Oscars 2020: South Korea’s Parasite makes history by winning best picture

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize.

Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Joker.

Brad Pitt and Laura Dern scooped the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.

Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three.

The World War One epic had been the favourite to win best picture, but its awards all came in the technical categories.


Parasite in paradise

The Parasite team
The Parasite team celebrating their wins

Parasite’s Bong Joon-ho beat Sir Sam to the prize for best director, and also took the best original screenplay award.

The film is a vicious social satire about two families from different classes in Seoul – one who live in poverty in a semi-basement, and another rich family residing in a large home.

It has now managed what no other subtitled film has done in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards and won best picture.

“I feel like I’ll wake up to find it’s all a dream. It all feels very surreal,” Bong said.

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Producer Kwak Sin-ae, who collected the trophy, said: “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to happen. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.”

There were boos when organisers tried to cut short the best picture acceptance speech by turning the stage lights off – leading the lights to be turned back on, allowing the celebrations to continue.


Brad Pitt gets political

Brad PittBrad Pitt referred to President Trump’s impeachment trial


Pitt won the first acting Oscar of his career – picking up the best supporting actor trophy for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s film.

He was the first winner of the night, and immediately used his speech to attack the way the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump were handled.

He referred to the fact that Republican senators voted against allowing witnesses including former National Security Adviser John Bolton to give evidence.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it and in the end the adults do the right thing.”

The 56-year-old moved from the political to the personal, paying tribute to co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and reflecting on his journey to Hollywood superstardom.

“I’m a bit gobsmacked,” he said, getting emotional. “I’m not one to look back, but this has made me do so.”


Joaquin Phoenix: ‘I’ve been a scoundrel’

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad Pitt with their statuettes
Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad Pitt with their statuettes

Phoenix, who won best actor for his remarkable performance in the origin story about Batman’s nemesis, also used the podium to send a heartfelt message about the state of the world, saying actors have the power to give a “voice for the voiceless”.

After telling the audience to stop clapping him as he took to the stage – “Don’t do that” – he managed to cover topics from animal rights and the environment to racism and sexism.

The vegan activist told the audience that “we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable”.

He also pointed out his own flaws: “I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been cruel at times and hard to work with, but so many people in this room have given me a second chance.”

He ended his speech by quoting a lyric written by his late brother River: “Run to the rescue and love and peace will follow.”


The biggest winners


Laura Dern’s ‘best birthday present ever’

Laura Dern is congratulated by her mother, fellow Oscar nominee Diane Ladd
Laura Dern was congratulated by her mother, fellow Oscar nominee Diane Ladd                                        GETTY IMAGES

A day before her 53rd birthday, Laura Dern won best supporting actress for playing a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story.

She comes from an illustrious acting family, but in winning managed something her parents have not. Mother Diane Ladd has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and dad Bruce Dern has two unsuccessful nominations.

“Some say never meet your heroes,” their daughter told the audience. “But I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents.”

Meanwhile, Zellweger used her speech to pay tribute to Garland, who was nominated for two Oscars in the 1950s and 60s.

“Judy Garland did not receive this honour in her time,” the actress said. “I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy.”


The British winners

Sir Elton John and Bernie TaupinSir Elton John and Bernie Taupin won best original song
  • Sir Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won best original song for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman. It’s Sir Elton’s second Oscar, 25 years after winning for The Lion King.
  • After receiving 13 unsuccessful nominations, Roger Deakins has now won his second Oscar in three years, picking up the trophy for best cinematography for 1917.
  • Dominic Tuohy was up against himself in the visual effects category – nominated for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and 1917. He won for 1917 (alongside Guillaume Rocheron and Greg Butler).
  • British pair Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson picked up the sound mixing award for the same film.
  • Costume designer Jacqueline Durran won the second Oscar of her career for her work on Little Women.
  • British-made Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl) scooped best short documentary.


Other notable winners
Former NFL player Matthew A Cherry and Karen Rupert ToliverFormer NFL player Matthew A Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver won best animated short film


  • Joker composer Hildur Gudnadottir became the first female winner of best original score since 1998.
  • American Factory, the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, was named best documentary feature. (The former first couple weren’t there, however.)
  • Toy Story 4 won best animated feature, nine years after Toy Story 3 won the same award.
  • Former American football player Matthew A Cherry won best animated short film for Hair Love and dedicated the award to late basketball star and past Oscar winner Kobe Bryant, saying: “May we all have a second act as great as his was.”


