Academy Awards – Best moments
Written by Jose Pernalete on February 12, 2020
The biggest night for Hollywood and the whole movie industry finally arrived and we experienced many surprises. Once a year, the movie lovers, filmmakers, actors, and the whole audiovisual world comes together to enjoy the ceremony that awards the best of the best of the year in movies. From biographic movies to comic book-based and human drama, everything was present here. So, what were some of the highlights of this magical evening?
Brad Pitt winning an Oscar!
One of the biggest names of the industry, yet, believe it or not, he has never won an Oscar for acting. That is until this year’s ceremony, where he finally received his well-deserved award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Pitt won this award over some tough rivals. The other nominees were Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci1
1917, the aftermath of war
Sam Mendes’s breathtaking war movie took home three awards. Best visual effects, thanks to the amazing sceneries, explosions, and overall making it look like a continuous shot. These also awarded the film the Best Cinematography award, and the thrilling atmosphere of war also awarded the film the Best Sound Mixing.
We live in a society…
The Best Actor award turned out to be no surprise. There’s no denying that Joaquin Phoenix delivered one of the best acts we’ve seen in the past decade at least. The role of the Joker, in the Todd Phillips Joker movie, was simply stunning. The best interpretation we’ve ever seen in a comic book movie ever since Heath Ledger played the same character in Nolan’s Dark Knight. But this amazing film got yet another award, for the Best Original Score. A soundtrack capable of making you feel everything the character’s going through. Her fantastic job earned Hildur Guðnadóttir this award, making her the first woman composer to receive it.
Pixar did it again
Even though it’s not a fan favorite in the franchise, Pixar knows how to work its magic. Toy Story 4 takes the award for Best Animated Feature. This time it’s not just thanks to its plot and overall being the best of the nominees, but also a technical award. This movie is a huge step forward in the 3D animated movie world. New technologies and big steps forward created especially for making this movie possible are sure to change Pixar animated films from now on.
Parasite all over the place
This film changed the rules and the way the awards work. The South-Korean film came through the awards season as a victory for Asian cinema. Director Bong Joon-ho received the award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, the second one being a bit controversial. Also nominated for the best director there was Quentin Tarantino, Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, and even Martin Scorsese, all of them created amazing original pieces from very different genres this year.
But that wasn’t enough for Parasite, as it also received the very first Best International Feature Film award, which used to be called Foreign Language Film. And of course, the night was still young, as Parasite went ahead and also received the prized Best Picture.
Many people praised the Academy’s decision to give Parasite both Best International Feature Film and Best Picture, while others criticized this. But at the end of the day, it is still up to you to decide which movies you think deserved the awards. And that’s why there are so many award ceremonies out there, so let’s don’t get disappointed if your favorite didn’t win. Be sure to check out the not only the winners but also the other nominated, as they were all amazing movies and excellent experiences, and get the popcorns ready for another exciting year of films