The 2020 Oscars Winners Who Took Home The Gold

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BY February 10, 2020

After months of waiting and anticipating, the 92nd Academy Awards are here! This annual awards ceremony has been called the Super Bowl for movie lovers, and for good reasons. The long road to the biggest night in Awards Season has been riddled with snubs, surprises, and well-deserved wins across the shows leading up to tonight. So, let’s see how it all went down with our definitive list of the 2020 Oscars winners! You can go back to our Oscar nominations list and see if our predictions came true.

Rene Zellweger Joins 2020 Oscars Winners Image via Twentieth Century Fox

The 2020 Oscars Winners

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Marriage Story

Parasite – WINNER

1917

Well, here it is! The big winner of the night to start you off if you didn’t watch the ceremony live. Parasite and 1917 were clear frontrunners after their performances at other ceremonies. I had 1917 on my personal predictions. While Parasite is an original work of art, I still had my doubts about the academy and their willingness to accept a non-English film. It is also the first film in years to win Best Picture without any acting nominations. Yet somehow it managed to defy audience expectations, and we couldn’t be happier! Parasite more than deserves this award.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Woman

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

Judy was a beautiful film backed by a beautiful performance. While I think that there were more deserving actresses in this category, Zellweger acted her heart out.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Pheonix, Joker – WINNER

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Early predictions had Pheonix and Driver head-to-head in this category. Though, as time went on and Joaquin swept every award, he was an obvious lock to join the list of the 2020 Oscars winners.

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

The Best Supporting Actress category was one of the few locks of the night. Laura Dern has won in this category all season, and her role in Marriage Story was certainly an Oscar-winning one.

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – WINNER

Pitt has been picking up award after award all season. So, his win here was no real shocker. Pitt has previously won an award for producing 12 Years a Slave, but this is his first Oscar for acting.

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite – WINNER

Bong Joon Ho has been a fan favorite to win. Though, I was still hesitant to put him on my predictions list, as he was up against some heavy hitters.

Film Editing

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari – WINNER

Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman

Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit

Jeff Groth, Joker

Yang Jinmo, Parasite

All of the films on this list were incredible for different reasons, but there’s no denying that Ford v Ferrari became the film that it is today because of some amazing behind-the-scenes work done by editors McCusker and Buckland.

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi

Honeyland

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite – WINNER

Yeah. Absolutely no surprise there.

Original Score

Hildur Guonadottir, Joker

Alexandre Desplat, Little Women

Randy Newman, Marriage Story

Thomas Newman, 1917

John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker

Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman – WINNER

“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough

“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” Harriet

Rocketman was one of the biggest snubs, in general, this year at the Oscars. Taron Egerton gave a knockout performance that earned him the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, yet did not secure a nomination at the Oscars. The film was filled with beautiful designs, songs, and heart. The film may have won here, but it deserved more.

Production Design

Bob Shaw and Regina Graves, The Irishman

Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova, Jojo Rabbit

Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, 1917

Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – WINNER

Lee Ha Jun and Cho Won Woo, Parasite

This category was full of wonderful designs. Though, OUATIH managed to re-create an iconic time in history. And we all know how much Hollywood likes to reminisce about Hollywood.

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 – WINNER

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The visual effects of 1917 may not have been as in-your-face as films like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. They were far more subtle and relied on practical and CGI effects to create the cinematographic masterpiece that it was. I don’t think any wins in this category would have felt undeserved.

Adapted Screenplay

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit – WINNER

Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Jojo Rabbit was an incredibly refreshing take on the genre of war movies. Taika managed to bring charisma, charm, and humor to an otherwise dark story.

Original Screenplay

Rian Johnson, Knives Out

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite – WINNER

Parasite is easily the most original story in recent memory. While the win here wasn’t a lock, fans have been rooting for a Parasite sweep for weeks. Regardless of who you had hoped of winning, watching Bong Joon Ho taking a moment to himself and smiling at his Oscar statue while Han Jin Won spoke to the audience was a beautiful moment and reminds us how important those little statues can be to writers and creators.

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4 – Winner

The award for Best Animated Feature seemed like a lock from the beginning. Though with the surprise win for Missing Link at the Golden Globes, amongst other awards show surprises, Toy Story‘s win no longer seemed so certain.

Cinematography

Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman

Lawrence Sher, Joker

Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

Roger Deakins, 1917 – WINNER

Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

You see “Roger Deakins” and you automatically know that it’s going to be beautiful. This director behind a film is usually the name that you see attached to the movie, but 1917 feels as much Daekins as it is Mendes.

Costume Design

Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

Jacqueline Durran, Little Women – WINNER

Mark Bridges, Joker

Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, The Irishman

I am very happy to report that Little Women won something! The film, and especially Gerwig’s direction, has been receiving less attention than deserved this awards season.

Makeup and Hairstyling

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker, Bombshell – WINNER

Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Joker

Jeremy Woodhead, Judy

Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, and Rebecca Cole, 1917

Bombshell managed to completely transform Charlize Theron, making it one of the biggest talking points about the film.

Sound Editing

Donald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari – WINNER

Alan Robert Murray, Joker

Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, 1917

Wylie Stateman, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Matthew Wood and David Acord, Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker

Ford v Ferrari was a good movie that was made excellent through its amazing sound editing. Cars driving around in circles could not have been made more exhilarating!

Sound Mixing

Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano, Ad Astra

Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow, Ford v Ferrari

Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland, Joker

Mark Taylor and Stuard Wilson, 1917 – WINNER

Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

1917 was a powerhouse in all things design, editing, sound, and effects. A Sound Mixing win is nothing but well earned.

Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love – Winner

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Live-Action Short Film

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window – WINNER

Saria

A Sister

Documentary Feature

American Factory – WINNER

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

So, readers, there we have it. The 2020 Oscars winners have been announced. It’ll be exciting to see what the next year has in store for us, and what we’ll be reporting on winning at next year’s ceremony.

Are there any films that you wanted to see win big but came away disappointed? Or, are you thrilled with the results? Let us know what you think about the 2020 Oscars winners in the comments!

Featured image via CJ Entertainment & Neon.

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Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.

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