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Oscars 2020: 'Parasite' Makes History By Winning Big Awards

BP World Bureau | Feb 10 2020 10:53:38 AM
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For the first time in 92 years at the Academy Awards, a non-English language film took home the major awards including best picture, best director and best screenplay. South Korean film 'Parasite' won big at the Oscars and director Bong Joon-ho said that he studied the work of Martin Scorsese, his fellow nominee, and gave him a shout during best director speech. 

The other non-English language films that have received nominations include 'Roma', 'Amour', 'Babel', and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'.

The victory subverted critics who expected Sam Mendes's '1917' to take home the award for best picture or blockbuster superhero film 'Joker' was the audience's favourite. 

The evening also saw the victory of Hildur Guðnadóttir in the best original score category, which previously saw Anne Dudley, in 1997 win for Oscar-nominated film 'The Full Monty' and Rachel Portman who won for 'Emma' in 1996. 

Guðnadóttir encouraged women to speak up and that world needs their voices. The award was presented to her by Gal Gadot, Brie Larson and Sigourney Weaver who are known for their iconic characters 'Wonder Woman', 'Captain Marvel' and Ellen Ripley from 'Alien series' respectively.

Larson and Gadot thanked Weaver for paving the way for women in cinema with her success with 'Alien series' which was made at a time when women were mostly sidekicks or damsel in distress. 

Read: Oscars 2020: 'Joker' Dominates With 11 Nominations 

Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for best actor for 'Joker' after four nominations over the years. Joaquin took his time to deliver a speech about climate change, environmental issues and animal rights. He called out cancel culture and that instead, the opportunity for redemption should be given. He also read out a line written by his late brother River Phoenix. 

Renee Zellweger won best actress award for her performance as Judy Garland in 'Judy' and praised the late actress for her achievements. Zellweger previously won best supporting actress for her role in 'Cold Mountain'. She gave a shout out to immigrants who came to live the American dream.

Laura Dern won best-supporting actress award for 'Marriage Story' and praised her parents for inspiring her. 

Brad Pitt finally won his award in the acting category for 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'. He previously won best picture award for '12 Years A Slave'. 

The evening also saw a woman conductor maestro Eímear Noone presenting the best motion soundtrack nominations for the first time in 92 years in the Academy. 

Actress Natalie Portman made news by wearing a cape with Oscar-snubbed women directors' name on the red carpet. She said that she wanted to highlight women who were not recognised such as Lorene Scafaria 'Hustlers', Lulu Wang 'The Farewell', Greta Gerwig 'Little Women', Marielle Heller 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood', Melina Matsoukas 'Queen & Slim', Alma Har’el 'Honey Boy', Celine Sciamma 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' and Mati Diop 'Atlantics'.

Greta Gerwig was expected to be a sure nominee for her work in 'Little Women'.