And the Oscar goes to….

The 92nd Academy Awards took place on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. While the nominees for the Oscars were announced on January 13, 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presented the awards in 24 categories during the ceremony last evening. The show glittered as a gala of Hollywood stars and celebs gathered for the night.

Here is the complete list of Oscar Winners awarded at the ceremony:

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“Parasite” dominated the show amid standing ovations with four Oscars. And it came as a huge surprise and delight to the filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho as well as the cast and crew of the film. Parasite- the first-ever South Korean film to be nominated, won the Oscar for the Best Picture also making it the first foreign-language film to ever win the award. It also bagged Bong Joon-ho awards for Best International Feature Film, Best Director and Bong and Han Jin-for the Best Original Screenplay.

The Producer of the film-Kwak Sin-ae said, “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now. I express my deep gratitude and respect for all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”

Renée Zellweger won an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in the film “Judy”, while Joaquin Phoenix won the Trophy for Best Actor for his stellar performance in the film “Joker”.

The Trophies for supporting acts were awarded to Brad Pitt (his first Oscar) for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and Laura Dern (her second Oscar) for “Marriage Story” respectively.

“Toy Story 4” won an Academy for Best Animated Feature Film.

Matthew Cherry won the Trophy for Best Animated Foreign Language Short Film “Hair Love”. Cherry, a former NFL player, dedicated the Oscar win to basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away recently in a tragic accident.

New Zealand filmmaker, Taika Waititi, won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit”- a story adapted from a book.

Best Live Action Short Film was awarded to “The Neighbours’ Window” directed by Marshall Curry. The film is based on a true story of a middle-aged woman with small children whose life is shaken up when two free-spirited youngsters move in across the street.

Best Production Design was awarded to “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” for the splendid representation of 1969 Los Angeles.

The Best Costume Design was awarded to “Little Women”.

Best Documentary Feature was awarded for “American Factory”.

Best Documentary Short Subject was awarded to Director, Carol Dysinger for her widely acclaimed film- “Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)”. This film is based on the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write, and skateboard, in Kabul, using skateboarding as an escape and tool to motivate and challenge them.

Best Sound Editing was given for “Ford v Ferrari”.

Best Cinematography was awarded to the ace technician, Roger Deakins (his third Oscar), for “1917”. The movie is a war epic that has won tremendous recognition world over for a variety of reasons. Quite naturally it proved to be a heavyweight in the show for all the awards it bagged. Other than the best cinematography award, the film also bagged awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland won the Best Editing for “Ford v Ferrari”.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling award was given to “Bombshell”.

Best Original Score was awarded to Hildur Guðnadóttir for “Joker”.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin won an award for Best Original Song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”.

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The Oscars, year after year, are popularly known to reward artistic and technical merit in the film industry and recognize excellence in cinematic achievements by the voting members of the Academy. And the 92nd Academy Award Show couldn’t be any better. With “Parasite” bagging four Trophies and “1917” bagging three, this was nothing less than a red carpet treat for Bong Joon-Ho and Sir Sam Mendes. While Parasite is a social satire film, 1917 is a World War One epic. Cheers to the teams of both the films. Truly, hard work pays.

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The evening was graced with outstanding performances by actors and singers of the likes of Elton John, Idina Menzel, rap-legend Eminem, Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Billie Eilish. Charming personalities in the best attire, warm smiles, and delightful faces indeed lit up the show. Fans all over the world waited for this day, at the beginning of the year to watch their loved celebrities make it big and to be a part of their happiness. Social media was abuzz with posts and images from excited fans awaiting the evening with extravagant preparations in snacks, food and drinks all ready for what some called their ‘Oscar viewing parties’.

And now we got to wait another year for this vibrant night of recognition and celebrations!

GREG RAKOZY OSCARS

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