Oscars 2020: Highlights from the red carpet and broadcast of the Academy Awards

Get the latest on the Oscar winners, the best-dressed and behind-the-scenes action from L.A. Times journalists inside and outside the Academy Awards.

Laura Dern accepts her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Marriage Story.
Laura Dern accepts her Oscar for supporting actress in “Marriage Story.”
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

‘Parasite’ and the 2020 Oscar winners: The complete list

Bong Joon Ho and enee Zellweger, Oscar winners backstage
Bong Joon Ho, winner of the best picture, director and international feature Oscars for “Parasite,” and Renée Zellweger, winner of the lead actress Oscar for “Judy,” at the Academy Awards Governors Ball at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
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The 2020 Academy Awards have wrapped at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

South Korea’s “Parasite” was the big winner of the night, picking up several key awards, including picture, director, original screenplay and international film. It’s the first foreign-language film in Oscars history to claim the top prize.

Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger won the top acting awards for “Joker” and “Judy,” respectively. Brad Pitt earned an Oscar for his supporting performance in “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” while Laura Dern was awarded the supporting actress trophy for “Marriage Story.”

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Review: The Oscars ceremony fights its own irrelevance — by drawing attention to it

'Parasite' wins
Song Kang Ho and director Bong Joon Ho celebrate winning the best picture Oscar for “Parasite” during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

South Korea saved Hollywood from itself Sunday night when “Parasite” won the top prize at the 92nd Academy Awards, the culmination of a telecast that struggled to entertain let alone find relevance in the art form it was honoring.

To celebrate film’s biggest night, the Oscars relied heavily on talent imported from television, music and theater.

Welcome “Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus! Billie Eilish! Anthony Ramos of “Hamilton”! Most of the evening’s big winners, such as Laura Dern and Brad Pitt — who took home supporting acting honors for “Marriage Story” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,” respectively — were easily predicted.


It’s just the Oscars — but my God, it matters that ‘Parasite’ won best picture

'Parasite' wins
Director Bong Joon Ho (center) and the cast of “Parasite,” winners of the best picture Oscar, at the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did something extraordinarily rare on Sunday night. They gave the Oscar for best picture of the year to — wait for it — the actual best picture of the year.

You may not concur, which is fine, even great. Movies were made for vigorous argument, for the passionate drawing of aesthetic and ideological battle lines. But if we were to look at the Oscar pantheon from this young century alone, I would say that “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho’s genre-blurring marvel of a darkly comic thriller, joins an elite company of best picture winners — I’m thinking of “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Hurt Locker,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and not much else — that could be plausibly defended as the very finest films nominated in their respective years.


I took the subway to the Oscars. It was just the beginning of a wild ride

The celebrities are separated from the plebes on the carpet by a curtain of pearls (but the plebes on this side also include a few studio heads).
(Julia Wick / Los Angeles Times)

The Academy Awards are typically covered by veteran entertainment journalists steeped in the strategy of “awards season.”

But this year, The Times also sent Julia Wick, a reporter from the paper’s Metro section who writes the Essential California newsletter.

She emerged from the subway, passed the lines of valets and headed to the rain-soaked red carpet before claiming her nosebleed seat.

Over the next few hours, she experienced a different side of the Oscars.


Backstage at the Oscars: What you didn’t see on TV

Bong Joon Ho, obvious Oscar winner
Bong Joon Ho, winner of the best picture, director and international feature Oscar for “Parasite,” and Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, backstage at the Academy Awards.
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The Times is backstage at the Oscars, catching winners moments after their acceptance speeches and capturing the behind-the-scenes chatter as celebrity presenters prepare to walk on. Here’s a live diary of the night:

8:38 p.m. “Crazy!” “Parasite” writer and director Bong Joon Ho is surrounded by his cast, which is shouting with excitement after its historic best picture win. “Crazy! It’s ... crazy!” he says, dropping an English expletive with total fluency. Bong starts looking for his wife, who was still sitting in the audience. He brings her onstage, and she is sobbing. They embrace as she dabs her face with a tissue, covering her mouth in disbelief. A minder approaches Bong’s translator, asking where his four trophies are for the photo ops. “They’re in our row! Row G, right?” he says, gesturing with hope that someone will retrieve his Oscar haul.

