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The 2020 Oscar winners: Parasite makes history, while Joker and 1917 win big

By Tim Augustin - on 10 Feb 2020, 4:36pm

The 2020 Oscar winners: Parasite makes history, while Joker and 1917 win big

Parasite! | Image: Mark Ralston/AFP

The 92nd Academy Awards are over! Speeches have been made, golden statues were passed out and Eminem popped up out of nowhere to perform ‘Lose Yourself’. It was a whole big thing.

Here’s what happened:

  • Joker, the most nominated film at the Academy Awards by far with 11 nominations, only picked up two wins - Best Original Score and Best Lead Actor.
  • The Academy Awards finally got over their fear of subtitles by giving away four awards to Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite! The dark thriller makes history by becoming the first foreign-language film in the Academy Awards’ massive 92-year history to win a Best Picture award. 
  • Netflix had a massive 24 nominations, but only took home two wins for Best Documentary and Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1917 won Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects (over Avengers: Endgame!).

For a full list of nominations and winners, read on:


Best picture 

Joker. | Image: Warner Bros. Pictures


The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Parasite - Winner!

Ford v Ferrari


Best director 

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite - Winner!

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best actor 

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker - Winner!

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes


Best actress 

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Renée Zellweger, Judy - Winner!

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women


Best supporting actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story - Winner!

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit


Best supporting actor 

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Winner!

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


Best film editing

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Ford v Ferrari - Winner!



Best costume design

Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman

Mark Bridges, Joker

Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women - Winner!

Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit


Best production design 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Winner!

The Irishman


Jojo Rabbit



Best sound mixing

Ad Astra


1917 - Winner!

Ford v Ferrari

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best sound editing


Ford v Ferrari - Winner!


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Best original screenplay

Rian Johnson, Knives Out

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite - Winner!


Best adapted screenplay

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit - Winner!

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker


Best cinematography 

Roger Deakins, 1917 - Winner!

Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman

Lawrence Sher, Joker

Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Makeup and hairstyling 

Bombshell - Winner!



Maleficent: Mistress of Evil



Visual effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 - Winner!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Music (original score)

Joker - Winner!

Little Women

Marriage Story


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Music (original song)

"I'm Standing With You" from Breakthrough

"Into The Unknown" from Frozen II

"Stand Up" from Harriet

"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman - Winner!

"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4

"Glasgow" from Wild Rose


Animated feature film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body


Missing Link

Toy Story 4 - Winner!


Animated short film 

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love - Winner!





Live-action short film 


Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors' Window - Winner!


A Sister


Documentary feature

American Factory - Winner!

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama



Documentary short feature 

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) - Winner!

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha


International feature film

France, Les Misérables

North Macedonia, Honeyland

Poland, Corpus Christi

South Korea, Parasite - Winner!

Spain, Pain and Glory

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