Parasite for the win – Oscars 2020

Boon Joon Ho comes from out of the pack and pulls out the surprise of this Academy Awards ceremony. The Korean writer/director pushes aside the likes of Scorsese for The Irishman, Mendes for 1917, and Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to pull off the win with Parasite. The film ended the evening with four golden statues to take home.

Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix did not surprise anyone with their wins, but the writing categories held the twists off the night. Boon Joon Ho winning for best original screenplay and Taika Waititi winning  for Jojo Rabbit led to the biggest upsets of the night. Besides Boon Joon Ho coming in and sweeping the top prizes for director and picture being the first international film to win the prize. 

Netflix did get some love with Dern’s win for Marriage Story, but overall it was the studios night to shine. Despite not having host, the night went with little controversy, expect everyone wondering why Eminem was on the stage. Otherwise, the night belonged to Parasite. 

Reel Dialogue did pick some of the winners, including the director, but no one could have predicted Parasite pulling it off. Check out the list and send us your thoughts.

Check out the full nominations list below:

Best Motion Picture

The Irishman (Netflix),

Marriage Story (Netflix),

1917 (Universal),

Joker (Village Roadshow),

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight),

Little Women (Sony),

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony),

Ford v Ferrari (Fox/Disney),


Academy Award went to Parasite

RD pick to win – 1917

Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet),

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story),

Saoirse Ronan (Little Women),

Charlize Theron (Bombshell),

Renée Zellweger (Judy),

Academy Award went to Renée Zellweger (Judy)

RD pick to win – Renée Zellweger (Judy)

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory),

Adam Driver (Marriage Story),

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker),

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes),

Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood),

Academy Award went to Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

RD pick to win –Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Animated Feature Film

I Lost My Body (Netflix),

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal),

Klaus (Netflix),

Missing Link (United Artists),

Toy Story 4 (Disney),

Academy Award went to Toy Story 4 (Disney)

RD pick to win –Toy Story 4 (Disney)

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Les Misérables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (Korea)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Academy Award went to Parasite 

RD pick to win – Parasite

Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)

Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Academy Award went to Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

RD pick to win – Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

Actor in a Supporting Role

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)

Academy Award went to Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

RD pick to win – Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Director

Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Todd Phillips (Joker)

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Academy Award went to Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

RD pick to win – Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) or Todd Phillips (Joker)

Best Original Screenplay

Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (Parasite)

Rian Johnson (Knives Out)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Academy Award went to Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won (Parasite)

RD pick to win –Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) 

Greta Gerwig (Little Women) 

Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Todd Phillips & Scott Silver (Joker)

Academy Award went to Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

RD pick to win – Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

They waited to give us the surprise at the end, but it was worth it this time. No envelope issues, just a well deserving film winning the best picture of the year.

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