such films could only qualify for the Emmy American Television Award and not the Oscars as they cannot be played in movie theaters. He also intended to speak to the members of the Academy to make them help change the rules for nominating films for the Oscars.
Eventually, the changes made to the rules of the Academy Awards did not affect online films, and they can still claim leading film awards.
Here's a full list of those who received the main film awards of the year:
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4
Best Original Song
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" – Rocketman
Best Original Screenplay
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin Won
Best Adapted Screenplay
Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Best International Feature Film
Parasite (South Korea)
Best Visual Effects
1917, Roger Deakins
Best production design
Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood
Best Costume Design
Little Women, Jacqueline Durran
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Best Original Score
Joker, Hildur Guonadottir
Best Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari
Best Sound Mixing
Best Documentary Short Subject
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
The Neighbors' Window