Oscars 2020 winners: 'Parasite' makes Academy Awards history with big sweep

WATCH: Oscar history has been made with South Korean film 'Parasite' becoming the first non-English film to win the Academy Award for 'Best Picture.'

The biggest awards show of the year, the Oscars, honoured the best movies of 2019 on Sunday night in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.

Korean movie Parasite made history as the first foreign-language film to ever win the best picture Oscar. Throughout the night, Parasite won four Oscars across the major categories, including best international film and best director.

Among this year’s Academy Award nominees were some familiar names: Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Kathy Bates.

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Few categories were more certain coming into the Oscars than best supporting actor, which Pitt has had locked down all awards season. Pitt earlier shared in the best picture win for 12 Years a Slave, for which he was a producer.

“They told me I have 45 seconds to speak, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” said Pitt, alluding to the impeachment hearings.

Pitt said the honour had given him reason to reflect on his fairy-tale journey in the film industry, going back to when he moved to Los Angeles from Missouri. Once upon a time in Hollywood, said Pitt. “Ain’t that the truth.”

Three-time nominee Laura Dern took home best supporting actress for playing a divorce lawyer in the Netflix drama Marriage Story — the first-ever Oscar awarded to an actor for a Netflix movie.

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As it did last year, the annual Dolby Theatre ceremony kicked off without a host. Janelle Monae opened the show entering a Mister Rogers set and singing A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Singing to the front row, Monae dropped her bowler hat on the head of Tom Hanks, who was nominated for his performance as Fred Rogers. A medley continued with Billy Porter joining in, as Monae segued into her song Come Alive.

“I’m so proud to be standing here as a black queer artist telling stories,” said Monae. “Happy Black History Month.”

Two former Oscar hosts, Chris Rock and Steve Martin, dropped in to supply an opening monologue. Martin called it “an incredible demotion.” Martin noted that something was missing from this year’s directing nominees. “Vaginas!” Rock replied.

Parasite and director Bong Joon Ho won best screenplay, the first Asian writer to take the prize, and Parasite became the first Korean film to win an Oscar.

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“Regardless of the outcome, I think the door has been opened,” Bong said on the red carpet. “I think as long as we continue this effort, the door will just open wider and wider.”

The movie also won best international film, an award it was expected to win, and Bong won best director, a big surprise considering the juggernaut competitors like Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese in the category.

Joaquin Phoenix delivered a long speech about inequality after he picked up the best actor Oscar for Joker, and Renee Zellweger won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy.

It is Phoenix’s first Oscar and fourth nomination. Widely praised for performances in films ranging from Gladiator to the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, a best actor win had proved elusive for Phoenix.

In his acceptance speech, Phoenix said he did not feel elevated above any of his fellow nominees. He said he didn’t know what he would be if not for acting. As for Zellweger, it’s her second Oscar; she won the supporting actress award in 2004 for Cold Mountain.

Find the complete list of 2020 Oscars winners below.

Best Picture

Ford v. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
** WINNER: Parasite

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
** WINNER: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
** WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
** WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
** WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


The Irishman, Martin Scorsese
Joker, Todd Phillips
1917, Sam Mendes
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
** WINNER: Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing

** WINNER: Ford vs. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
** WINNER: Parasite

Original Score

** WINNER: Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
** WINNER: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
** WINNER: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
** WINNER: 1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman
** WINNER: Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
The Two Popes

Original Screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
** WINNER: Parasite

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
** WINNER: Toy Story 4

Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)
** WINNER: Hair Love

Live-Action Short Film

Nefta Football Club
** WINNER: The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister


The Irishman
The Lighthouse
** WINNER: 1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
** WINNER: Little Women
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

** WINNER: Bombshell
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Documentary Feature

** WINNER: American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence
** WINNER: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Sound Editing

** WINNER: Ford v. Ferrari
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v. Ferrari
** WINNER: 1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

With files from The Associated Press

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