Oscars 2020: Parasite's history-making win and all the best bits

After an awards season marked by its predictability, the 92nd Academy Awards had a last-minute plot twist waiting in the wings; naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture.

Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film.


It's the kind of film that seemed against the odds of the Academy, so to have it emerge as the top winner of the night is momentous – we can only hope this sets a trend which sees Hollywood take more risks (particularly when it comes to foreign cinema). Director Joon-ho looked genuinely shocked and thrilled whenever he was called to the podium and had the whole audience beaming right along with him.

This year, the ceremony felt lighter. Less stuffy. With Parasite's historic win, are we finally seeing a new era in Hollywood? They attempted to address the lack of diversity and the need to even out the inclusion of women. Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is the first woman in  over 20 years to win the Academy Award for original score and finished her acceptance speech with some beautifully spoken words, intended to inspire women everywhere.

"To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters who hear the music bubbling within—please speak up. We need to hear your voices."


Also, in an over-the-top reworking of her song Come Alive, actress and singer Janelle Monáe celebrated the women directors that the Academy Award nominations didn’t, as did Natalie Portman with her gown detailing on the red carpet.

Joker star Jacquin Pheonix used his best actor win for the greater good in one of the best speeches of the night.

He made an impassioned plea for human beings to stop fighting each other and to stop plundering our natural resources, placing particular emphasis on the cruelty involved in industrial dairy farming.

He closed his emotional address by quoting a lyric written, aged 17, by his late brother, River: “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”

Oh, and who could forget Eimear Noone becoming  the first woman in the Oscars' 92-year history to conduct at the show?


Related: INTERVIEW: ‘I knew two people and I couldn’t drive when I first arrived in LA’ — Galway-born Eimear Noone, Oscars' first female conductor

See the winners below:

Best Picture




Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”


Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”


Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”


Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay

“Jojo Rabbit”


International Feature

“Parasite” (South Korea)

Animated Feature

“Toy Story 4”

Sound Editing

“Ford v Ferrari”

Visual Effects



Film Editing

“Ford v Ferrari”

Animated Short

“Hair Love”

Live Action Short

“The Neighbors’ Window”


Documentary Short

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

Original Score


Original Song

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

Main photograph: @RollingStone


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