2020 Oscars Winners – Who took home the gold?

Well, what a stellar award ceremony we just witnessed. There were guaranteed wins, surprise performances, shocks and surprises all throughout the night. Parasite walked away with four Oscars, including Best Picture, 1917 came out with three Oscars and the rest were shared fairly evenly amongst all of the other nominees. Parasite sent shockwaves through the night as it did better than expected, getting recognised in more than just the International Feature Film category.

My prediction will be highlighted in GREEN

The winner will be highlighted in RED

If you don’t see an option highlighted in GREEN that’s because it’s the same as the winner.


Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

WOW! It had a chance, albeit an outside chance, but still a chance… and it has capitalised on that chance to take home the gold. The first non-english film to win Best Picture is a major achievement and big moment in the history of film. Parasite took out the incredible competition to walk away with this award and more than deserves this win. What a way to close out the show.


Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Absolutely no surprises here. Joaquin Phoenix delivered the performance of a lifetime in Joker and completely disappeared into his role. Every single line of dialogue, facial expression and scene he appears in is executed to perfection. He’s one of the greatest character actors and the fact that it’s taken this long for him to win an Oscar is a crime.


Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renée Zellweger, Judy

Here we have five powerful performances, but no one was going to come out on top of Renée Zellweger for her performance in Judy. Her name was basically etched on the Oscar before the ceremony even started due to the strength of her performance.


Actor in a Supporting Role

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt takes home the first award of the night and wins his first acting Oscar. I missed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but all the buzz surrounding his performance can only mean he deserved this win.


Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Another stacked category and a very well-deserved win for Laura Dern. She delivered a powerful performance across every single scene in Marriage Story so it’s great to see her receive her first Oscar win.


Directing

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

This is the precursor in my eyes to who will take home the Oscar for Best Picture. And the fact that it has gone to Bong Joon Ho for Parasite is MASSIVE! This puts major pressure on the upcoming announcement of Best Picture as I feel like now Parasite could be the favourite to steal it from 1917, Joker and the other nominees.


Cinematography

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Well that makes 2 from the last 2 nominations for Roger Deakins. He is undoubtedly one of, if not, the best cinematographers to ever grace us with their presence, so it’s fantastic to see him being recognised with Academy Awards now after so many years of being nominated. His work in 1917 is the best of the year, so well deserved.


Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost my Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Well, I was banking on Laika being recognised for their work on Missing Link, but, seeing as though they didn’t win with Kubo and the Two Strings in 2016, it almost makes sense they missed out here. Toy Story 4 wholly deserves the win though. It’s an emotional journey with great storytelling and strong voice performances that effectively captures the heart of the previous films.


Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Well, would you look at this. Along with Sound Editing, Ford v Ferrari has secured two awards from tonight, and two that I wasn’t necessarily rooting for. I’m sure it deserves the award as it did have a considerable amount of buzz going into tonight, but it’s interesting to see Parasite miss out… maybe it’s not heading for that Best Picture win.


Music (Original Score)

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Joker score was truly mesmerising from beginning to end. It completely sucked you into the story of this man going insane, elevating each and every scene. Every score on this list was well deserving of the win, but I’m glad it went to Joker.


Music (Original Song)

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away”, Toy Story 4

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”, Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You”, Breakthrough

“Into The Unknown”, Frozen II

“Stand Up”, Harriett

Without a single song that stood out as the obvious winner, it made it hard to make a prediction. However, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” is deserving of the win as it’s one of the more memorable songs in Rocketman, especially due to being a new original song.


Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

It wasn’t out of the realm of possibility that Ford v Ferrari could steal this one. I believe 1917 deserved it more but I could see Ford v Ferrari coming out on top. It’s harder to beat out a war film in this category so well done to the winner here.


Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Well, after missing out on Sound Editing, 1917 gets recognised for Sound Mixing for its absolutely incredible recreation of the atmosphere of WWI through sound. It’s a fantastic display of how sound can elevate an entire film, so it’s great to see it get the win.


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

In a category that could have gone absolutely anywhere, we see Taika Waititi being recognised for his incredible writing on Jojo Rabbit. He’s an immensely talented dramatic and comedic writer so it’s great to see him win an award here.


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Parasite winning this award is a major achievement. The foreign film has had a major Oscars push in the lead-up to the ceremony and had a major chance at winning this. This is a major win and means one of two things, either it’s winning this award because it won’t be getting the win for best picture, or this is an indication of getting the big win later in the night… we shall soon see.


Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Well there’s a major shock. The visual effects in 1917 were good but I never thought it would trump the visual effects of the nominated blockbusters. I thought Avengers: Endgame had the best shot but turns out the more “Oscar-calibre” film gets the win.


Predictions in Additional Categories


Production Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite


Costume Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Documentary (Feature)

American Factory

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland


Documentary (Short Subject)

In The Absence

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

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha


International Feature Film

Corpus Christi

Honeyland

Les Misérables

Pain and Glory

Parasite


Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917


Short Film (Animated)

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister


Short Film (Live Action)

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbours’ Window

Saria

A Sister


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