Were the 92nd Academy Awards the most political till date? Here are the Oscars 2020 top moments that aren’t to be missed.
Hollywood’s biggest night of the year just concluded. Well, on the stage at least, the bar may have another story to tell. From Brad Pitt winning his first Oscar for acting to Reneé Zelleweger’s heartfelt acceptance speech for winning Best Actress for ‘Judy’, to a majority of the film fraternity using their time on the stage to speak on inclusivity of gender and race, the host-less ceremony managed to have its fair bit of drama 92nd year running.
As the golden statutes gets ready to adorn a whole new set of cabinets starting tomorrow, we recap the best Oscar 2020 moments that you can’t miss.
‘Parasite’ becomes first-ever international film to win Best Picture
If three awards weren’t enough to etch ‘Parasite’ into our memories, the movie also went on to bag the top honour and create history while doing so. After Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best International Feature Film, it went on to win the evening’s most prestigious award too, for Best Picture. A first for a non-English speaking film, it is certainly a step towards moving away from the notorious #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and acknowledging the work from other parts of the world.
“I’m ready to drink,” said Director Bong Joon Ho at winning the third award, sharing that he thought his night was done after two. And taking home four—also the biggest tally by any movie this year—the team certainly didn’t see this historic moment coming their way.
The audience loses it with Eminem
Eminem’s surprise performance of ‘Lose Yourself’ had the audience—live as well as online, divided. While some hummed and danced along to him rapping away, others let the confusion seep through the cracks of their composed expressions, cue Martin Scorsese. However, it ended with the rapper getting a standing ovation, so we can say that the census stands at it being a success.
Eminem had won the Best Original Score for the song in ‘8 Mile’ in 2003, but hadn’t attended that ceremony. 18 years on, this is perhaps his way of making up for it.
Brad Pitt’s speech
Shouldn’t Brad Pitt get an Oscar just for looking so dapper for his entire Hollywood career of 31 years?
While we hope the Academy introduces that category soon, this year Pitt took home the Oscar for Actor in Best Supporting Role for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’. Him thanking the stuntmen (he plays a stuntman in the film), Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, and his children was a heartwarming moment. However, it was his blink-and-you-miss jab the recent impeachment trial for President Trump that took the cake. “They told me I only had 45 seconds this year, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said about the lack of witnesses at the trial as he signed off the stage.
Natalie Portman gives power dressing a new meaning
The lack of female nominees, especially in the bigwig categories such as direction, has been the talk of the town (read, world) since the day nominations were announced. With the entire fraternity pointing towards the repeated snubs, Natalie Portman chose a subtle yet strong way of conveying the message, by donning a Dior dress where the robe carried all the names of female directors who weren’t nominated for their 2019 films. These included Greta Gerwig (‘Little Women’), Lorene Scafaria (‘Hustlers’), Céline Sciamma (‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’), Marielle Heller (‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’), Melina Matsoukas (‘Queen & Slim’), Mati Diop (‘Atlantics’), Lulu Wang (‘The Farewell’), and Alma Har’el (‘Honey Boy’).
Singing and dancing her way to inclusivity: Janelle Monáe
The ceremony opened with Janelle Monáe doing a musical replete with costume changes and involving the audience to pitch in. Joined by Billie Porter for her act, Monáe used her time on (and off) the stage to highlight the negligible representation of African Americans and women in the Oscars 2020 nominations. The ‘Moonlight’ star sang a version of her song ‘Come Alive’, with lyrics like “’Parasite’, it’s time to shine,” before adding “it’s time to come alive, ’cos the Oscars, it’s so white.” The full of action and colourful performance was ideal to begin the ceremony on a lively note, whilst not forgetting what was on everyone’s mind.
Bringing out the acting chops
One of the most memorable presenter moments from Oscars 2020 was the duo of Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig taking over. The two actresses decided to do a play of ‘many directors gathered here so let’s present our acting skills’. They joke may not be fresh, yet their display of ‘skills’ from crying to singing to angry had the audience in splits. What we loved the most about it? Two things: They were few of the presenters who made an effort to make the ceremony fun, and Billie Eilish’s reaction to it.
More than noteworthy, this one walked the line of being cringe-worthy. Presenters Rebel Wilson and James Corden, who were in last year’s film ‘Cats’—an adaption of the famous Broadway play—which was panned for its CGI effects, were presenting the award for visual effects. Channeling self-deprecating humour, they dressed as their characters from the movie, completing the act with pawing and scratching at the mic. However, more than laughs, confused and uncomfortable smiles is what they drew from the crowd—making it a moment nonetheless.