The Academy Awards (or the Oscars) have come and gone with hashtags such as “Oscars so white” and the now iconic Billie Eilish meme of her being confused and Eminem’s performance (which took him nearly 17 years to hit the stage since his own Oscar win for “Best Original Song” with “Lose Yourself”). The Oscars also garnered the lowest numbers of viewers according to CNN’s coverage, it only brought in a measly 23 million viewers. Apparently, the lowest in its history. It also seems to be following a trend with other award shows who are also suffering from low viewer numbers.
Even with its trending hashtags and low viewing numbers, there were still many great (and not so great) moments from the nearly 3 hour televised award show. The red carpet showed off many stars strutting there stuff with tailored dresses and suits (like Natalie Portman’s dress which showcased female directors and actors snubbed by the Oscars) and dumb interviews questions (notably the question that was asked for Bong Joon-Ho, the director of nominated movie, Parasite. The question, what made him choose to make a movie in Korean?).
Here are just a few highlights.
- Joaquin Phoenix won “Best Actor” for “Joker.” Did you know that this makes Phoenix the second actor to win for the character “Joker?” Yep, Heath Ledger won posthumously for the character in the “The Dark Knight.” His speech was highly emotional, and political, using his platform to take on social injustice. He also mentioned his brother, River Phoenix, who sadly past away in 1993 by quoting song lyrics he wrote (“Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”) He kept his promise too, by wearing his tux at award show to limit the impact on the environment and reduce waste.
- Renée Zellweger won “Best Actress” for “Judy.” Zellweger’s portrayal of Judy Garland landed her her second Academy Award after 2004’s win with “Cold Mountain,” for Best Supporting Actress.
- Elton John and Bernie Taupin win “Best Song.” Shortly after performing nominated song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Elton John wins. The song is featured in biopic “Rocketman,” which he credits during his speech. Taupin credits the 50 + years of hard work and dedication.
- Hildur Guðnadóttir won “Best Original Score.” Joaquin Phoenix wasn’t the only one from the “Joker” team to win. Composer Guðnadóttir was also the only woman nominated in the category.
- Obama Produced documentary wins “Best Documentary Feature.” “Higher Ground,” the name of Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company wins with there Netflix feature “American Factory.” Which highlights the reopening of factory’s in America.
- “Hair Love” wins “Best Animated Short.” “Hair Love” follows a father and daughter duo, in which the father must do his daughter hair for the first time. A loving and beautiful short written and directed by Matthew A. Cherry and co-produced by Karen Rupert Toliver.
- Last, but not least, “Parasite” cleans up with four Academy Awards. Korean film, “Parasite”, cleaned up with four wins, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. “Parasite” made history by being the first foreign film to win best picture. Personal note, I definitely recommend this one as a much watch.
While there were many wonderful moments, these are just a handful. What were your favorite moments from this years Academy Awards?