Our hangovers have finally subsided, and we couldn’t be more excited to recap the biggest night Hollywood! The 92nd annual awards show went host-less for the second year in a row and, instead, leaned on a dazzling performance by Janelle Monáe and Billy Porter to open the show which paid homage to some films not nominated this season. The performance was genuine and added diversity to an otherwise undiversified list of nominees.
First, Bong Joon Ho. He cleaned house. Unsurprisingly winning for Best International Feature Film and building momentum throughout the night with wins in Original Screenplay, Achievement in Directing, and Best Motion Picture of the Year. With “Parasite” winning Best Motion Picture of the Year, history was made with the first ever non-English language film taking home the biggest award of the night. Additionally, History was made not once, but twice! When Bong Joon Ho tied Walt Disney for most individual wins in a single night.
The biggest surprise of the night was “1917”. We fully expected to see Sam Mendes take home Achievement in Directing here and, when Bong Joon Ho won this category, we knew the tides were rising in his favor to take home Best Motion Picture. However – Deservedly, Roger Deakins took home the Oscar for Achievement in Cinematography for “1917”.
For Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Laura Dern took home the award – as expected – for her role in “Marriage Story”. For Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Renée Zellweger took home the award for her role in “Judy”. Both of these wins were well deserved albeit predictable.
Following the predictability theme, Brad Pitt took home the award for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in “ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD”. Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role went to Joaquin Phoenix for his role in “Joker”. Both actors ran flawless campaigns through the entirety of awards season and both actors let their guard down a bit in their acceptance speeches. Most notably, Joaquin Phoenix mostly talked at the audience in the room – and at home – about vegan activism. This seemed a bit confusing but, hey, it is Joaquin Phoenix after all and not completely off-brand.
We were disappointed to see “The Irishman” get completely shut-out but, despite the backing of Netflix money and aggressive campaigning, it wasn’t enough. Although it was rather moving to see Bong Joon Ho give Martin Scorsese a well-deserved nod during his acceptance speech for Best Director.
Overall, we enjoyed the show; It played well at home and the host-less theme worked.