And some notable omissions

  • Cherry and collaborator Karen Rupert Toliver were the only black winners. And, with all four acting nominees being white, the only other ethnic diversity among the winners came from the Parasite team, best make-up winner Kazu Hiro and Jojo Rabbit’s writer-director Taika Waititi – who is of Maori descent.
  • All the main nominated films won at least one award – except Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman, which had 10 nominations but went away empty-handed. Scorsese did get a standing ovation, however, when Bong Joon-ho mentioned him on stage.


No host (but two hosts)

Steve Martin and Chris Rock
Steve Martin and Chris Rock joked: “We’ve had a great time not hosting tonight.”

For the second year, the ceremony had no host.

It all started with an incendiary performance by singer and Moonlight actress Janelle Monae. “We are celebrating all the women who directed phenomenal films,” she said. “I’m proud to be here as a black queer woman.”

Then Steve Martin and Chris Rock appeared to deliver the traditional opening monologue as a double act. “We both have hosted the Oscars before. And this is such an incredible demotion,” Martin quipped.

He remarked: “Think how much the Oscars have changed in the past 92 years. Back in 1929 there were no black acting nominees.” Rock added: “And now in 2020 we’ve got one.”

They then gave way to a string of other celebrities to introduce each award.


Oscars 2020: The winners in full

This year’s Academy Awards have taken place in Los Angeles. Here’s the full list of winners and nominees.

Best picture

  • Winner: Parasite
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Best actress

  • Winner: Renee Zellweger – Judy
  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Best actor

  • Winner: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes
Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad PittJoaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad Pitt posed with their trophies

Best supporting actress

  • Winner: Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
  • Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh – Little Women
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Best supporting actor

  • Winner: Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  • Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino – The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci – The Irishman
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Presentational grey line

Best director

  • Winner: Parasite – Bong Joon-ho
  • The Irishman – Martin Scorsese
  • Joker – Todd Phillips
  • 1917 – Sam Mendes
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Bong Joon-ho with his OscarsParasite won best picture, best international film, best director and best original screenplay

Best original screenplay

  • Winner: Parasite – Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Won
  • Knives Out – Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
  • 1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Best adapted screenplay

  • Winner: Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi
  • The Irishman – Steven Zaillian
  • Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
  • Little Women – Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Best animated feature

  • Winner: Toy Story 4
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
Jeff Reichert, Julia Reichert and Steven BognarJeff Reichert, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar won best documentary feature for American Factory

Best documentary feature

  • Winner: American Factory
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland

Best international feature

  • Winner: Parasite – South Korea
  • Corpus Christi – Poland
  • Honeyland – North Macedonia
  • Les Miserables – France
  • Pain and Glory – Spain
Sir Elton John and Bernie TaupinSir Elton John performed before he and lyricist Bernie Taupin won

Best original song

  • Winner: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman (Elton John & Bernie Taupin)
  • I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4 (Randy Newman)
  • I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough (Diane Warren)
  • Into the Unknown – Frozen 2 (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez)
  • Stand Up – Harriet (Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo)

Best original score

  • Winner: Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Little Women – Alexandre Desplat
  • Marriage Story – Randy Newman
  • 1917 – Thomas Newman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams
Roger DeakinsRoger Deakins has won his second Oscar in the past three years

Best cinematography

  • Winner: 1917 – Roger Deakins
  • The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
  • Joker – Lawrence Sher
  • The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Best visual effects

  • Winner: 1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler & Dominic Tuohy
  • Avengers: Endgame – Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken & Dan Sudick
  • The Irishman – Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser & Stephane Grabli
  • The Lion King – Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R Jones & Elliot Newman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach & Dominic Tuohy

Best film editing

  • Winner: Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker & Andrew Buckland
  • The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles
  • Joker – Jeff Groth
  • Parasite – Yang Jinmo
Jacqueline DurranBritish costume designer Jacqueline Durran won for her work on Little Women

