RECAP: What happened at the 92nd Academy Awards
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, February 9, 2020 4:49PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 10, 2020 12:11AM EST
LOS ANGELES - The Latest on the 92nd Academy Awards, which are being bestowed Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local):
“Parasite” has won the best picture Academy Award, making history as the first foreign language film to win the ceremony's top honour.
Bong Joon Ho's thriller has been one of the season's darlings, despite failing to garner any Academy Award nominations for its cast.
Bong's acumen in creating his tale of a grifter family that insinuates itself into the lives of a wealthy family has been widely recognized.
The film won four Oscars on Sunday, including best director for Bong and best international film.
Renee Zellwegger has won the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the tumultuous final year of her life.
It is Zellweger's second Oscar; she won the supporting actress award in 2004 for “Cold Mountain.”
The actress has enjoyed front-runner status throughout awards season, picking up top Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild honours last month.
Zellweger undertook the huge challenge of playing the beloved star by focusing on every aspect of Garland, including her voice, hair, makeup and stage presence.
Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor Academy Award Sunday for his role as a wanna-be comedian destined to become a supervillain in “Joker.”
It is Phoenix's first Oscar and fourth nomination. Widely praised for performances in films ranging from “Gladiator” to the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” a best actor win had proved elusive for Phoenix.
Phoenix had been seen as the front-runner for the award heading in to Sunday's ceremony. “Joker” won the best original score Oscar as well, and is up for the night's final prize, best picture.
He becomes the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the notorious DC Comics villain. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight” in 2008.
Bong Joon Ho has won the best director Oscar for his class satire, “Parasite.”
The South Korean director's acumen in creating a film about the intertwining of two families - one poor and another rich - has been roundly praised.
It is the first best directing Oscar for Bong, whose previous films include “Okja” and “Snowpiercer.”
“Parasite” is among the contenders for best picture, the evening's top prize. It is the third Oscar that it has won Sunday, including best original screenplay and best international film.
Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin are Oscar winners - together - for a song they created for the biopic “Rocketman.”
The pair wrote “I'm Gonna Love Me Again” for the musical biopic that charted John's rise to superstar status, warts and all.
The pair won a Golden Globe earlier this year, and noted that they had never won a Grammy Award together.
John paired with Tim Rice to win an Academy Award for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the original “Lion King.”
John thanked Taupin for being with him throughout his career, even when he was “screwed up.”
Hildur Guðnadóttir has won the best original score Academy Award for “Joker,” becoming the first woman to win in the category since 1998.
Anne Dudley was the last female composer to win the honour. She took home the Oscar in 1998 for “The Full Monty.”
Her win was also the first for “Joker” of the evening.
Guðnadóttir was overwhelmed with emotion, appearing to tear up as she held the award.
She urged women to speak up, ending her speech by saying, “We need to hear your voices.”
“Cats” has clawed its way onto the Oscars stage.
James Corden and Rebel Wilson - two stars from the maligned film adaptation of the Broadway hit - dressed in head-to-toe cat costumes to present the Academy Award for special effects.
“Nobody knows, better than us, the importance of good visual effects,” they joked.
The duo had a groomer backstage brushing out their coats before the appearance, and Corden let out a bemused sigh and said, “This is it, this is ... show biz.”
After introducing the candidates but before revealing the winner, Corden and Wilson took turns batting around the stage mic as if it were a cat toy. The Oscar technician who operates the pop-up mic re-calibrated and tested it during the next commercial break and said it seemed to be fine, though he was keeping a close eye on it. “They really beat the crap out of it,” he said.
After it was all done and they came offstage, Wilson said, “Now I've got to get back in my regular makeup.”
- Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) and Andrew Dalton (@andyjamesdalton) at the Oscars.
South Korea's “Parasite” has won the international film Academy Award.
Director Bong Joon Ho's social satire has received widespread acclaim and was considered a front-runner in the category headed into the Sunday's Oscars. It is the South Korea's first win in the category.
“Parasite” has several opportunities to win more awards, including best picture honours. If “Parasite,” the story of two Korean families who become intertwined with each other, wins the best picture, it will become the first foreign language film to do so.
