Special Event: Academy Awards 2020
February 9, 2020 11:19 AM - Subscribe

The Oscars are tonight. Get on your best gowns, come on inside and let's see who wins for best documentary short film!

(I'm posting this a little early just so we don't forget to get it posted)
posted by LobsterMitten (35 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Song Kang Ho, Best Supporting Actor 2020 in my heart!
posted by sallybrown at 1:07 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


I'm excited to see if The Nefta Football Club wins for best live-action short. I just adore it; it's really funny (and, importantly, not about sports!). Although, I will say that all the nominees are great this year. Look them up and watch them if you haven't seen them; it's totally worth the time.

For animated short, I'm rooting for Hair Love. I think it has a good chance, too.

Also, I'd like to see Parasite win a ton of stuff. It's not the usual Oscar fare, and it's not chock full of stuff I've already seen a hundred times. (I'm sure the war movie will win best feature film, though; they generally do well. Not a fan myself.)

I'm looking forward to hearing Joaquin step up to the mic. He's been using it well this awards season; good on him.

It's too much to hope that we'll see an acceptance speech as funny as Adam Sandler's was yesterday at the Spirit Awards. So great.
posted by heyho at 3:06 PM on February 9 [4 favorites]


I want Little Women to win all 6 oscars it was nominated for. That's all. Also Greta was robbed.
posted by KTamas at 4:26 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


Joker loses to Jojo Rabbit for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hopefully the beginning of a bad night for it.
posted by Automocar at 5:48 PM on February 9 [7 favorites]




There are a lot of very strange things this year, but the weirdest might be Eminem?
posted by ChuraChura at 6:43 PM on February 9 [7 favorites]


That was indeed incredibly weird to see that number get dusted off, and with a 15 piece orchestra no less. That song has such a forced charismatic anthem nature about it, so I was a bit vicariously embarrassed for the a-listers rocking out to it so earnestly.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:48 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


To be clear: there are adults today who were not born yet when Lose Yourself came out. Baffling performance choice. Doubly baffling given that 5-10% of it was bleeped out.
posted by gatorae at 6:49 PM on February 9 [1 favorite]


Ok, thank you! I just described that bit to my family and ended my story with “But I’m also very sick, so that whole thing may have been a fever hallucination.”
posted by Ruki at 6:50 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


Plus it just went on and on and on and on. So when they go over time and start cutting the speech time, this will be part of the reason why.

Did the sound cut out completely when Brad Pitt accepted his Oscar, or was it just my TV/cable company.

I am happy to see necklaces on the women. For the longest time, the recent red carpet trend has been to wear low bodice dresses with nothing at the neck, making the whole outfit look incomplete.
posted by sardonyx at 6:54 PM on February 9


Oh, sure everyone. Let's give the white guy who was also nominated a standing ovation in the middle of Bong Joon-ho's acceptance speech.
posted by Burhanistan at 7:56 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


This is PARASITE NIGHT heck yeah
posted by sallybrown at 7:57 PM on February 9 [7 favorites]


Ugh, really. Phoenix is off about the dairy and beef industry. And now he's making excuses for poor professional behaviour. Please, play him off.
posted by sardonyx at 8:10 PM on February 9 [4 favorites]


I'm going to go make a cheese toastie for all the sentient being cows and the scoundrels who got a second chance.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:13 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


This might be my favorite Oscars ever. Parasite cleaning up like this is so awesome.
posted by heyho at 8:29 PM on February 9 [9 favorites]


I have never had a movie stick with me quite like Parasite did. That combination of tension, humor, dread — somehow it got deep into my soul. The closest to it in recent terms was Get Out, but Parasite is a more major accomplishment. I'm so pleased that it won.
posted by argybarg at 9:00 PM on February 9 [3 favorites]


I couldn't see Parasite winning Best Picture (especially not after hearing that Academy member who said, "foreign films shouldn't be nominated with regular films.") I'm happy to be proven wrong.
posted by invokeuse at 9:02 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Wow, whoever that AA member was also really hates when English actors play American characters. Only a few of their choices actually won, so I'm actually even happier now with the winners just to spite that person.
posted by acidnova at 9:13 PM on February 9


I have never been happier to be wrong about my predictions for an Oscar pool.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:18 PM on February 9 [2 favorites]


Say what you will about the movie, Joaquin Phoenix deserved that Oscar.
posted by Pendragon at 2:03 AM on February 10 [2 favorites]


I wasn't even slightly a fan of his performance but it is the kind that wins awards.
posted by octothorpe at 3:17 AM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Highly recommend the NYT's red carpet gallery because the captions are awesome. The spirit of The Awl lives on. (they were written by Choire Sicca).
posted by KTamas at 4:59 AM on February 10 [2 favorites]


I thought that Song Kang-ho should have been nominated and won best lead actor but I guess that would never happen.

Also not nominating Lupita Nyong'o was inexplicable. Somehow Johansen got two nominations for lesser performances than Nyong'o's.
posted by octothorpe at 5:07 AM on February 10 [9 favorites]


Oh, sure everyone. Let's give the white guy who was also nominated a standing ovation in the middle of Bong Joon-ho's acceptance speech.

