You didn’t need to be a cinephile to pick most of the major winners at the 92nd Academy Awards – the BAFTA and Golden Globe recipients this year pretty much mirrored the Academy’s choices with one big exception: the Academy LOVED Parasite.
Few would have tipped that the quirky South Korean thriller would win Best Picture after claiming Best International Feature, and writer-director Bong Joon Ho would receive the Oscar for Best Director ahead of hot favourite Sam Mendes for 1917. We love an upset, and here are some other memorable moments from the ceremony…
PARASITE WINS BEST PICTURE, DIRECTOR, ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY & INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Versatile writer-director Bong Joon Ho is the Ang Lee of South Korean cinema and the Oscars he received for his unpredictable and brilliantly bonkers thriller Parasite were both well deserved and one of the feel-good moments of the ceremony, with the beaming Bong chuffed by the honour. All up, a history-making night for SK cinema, being the first film from that country to win Academy Awards in these categories – and the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
JOJO RABBIT WINS BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Loveable Kiwi Taika Waititi appeared a bit overwhelmed when he took to the stage in the ceremony’s other feel-good moment, thanking his mum for introducing him to the novel Caging Skies – which he adapted as Jojo Rabbit – and dedicating the award to “all the indigenous kids of the world who want to do art and dance and write stories.” Another worthy winner – it’s a tough gig making Hitler funny, just ask Mel Brooks.
BRAD PITT WINS BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
It was no contest, really. Brad received his second Academy Award – his first for acting, having shared an Oscar in 2014 as one of the producers of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave – and dedicated it to Quentin Tarantino, while also acknowledging the unsung work of Hollywood’s stunt coordinators and crew.
There would have been a riot had Joaquin Phoenix not won Best Actor for Joker. And if there was going to be one politically-charged acceptance speech this year, this was it. The emotional actor didn’t disappoint, addressing “the distressing issues we are facing collectively…” and adding something about “the cries of anguish of a cow.” The orchestra didn’t dare cut him off after his allocated 45 seconds were up!
LIKE A ROCKET, MAN
Sir Elton John won his second Oscar for Original Song with [I’m Gonna] Love Me Again from Rocketman. Songwriter Bernie Taupin shared the award and stated, “This is justification for 53 years of hammering it out and doing what we do.” We can think of a lot more, Bernie…
THE OPENING NUMBER
Once again, in the absence of a host, the Oscars kicked off with an ebullient musical number. But unlike last year’s medley from Adam Lambert and Queen, this one seemed more suited to the Tony Awards. Still, vocalist Janelle Monae hit notes the rest of us could only hope to reach. Respect!
FROZEN II’S MULTILINGUAL MEDLEY
Oscar-nominated song Into the Unknown may not have the earworm quality of predecessor Let It Go, but the live performance by Idina Menzel was nicely complemented with lyrics from the international voice cast – it sounds just as good in Spanish, Russian, Polish and Danish!
AND THE LOWLIGHTS GO TO…
It was a toss up between presenters James Corden and Rebel Wilson in cat suits (arguably more convincing than their CGI characters in multiple Razzie nominee, Cats), and Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig’s flat comedy shtick on acting.
All the Oscar winners are here.