Despite contending in some of the night's biggest categories, none of the film's cast received Oscar nominations. The film also won the best original screenplay earlier in the ceremony.
The category was previously known as foreign language film.
While many famous nominees and presenters stride across the room to talk to their fellow stars during commercial breaks, Joaquin Phoenix was more interested in a guy with a different job.
The best actor nominee walked up and had a friendly and animated conversation toward the front of the Dolby Theatre Sunday with the guy who works intensely throughout the show to wrangle the people who fill empty seats, appearing to congratulate him on doing a tough job well.
Those droves of roaming seat-fillers work to stay invisible during the show but suddenly appear in droves during the commercials, holding up their credentials whenever their supervisor holds up his.
Commercial breaks can also provide a bonus round of applause for Oscar performers. Idina Menzel and the ensemble of international Annas and Elsas who sang “Into the Unknown” with her were still on the stage congratulating one another, laughing and hugging when the show went to commercial.
Menzel stepped to the front of the stage, gave a quick curtsy, and the crowd loudly clapped as the crew of women sailed off the stage together.
Later, the standing ovation for Cynthia Erivo's performance of “Stand Up” from “Harriet” extended long after the cameras had moved and the house lights had gone up.
- Andrew Dalton (@andyjamesdalton) inside the Oscars.
Capturing the terror of a daring World War I in what appeared to a single shot has earned “1917” this year's visual effects Oscar.
Director Sam Mendes and his team shot the film about a frantic mission through hostile territory to try to stop a doomed mission.
The effects brought a frenetic urgency to the story and has made it a hit with critics and audiences alike. “1917” beat out “Star Wars,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Lion King and “The Irishman” for the visual effects honour. “The Irishman” and “1917” will also compete in the best picture category, the night's top honour.
Nearly twenty years after skipping the Academy Awards, Slim Shady finally arrived on the Oscars stage.
Eminem made a surprise appearance and performed “Lose Yourself,” a best original song winner in 2003 from the soundtrack to “8 Mile.” His performance rocked the Dolby Theatre - Zazie Beetz was among the many who rapped along, and Billie Eilish watched with her jaw dropped.
The appearance was a big deal for the awards show after Eminem didn't perform as a nominee in '03. Backstage producer Lynette Howell Taylor was especially excited, save for a momentary panic that he didn't have his mic. Afterward, she squealed “We did it!” Fitting for a performance that required a few bleeps, Howell Taylor also let out some expletives of her own in excitement.
Commercial breaks at the Oscars offer the nominees, presenters and other stars a chance to do some quick power-mingling, stretch their legs and check their texts before the show returns to air.
Tom Hanks, always the life of the party when he's at the Oscars, walked down the front row at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday and had a long and animated chat with Leonardo DiCaprio during the first commercial break, moments after DiCaprio's “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” castmate Brad Pitt beat Hanks for best supporting actor. He later shouted back and forth with Julia Louis-Dreyfus during another commercial.
Actress Beanie Feldstein used a break in the show to gleefully run down the aisle to talk to last year's best actress winner Olivia Colman.
Charlize Theron was especially entranced by her screen during one break, and it took Wonder Woman to snap her out of it. Gal Gadot leaned down and gave her a hug and a kiss as she passed.
- Andrew Dalton (@andyjamesdalton) inside the Oscars.
Laura Dern is the winner of the best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as a high-powered divorce attorney in “Marriage Story.”
It is Dern's first Oscar win and caps an awards season where the actress has also collected honours from the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globes.
“Marriage Story” shows the disintegrating relationship between a showbiz couple played by Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Dern's well-heeled lawyer helps Johansson outmanoeuvr her estranged husband in the courtroom, causing more strain on the pair and their young son.
Dern thanked her co-stars and “Marriage Story” director Noah Baumbach. She also thanked her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, calling them her heroes.
Shia LaBeouf presented the Academy Award for best live action short with Zack Gottsagen, his co-star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and an actor with Down syndrome.
Some viewers on social media grilled LaBeouf after he appeared to roll his eyes as Gottsagen hesitated reading the card, perhaps sensing a star grousing about sharing the stage with a special needs co-presenter.