8:22 p.m. “I’m shaking so much.” Renée Zellweger is surrounded by a pool of photographers after winning best actress for “Judy.” She strikes a pose, holding the Oscar up in the air. “Thank you!” she says. “If only I could stand up straight, I’m shaking so much. Oh my word.” Her publicists, waiting in the hall, start welling up when Zellweger finally approaches them. “How did I do? Did I forget you?”


Who was sitting next to Bob Iger at the Oscars?

When the camera panned the Dolby Theatre audience during tonight’s Oscars ceremony, it stopped periodically on Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. Who got the hot seats next to one of the most powerful people in Hollywood? On one side was his wife Willow. But the other seat went to Peter Rice, who was one of the most senior executives in the Fox empire before Disney acquired the company in 2019.

Rice is chairman of Walt Disney Television and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. He oversees The Walt Disney Company’s entertainment and news television properties and its radio business. Disney’s two (losing) bids for Best Picture tonight, “Ford v. Ferrari” and “Jojo Rabbit” were originally Fox productions.

Read the Oscars speech that choked up Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix, accepts the lead actor Oscar for “Joker.”
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Joaquin Phoenix recalled his late brother, River Phoenix, and spoke out about human beings exploiting other species “with impunity” in an emotional speech after he won the lead actor Oscar on Sunday night.

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Netflix wins just two Oscars as ‘Parasite’ boosts Neon

Robert De Niro in Netflix's "The Irishman"
Robert De Niro in Netflix’s “The Irishman.”

Around Thanksgiving, it looked this could have been Netflix’s year to win it all at the Oscars.

Critics were heaping praise on the epic scale of Martin Scorsese’s mob movie “The Irishman,” which felt destined to be the streaming giant’s best shot at the elusive best picture trophy.

The Los Gatos-based tech company put its weight behind the $159-million film, with its big stars and intricate age-altering effects, and pushed it hard through awards season with billboards along Sunset Blvd.

And yet, on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre, Netflix came up short.


‘Parasite’ pulls off Oscar upset, winning four Academy Awards

The cast and crew of "Parasite" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday.
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In a surprise upset and a historic milestone, director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” — a darkly comic class satire about two families, one rich and one poor, whose lives become entangled — won best picture Sunday night at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first foreign-language film ever to win the film academy’s top prize.


The only Oscar ‘Little Women’ won was for costume design

'Little Women'
Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson in Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”
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“Little Women” had little luck at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Despite widespread critical acclaim and six nominations, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel collected just one Oscar, for costume design, at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday.


Billie Eilish performs ‘Yesterday’ as Oscars In Memoriam remembers Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas

Billie Eilish performs during the In Memoriam tribute at the Oscars on Sunday.
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To memorialize those who’ve left Hollywood behind, the Oscars turned to music’s brightest new hope.

Billie Eilish — the 18-year-old pop star who just swept the Grammy Awards — sang the Beatles’ ”Yesterday” during the annual “In Memoriam” sequence honoring the movie industry’s dearly departed at Sunday’s Academy Awards.


How ‘Parasite’ made Oscars history as the first foreign-language best picture winner

"Parasite" cast and crew accept the award for best picture on Sunday night.
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By the time Leonardo DiCaprio crashed the poolside “Parasite” party at the Sunset Tower Hotel on the weekend of the Golden Globes, the awards-season momentum for Bong Joon Ho’s acclaimed thriller had been building for months.

It crested Sunday night: “Parasite” became the first non-English language movie to win best picture, also winning Oscars for director, original screenplay and international feature. By the end of the evening, Bong had taken the stage four times to accept trophies.


Playing Hollywood icon Judy Garland in ‘Judy’ earns Renée Zellweger her second Oscar

Renée Zellweger arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Renée Zellweger arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Though she has been reluctant herself to call it a comeback, Renée Zellweger capped off her return to the awards scene by winning the Oscar for lead actress for her role in “Judy.”

