For the first time in history, the Oscar for Best Picture, the best International feature film (International Award) and the best directing coincide in the same film and it is won by a foreign production: Parasites, whose first great triumph, which they have followed in chain many others, was the Palme d’Or of Cannes.
It has certainly been the great surprise of the night, not for its quality, already recognized, but for the overwhelming rain of awards. Bong Joon-ho his director and screenwriter said at one point, that he could already go to rest, that he was happy that Parasites had won the award for Best International Feature Film (new name given this year, to the award given to the best speaking film non-English).But the rest lasted little because, breaking the tradition of all previous years, Parasites obtained, in addition, the other two most important distinctions.
The session began in a spectacular way with a great musical performance and a splendid choreography by Janelle Monae. The red carpet had already fulfilled its role of introducing us to actors and actresses, directors and characters from show business and business worlds, including the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, as well as singers and figures from the fashion world and others sectors.
The gala had no unique presenters, though there were opponents of doing so, such as comedians Steve Martin and Billy Porter, who tried to make the audience smile at first, without getting it at all, and then everything else (long, excessively long, as always, was exclusively cinematic until reaching the closing act, with the words and image of the incomparable and great Jane Fonda, whose brother, Peter Fonda passed away a few months ago.
The Spanish representation had in Penelope Cruz its exponent in the award ceremony and Antonio Banderas in the front row of seats. Also Pedro Almodovar had been present in the previous, as well as in the presentation of the nominated films, among which was Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria), the doubly winner a few days ago, of the Goya Awards.
Unexpected protagonist, even if his film The Irishman, nominated in many sections, did not get any reward, was Martin Scorsese, whom Bong Joon-ho paid tribute to by saying that he had learned film by studying great masters, among them and, fundamentally, to Scorsese, who had to get up and received a large ovation from all the attendees.
Also in the in memoriam section, Kobe Bryant and finally Kirk Douglas were honored, among other characters and people from the film and show world who died in 2019 and these months since 2020. All this in an impressive silence and without applause because, as the screen showed us her images, she sang Yesterday and in remembrance of all of them, the great winner of the Grammys, the very young Billie Eilish, in a very personal version, perhaps excessively personal and not too emotional, everything has to be said, although its voice and artistic quality cannot be questioned.
There were Oscars in many sections for two great films: 1917, which, however, together with its now-Oscared director Sam Mendes, was the great defeated of the night because both the film and the filmmaker were expected to win the two great prizes, and Once Upon a time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s last play, which, although he garnered some recognition, including best supporting actor Brad Pitt, cannot be considered to be rewarded as some thought it deserved. The same was the same with Joker, whose film quality was also worthy of more than the award for best actor, won by Joaquín Phoenix and who made, perhaps, the most striking speech of the night, along with that of Laura Dern (best supporting actress), Two other nominated productions, such as Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, by Greta Gerwig and Judy, based on the figure of Judy Garland, were awarded, though the latter (disappointing for critics except in the portrayal of Reneé Zellweger, who if he recognized his work by winning the Oscar for Best Lead Actress) only won this award.
Foreign participation was well known in the nominations but, with the exception of Parasites, it won few awards. The United States took over most of the rewards in other sections (best documentary, best animation film, better sound, etc.) but it should be noted however that parasite awards have marked a milestone: acceptance of diversity and universal quality of cinema in the world.
The full list of Oscars winners
Best Movie: Parasites
Best international feature film: Parasites,from South Korea.
Best Leading Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, by Joker
Best Leading Actress: Reneé Zellweger, by Judy
Best Direction: Bong Joon-ho, by Parasites
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Brad Pitt
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, for the Story of a Marriage
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 4
Best Animated Short Fillm: Hair Love
Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won, for Parasites
Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi, by Jo Jo, rabbit
Best Fiction Short: The Neighbor’s Window
Best production design: Barbara Ling, Once upon a time in Hollywood
Best costume design: Jaqueline Durran, by Little Women
Best documentary: American Factory, by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Best short documentary: Learning to skateboard in a warzone(If you’re a girl), by Carol Dysinger
Best Picture: Roger Deakins, for 1917
Best visual effects: 1917
Best Sound Editing: Donald Sylvester, by Le Mans, 66
Best Sound Mix: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, by 1917
Best Editing: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, for Le Mans ´66
Best Soundtrack: Hildur Gudnadóttir, by Joker
Best song: I´m gonna Love Me again, by Rocketman
Best makeup and hairdresser: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker, Bombshell