Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Oscars

A recap of the 2020 Oscars and all of the standout moments.

This year’s Oscars is one for the history books, harboring many memorable moments, from the red carpet looks to the winners’ speeches, as well as the performers.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Oscars and why it was a momentous night.

The Red Carpet

The Oscar’s red carpet is the final and biggest night of awards season. Here are some standout looks from the night:

Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren

Saoirse Ronan in a Gucci gown.

Scarlett Johansson in custom Oscar de la Renta

Brie Larson in a caped Celine gown.

Natalie Portman in Dior Haute Couture.


The opening


Janelle Monae opened the Oscars with a performance channelling ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’, Joker, and even Midsommar. This years Oscars, however, did not have a host, but instead, had multiple presenters. Still, we got some humorous jabs at the nominees from Steve Martin and Chris Rock at the beginning of the show.


Acceptance Speeches

The most prominent moment from the Oscars was of course Parasite’s sweep, as the movie won Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Director and Foreign Language Film. Bong Joon-ho delivered one of the most heartwarming speeches during his acceptance speech for Director. Bong paid tribute to the other directors nominated alongside him, particularly Martin Scorsese. “When I was young and starting in cinema there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is, ‘The most personal is the most creative.’” Bong said. “That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese.”  Bong also proceeded to thank Tarantino for supporting his work when he was not yet well known and gave a small shout out to Joker and 1917 directors Todd Phillips and Sam Mendes. Parasite also made history by being the first foreign language film to ever win Best Picture.

Another prominent moment was Brad Pitt’s first ever Oscar win for acting which he won for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Once upon a time in Hollywood”. Brad Pitt thanked Tarantino in his speech saying, “This really is about Quentin Tarantino. You are original. You are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you.” He also acknowledged his co-star, Leonardo Di Caprio saying, “Leo, I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view’s fantastic.” Brad also gave special thanks to the stunt coordinators and stunt crews and ends his speech by thanking his kids “This is for my kids who color everything I do. I adore you.”

Another memorable speech was of course Joaquin Pheonix’s acceptance speech for lead actor, where he delivered a message of unity, and urged others to fight against injustice in whatever cause is closest to their hearts, whether it be gender inequality, racism or animal rights. Joaquin ended his speech on an emotional note, as he paid tribute to his late brother, River Pheonix, by quoting lyrics he wrote at 17 years old, “Run into the rescue with love and peace will follow.”

Other great moments from the night’s winners included Taika Waititi, who has become one of the first indigenous New Zealanders to win an Oscar for his movie, Jojo Rabbit, for Best Adapted screenplay, as well as little women’s win for custom design and Hair love’s win for best animated short.


One of the night’s most noteworthy moments, was of course Eminem’s performance of “lose yourself” 18 years after the song had won best original song for his movie 8 Mile, but the rapper had not attended the ceremony on the night of his win. The performance gained a standing ovation and Eminem later on tweeted, “Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @The Academy,” he wrote, adding, “Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.”

Another great performance was Billie Eilish’s performance of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” whilst The in Memoriam montage flashed across the screen behind them, showing actors Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Peter Mayhew, and basketball legend Kobe Bryant, among many others.

The full List of Winners

Best Picture:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Little Women

Marriage Story


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Supporting Actor:

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

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell


Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body


Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Animated Short:

Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva

Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry

Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan

Memorable, Bruno Collet

Sister, Siqi Song

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi

Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Little Women, Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out, Rian Johnson

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach

1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han


The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto

Joker, Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke

1917, Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

Best Documentary Feature:

American Factory, Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

The Cave, Feras Fayyad

The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa

For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Best Documentary Short Subject:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film:

Brotherhood, Meryam Joobeur

Nefta Football Club, Yves Piat

The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry

Saria, Bryan Buckley

A Sister, Delphine Girard

Best Foreign Language Film:

Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Les Miserables, Ladj Ly

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles

Joker, Jeff Groth

Parasite, Jinmo Yang

Sound Editing:

Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester

Joker, Alan Robert Murray

1917, Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker, Matthew Wood, David Acord

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Production Design:

The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova

1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

Original Score:

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

1917, Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

Original Song:

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough

“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” Harriet

Makeup and Hair:




Maleficent: Mistress of Evil


Costume Design:

The Irishman, Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson

Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo

Joker, Mark Bridges

Little Women, Jacqueline Durran

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

Visual Effects:

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman


The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker