Parasite snags Best Picture at 2020 Oscars

Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday as it became the first non-English language film to be crowned Best Picture.The South Korean thriller landed the top prize on Hollywood’s big night, taking a total of four honours, including Be…

Parasite made history at the 2020 Academy Awards on Sunday as it became the first non-English language film to be crowned Best Picture.

The South Korean thriller landed the top prize on Hollywood’s big night, taking a total of four honours, including Best Director for Bong Joon Ho. It was also named Best International Feature, and Best Original Screenplay, an accolade Bong shared with Han Jin Won.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger completed their awards season hauls by taking home the Leading Actor and Leading Actress prizes for their respective performances in Joker and Judy Garland biopic Judy, while Brad Pitt and Laura Dern claimed the supporting prizes for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story.

Meanwhile, Sam Mendes’ war movie 1917 grabbed a trio of technical awards, famed songwriting duo Elton John and Bernie Taupin snagged the Best Original Song gong for Rocketman’s (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, and the Original Score title went to Hildur Gudnadottir for her work on Joker, making her the first woman in 23 years to win the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards was staged without a host for the second consecutive year, and opened with a colourful song-and-dance spectacular from Janelle Monae, while Eminem made a surprise appearance to perform his 2003 Best Original Song winner Lose Yourself, 18 years after missing the ceremony.

Idina Menzel, Elton John, Randy Newman, Chrissy Metz, and Cynthia Erivo also graced the Dolby Theater stage to deliver their Best Original Song nods, while Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas helped to remember those lost over the past year by delivering a cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday during the In Memoriam segment, which saluted late stars like Kobe Bryant, Rip Torn, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Star Wars icon Peter Mayhew, Doris Day, Diahann Carroll, Peter Fonda, John Witherspoon, John Singleton, and Kirk Douglas, who died on Wednesday.

The winners of the 2020 Oscars are:

Best Picture:

Parasite

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Leading Actress:

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay:

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

International Feature:

Parasite

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

Animated Feature:

Toy Story 4

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

Production Design:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Costume Design:

Little Women, Jacqueline Durran

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Bombshell, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Original Score:

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Original Song:

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman, by Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Sound Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Donald Sylvester

Sound Mixing:

1917, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects:

1917, Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Animated Short:

Hair Love

Documentary short:

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

Live Action Short:

The Neighbor’s Window

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Anna Wintour predicts Little Women costume designer will win Oscar

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the ind…

Anna Wintour has predicted Little Women’s Jacqueline Durran will win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design on Sunday.

The fashion journalist, who has served as editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue since 1988, is one of the most important figures in the industry and is constantly keeping an eye out for future trends.

For the latest instalment of her Go Ask Anna video series, Wintour was asked about the films she believed had the best costume and styling of late, and accordingly, she named Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.

“I have to pick two films, (where the Vogue team) felt the costumes were extraordinary. The first one would be Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the costumes were designed by Arianne Phillips. The look of the movie, which was set at the end of the ’60s, early ’70s, was so like an Alessandro Michele show for Gucci, you could put the two side-by-side and you couldn’t tell the difference,” she said. “And then the other film where we loved the way it looked was Little Women, where the clothes were designed by Jacqueline Durran. It was set in the Civil War era, obviously very Victorian. If you personally wanted to be inspired by that look for yourself, you might want to look at Brock (Collection), or Erdem, or even Louis Vuitton.”

After a brief pause, Wintour continued: “If I was going to choose one, I’d say she (Durran) deserves to win.”

Phillips and Durran will be competing against The Irishman’s Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, Jojo Rabbit’s Mayes C. Rubeo, and Joker’s Mark Bridges at the Oscars, with the winner to be named during the ceremony on Sunday night. Durran recently won the BAFTA for Best Costume Design.

Elsewhere in the conversation, Wintour also named The Farewell, directed by Lulu Wang and starring Awkwafina, and Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite as two of her must-see films.

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Cynthia Erivo ‘saddened’ by lack of diversity at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo finds it “saddening” that she’s the only actor of colour nominated for the 2020 Academy Awards.The 33-year-old is up for both Best Actress and Best Original Song for Harriet, in which she portrays famed abolitionist and political activist…

Cynthia Erivo finds it “saddening” that she’s the only actor of colour nominated for the 2020 Academy Awards.

The 33-year-old is up for both Best Actress and Best Original Song for Harriet, in which she portrays famed abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman, and is the only person of colour out of the 20 acting nominees.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the star confessed the nods are “a moment for celebration”, but also reflected on the wider implications of the lack of diversity in the shortlist.

“It can’t just be me alone. There’s just such good work going on and this may sound fatalistic, but I would hate for people’s work to have gone by and then for us to have looked back and go, ‘Oh, I wish we would’ve given roses,’ when people aren’t there to actually receive them,” she said. “I don’t want us to do that.

“To be in a room and not being able to see other actors (of colour) who are nominated, to not be able to share that with another black actress is saddening. I would love to share this moment with someone else.”

Erivo recently vowed to fight for change in “the way they (entertainment industry) cast things, change the way they line up producers and directors and writers”, adding that diverse voices “reflect the world that we live in,” while addressing on the issue during a Television Critics Association panel for her new HBO show, The Outsider.

The Academy Awards take place on 9 February.

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Antonio Banderas won’t repeat Oscars footwear fail

Antonio Banderas will ensure his shoes are broken in properly before attending the 2020 Academy Awards next month.The Spanish actor is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, alongside Leonardo DiCa…

Antonio Banderas will ensure his shoes are broken in properly before attending the 2020 Academy Awards next month.

The Spanish actor is nominated in the Best Actor category for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jonathan Pryce.

However, in a recent interview on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Antonio admitted that he has little recollection of the very first time he was a presenter at the Oscars back in 1992, because his feet were killing him.

“I bought new shoes,” he said, noting that his footwear was simply “too tight”.

“And it was dramatic because 15 minutes into the show, it (pain) was unbearable. It was impossible.”

Antonio was so uncomfortable he nearly walked onstage to make the big presentation in his socks.

“I remember my wife at the time (Ana Leza) said, ‘Take the shoes off’, but it was impossible because my feet were swollen big time,” the 59-year-old remembered. “So, I went on the stage in absolute pain and I overcame the situation.”

But it wasn’t until Antonio was back at his hotel watching the prizegiving’s highlights on TV that he realised his discomfort was plain for all to see.

“I didn’t have a neck (because of the pain),” he joked. “You couldn’t even see the bow tie.”

The Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Stephen King backtracks over controversial Oscars diversity comments

Stephen King has clarified comments he made about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Academy Awards.Earlier this month, the horror author, who can vote in three Oscars categories, waded in on the controversy over the lack of women and people of colour n…

Stephen King has clarified comments he made about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Earlier this month, the horror author, who can vote in three Oscars categories, waded in on the controversy over the lack of women and people of colour nominated this year, and faced backlash from the likes of Ava DuVernay for tweeting that he would never consider diversity in regards to art and only focused on quality.

Now, the author has seemingly backtracked on his comments, and in an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Monday, he insisted he didn’t intend to spark outrage.

“I stepped over one of those lines recently by saying something on Twitter that I mistakenly thought was noncontroversial: ‘I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong’. The subject was the Academy Awards,” King began. “I also said, in essence, that those judging creative excellence should be blind to questions of race, gender or sexual orientation.”

He denied he meant movies focusing on diversity and inequality “cannot be works of creative genius,” and noted that DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, was a “splendid case in point.”

“Judgments of creative excellence should be blind. But that would be the case in a perfect world, one where the game isn’t rigged in favor of the white folks,” he wrote. “Creative excellence comes from every walk, color, creed, gender and sexual orientation, and it’s made richer and bolder and more exciting by diversity, but it’s defined by being excellent. Judging anyone’s work by any other standard is insulting and — worse — it undermines those hard-won moments when excellence from a diverse source is rewarded (against, it seems, all the odds) by leaving such recognition vulnerable to being dismissed as politically correct.”

King also questioned whether voters had seen all the eligible films and wrote that he hoped the demographic of the Oscars voting pool would eventually catch up with today’s diverse society.

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Taika Waititi toned down Jojo Rabbit ‘so young people could watch’

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular …

Taika Waititi was determined to tone down Jojo Rabbit so that children would be able to watch it.

The satirical World War II movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, also features a predominantly young cast, due to the titular character, who is played by 12-year-old Roman Griffin Davis, being a member of the Hitler Youth.

And the New Zealand filmmaker was keen to ensure that kids the same age as his cast members would be able to engage with the critically acclaimed movie.

“We made a real effort to make the film PG, so that young people could see it,” he told Variety. “Roman Griffin Davis showed the film to a bunch of his classmates back in London, and one of his friends said, ‘This is a film about a kid learning to think for himself.’

“And I think that’s really the ultimate goal, to try and influence people into thinking for themselves, and also thinking from the perspective of tolerance and love.”

The movie, which follows the story of Jojo as he discovers his mother has been hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, has recently been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.

And Waititi was full of praise for Johansson, who received a Best Supporting Actress nod for her portrayal of Jojo’s mother Rosie.

“She was incredible and brought something to it that really elevated the whole thing to a level that I’d never even considered,” he said. “And I think that it’s probably the best version of Scarlett that I’ve ever seen.”

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Cynthia Erivo and Elton John to perform at 2020 Oscars

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards. Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed durin…

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, and Idina Menzel will perform at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Oscars show producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain announced on Thursday that all of the tracks nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the ceremony on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

They revealed that Erivo, who is also nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet, will perform Stand Up, a song she co-wrote with Joshuah Brian Campbell for the Harriet Tubman biopic. Her fellow performers include John, who will sing (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, which recently won the Golden Globe, from his biopic Rocketman, and Menzel, who will take to the stage with Norwegian singer AURORA to perform Into the Unknown, which her character Elsa sang in animated sequel Frozen II. The song was written by songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who have previously won the Best Original Song Oscar for Let It Go from the original Frozen and Remember Me from Pixar animation Coco.