Playing Judy Garland, Zellweger did her own singing and dancing in the film’s depiction of the Hollywood legend’s notorious five-week run of shows at Talk of the Town in London not long before she would die at age 47 in 1969.


Yes, Joaquin Phoenix deserves his best actor Oscar — but not for ‘Joker’ alone

Joaquin Phoenix arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Joaquin Phoenix arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

In one of his greatest, most entrancing performances, Joaquin Phoenix plays a cold-blooded killer who strikes terror in the hearts of the rich, the predatory and the corrupt. Having witnessed terrible things and endured horrific abuse, he now projects that abuse outward in brutal but meticulously orchestrated eruptions of violence. Apart from a sliver of tenderness in his relationship with his aging, ailing mother, he is a man incapable of giving or receiving human kindness, an outcast from society turned avenger of the downtrodden.


Renée Zellweger wins Oscar for lead actress

Renée Zellweger won the 2020 Oscar for actress in a leading role Sunday night for her performance in “Judy.”

“Cynthia, Scarlett, Charlize, Saoirse, it was an honor to be nominated alongside you,” said Zellweger when accepting the award.

“Our heroes unite us ... and that matters,” said Zellweger. “When we celebrate our heroes, we’re reminded of who we are as one people united.”

The other nominees were:

  • Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
  • Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
  • Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Why ‘Knives Out’ writer Rian Johnson didn’t mind losing original screenplay Oscar to ‘Parasite’

Rian Johnson and Bong Joon Ho arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
Rian Johnson and Bong Joon Ho arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Even though “Parasite’s” Bong Joon Ho beat out his “Knives Out” screenplay earlier in the evening, Rian Johnson was rooting for the South Korean film to take home best picture.

“I was on my feet cheering,” he said. “The movie is incredible and he’s such a wonderful human being and so talented. ... I’ve got my fingers crossed for him for the end of the night.”


Joaquin Phoenix wins Oscar for lead actor in ‘Joker’

“Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for actor in a leading role Sunday night.

“This form of expression has given me the most extraordinary life,” said Phoenix in accepting his award after noting that he and his fellow nominees shared the same love of film.

Phoenix promised in his speech to be a “voice for the voiceless,” noting the importance of the fights for gender and racial equality and LGBTQ and indigenous rights. “We’re talking about the fight against injustice,” he said.

The other nominees were:

  • Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood”
  • Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
  • Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon Ho makes Oscars history with win

The Korean class satire “Parasite” came into the 2020 Academy Awards with a historic six nominations. Sunday night in Hollywood, filmmaker Bong Joon Ho left with a history-making win of his own: best director.

1917” filmmaker Sam Mendes had swept the directing prizes at the Golden Globes, Directors Guild Awards and BAFTAs. But after becoming the first foreign film to win the Screen Actors Guild ensemble prize, “Parasite” nabbed Bong his first directing Oscar, capping an awards run that began in May when the film became the first South Korean entry to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes.


Billie Eilish performs ‘Yesterday’ during Oscars’ In Memoriam tribute

Grammy-winning L.A. artist Billie Eilish took the stage at the 2020 Oscars Sunday night for the In Memoriam segment.

She was joined by brother and fellow Grammy winner Finneas O’Connell to perform “Yesterday.”

The tribute kicked off with an image of Kobe Bryant, the Oscar-winning former Lakers star who died last month in a helicopter crash with eight others.

Elton John picks up his second original song Oscar, this one with Bernie Taupin

Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
(Gavin Bond for Paramount Pictures)

Elton John was already Oscar royalty. Now, he has one to share with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin for their song "(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the fanciful biopic “Rocketman.”

Songwriting Hall of Famers Taupin and John are the hit-making machine behind seemingly countless Top 10 songs, including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Your Song” and many others.


‘Joker’ composer Hildur Guðnadóttir first woman in 20 years to win Oscar for original score

"Joker" composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.
“Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.
(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

The “Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Academy Award for original score. The Icelandic composer is just the fourth woman to win in the Oscars’ scoring categories, and the first since 1997.

The 37-year-old Guðnadóttir, who first came to prominence in the Icelandic experimental band Múm, previously won the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for her “Joker” score. The last woman to win in the category was the British composer Anne Dudley, who won for 1997’s “The Full Monty.” Only seven women have ever been nominated in the Oscars’ scoring categories.


