Phoenix wins, Parasite wins, and why not? They’re all perfect.
The Oscars were announced last night, and we weren’t surprised to know the winners. We all knew they would win the minute we gazed upon them in the theaters.
Before I share you the winners, I want to talk about a few things.
The female directors who have all failed to receive their nominations. I tied Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart” and Greta Gerwig’s for “Little Women” for giving their female characters brains and independence. All women should be created as equal as men, whether they’re gay or straight, and they deserve to have their work shown and be nominated. Next year, I hope the Academy learns a valuable lesson from all this.
About “Parasite” winning the Best Picture Oscar, it’s a major milestone in movie history as the first international film to win that award. It showed me elements I may or may not have seen before. Bong Joon Ho has delivered his masterpiece, and if anyone even thinks about giving this an American remake, then the faith in movies will be lost.
It should be an honor for Joaquin Phoenix to become the second actor to win the Oscar for portraying the Clown Prince of Crime in “Joker,” after the late Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight.” They both have their own unique and emotional ways of portraying the DC Comics antagonist, and it’s a miracle we see these kinds of villains get this kind of attention.
And it’s crucial that Kirk Douglas joins the Memorial for his great contributions to the movies. He will truly be missed, and there will never be another “Spartacus” like him. Don’t you forget that.
Best Picture: “Parasite”
Best Director: Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite”
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker”
Best Actress: Renee Zellweger for “Judy”
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern in “Marriage Story”
Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho and Jim Won Han for “Parasite”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi for “Jojo Rabbit”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Toy Story 4”
Best International Feature Film: “Parasite”
Best Documentary Feature: “American Factory”
Best Documentary Short Subject: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
Best Live-Action Short Film: “The Neighbors’ Window”
Best Animated Short Film: “Hair Love”
Best Original Song: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin in “Rocketman”
Best Original Score: Hildur Guonadottir for “Joker”
Best Sound Editing: Donald Sylvester for “Ford v Ferrari”
Best Sound Mixing: Mark Taylor and Sturt Wilson for “1917”
Best Production Design: Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins for “1917”
Best Make-up and Hairstyling: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker for “Bombshell”
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran for “Little Women”
Best Visual Effects: Dominic Tuohy, Guilluame Rocheron, and Greg Butler for “1917”
Best Film Editing: Michael McCuster and Andrew Buckland for “Ford v Ferrari”