Oscars 2020: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor award

10th February, 2020 10:19:39 printer

Oscars 2020: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor award

The 92nd Academy Awards started off on script but also delivered a few surprises: Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for his performance in Once Upon on a Time ... In Hollywood, Laura Dern won the Best Supporting Actress award and Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor. Bong Joon Ho won the Best Director Oscar and Parasite took best original screenplay, and the inaugural best international feature award.

The class satire Parasite, which many believe has a chance to upset the front-runner 1917 for best picture, pulled off surprise after surprise. It is tied with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ford v 1917 for three Oscars.

As it did last year, the annual Dolby Theatre ceremony kicked off without a host. Janelle Monae opened the show entering a Mister Rogers set and singing A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

“I’m so proud to be standing here as a black queer artist telling stories," said Monae. "Happy Black History Month.”

Two former Oscar hosts, Chris Rock and Steve Martin, dropped in to supply an opening monologue. Martin called it “an incredible demotion.” Martin noted that something was missing from this year's directing nominees. “Vaginas!" Rock replied.

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Best Actor - Joker

Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actor Oscar, for his performance as Arthur Fleck in Joker.

Best Director - Parasite

Bong Joon-ho wins the Best Director award for Parasite. Parasite now ties with 1917 and Once Upon a Time with three Oscars. In his speech, Bong thanked Quentin Tarantino for championing him, and Martin Scorsese for inspiring him.

Best Original Song - Rocketman

Elton John wins his second Oscar, for the original son (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, from Rocketman, a biopic on his life. John previously won for Can You Feel the Love Tonight, from The Lion King. This is his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin’s first Oscar.

Best Original Score - Joker

Joker picks up its first Oscar. Hildur Guðnadóttir wins for Best Original Score Academy Award. Her score was played on set to help Joaquin Phoenix get into character.

Best International Feature - Parasite

Bong Joon-ho picked up his second Oscar for Parasite. The film became first South Korean film to be nominated and win the award. Bong received a standing ovation.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell

Ray Romano dropped an F-bomb while announcing Bombshell as the winner. Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker are the winners.

Best Visual Effects - 1917

Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy win 1917’s third Oscar of the show, for Best Visual Effects. Other nominees included The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, The Irishman and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Cynthia Erivo performs her Oscar-nominated track from Harriet

Cynthia Erivo earned the second standing ovation of the show, for her performance of her Oscar-nominated song from the film Harriet.

Best Film Editing - Ford v Ferrari

Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker pick up Ford v Ferrari’s second Oscar.

Best Cinematography - 1917

Roger Deakins wins his, and 1917’s second Oscar. Deakins previously won for Blade Runner 2049, after 14 nominations.

Best Sound Editing - Ford v Ferrari, Best Sound Mixing - 1917

Donald Sylvester wins the Oscar for Best Sound Editing, for Ford v Ferrari. Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson pick up 1917’s first Oscar, for Best Sound Mixing.