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The Academy Awards 2020, And The Winners Are....

The Academy Awards just ended, I watched the entire 3 1/2 hour show so you don’t have to. Yes, I am crazy. From a Star Wars perspectice not much happened, The Rise of Skywalker won zero Oscars. As expected! But there is still a little bit to talk about and not all people who are involved with Star Wars failed to win an Oscar! So please click through for a few words about the 92nd Academy Awards.

I already spoiled the results for The Rise of Skywalker, it lost in all its nominated categories.

The best special effects Oscar went to “1917”. In my opinion the best effects are those that are not noticable and just make things look real. So in that sense “1917” winning makes sense over the pixel festivals that are Endgame or The Rise of Skywalker.

Best Sound Editing was won by “Ford v Ferrari”. I have nothing to say about this category, since I know too little about sound editing. All I know the car engine noises in “Ford v Ferrari” sounded good.

And the Oscar for the best original score went to Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, which was certainly expected by most people. John Williams didn’t win in what was maybe his last chance ever to win an Oscar, but the man already has a few and it was Hildur’s first, I think he was certainly happy for her.

Adam Driver was nominated for “Marriage Story”, but Joaquin Phoenix was a safe bet in this category and of course he won. Joker may still be one of the big losers of the night, it only won in 2 categories, it was nominated for 11. But that’s still much better than the results for Martin Scorcese’s “Irishman” which won nothing at all.

To me one of the surprises of the evening was the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Taika Waititi and his “Jojo Rabbit” script (I enjoyed the movie very much)! I am very happy for him. And I think he just earned a lot more negotiating power with Lucasfilm, who are apparently interested in Taika directing/writing a movie.

It was nice to include Peter Mayhew in the “In Memoriam” section. He is sorely missed!

Other than that… “Parasite” from South Korea was the big winner and what may be perceived as a slight to Hollywood movies it not only won the Oscar for “Best International Movie”, it also won “Best Picture”, “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best Director”. Watching director/producer/writer Bong Joon Ho go up on the stage again and again and again was certainly one of the highlights of the evening. It’s good to know he will drink until morning now! He certainly has lots of reasons to celebrate!

And a few random observations in no particular order

  • Where was Ricky Gervais when Joaquin Phoenix gave his speech?
  • Billy Eilish’s face when Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig tried to sing was priceless
  • Randy Newman really can’t sing
  • Elton John can’t sing either anymore (ever since his severe throat issues in the 1980s)
  • Billy Eilish can actually sing!
  • Why did they have more or less unknown people announce the announcers???
  • Kelly Marie Tran was relegated to announcing the announcers, but she had an appearance at least, she seemed bright and cheerful as ever. Her co-star Oscar Isaac was an actual announcer, along with Salma Hayek who was so proud to finally hold an Oscar in her hand (you will get the joke…)
  • Did Oscar Isaac refer to him self as “non-white”??????? I am confused!
  • The “Cats” joke made by the poor actors was one of the better ones
  • Keanu Reeves is cool
  • Why did that one woman who won the Oscar for best documentary have no hair?
  • THAT was Jane Fonda????
  • I liked Brie Larson’s cleavage. Yes, I am a man. Sue me! But Brie was totally overshadowed by a true natural beauty…..
  • I want to marry the South Korean interpreter Sharon Choi who was on stage with Bong Joon Ho every time! I think I am in love! After googling for 5 minutes it seems I am late to the party… the entire world is in love with Sharon! There are articles about her on the internet, even by somewhat reputable news websites like “The Guardian” who fell in love with her as well. I think I must hurry! Byeeeeeeeee!

And that’s all folks! Leave your own random thoughts or comments! Did anything surprise you? Did you even bother to watch the overlong show? Does anyone else want to marry the (or get a date with her, first things first!) South Korean interpreter (she’s actually a filmmaker herself and only helped out as an interpreter!) Susan Choi?

 

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