Taika Waititi spotlights the indigenous people of Los Angeles at Oscars

“Jojo Rabbit” writer-director-producer Taika Waititi acknowledged indigenous inhabitants of Los Angeles on behalf of the academy on Sunday, while introducing Brie Larson, Sigourney Weaver and Gal Gadot, presenters of the awards for original score and original song.

Waititi won for adapted screenplay earlier in the evening, making the filmmaker the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar.

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would like to acknowledge that tonight we have gathered on the ancestral lands of the Tongva, Tataviam and the Chumash,” Waititi said.

The practice is formally known as a “land acknowledgment.” Read more about the Tongva here.

Huh? Hollywood’s A-listers seem confused by Eminem’s Oscars performance

Eminem performs on stage during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Hollywood heavyweights didn’t appear too impressed by Eminem’s surprise Oscar’s performance Sunday night.

The rapper took the stage at the 92nd Academy Awards to perform his 2002 hit “Lose Yourself,” the lead single of the film “8 Mile,” also released that year. The track won best original song in 2003.

Here’s a peek at some of the audience’s befuddled reactions:


‘Parasite’ wins Oscar for international feature film

“Parasite” won the 2020 Oscar for international feature film Sunday night.

Directed by Bong Joon Ho, the film was the first film nominated from South Korea in the category formerly known as “Foreign-Language Film.”

“I’m ready to drink tonight,” said Bong when accepting the award.

The other nominees were:

  • “Corpus Christi”
  • “Honeyland”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Pain and Glory”

World War I adventure ‘1917' wins visual effects Oscar

The VFX Oscar win for ‘1917' continues the academy’s habit of giving the award to a film also nominated for best picture.

Sam Mendes’ World War I adventure “1917" collected a win for perhaps the least expected Oscar of its nominations: for visual effects. However, the win continued the academy’s habit of awarding the VFX Oscar to a best-picture nominee.

“Thank you to the academy for this tremendous honor,” said VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron in accepting the Academy Award. “ ‘1917' is what you call a dream project, an opportunity to challenge how we approach visual effects, but also a chance to collaborate with some truly fantastic people. Thank you to Sam Mendes for being so inspirational and leading us through this epic journey.”


Dressed for the Oscars 2020 red carpet, with all the hits and misses

Billy Porter arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.
Billy Porter arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA.
(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday staged the final red carpet of the 2020 awards season as seemingly all the stars in the galaxy made their soggy way into the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. As we’ve come to expect from this year’s events, the Oscars didn’t disappoint, showcasing the showstopping trends we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.

Bold colors and voluminous gowns ruled the various awards red carpets this year, along with shimmering fabrics and an abundance of bling, courtesy of some of the marquee names in the jewelry game. Sunday night, however, brought us a more muted color palette.


Gal Gadot, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Natalie Portman dress up like their superheroine characters

Brie Larson arrives at the 92nd Oscars.
(Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP)

Gal Gadot, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson and Natalie Portman lived up to their onscreen superheroine personas on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday.

In a prelude to the ‘80s setting for her forthcoming “Wonder Woman” sequel, Gadot’s gown by Givenchy Haute Couture combined a black lace turtleneck with a fluffy skirt in baby pink.

As her stylist Elizabeth Stewart posted on Instagram, Gadot was a “rock princess heading to the Oscars.”

Johansson’s silver strapless gown by Oscar de la Renta was enhanced with metallic strands across the bustier, a web-like detail that her character Black Widow would surely approve.

Just as Captain Marvel electrifies the Marvel Universe, Larson shimmered in a gown embroidered with more than 120,000 sequins, 110,000 glass beads, 13,000 Swarovski crystals and 6,500 pink strass jewels by Celine by Hedi Slimane. Captain Marvel doesn’t wear a cape, but Larson had one resting on her shoulders for this chilly Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Portman’s new character Thor won’t fly across the big screen until next year, but the Oscar winner did what she thought was right. The names of all the female directors who had been snubbed at the Oscars this year were embroidered on her cape, which was by Dior Haute Couture.

