Presenters and winners at the 92nd annual Academy Awards didn’t hold back during the start of the 2020 Oscars Sunday.
Heading into the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had been criticized for its lack of diversity. Janelle Monae’s opening song and the opening monologue, given by Steve Martin and Chris Rock, were quick to poke fun at how few nominees were women or people of color.
“There were so many great directors nominated this year,” Rock said.
“I don’t know, Chris. I thought there was something missing from the list this year,” Martin countered.
“Vaginas?” Rock quipped.
“Yeah,” the two said as the crowd erupted with applause and laughter.
Only two of the 20 actors and actresses nominated were people of color, and no female director was nominated this year. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, only the South Korean movie “Parasite” featured a predominantly nonwhite cast, and only one, “Little Women,” was centered around numerous female characters.
“We have a firm belief that representation matters deeply, especially in cartoons,” Karen Rupert Toliver, producer of the Academy Award-winning “Hair Love,” an animated short about the beauty of black hair, said during her acceptance speech Sunday. “Because in cartoons that’s where we first see our movies and how we shape our lives and think about how we see the world.”
In addition to commentary about inclusion, the Academy Awards quickly got off to a political start after Brad Pitt won the award for best supporting actor.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here,” he said. “Which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it and in the end the adults do the right thing.”
In the past, award shows like the Academy Awards have been a place for the film industry elite to air grievances. Statements about the inequality of pay between men and women in Hollywood, women’s rights, gay rights and police brutality against people of color have all been prevalent in the last few years.
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And the winners are…
Achievement in costume design
- Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women” (WINNER)
- Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, “The Irishman”
- Mayes C. Rubeo, “Jojo Rabbit”
- Mark Bridges, “Joker”
- Arianne Phillips, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Achievement in production design
- Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (WINNER)
- Bob Shaw and Regina Graves, “The Irishman”
- Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova, “Jojo Rabbit”
- Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, “1917”
- Lee Ha Jun and Cho Won-woo, “Parasite”
Best live action short film
- “The Neighbors’ Window” (WINNER)
- “Nefta Football Club”
- “A Sister”
Best adapted screenplay
- Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” (WINNER)
- Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”
- Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, “Joker”
- Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”
- Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes”
Best original screenplay
- Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won, “Parasite” (WINNER)
- Rian Johnson, “Knives Out”
- Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
- Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, “1917”
- Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best animated short film
- “Hair Love” (WINNER)
Best animated feature film
- “Toy Story 4” (WINNER)
- “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
- “I Lost My Body”
- “Missing Link”
Actor in a supporting role
- Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (WINNER)
- Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
- Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
- Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
- Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
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Sources from: CNBC News