Recap of the 2020 Academy Awards


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Marisa Lijoi, news staff

The 92nd annual Academy Awards aired this past Sunday on CBS, bringing us exciting performances and historic wins.

The Oscars made history this year with the film “Parasite” winning in four major categories. 

“Parasite,” a psychological thriller directed by South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, swept the show, winning Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Picture. Not only is the film the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture, Joon Ho is the first South Korean to win Best Director.

Among those nominated for Best Lead Actor this year were Antonio Banderas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix and Jonathan Pryce. Phoenix took the prize for his work in “Joker.”

Renee Zellweger took home the Oscar for Best Lead Actress for her work in “Judy.” Nominees in the category also included Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Saorise Ronan and Charlize Theron. 

Other winners included Brad Pitt for Best Supporting Actor, Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress, “Toy Story 4” for Best Animated Feature Film and “Hair Love” for Best Animated Short Film. 

The night began with an exciting opening performance by Janelle Monáe featuring Billy Porter. The performance featured many dancers, each representing a nominated movie. During her performance, Monáe highlighted all of the female directors, who created some of the greatest movies from the year, as well as black directors and actors, emphasizing the importance of Black History Month. 

Eminem also returned to the Oscar stage after a 17-year hiatus to sing his award-winning song “Lose Yourself.” His surprise performance shocked viewers and brought people to their feet. The night also included a heartfelt rendition of “Yesterday” from multi-Grammy winner Billie Eilish as accompaniment for the “In Memoriam” montage. 

This year’s in memoriam left viewers outraged at the absence of Luke Perry and Cameron Boyce. Perry’s absence was especially angering since he had a small role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” one of the nominees for Best Picture.

This was the second year in a row that the show did not have a host, but rather a number of introductions from various actors. Introductions from Rebel Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Cordon were among the numerous presentations. The night moved as smoothly as the 2019 Oscars, and if this trend continues, the show may never need to feature another host. 

This year, many women and people of color were left out of the nominations, causing widespread disappointment and anger from the public. Along with Monáe’s tribute during her opening performance, actress Natalie Portman spoke out on this issue by having the names of the snubbed directors, such as Greta Gerwig for “Little Women” and Lulu Wang for “The Farewell,” sewn into the hem of the cape she wore to the show. 

Despite the public’s disappointment towards the Academy, the night was one filled with record breaking wins in other areas and will go down as a historic evening.