As Portman told The Times on the red carpet, “I wanted to recognize the women who were not recognized for their incredible work this year in my subtle way.”

‘Bombshell’ wins Oscar for makeup and hairstyling

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker won the 2020 Oscar for makeup and hairstyling for their work on “Bombshell” Sunday night.

The other nominees were:

  • Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, “Joker”
  • Jeremy Woodhead, “Judy”
  • Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole, “1917"

James Corden and Rebel Wilson poke fun at the VFX in ‘Cats’ — in costume as cats

“Cats” made its way to the Oscars.

Presenters Rebel Wilson and James Corden took the stage as their “Cats” characters at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night. The movie was critically panned, and was famously reissued post-release to fix some visual effects issues.

“As cast members of the movie ‘Cats,’” started Wilson.

“Nobody else understands the importance of good visual effects,” added Corden.

(The award went to “1917.”)

Eminem surprises Oscars with ‘Lose Yourself’ performance, 17 years after best original song award

Rapper Eminem at the Oscars
Eminem performs “Lose Yourself” on stage during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Eminem put in a surprise appearance at Sunday’s Academy Awards to perform his song “Lose Yourself.”


Because the aspirational rap-rock song, from director Curtis Hanson’s sort-of-biopic “8 Mile,” won an Oscar for best original song in 2003 — but didn’t attend that year’s ceremony.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell say they were edited out of 2019’s best movies

Presenters Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell
Presenters Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell on stage during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Presenters Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell definitely know what film editors do.

Carrying on their bit about being unaware of the role of cinematographers, the pair ran down all of the Oscar-nominated films they had been edited out of this year.

“It was called ‘Ford v Ferrari v Farrell,” said Farrell.

The Oscar for film editing went to Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland for “Ford v Ferrari.”

The other nominees were:

  • Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”
  • Tom Eagles, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • Jeff Groth, “Joker”
  • Yang Jinmo, “Parasite”

Jonas Rivera makes history as first two-time U.S.-born Latinx Academy Award winner

From left, Jonas Rivera, Josh Cooley and Mark Nielsen accept the Oscar for animated feature for “Toy Story 4."
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

After winning the Oscar for animated feature, “Toy Story 4" producer Jonas Rivera was stunned and pleased to be reminded that he is now the first U.S.-born Latino to win multiple Oscars.

Rivera previously won for the 2015 film “Inside Out.”

“As if my mind couldn’t be more blown about the last five minutes, thank you for that,” Rivera said. “I’m a little bit out of my body right now. It means the world to me. I can’t even really put it into words.”


‘1917' wins Oscar for cinematography

Roger Deakins won the 2020 Oscar for cinematography for “1917" on Sunday night.

The “unsung cinematic hero” was presented with the award following a bit by presenters Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell, who appeared to have no idea what cinematographers do.

The other nominees were:

  • Rodrigo Prieto, “The Irishman”
  • Lawrence Sher, “Joker”
  • Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse”
  • Robert Richardson, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

Move over, Meryl: Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig flex their ‘acting’ skills at the Oscars

Presenters Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

Never before have the presentations for production design and costume design been so dramatic. Or so, um, musical.

That was thanks to the impeccable comedy pairing of Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, two “Saturday Night Live” veterans turned movie stars.


‘1917' wins Oscar for sound mixing

Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson won the sound mixing award for “1917" at the 2020 Oscars Sunday.

The other nominees were:

  • Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano, “Ad Astra”
  • Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow, “Ford v Ferrari”
  • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland, “Joker”
  • Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

‘Ford v Ferrari’ wins sound editing Oscar

Donald Sylvester won the 2020 Oscar for sound editing “Ford v Ferrari” on Sunday night.

The other nominees were:

  • Alan Robert Murray, “Joker”
  • Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, “1917"
  • Wylie Stateman, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
  • Matthew Wood and David Acord, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

17 years later, Eminem (finally) performs ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Oscars

During the Oscars 2020 telecast Sunday night, Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a montage of memorable music from films, which led to a scene from the 2002 movie “8 Mile.”

Suddenly, Eminem appeared and kicked off a performance of “Lose Yourself.”