To the contrary, LaBeouf and Gottsagen are close friends from their time filming in the Georgia countryside. T hey recounted to The Associated Press in August how then spent evenings watching wrestling between 12-hour shoots. LaBeouf has even credited Gottsagen for helping him get sober.
“He knows about my pain intimately. We'd be sitting there watching wrestling every night. He'd be eating ice cream. I'd be drinking gin. I'd tell him, `You gotta stop eating all that ice cream.' He'd say, `You gotta stop drinking that gin,”' says LaBeouf. “This man's a year older than me. He's been acting longer than me and he's healthier than I am. He has more friends than I have, has longer lasting loving relationships.”
“American Factory” has won of the documentary film Academy Award.
It is the first feature backed by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, but the former president and first lady are not technically Oscar winners.
The film focuses on the efforts of a Chinese company to repurpose a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio, and the cultural tensions that arise.
Taika Waititi is the winner of the best adapted screenplay Academy Award for “Jojo Rabbit.”
It is the first Oscar for the writer-director-actor, who thanked his mother and also dedicated the award to all the “indigenous kids in the world” who want to make art.
Waititi directed and starred in “Jojo Rabbit,” playing Adolf Hitler, who is the imaginary friend of the title character. The film is also competing for best picture.
“Parasite” is the winner of the best original screenplay Academy Award, delivering Bong Joon Ho his first Oscar.
The South Korean writer-director held the Oscar up and said to the audience “Thank you, great honour.” He dedicated the win to his country.
He shares the honour with Han Jin Won, who paid thanks to the Korean film industry.
Natalie Portman has walked the red carpet in a cape lined with the names of female filmmakers who weren't nominated for best director.
The black cape featured gold lettering that included Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”) and Mati Diop (“Atlantics”).
This year's nominees for best director are all male, and Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” is the only woman to win the award. Gerwig was the most recent female nominee, in 2018 for “Lady Bird.”
Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep have done it again -- “Toy Story 4” is the winner of the Academy Award for best animated feature film.
The fourth installment in the Pixar franchise about the adventures of toys that come to life reunited several beloved characters and introduced a new one: Forky. The craft project made from a spork comes to life and realizes his worth, despite the strong sense that he would rather be in the trash.
The third film was widely seen as a fitting ending to the franchise, but audiences flocked to the film, which earned more than $430 million in North America alone.
“Hair Love” won the Oscar for best animated short film.
Brad Pitt finally has his acting Oscar.
The four-time nominee won the best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a stuntman in “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.”
Pitt had been expected to win the category after scooping up a series of honours this year, including at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Pitt's treated the previous wins with jokes and breezy speeches.
Pitt was more sombre on Sunday, calling his win “incredible” as his peers cheered.
The actor plays the stunt double of an aging cowboy actor played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a best actor nominee, in Quentin Tarantino's 1969 Hollywood fable “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.”
“Once Upon a time in Hollywood, ain't that the truth,” Pitt said. He thanked his children, Tarantino and DiCaprio. “I'll ride on your coattails any day,” he said of his co-star. “The view's fantastic.”
The film is a 10-time nominee at Sunday's Academy Awards.
Chris Rock and Steve Martin have helped open the Oscars by delivering an opening monologue.
Both funnymen have hosted the Oscars before, prompting Martin to note the appearance on Sunday was a “demotion.”
The show opened with a rousing musical medley by Janelle Monae.
Martin also poked fun at the Oscars announcing the wrong best picture winner a few years back, taking a dig at the recent Iowa caucus that was marred by delayed results.
Rock ribbed “The Irishman” director Martin Scorsese, telling him he “loved the first season.”
The pair also noted the lack of female directing nominees and the lack of diversity.
Martin joked they had a “great time not hosting tonight.”
Janelle Monae has kicked off the Academy Awards with a musical tribute to this year's nominees.
Monae started off the show donning a red sweater like Mister Rogers wore in a nod to “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” She walked into the audience and serenaded the film's star, Tom Hanks, and other nominees.
The show, which is airing live on ABC, is going hostless for the second year in a row.
She shifted into an upbeat number with several dancers wearing attire honouring other nominees. Monae shed the sweater as she sang and danced.
The performance also featured an appearance by Billy Porter.