In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will sing I’m Standing With You, which was written by Diane Warren, from her movie Breakthrough, and composer Randy Newman will perform I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Pixar animation Toy Story 4. Newman is also nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story.

Metz took to Instagram to express her excitement about the news and wrote, “When I tell you I don’t know what to say, I mean it! Honoured and elated to sing @warren_diane’s beautiful and timely song at the 92nd Oscars! See you all Sunday, February 9th!”

The ceremony will also feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone, who will become the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast.

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Ava DuVernay criticises Stephen King for diversity comments

Ava DuVernay has criticised author Stephen King for posting “backward and ignorant” tweets about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Oscars. The 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, revealing that the vast majority of nominees were w…

Ava DuVernay has criticised author Stephen King for posting “backward and ignorant” tweets about the lack of diversity at the 2020 Oscars.

The 2020 Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, revealing that the vast majority of nominees were white males, with only one out of the 20 acting nominees being a person of colour.

The lack of diversity sparked a debate on social media, and The Shining author Stephen King, who has had many books adapted into films and TV shows, decided to weigh in on the issue and tell his followers he doesn’t consider diversity when casting his vote in three Oscars categories.

“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just three categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue – as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway – did not come up,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “That said… I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

His tweets sparked backlash online from many social media users, including Selma filmmaker DuVernay, who expressed her dismay at his remarks.

“When you wake up, meditate, stretch, reach for your phone to check on the world and see a tweet from someone you admire that is so backward and ignorant you want to go back to bed,” she commented alongside a retweet of King’s message.

Writer Roxane Gay also tweeted, “As a fan, this is painful to read from you. It implies that diversity and quality cannot be synonymous. They are not separate things. Quality is everywhere but most industries only believe in quality from one demographic. And now, here you are.”

King returned to Twitter later to try and calm the backlash by writing, “The most important thing we can do as artists and creative people is make sure everyone has the same fair shot, regardless of sex, colour, or orientation. Right now, such people are badly under-represented, and not only in the arts… You can’t win awards if you’re shut out of the game.”

The 2020 Oscars will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Adam Sandler responds to Oscars snub

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Osca…

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.

The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Oscar nominees was released, revealing the race was between Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

However, Sandler took to Twitter to prove to his fans that he had found a positive in the snub.

“Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits,” he wrote, before congratulating Kathy Bates, who played the mother of his character Bobby Boucher in 1998 sports comedy The Waterboy, for her Best Supporting Actress nomination.

“Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama,” Sandler concluded the tweet, which featured a still of Bates.

The actress, who was nominated for her role in Clint Eastwood’s crime drama Richard Jewell, spotted his message and replied, “I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!! I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT (Greatest of All Time)!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.”

Bates joined many film fans on social media expressing their outrage at the 53-year-old’s rejection, including The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, who tweeted, “Truly baffled that Sandler wasn’t nominated and that Uncut Gems wasn’t acknowledged at all.”

Sandler had previously joked that he would make a deliberately bad film if he got snubbed at the Oscars, and his Just Go with It co-star Brooklyn Decker registered her interest in supporting the project, with her writing on Instagram: “If I’m not in this movie it will be a crime.”

The 92nd Academy Awards show will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh disappointed by Greta Gerwig’s Oscars snub

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Bes…

Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are disappointed about their Little Women director Greta Gerwig being snubbed by the Academy Awards.

The period drama, adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, scooped six Oscar nominations on Monday, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actress for Ronan, and Best Supporting Actress for Pugh.

While the actresses were thrilled with their nominations, they were shocked to learn Gerwig hadn’t been recognised for Best Director, a category which compromised of all-male nominees.

Ronan told Deadline she was “scratching (her) head a bit” over the filmmaker’s surprising exclusion.

“I’m really happy that the Academy recognised her for Adapted Screenplay and Picture, and I feel like if you’ve been nominated for Best Picture, you have essentially been nominated for Best Director,” the 25-year-old said in a statement. “But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she’s one of the most important filmmakers of our time.”

British star Pugh, who earned her first-ever Oscar nomination for playing spoiled sister Amy March, said Greta’s absence was a “big blow”.

“Especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it’s just come out of her, and it’s been a story she’s wanted to do for so long,” she shared. “I think everybody’s angry and quite rightly so. I can’t believe it’s happened again, but I don’t really know how to solve it. I don’t know what the answer is, other than we’re talking about it.”

She added that the snub highlights the importance of the story in Little Women.

“Greta made a film about women and their relationship with money, and their relationship with men in a man’s working world. And it’s just highlighting the point. It’s just completely underlining how important this film is, and how the themes are still apparent now,” she said.

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