You make it sound like some random event where white people decided to cut off the foreigner. It was because Bong Joon-ho had just praised "the white guy" Scorsese as a personal inspiration in a very touching way, something that probably resonated with many people in that audience and, considering said praise from Bong, was something that he's probably happy happened.
posted by the legendary esquilax at 8:33 AM on February 10 [16 favorites]


My favorite moment was the Janelle Monae opener.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 9:13 AM on February 10 [6 favorites]


There’s nothing the Academy likes more than celebrating Martin Scorsese in ways that don’t involve giving him actual awards.

(And they were right not to give him the award this time either.)

(I know about that one time. That was a fluke.)
posted by Huffy Puffy at 9:17 AM on February 10 [1 favorite]


There’s nothing the Academy likes more than celebrating Martin Scorsese in ways that don’t involve giving him actual awards.

This wasn't a tribute from "the Academy", this was a personal tribute from Bong Joon Ho, who looked up to Scorcese as a mentor and wanted to personally give him a shout-out during his acceptance speech because he was overwhelmed.

It's exactly the same thing that Olivia Colman did during her own acceptance speech last year when she saw Glenn Close in the audience and babbled out that "I've admired you all my life and this is not the way I wanted it to happen". Everyone thought that was adorable and touching, they didn't say that it was an example of "The Academy trying to honor Glenn Close without giving her anything".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:02 AM on February 10 [6 favorites]


Ugh, really. Phoenix is off about the dairy and beef industry. And now he's making excuses for poor professional behaviour. Please, play him off.

This was one of my favourite speeches of the night, given Phoenix's passion against factory farming. I thought the metaphor was apt, but worked even better coming from him because he is vegan. He is also obviously extremely introverted when he's not performing and it sounded like a struggle for him to get through his speech. I admire him for doing so well and being so articulate. (Compare Renee Zellweger who really babbled and should have been played off.)

Also, also... I didn't realise I still stored a well of emotion for River Phoenix, but when Joaquin mentioned his brother, the floodgates opened. Holy shit.
posted by crossoverman at 6:38 PM on February 10 [4 favorites]


He gets absolutely no pass from me.

For too long in Hollywood and in every other industry, dudes have gotten passes for being "cruel" and being "scoundrels" and being "selfish" (although they've never used this word to describe themselves). They've gotten ahead, and they've made it miserable (or impossible) for everybody else (i.e. women and non-binary people) to get ahead or to even get a start. Now, that they're big and successful, they want everybody to forgive them and work together and hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Nope. I've got absolutely no time for that.

If you, as a professional, were an asshole, you'd better own your past behaviour. I support your efforts to make amends and behave like you were supposed to in the first place, but as for forgiving and forgetting and giving you my blessing, that's not happening. My efforts are going into support decent people who were never cruel. Those are the people I'm going to pull up and praise.

While I'm well aware that factory farming is troubling, I'm not about to pitch the entire beef or dairy industries aside. I know this is a more contentious position, but I firmly believe that is typically easier for men to be vegan than women due to a variety of factors (including but not limited to women with childcare duties relying on cow's milk as a supplement or substitution to breast milk and the fact that higher percentages of women and children are anemic than men). Since it is generally easier to absorb iron from meat than it is from plants, I will never begrudge people who get their iron from meat.

(Yes, I realize this is a big derail from the topic of the thread, but if these actors are talking to a worldwide audience, they have to realize that if they want to make political statements, they certainly aren't guaranteed a positive reaction.)

I didn't hear Zellweger's speech.
posted by sardonyx at 7:45 PM on February 10 [1 favorite]


Zellwiger's speech was...what's the spoken-word equivalent of "listicle"? I mainly remember just a very, very long list of names. You know how a lot of people in their acceptance speeches say something like "there are way too many people for me to thank so I'll just name a few" or "I know I'll forget some people so i'll thank you all personally later"? It felt like Zellwiger not only remembered everyone, she decided she WAS going to name them all.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:14 AM on February 11


They didn't play anybody off in the whole show, did they?
posted by Huffy Puffy at 5:18 AM on February 11


I noticed they seemed to play off the makeup artists—when the guy stepped away from the mic they brought the lights down even though one of the other women stepped up to speak. And of course they tried to play off Parasite but the audience helped stop that. They definitely changed camera angles and lighting (as opposed to making the music increasingly loud like they used to) so it was tough to tell if someone was getting cut short.
posted by sallybrown at 8:18 AM on February 11


Also not nominating Lupita Nyong'o was inexplicable.

I genuinely think if Us had been released during the fall of 2019 or maybe even in the summer, she would have been nominated. I'm not sure Nyong'o would have won against Zellweger (voters love a story about movies and probably aren't excited about horror), but I have to think she'd have been nominated.

I would have been so much happier to see a woman win for a role like Addy/Red rather than a biopic.
posted by gladly at 6:17 PM on February 11 [1 favorite]


They didn't play anybody off in the whole show, did they?

They tried to play off Parasite. The audience was having none of it.
posted by tzikeh at 9:38 PM on February 14


Zellwiger's speech was...what's the spoken-word equivalent of "listicle"?

A list
posted by ActingTheGoat at 2:44 PM on February 16 [3 favorites]


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