This opportunity comes twice in a lifetime: As the rapper pointed out himself on Twitter, he did not perform the song during the telecast in 2003, when it won for original song.

Hey Twitter: Shia LaBeouf was not cutting off Zack Gottsagen

If you’re thinking of adding to the Twitter chorus of those accusing Shia LaBeouf of cutting off or demeaning his “Peanut Butter Falcon” costar Zack Gottsagen during their live-action short presentation, let us save you some embarrassment.

LaBeouf and Gottsagen developed a strong bond during the movie’s filming. “[Zack] tells you straight up; he’s a truth barometer,” LaBeouf told The Times in March. “Sometimes he doesn’t want you to tickle him. He just says that, there’s no weird extra. I just know where I stand with him. He’s the straightest shooter.”

For his part, Gottsagen said of the controversial LaBeouf, “I was what changed his life around, just so you know. Shia has struggled and been through bad times, and I was what changed his life around to make it better. Not everything is bad.”

LaBeouf’s “Honey Boy” director, Alma Har’el, tweeted that the actor only agreed to present at Sunday night’s ceremony if he could do it with Gottsagen:

Laura Dern wins her first Oscar as supporting actress in ‘Marriage Story’

Laura Dern, winner of the supporting actress Oscar for 'Marriage Story'
Laura Dern, winner of the supporting actress Oscar for “Marriage Story,” in the photo room at the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Laura Dern won her first Oscar on Sunday night for her supporting role in “Marriage Story,” as a shrewdly charming Los Angeles divorce lawyer. It was her third nomination, having previously been recognized for lead actress in 1992’s “Rambling Rose” and in a supporting role in 2015’s “Wild.”


‘The Neighbors’ Window,’ a story of voyeurism and empathy, wins the live-action short film Oscar

Elizabeth Martin and Marshall Curry accept the Oscar for “The Neighbors' Window."
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

The Oscar for live-action short went to “The Neighbors’ Window,” a story about the intersection of voyeurism and empathy.

“I want to dedicate this to my mom, who grew up on a peach farm in Chesterfield, S.C.,” said writer-director Marshall Curry, a four-time nominee, from the Oscar stage. “She was the best storyteller I ever knew. She always had a story about some crazy thing that happened, with her siblings when she was growing up, or some weird dog that she had seen, or something the taxi driver had told her about his life that would break your heart. I learned from watching her that a well-told story is a powerful thing. It can change the way we see the world and it can help us to notice other people and care about those other people and maybe love each other a little bit more. So this is for her and for all the storytellers.”


‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)’ wins for documentary short

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” won the 2020 Oscar for documentary short on Sunday.

“I’ve been working in Afghanistan since 2005,” said director Carol Dysinger. “This movie is my love letter for the brave girls in that country.”

The other nominees were:

  • “In the Absence”
  • “Life Overtakes Me”
  • “St. Louis Superman”
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha”

Chris Rock and Steve Martin let the zingers fly at 2020 Oscars

Steve Martin, left, and Chris Rock during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

There was no host at the 2020 Oscars, but the show did get rolling with a couple of comedians riffing back and forth: Chris Rock and Steve Martin.

Rock, who (along with Martin) had practiced some of his new material the night before at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, declared the reason the Academy Awards didn’t have hosts anymore: “Twitter,” he said.


‘American Factory’ wins the Oscar for documentary feature

“American Factory” won the 2020 Oscar for documentary feature Sunday night.

“Our story is from Ohio and China but it can really be from anywhere. Working people have it harder and harder these days,” said Julia Reichert in accepting the award. “We believe things will get better when workers of the world unite.”

The other nominees were:

  • “The Cave”
  • “The Edge of Democracy”
  • “For Sama”
  • “Honeyland”

Oscar presenters Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph display their many talents

Presenters Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig
Presenters Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph took the stage to presents the award for production design and costume design at the 2020 Oscars on Sunday night.

But before they could get to business, they had something to prove.

“We’re upset,” said Rudolph.

The “Saturday Night Live” alums went back and forth as they discussed how upset they were.

“We’re too upset to do this,” said Wiig.

