Another Oscars ceremony, another awards season in the book! Last night, Hollywood’s biggest night brought viewers some amazing moments and well-deserved award speeches. Read on to discover all the biggest winners, losers, and moments from the 2020 Oscars…
2020 Oscars: Biggest Winners And Moments
While most typically imagine happy winners when they think of awards shows, the 2020 Oscars began on a somber note, opening with their “In Memoriam” segment. Young hitmaker Billie Eilish accompanied the montage with a performance of the Beatles song “Yesterday.” The segment began with one of Kobe Bryant’s most inspiring quotes, “Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going,” before moving onto other stars we lost in 2019. However, there was some backlash after the montage failed to include major actors who died last year, like Luke Perry and Sid Haig.
After the In Memoriam, the 2020 Oscars picked up considerably. Janelle Monet performed a fantastic opening number, while both Eminem and Elton John made surprise appearances. Throughout, comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock half-hosted the hostess ceremony, often joking about not truly hosting. Of course, the biggest moments of the night came from the winners and losers…
“I Never Thought I Would Win”
Without a doubt, the 2020 Oscars’ biggest winner was the South Korean film Parasite. The movie took home an incredible slew of awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Production Design, and Best Editing. Parasite made history twice last night: first, it became the only non-English speaking film ever to win Best Picture. It also became the first movie ever to win both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film.
Meanwhile, Parasite also earned home two of the night’s biggest viral moments. The first came during director Bong Joon Ho’s speech for his Best Director win, when he thanked the other nominees for paving the way. “Thank you so much,” he began. “When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win. When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films, Quentin [Tarantino] always put my films on his list. He’s here, thank you so much. Quentin, I love you. And Todd [Phillips] and Sam [Mendes], great directors that I admire. If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the award into five, and share it with all of you.”
Another big moment came when Parasite won Best Picture. For those who don’t know, each winner only receives 45 seconds to speak. However, after 45 seconds, the cast and crew of Parasite had not finished their speeches. So, when the exit music began to play, famous faces like legendary actors Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron loudly protested, which made all the difference! The Parasite crew were allowed to finish their speeches gracefully.
Of course, other films and actors earned awards as well!
Other Big Winners
Plenty of great actors and actresses also won big at the 2020 Oscars. Joaquin Phoenix, unsurprisingly, took home the Best Actor award for his titular role in Joker. While accepting the award, he used his speech to advocate standing up for others and the environment: “[…] I think the greatest gift that it has given me, and many of us in this room, is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless. … I think whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice.”
Meanwhile, Brad Pitt, after winning a SAG and BAFTA awards for his role in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, won the Best Supporting Actor category for the same part. In his speech, he thanked co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino, his parents, and dedicated the Oscar to his children.
On the actress side of things, Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Netflix’s Marriage Story, and dedicated her win to her parents: “Some say, ‘Never meet your heroes’. I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting hero, my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. You got game. I love you.” Another famous face, actress Renee Zellwegger took home Best Actress for her heartbreaking turn as the iconic Judy Garland in the movie Judy, who sadly never won an Academy Award herself.
That’s another Oscar ceremony in the books! Here’s to a great award season, great films, and hopefully another year of fantastic movies!