Oscars 2020


David Swanson

Ashley Mosby

The 92nd Academy Awards took place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

The Academy Awards takes place annually in order to celebrate and recognize some of the film industry’s finest actors, producers, directors, writers, and more.

A big winner at this year’s Oscars was the Korean film Parasite directed by Bong Joon-ho. The film focused on class structure and particularly the economic gap between the rich and the poor. The film and its director won a total of four major awards at the ceremony, including Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The phenomenal film also won Palme D’or at the iconic and coveted Cannes Film Festival. Parasite also did a lot for Asian representation in such prestigious realms such as the Oscars. A Korean student, Junior Adia Hamilton expressed this as well: “It was really cool to see an an all-Asian cast at a stage as big as the oscars, especially with the lack of positive Asian representation in Hollywood.”

Along with the big wins, there were some big losses. Movies like 1917, who were very much expected to win big after their Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guilds wins, surprisingly lost both their big nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. The Irishman, the acclaimed Mafia film directed by Martin Scorcese, shockingly lost all 10 categories they were nominated for, which was extremely surprising, considering the stellar reviews.

Parasite’s big wins not only at the Oscars but at the Golden Globes were controversial, due to the film being completely in Korean and subtitled. Some thought that the subtitles were a nuisance, and preferred for the film to be in English. In response to this Bong said: “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

With the big wins, there were also big snubs. Many thought movies like Little Women, Us, Marriage Story, etc. deserved more wins and nominations. Along with the snubs, some also thought that the Oscars had a lack of diversity in their nominees, most notably the Best Actor category, which was all white, and the Best Director category, which was all male. Even Natalie Portman decided to protest this in form of her Oscar ensemble, which included a cape embroidered with names of female directors who were snubbed at this year’s Oscars. Many agreed with this sentiment, including freshman Thanh Ng; “I think it’s important to fight for diversity and inclusion especially with such prestige things such as the Oscars and the Academy.”

A memoriam section was also included for people close to the Academy who had passed within the past year, this included people like acclaimed director John Singleton, golden-age actress Doris Day, and one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and a winner for best short film in 2018, Kobe Bryant, who passed in a helicopter crash just weeks before.

This year’s Academy awards was overall an amazing and surprising ceremony that recognized the best of the best in the film industry, and celebrated the numerous astounding achievements made by the best film-makers in the worlds.