Oscar Recap: A Night for Parasite


Well, that didn’t suck.” Bernie Taupin’s first words as he accepted his Oscar for Best Original Song kinda summed up the whole Oscar evening.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was not the best I have ever seen.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

Ho Oscars
Bong Joon-ho

Parasite made history last night by being the first film not in English to win Best Picture.  That was the biggest surprise last night. In another surprising move, director Bong Joon Ho took home the prize for Best Director.  Both of these awards were predicted to go to 1917Parasite also won awards for Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay.  The joy in the Dolby Theater was palpable.  Bong Joon Ho told the crowd he would be celebrating by drinking all night. He also had a lot of fun playing with his new toys, as you can see from the photo above.

Actors Oscar
Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, and Brad Pitt

Other than the big surprises in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, the rest of the awards were pretty predictable.  As our team predicted on Saturday, Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Renée Zellweger (Judy), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood), and Laura Dern (Marriage Story) took home the acting awards.  Phoenix and Pitt both got a bit political: Phoenix talked about how we all champion for cases of injustice, while Pitt made a quick joke about John Bolton not being allowed to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.  Dern thanked her parents, actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern (who happened to be in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood), and said that they were her heroes.  Phoenix quoted a lyric that his late brother (and one-time Oscar nominee), River wrote.

Monae Oscars
Janelle Monae

The show itself also had highs and lows.  Janelle Monae opened the show with a beautiful rendition of “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, followed by a weird montage of dancing Midsommer princesses, Jokers World War I soldiers. She then mentioned that women directors and people of color needed to be represented at the Oscars, which was a major theme of the evening.

James Cordon and Rebel Wilson

Even though the show was hostless, former hosts Steve Martin and Chris Rock came on stage to make everyone laugh before the first awards were handed out.  Then newer actors were on hand to introduce the presenters.  It was really odd.  “Here, let this pseudo-famous person introduce this REALLY famous person!”  Randomly, Eminem showed up to perform his Oscar wining original song “Lose Yourself” from 2002.  Eminem did not perform at that Oscar ceremony, as he didn’t think he would win, so he didn’t come.  Eighteen years later he got the chance to do it.  While it was a rousing performance, it was really odd to shoehorn that into the show, apropos of nothing.  However, the weirdest moment award goes to James Cordon and Rebel Wilson for coming on stage in full Cats costumes and presenting an award while grooming and playing with a microphone.  It just creeped me out.

What did you think of the Oscars?  Were you surprised by Parasite‘s win?  Were you as weirded out as I was with James Cordon and Rebel Wilson?  Let us know in the comments below!

-Ariadne Ansbro

Full list of winners below:

Picture Oscar
Cast and Crew of Parasite

Best picture

  • Ford V Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite – Winner
Ho Director Oscar
Bong Joon-ho

Best director

  • Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
  • Todd Phillips (Joker)
  • Sam Mendes (1917)
  • Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) – Winner
Zell Oscar
Renee Zellweger

Best actress

  • Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
  • Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  • Saorise Ronan (Little Women)
  • Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
  • Renée Zellweger (Judy) – Winner
Phoenix Oscar
Joaquin Phoenix

Best actor

  • Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
  • Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) – Winner
  • Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Dern Oscar
Laura Dern

Best supporting actress

  • Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
  • Laura Dern (Marriage Story) – Winner
  • Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
  • Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  • Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Pitt Oscar
Brad Pitt

Best 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) – Winner
Original Screenplay Oscar
Bong Joon Ho and Jin Won Han, Best Orignal Screenplay

Original screenplay

  • Knives Out
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite – Winner
Adapted SP Oscar
Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay

Adapted screenplay

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit – Winner
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • The Two Popes
Animated Film Oscar
Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera, and Josh Cooley, Best Animated Feature Film

Animated feature film

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4 – Winner

International Film
Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Best International Film

International feature film

  • Corpus Christi
  • Honeyland
  • Les Misérables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Parasite – Winner
Score Oscar
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Score

Original score

  • Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker) – Winner
  • Alexandre Desplat (Little Women)
  • Randy Newman (Marriage Story)
  • Thomas Newman (1917)
  • John Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Song Oscar
Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Best Original Song

Original song

  • ‘I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away’ from Toy Story 4
  • ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from Rocketman – Winner
  • ‘I’m Standing With You’ from Breakthrough
  • ‘Into The Unknown’ from Frozen 2
  • ‘Stand Up’ from Harriet
Live Short Oscar
Marshall Curry, Best Live Action Short Film

Live action short film

  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbors’ Window – Winner
  • Saria
  • A Sister
Animated Short Oscar
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver, Best Animated Short Film

Animated short film

  • Dcera (Daughter)
  • Hair Love – Winner
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister
Doc Oscar
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert, Best Documentary Feature

Documentary feature

  • American Factory – Winner
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland
Doc Short Oscar
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva, Best Documentary Short Subject

Documentary short subject

  • In the Absence
  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You’re a Girl) – Winner
  • Life Overtakes Me
  • St. Louis Superman
  • Walk Run Cha-Cha
Roger Deakins, Best Cinematography


  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • The Lighthouse
  • 1917 – Winner
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual effects

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917 – Winner
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Costume Oscar
Jacqueline Durran, Best Costume Design

Costume design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women – Winner
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Makeup Oscar
Vivian Baker, Anne Morgan, and Kazu Hiro, Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Makeup and hairstyling

  • Bombshell – Winner
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • 1917
Editing Oscar
Donald Sylvester, Best Film Editing

Film editing

  • Ford V Ferrari – Winner
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Parasite

Production design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Winner
  • Parasite

Sound mixing

  • Ad Astra
  • Ford V Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917 – Winner
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Sound Ford Oscar
Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker, Best Sound Editing

Sound editing

  • Ford V Ferrari – Winner
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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