2020 Oscars: “Parasite“ Pulls Off a Major Upset, Wins Top Awards

Cast and crew of Best Picture "Parasite" on stage at the Oscars 2020. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10548150na)

Parasite was one of the dark horses at this year’s Academy Awards, but that didn’t stop it from winning the race. The South Korean social satire pulled off a major upset at the ceremony and made history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture award.

Parasite managed to come out victorious against more obvious front runners, including 1917, Joker, and The Irishman. The Best Picture Award wasn’t its only big win. Bong Joon Ho was awarded the Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Foreign Film.

Parasite was closely followed by Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917, which picked up three trophies in technical categories – sound mixing, visual effects, and best cinematography award for Roger Deakins. The list of major winners also included Ford v Ferrari, Joker and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with two awards each.

When it comes to the acting categories, the winners were pretty obvious from the get-go with the four winning actors picking up corresponding awards at every major ceremony leading up to the Oscars – Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Leading Actor for Joker, Renée Zellweger was Best Leading Actress for her role in Judy, Laura Dern (Marriage Story) won the Best-supporting actress award, and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) the Best Supporting-actor award.

The 92nd Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9th, without a host for the second time in a row.


Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role
Renée Zellweger – Judy

Actor in a Leading Role
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Actress in a Supporting Role
Laura Dern –Marriage Story

Actor in a Supporting Role
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho

Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
Music by Elton John
Lyric by Bernie Taupin

Original Score
Joker –Hildur Guðnadóttir

International Feature
Parasite (South Korea)

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Visual Effects

Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari

1917 – Roger Deakins

Sound Mixing

Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari

Documentary Short Subject
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Documentary Feature
American Factory

Costume Design
Little Women – Jacqueline Durran

Production Design
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Live Action Short Film
The Neighbors’ Window

Adapted Screenplay
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay
Parasite – Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won

Animated Short Film
Hair Love

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4