With 2020 still in its second month, it’s that time again to celebrate the films that came out in 2019. The 92nd Academy Awards is tonight and, with so many great films nominated for the most prestigious award show in history, many are curious on what the outcome for the 2020 show will be. It’s very likely that some will be either extremely satisfied or disappointed with tonight’s winners, but either way, it will be fascinating to watch. Stay tune for all the numerous updates on who will win, who might be snubbed, and many other highlights the Oscars have to offer.
4:40: PM (MST): Last year Best Adapted Screenplay winner Spike Lee has arrived at the Oscars. He is wearing practically the same purple suit from last year except with a slight modification. In honor of Kobe Bryant’s unfortunate passing a few weeks ago, his suit is decorated in honor with the Lakers’ purple and gold colors and the number 24.
4:50PM (MST): One notable thing to mention about the Oscar’s this year is that it is taking a page from last year’s show by not having a host. Unlike last year where the decision was made last minute after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars due to a twitter controversy, this decision was made due to the well reception of a host-less show. To the surprise of many, the show flowed very smoothly with the show going straight to the point by introducing the award being presented and announcing the winners. Many felt it made the show feel quicker without any excessive skits done that are usually done by the host of the show. Considering one of the biggest criticisms of previous shows was the length and how it would go over time, many are appreciating the fact they are going with this decision of not having a host this time around. Hopefully, this year will go just as smoothly as last year’s show.
5:22 PM (MST): Oscar Winners Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino have arrived on the red carpet. Both actors are nominated for the Netflix Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman. They discussed their experience working with the iconic director, as DeNiro has consistently worked with Scorsese on films like Goodfellas and Taxi Driver, while The Irishman Al Pacino’s first time working with the Academy Award-winning director. Pacino mentioned how Scorsese cares about his actors and their well being and that they actually do not have much rehearsal anymore thanks to the modern technology of film. The Irishman is up for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
5:47 PM (MST): Best Supporting Actor Front runner Brad Pitt arrives at the Oscar to discuss his film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. Pitt discusses the film and how Tarantino worked on the script for quite sometime. He also discusses his experience on being a stunt double, working with DiCaprio and their chemistry on the film.
6:11 PM (MST): The show has officially started and is opening in honor of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Singer Janelle Monae opens the show dressed as Mr. Rogers and starts singing the theme song of the iconic PBS show. The stage changes from Mr. Rogers’ home to a typical Oscar stage with many dancers representing the various movies both nominated and not nominated at this years’ Oscars including Joker and Midsommar. Billy Porter also showed up singing part of Elton John’s I’m Still Standing in celebration of Rocketman. Shortly after the musical introduction, there is a short comedic bit with former Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Chris Rock telling jokes, including one about the infamous 2016 Best Picture mixup between La La Land and Moonlight, as well as the numerous nominees including the “Ray Romero movie, The Irishman.”
6:16 PM (MST): Brad Pitt Wins the award for Best Supporting Actor, being the first time he won an Oscar for his acting talents. Pitt thank director Tarantino for his tremendous talent for directing and even joke how he will always be in the “footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio”.
6:25 PM (MST): Toy Story 4 wins Best Animated Feature Oscar. This is Pixar’s 10th Win for the Category and first win for director Josh Cooley. While for Best Animated Short went to the Sony Picture Animated short Hair Love, being the first win for Bruce W. Smith and Matthew A. Cherry. Smith and Cherry also dedicated the award to Kobe Bryant during the show as well for his inspiration to them and so many others.
6:32 PM (MST): The first performance of the night for Best Original Song with Into the Unknown from Frozen 2. The performance not only had Idina Menzel singing the iconic song but she also performed with many of the other voice actresses for the foreign dubs of the film as a way to showcase the many talented singers who voiced Elsa.
6:47 PM (MST): Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won Wins Best Original Screenplay for Parasite. This is the first win for Parasite of the night and the first Oscar win for both Bong Joon Ho and South Korea. Ho thanked his wife for being there for him along with the actors for contributing to the film. Jin-won noted how important of a win this was for South Korean Filmmakers. While Taika Waititi wins for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. This is the first win and nomination for Waititi. He dedicated the award to all the indigenous children in the world who “Dream of telling story”.
6:50 PM(MST): Marshall Curry wins for Live Action Short film The Neighbors’ Window. This is the first for Curry.
6:57 PM (MST): Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh win for Best Production Design for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. This is the first nomination and win for both Ling and Haigh. They dedicated the award to those who have worked on the film and their families for their all of their support and hard work.
7:02 PM (MST): Jacqueline Durran wins Costume Design for Little Women. This is the second win and nomination for Durran. She dedicated the award to the crew including Amy Pascal and Greta Gerwig for contributing to such a powerful film.
7:05 PM (MST): Second Performance for Best Original Song with I’m Standing With You from Breakthrough. The sequence was performed by the film’s star Chrissy Metz with a choir in the background. The performance represented the hopeful tone that the film represented.
7:15 PM (MST): Steven Bognar, Julia and Jeff Reichert, won for Best Documentary for the film American Factory. This is the first win Bognar and the Reichert. They address the importance of the film when it comes to the issues presented and appreciated the recognition as the film had many important issues they felt needed to be address in this world. Carol Dysiinger and Elena Andrecheva won for Best Documentary Short Subject for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl). This is the first win and nomination for Dysinger and Andrecheva.
