411: All The Good Stuff From The Oscars!

The 92nd annual Academy awards happened last night, without a host, and here's the big stuff that went down!

For the first time ever, a foreign-language film took home the top prize (Best Picture), thanks to Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite.” The film also took home awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and International Feature Film.

Here are the other big winners:

  • Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
  • Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” 
  • Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
  • Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”
    • Can you believe this is his very first acting award?! Pitt took home a trophy in 2014 as a producer on best-picture honoree “12 Years a Slave” but at 56 years old, he's finally being recognized for his acting chops.

Here's some of the major moments that happened last night!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were reportedly asked to present the Best Picture award, but declined although they were “honored” by the invitation.

Attention was immediately drawn to the lack of diversity thanks to the opening comedy bit from Steve Martin & Chris Rock….PLUS Janelle Monet, who opened the show with her musical number also called out the Oscars singing, "The Oscars, it’s so white, it’s time to come alive.” She also gave a shout-out to female directors, none of which were nominated this year."

Eminem showed up to do “Lose Yourself,” the very first hip-hop track to win Best Original song in 2003—why? We still don’t really know.

Presenters Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph decided to do an impromptu audition for all the directors in the room, it's being hailed as the funniest moment of the night.

Another great presenter moment was when Gal Gadot, Brie Larson, and Sigourney Weaver said they’d be forming a fight club. 

Cynthia Erivo gave powerful performance of “Stand Up” from “Harriet.” She got a standing ovation for her trouble. Unfortunately, she lost out to Elton John in the Best Original Song category and to Renee Zellweger in the Best Actress Category. 

Billie Eilish did a beautiful rendition of “Yesterday” over the “In Memoriam” segment which awkwardly forgot some big names like Tim Conway & Luke Perry who appeared in the nominated “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.”

Meanwhile, Joaquin Phoenix gave another rambling acceptance speech that didn’t include a single thank you but did speak about using love and compassion to fight injustice, animal cruelty (he talked about insemination of cows), cancel culture, egotism, and the message of his brother River, who died in 1993. 

When “Parasite” won Best Picture, producers were trying to drop the curtain on the moment. The audience wasn't having it and started chanting, “Up, up, up,” until they raised it.

 
Francesca

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