The 92nd Oscar Academy Awards

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Bong Joon-ho wins best director at the 2020 Oscars for his film Parasite.

The Oscars 2020 was a night where celebration reigned, yielding plenty of anticipation from the night and those who attended. The attendees of the Oscars were diverse, providing some hope to something that has been an issue for the academy.

Among some of the more commonplace attendees were Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansonn, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Adam Driver, Margot Robbie, and many others. The list was star studded regardless of how prominent the artists were at the awards.

There were plenty of household names present at the awards, yet there were two more memorable than any. The most unexpected oscar winner was Bong Joon-Ho. Joon-Ho is the director of the film Parasite, taking home more awards than any other nomination. There was also Janella Monae, creating a known presence immediately with her bold fashion choices and statement, “Oscars is so white,” in her opening performance. 

The performances of the 92nd Academy Awards were very independent from one another. Anticipating what would come next throughout the course of the show is something every viewer shared in the unexpected lineup.

There were performances by Idina Menzel singing a nominated track from Frozen II, Elton John singing a nominated track from Rocketman, and Randy Newman singing a track from Toy Story 4. As previously stated there is a debate that Janelle Monae’s performance was the most notable of the night. Monae performed the opening number at the Oscars, starting the show off with a bang. 

Eminem, Cynthia Erivo, and Chrissy Metz were among other performers at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

Now to the most anticipated part: the winners. The most popular films of the night by far were Parasite, 1917, and Ford v Ferrari. Parasite not only got best picture, becoming the first foreign-language film to win that title, but it also got best director (Bong Joon-ho), best original screenplay, and best international feature film. 1917 was also successful, winning best sound mixing, best cinematography, and best visual effects. Then there was Ford v Ferrari, with best sound editing and best film editing. 

Although these won the most, there were plenty of other awards to go to even more films. In a nutshell, Toy Story 4 won the animated feature film, Little Women won best costume design, Bombshell won best makeup and hairstyling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood got best production design, and Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay. There were also awards for documentaries, awarding American Factories as the best feature documentary and Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone ( If You’re a Girl ) as the best short subject documentary. Short films got their time in the spotlight as well with awards going to Hair Love for best animated short film and The Neighbor’s Window for best live action short film. Two awards were devoted to music, naming Joker with the best original score by Hildur Guðnadóttir and Rocketman with the best original song, “( I’m Gonna ) Love Me Again” by Elton John. 

Then, of course, are the four actors and actresses that won Oscars. The best actor went to Joaquin Phoenix from Joker, and the best actress went to Renée Zellweger from Judy. Furthermore, Brad Pitt from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won best supporting actor, and Laura Dern from Marriage Story won best supporting actress.

When it comes to fashion on the red carpet, the Oscars never disappoint. Although there were countless looks at the Oscars to idolize over, there were some that viewers are talking about more than others. This includes Cynthia Ervio’s white and silver dress paired with her starry acrylic nails as well as Saoirse Ronan’s contrasting black, white, and purple dress. Janelle Monáe also impressed the crowds with her hooded crystal dress that used 168,000 crystals and took 600 hours to hand embroider. 

Some looks also portrayed a message or meaning, including Natalie Portman’s black and gold dress and cape, which was embroidered with the names of female film-makers, along with Billy Porter’s gender-defying skirt and golden bodice inspired by the Kensington Palace. 

The Oscars proved to be as unique and individualistic as any of the past ceremonies while still keeping true to the original roots of the awards. The Oscars varied in the winners and nominated artists, films, and music it showcased to the world. Previous viewers of the Oscars are aware that the awards are only getting better with age. The 92nd Academy Awards have filled the legacy surrounding the award show and left a great anticipation for the year to come.