7:22 PM (MST): Laura Dern wins Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story. This is the first Oscar win for Dern. She discussed how Noah Baumbach made a movie about love and the hardships that comes with. She also dedicated the award to her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd as well as the rest of the cast and crew on the film.
7:34 PM (MST): As a celebration of Musical moments in films, Lin Manuel Miranda introduced a showcase of some of the most iconic songs in films. He adds to how some of these movies and songs could not live without one another and how they are a huge part of iconic film. We then get a montage of numerous iconic movie songs over the years including Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, Slumdog Millionaire and many others. The montage was follow by a performance of Lose Yourself by Eminem dedicated to the film the Oscar winning film 8 Mile.
7:42 PM (MST): Donald Sylvester wins for Best Sound Editing for Ford v. Ferrari. This is the first win for Sylvester for his work in sound design. He mentioned how Ford v. Ferrari is the last film from 20th Century Fox who have now turned into 20th Century Pictures after the Disney acquisition. While Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson won for Best Sound Mixing. This is the first win for both Wilson and Taylor for their sound design work. They dedicated the award Sam Mendes because the film wouldn’t have been accomplished without him.
7:46 PM (MST): Randy Newman performed I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4. The set is in the vein of the iconic Toy Story background with a blue sky and clouds with even some of the clouds taking shape of some of the iconic Toy Story characters as well.
7:59 PM (MST): Roger Deakins wins for Best Cinematography for 1917. This is the second win and 15th nomination for Deakins. He dedicated the award to his wife and the crew including Sam Mendes for a wonderful experience he will never forget. While Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker won for Best Film Editing. This is the first win for both Buckland and McCusker. They dedicated both the crew and their families, including James Mangold for being one of the best directors working today.
8:01 PM (MST): Tom Hanks gave a quick announcement on a new project from the Academy. The Academy is creating a museum dedicated to the many films nominated and win over the years. The museum will open December 14th 2020.
8:09 PM (MST): Cynthia Erivo performed the song Stand Up from Harriet. The performance included a choir to help emphasis the triumph tone the song was setting for, with of course images of Harriet Tubman as well.
8:19 PM (MST): Gulluame Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy won for Best Visual Effects for 1917. This is the first win for Rocheron, Butler and Tuohy for their work in special effects. While Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivienne Baker won for The Bombshell. Being the first win for the film along with Hiro, Morgan and Baker.
8:27 PM (MST): Bong Joon Ho wins for Best International Feature for Parasite. This is the first South Korean film to win Best Foreign film at the Academy Awards. Ho expressed that he was happy to received the award under the new name of Best International Feature since the award was previously called Best Foreign Language Feature.
8:30 PM (MST): Elton John performed I’m Gonna Love Me Again from Rocketman. The film is the front runner for Best Original Song. The sequence was performed in typical Elton John fashino with choir singers and other guitar and drum players while John is playing the piano. All set with a bright colorful background with a big star sunglasses stage prop accompanying the singers.
8:45 PM (MST):Hildur Guðnadóttir wins for Best Original Score for Joker. This is the first win for Guðnadóttir and the first win for a female composer for Best Original Score. Not only did she thank the crew and her family and express that any little girl who dreams of being a composer should speak up. While Elton John and Bernie Taupin won for Best Original Song for I’m Gonna Love Me Again from Rocketman. This is Elton John’s second win and forth nomination and first win for Taupin. John and Taupin discussed the positive experience of working together throughout the years along with dedicating the awards to their family.
8:55 PM (MST): Bong Joon Ho wins for Best Director for Parasite. This is the third win for Ho for Parasite tonight. He expressed that he thought he was done for the day after winning Best International Feature. He mentioned a saying that meant a lot to him by stating that, “The most personal is the most creative”. He even honored the other nominees including Scorsese for being a major influence on his career and Tarantino for helping expose some of his earlier work.
9:00 PM (MST): Billie Ellish performed the Beatles song Yesterday for the In Memoriam section of the Oscars. The performance was, of course, to honor those we have lost this past year who were an influential part of the film industry. This includes many unfortunate losses including Agnes Varda, Richard Williams, Peter Mayhew and Kirk Douglas, just to name a few.
9:18 PM (MST): Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor in a Leading Role for Joker. This is the first win for Joaquin for Best Actor. His acceptance speech was based around the idea of how we should not be so egocentric and should strive to help each other out. He stated that “We are at our best when we support each other and not ourselves.” Afterwards, Renee Zellweger won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Judy. This is the second win and forth nomination for Zellweger. Her acceptance speech was dedicated to not only her family and crew on the film, but also to Judy Garland herself, who was of course a major influence on the film.
9:32 PM (MST): Bong Joon Ho and Kwak Sin AE wins Best Picture for Parasite, making history as the first non-English film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. The Ho, Sin Ae, and the rest of crew expressed their excitement for this game changing moment in film history and thanked the Academy for making this decision. They also thank Ho for being such a creative and extraordinary talent with a unique sense of humor.