1. Parasite’s history-making win
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite made history as the first non-English language movie to win Best Picture. The Parasite team also scooped up the awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film, meaning they’ve secured the first-ever Oscars win for South Korea.
2. First-ever Females
While gender inequality was as apparent as ever, there were some wins for females throughout the evening. Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Oscar for Best Original Score – the first time a woman has won since the best original score category was created in 2000 – for her work in Joker, while Eimear Noone was the first female conductor the ceremony has had in all its 92 years.
3. Eminem’s performance of Lose Yourself
If there’s anyone we weren’t expecting to see take the Oscars stage, it’s Eminem. And, judging by the audience’s reaction, they weren’t either. The legendary rapper performed Lose Yourself – which won Best Original Song in 2003 - in honour of the relationship between film and music, and it was really something. Although it ended in a standing ovation from a stunned crowd, the camera picked up a few confused faces throughout the performance.
4. Joaquin Phoenix’s speech
You never know what you’re going to get when Joaquin takes the stage – he called out inequality in the film industry when accepting his BAFTA – and we’re sure he puts the network on edge every time. When accepting his award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Joaquin delivered a passionate speech about animal rights and our duty to ‘use love and compassion as our guiding principles’ to implement systems of change. He also did a fair bit of self-reflection, saying ‘I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish and hard to work with. I’m grateful that so many of you have given me a second chance’. With his hand raised to silence the audience, he quoted his late brother River, saying ‘My brother wrote this lyric: Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow’. Hear, hear.
5. James Corden and Rebel Wilson dress up as cats
Cats was probably one of the worst Box Office flops ever and everybody knows it – including the cast themselves. Hilariously, cast members James Corden and Rebel Wilson introduced the winner for Best Visual Effects – something they have come to learn the importance of. Their speech also included pawing at the microphone while dressed up as cats, and TBH those two minutes were better than the entire movie.
6. The 10-Elsa version of Into the Unknown
It’s hard to find anyone, including adults, that don’t know the lyrics to songs from Disney’s Frozen, so it’s no surprise that it has been translated into 45 languages. We saw ten of these last night when Idina Menzel took to the stage with the international voices of Elsa, each of whom sang in their own language.
7. When the Best Picture speech got cut short
Best Picture is the last award of the night so we’re sure the lighting guy just wanted to get the heck out of there once the winner was announced, but Hollywood’s finest were having none of it. Parasite's cast and crew were still in the midst of a moving acceptance speech for their historic win when the stage lights dimmed, prompting the audience to chant ‘Up! Up! Up', meaning they wanted the lights turned back on, thank you very much. Parasite ended up getting the well-illuminated moment they deserved and closed the show.
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