It was a memorable night for millions of cinema fanatics as the Academy Awards celebrated its 92nd edition by honouring the best films of 2019.
Rising stars were thrown into the limelight for the indelible mark they left on the big screen while the veteran players of Hollywood made their presence felt by constantly reinventing themselves.
South Korean film Parasite won the Academy Award for Best Picture, becoming the first non-English language to achieve this feat. It also received nominations and wins in 3 other categories.
Bong Joon-ho made history by becoming the first South Korean filmmaker to be nominated and win the Academy Award for Best Director for Parasite. He is also the 4th Asian filmmaker to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and the second to win.
Joaquin Phoenix silenced his critics by stepping out of his Joker persona and into the spotlight as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He’s also the second actor to win the award for portraying the iconic comic book character, following the late Heath Ledger.
Renee Zellweger took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the biographical film Judy.
Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Hollywood stunt-man Cliff Booth in the Quentin Tarantino-directed movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This is Pitt’s first Oscar win in the acting category.
Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Noah Baumbach drama film Marriage Story.
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and his first Oscar win for Jojo Rabbit.
Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4
Best International Feature Film:
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Best Live Action Short Film
The Neighbors’ Window directed by Marshall Curry
Best Animated Short Film
Hair Love directed by Matthew A. Cherry
Best Original Score
Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir
Best Original Song
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
Best Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari – Donald Sylvester
Best Sound Mixing
1917 – Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
Best Production Design
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
1917 – Roger Deakins
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bombshell – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker
Best Costume Design
Little Women – Jacqueline Durran
Best Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker
Best Visual Effects
1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy