Oscars 2020 Complete Winner List
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South Korean Movie Parasite maintains its Winning Streak at Oscars 2020

The Oscars were held on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 and to a lot of people’s surprise, the Best Picture trophy went to Parasite. The South Korean thriller focusing on class divide and the desperation to claw one’s way to success had been winning honours all over the world since it debuted at Cannes and took home the Palme D’or. At the Academy Awards it not only took home Best Foreign Film, but Best Picture, Best Director (for Bong Joon-ho) and Best Original Screenplay.

Many thought the Best Picture trophy would go to Sam Mendes’ one take World War I drama, 1917. The film had won the best film trophies at the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs. However, for those that pay attention to film award ceremonies year by year, it’s often the case that the Oscar winners for Best Picture are different.

As for acting honours, they were consistent with most other award ceremonies. Joaquin Phoenix won for his much celebrated and controversial role as Arthur Fleck, the Joker. Renee Zellweger won for her performance as the venerable Judy Garland. Laura Dern won for her role as a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story, and Brad Pitt won for his role as stuntman Cliff Booth in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.

Other notable winners included Roger Deakins, taking his second Oscar for Best Cinematography for 1917, and Bombshell taking home Best Makeup and Hairstyling for turning Charlize Theron into a doppelganger of former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

A surprise performance of “Lose Yourself” by Eminem was the standout moment of the night. This was apparently a rectification for not showing up to receive his Oscar for Best Original song, for the same song, 17 years ago.

What was most notable about the 2020 Oscars was the audience viewership. Compared to last year’s ceremony which brought in 29.6 million viewers, this year only 23.6 million sat glued to their screens. This only goes to show how little faith people continue to put in award ceremonies. This is not only a result of the disconnect between huge blockbusters and the films nominated for the Oscars, but between filmmakers and audiences.

Still, the Oscars are in some sense the most respected and most vilified awards ceremony in the world. Hence, they are held in high regard. That aside. Did you watch any of the films nominated for Best Picture? What were your favourite Hollywood films of the year?

Oscar winners

Best picture 


Best actress

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best actor 

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Best director

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Music (original song)

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman

Music (original score)


International feature film

South Korea, Parasite

Makeup and hairstyling 


Visual effects


Best film editing

Ford v Ferrari

Best cinematography 

Roger Deakins, 1917

Best sound mixing


Best sound editing

Ford v Ferrari

Best supporting actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Documentary short feature

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Documentary feature

American Factory

Best costume design

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women

Best production design 

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Live-action short film 

The Neighbors’ Window

Best adapted screenplay

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Best original screenplay

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Animated short film 

Hair Love

Animated feature film

Toy Story 4

Best supporting actor 

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Written by Yousuf Mehmood


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