The 92nd Academy Awards

Parasite becomes the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture.


What a wild ride for the South Korean team from Parasite! Not only are they the first film not in English to win the Best Picture Oscar, Bong Joon Ho and team took home Best International Film, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. A truly history-making night, and a giant vote of support from the Academy voters for stories that are well told—in any language or genre—and that subtitles are not a barrier.

In an evening with some truly head-scratching moments—why was Eminem there? Why did every category have an introducer introduce the introducer? Why was Janelle Monáe's amazing opening act full of films that should have been, but were not, nominated for awards—politics was never far away. From Natalie Portman's dress with the names of women directors not nominated to Joaquin Phoenix's somewhat meandering but incredibly personal acceptance speech, the attendees used their worldwide platform for those 45 seconds to call attention to gender equity, representation, climate change, and animal rights.

Despite the nail-biting finish, the rest of the awards went pretty much as expected, with Ford v Ferrari and 1917 taking the technical awards, and Hildur Guðnadóttir (Joker) and Elton John (Rocketman) reprising their musical awards from the Golden Globes. The acting awards went right down the line, capping off an incredible awards season run for all four actors.

As the Academy continues to address questions of representation and relevance, more kinda-messy-but-ultimately-terrific shows like the 2020 Oscars will happen. Change is hard, but it is coming...

On to Festival!

- Beth Barrett | SIFF Artistic Director
February 9, 2020

* denotes a film screening as part of a SIFF program

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women*
Marriage Story*
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
WINNER - Parasite*

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917*
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
WINNER - Bong Joon Ho, Parasite*

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory*
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Adam Driver, Marriage Story*
WINNER - Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story*
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women*
Charlize Theron, Bombshell*
WINNER - Renee Zellweger, Judy

Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood*
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
WINNER - Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*

Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
WINNER - Laura Dern, Marriage Story*
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women*
Margot Robbie, Bombshell*

Adapted Screenplay
WINNER - Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Steve Zaillian, The Irishman
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Greta Gerwig, Little Women*
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Knives Out*
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story*
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917*
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
WINNER - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite*

Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
WINNER - Toy Story 4

International Feature Film
Corpus Christi*
Les Miserables*
Pain and Glory*
WINNER - Parasite*

Best Documentary
WINNER - American Factory*
The Cave
Edge of Democracy
For Sama*

Best Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse*
WINNER - Roger Deakins, 1917*
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Mark Bridges, Joker
WINNER - Jacqueline Durran, Little Women*
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*

Film Editing
WINNER - Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth, Joker
Yang Jinmo, Parasite*

Makeup and Hairstyling
WINNER - Bombshell*, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker
Joker, Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
Judy, Jeremy Woodhead
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten, and David White
1917*, Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, and Rebecca Cole

Original Score
WINNER - Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women*
Randy Newman, Marriage Story*
Thomas Newman, 1917*
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," Toy Story 4
WINNER - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," Rocketman
"I'm Standing With You," Breakthrough
"Into the Unknown," Frozen 2
"Stand Up," Harriet

Production Design
The Irishman
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

WINNER - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Sound Editing
WINNER - Ford v Ferrari, Donald Sylvester
Joker, Alan Robert Murray
1917*, Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*, Wylie Stateman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing
Ad Astra, Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
Ford v Ferrari, Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
Joker, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
WINNER - 1917*, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*, Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Visual Effects
Avengers: Endgame, Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, and Dan Sudick
The Irishman, Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser, and Stephane Grabli
The Lion King, Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliot Newman
WINNER - 1917*, Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, and Dominic Tuohy

Documentary (Short Subject)
"In the Absence"
WINNER - "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone If You're a Girl"
"Life Overtakes Me"
"St. Louis Superman"
"Walk Run Cha-Cha"

Short Film (Animated)
WINNER - "Hair Love"

Short Film (Live Action)
"Nefta Football Club"*
WINNER - "The Neighbor's Window"
"A Sister"