Best costume design

  • Winner: Little Women – Jacqueline Durran
  • The Irishman – Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson
  • Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C Rubeo
  • Joker – Mark Bridges
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Arianne Phillips

Best sound editing

  • Winner: Ford v Ferrari – Donald Sylvester
  • Joker – Alan Robert Murray
  • 1917 – Oliver Tarney & Rachael Tate
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Matthew Wood & David Acord

Best sound mixing

  • Winner: 1917 – Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson
  • Ad Astra – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson & Mark Ulano
  • Ford v Ferrari – Paul Massey, David Giammarco & Steven A Morrow
  • Joker – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic & Tod Maitland
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Michael Minkler, Christian P Minkler & Mark Ulano

Best production design

  • Winner: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood – Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh
  • The Irishman – Bob Shaw & Regina Graves
  • Jojo Rabbit – Ra Vincent & Nora Sopková
  • 1917 – Dennis Gassner & Lee Sandales
  • Parasite – Lee Ha Jun & Cho Won Woo
Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro, and Vivian BakerAnne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker triumphed for the film Bombshell

Best make-up and hairstyling

  • Winner: Bombshell – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan & Vivian Baker
  • Joker – Nicki Ledermann & Kay Georgiou
  • Judy – Jeremy Woodhead
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten & David White
  • 1917 – Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis & Rebecca Cole

Best live action short

  • Winner: The Neighbors’ Window
  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • Saria
  • A Sister

Best animated short

  • Hair Love
  • Dcera (Daughter)
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister
Elena Andreicheva and Carol Dysinger with their Oscars for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)Elena Andreicheva and Carol Dysinger with their Oscars for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Best documentary short

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

Jennifer Lopez: Performing at the Super Bowl is like ‘winning an Oscar’

Jennifer Lopez says performing at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show will be “like winning an Oscar”.

The ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker was announced as the co-headliner of the upcoming sporting event alongside Shakira back in September, and she’s now said she can’t wait to get up on stage, because the prestigious event has been a “fantasy” for her for several years.

Speaking in an upcoming interview for ‘CBS Sunday Morning’, she said: “It’s like winning the Oscar. It’s the biggest show that there is. It has the biggest audience. You get to have like this big production. You don’t get to do that on tour. Everything’s like, budget-conscious and ‘You can do this and you can do that.’ It’s a different experience and I think it’s just like a fantasy for all musical artists to be able to play the Super Bowl and have like that 12 minutes of an amazing show. I don’t know. There’s just something exhilarating about it.”

Although she’s looking forward to getting up on stage, Jennifer admitted earlier this month that she’s not yet had a chance to rehearse her performance.

Asked about her preparations, she laughed and said: “I don’t have that much time. We’re starting. We still have to develop it a little bit more.”

But the most important aspect of the show for the ‘Hustlers’ actress, 50, is to make it “fun” for both herself and the audience.

She added: “For me, I’m obviously going to try to put together the best show that I can, but it’s also about having fun.

“Just being up there, staying present in the moment and enjoying all of the wonderful things that are happening.”

And the actress is excited about sharing the stage with 42-year-old Shakira.

She explained: “There’s nobody like her so I know that the two of us together are going to bring that special brand of what we do and there will be people who haven’t even seen us perform who get to see something special that night.”



‘Show them what crazy can do’ – Serena stars in Nike Ads

The ad, titled ‘Dream Crazier’, has a powerful message and takes on how women are perceived during intense moments in the sporting world.That divide is something Williams knows all too well after a documented dispute with a chair umpire at the 2018 US Open.

Following an argument with Carlos Ramos, in which Williams labelled Ramos a ‘thief’, the US open fined Williams NZ$30,000. The ruling was controversial given what male players have been seen to get away with in the past.

In the commercial, which launched during the 2019 Academy Awards, Williams shifts the narrative in a positive direction showing examples of what ‘crazy’ women can accomplish.

The spot features a number of prominent female athletes, including Williams, who have broken barriers and paved the way for future generations.

“So if they wanna call you crazy, fine,” Williams reads.

“Show them what crazy can do.”

The commercial ends with the: “It’s only crazy until you do it,” which fades into Nike’s historic slogan ‘Just do it.”