Except they weren’t upset at all. They just wanted to display their acting chops.

“We just know there are a lot of directors here tonight,” explained Wiig.

“We just want them to know that we do more than comedy,” added Rudolph, as they appealed for work.

The pair continued the bit as they presented the costume design award. This time, they hoped to prove that they could sing as well.

Somebody hire them, already!

Oscars 2020: Taika Waititi, Antonio Banderas and other men sparkle in bejeweled pins

Taika Waititi arrives at the 92nd Academy Awards.
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Oscar winner Taika Waititi, Timothée Chalamet, Antonio Banderas and Anthony Ramos weren’t going to let Mindy Kaling and Gal Gadot grab all the gems for themselves at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Kaling sparkled in more than 135 carats of diamonds, courtesy of Chopard, and Gadot’s pendant necklace from Tiffany & Co. offset her black lace turtleneck by Givenchy Haute Couture, but the men added a glint of style with brooches, pins and, in Ramos’ case, an oversized chain necklace by Dolce & Gabbana.

Chalamet continued to translate streetwear to the Oscars red carpet (remember his Louis Vuitton harness at last year’s Golden Globes?). On Sunday, the “Little Women” actor arrived in a high-end gas station jacket by Prada, accented with a Cartier brooch made of 1-karat white gold, platinum rubies and diamonds.

Waititi, who won for his his adapted screenplay of “Jojo Rabbit,” adorned his black Dior Men tuxedo with Nikos Koulis’ pin crafted from diamonds and a gray Tahitian pearl.

Banderas, also dressed by Dior Men, pinned a constellation of stars on his lapel.

Meanwhile, up-and-comer Ramos from “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” piled on the accessories with a polka dot ascot, a gold and green lapel pin and a hefty chain necklace that has pendants shaped as “M” and “F.”

Oscars reminder: No woman has won a screenplay award in 12 years

Greta Gerwig arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
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Taika Waititi’s sentimental satire “Jojo Rabbit” won the Oscar for adapted screenplay Sunday, prevailing over, among other nominees, Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed adaptation of “Little Women.”

That outcome, coupled with “Parasite’s” victory in the original screenplay category, means that no woman has won an Oscar for writing in 12 years. (Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote “1917" with Sam Mendes, was the only other woman nominated this year.)


Taika Waititi makes Oscars history as first Maori Academy Award winner

Taika Waititi arriving at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday.
(Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Taika Waititi has made Oscars history.

At the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, the “Jojo Rabbit” writer-director-actor took the prize for adapted screenplay. This makes Waititi the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar. He was the first ever indigenous person to be nominated in the category.


‘Parasite’ makes history as first Asian winner of a screenplay Oscar

Lee Sun Kyun and Jo Yeo Jeong in "Parasite."
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Among its numerous firsts throughout this awards season, the genre-shredding class satire “Parasite” made history Sunday night by becoming the first Korean — and the first Asian — film ever to claim the original screenplay Oscar, with director Bong Joon Ho and cowriter Han Jin Won beating a field that included Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”), Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”), Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917") and Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”).


‘The Neighbors’ Window’ wins the Oscar for documentary short

Elizabeth Martin and Marshall Curry accept Oscar
Elizabeth Martin and Marshall Curry accept the short film - live action Oscar for “The Neighbors’ Window” during the telecast of the 92nd Academy Awards.
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“The Neighbors’ Window” won the 2020 Oscar for documentary short on Sunday night.

“I learned from watching her that a well told story is a powerful thing,” said director Marshall Curry, dedicating the award to storytellers.

The other nominees were:

  • “Brotherhood”
  • “Nefta Football Club”
  • “Saria”
  • “A Sister”

Taika Waititi wins the Oscar for adapted screenplay for ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Taika Waititi won the 2020 Oscar for adapted screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit” on Sunday.

“I’d like to thank my mother,” said Waititi when accepting the award, noting he lost track of his mother hours ago. “Thank you for being my mother and for giving me the book that I adapted.”

He ended by dedicating the award to all the indigenous kids who want to tell stories.

The other nominees were:

  • Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”
  • Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, “Joker”
  • Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”
  • Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes”