The 2020 Academy Awards (Oscars’ 92th Ceremony) Live Blogging

Like I did in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, I will write this post on my blog in real-time as I watch the free live streaming of the 92nd ceremony of the Academy Awards from Los Angeles, California, USA, using this link:

Will the awards be the ones predicted here? Later edit: obviously not.

I am starting by watching the red-carpet interviews. The winner is in red.

Steve Martin and Chris Rock

To Martin Scorsese, Chris Rock jokes, “I loved the first season of The Irishman”. “Cynthia Erivo hid all the black people behind her nominations.”

Regina King presents the award for:

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt is winning his 2nd Oscar (after 12 Years a Slave) first for acting. Appreciates Tarantino for their originality. His character tries to look for the best in people, except for the worst. He honors the stuntmen.

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Best Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldDean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold, and Brad Lewis

I Lost My Body – Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice

KlausSergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, and Marisa Román

Missing LinkChris Butler, Arianne Sutner, and Travis Knight

Toy Story 4Josh Cooley, Jonas Rivera, and Mark Nielsen

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Best Animated Short Film

Josh Gad presents the song Into the Unknown performed by Idina Menzel and Aurora for the Film Frozen 2

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Actresses who dubbed the main character in various languages also sing parts of the song.

Kelly Marie Tran presents Diane Keaton, and Keanu Reeves presents the award for

Best Original Screenplay

Knives OutRian Johnson

Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach

1917Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino

ParasiteBong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won

Bong Joon-ho says they never write to represent their countries, but they are glad to win the first award for South Korea.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The IrishmanSteven Zaillian based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi based on the novel Caging Skies by Christine Leunens

JokerTodd Phillips and Scott Silver based on characters created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson

Little WomenGreta Gerwig based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

The Two PopesAnthony McCarten based on his play The Pope

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Best Live Action Short Film

BrotherhoodMeryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon

Nefta Football ClubYves Piat and Damien Megherbi

The Neighbors’ WindowMarshall Curry

SariaBryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre

A Sister – Delphine Girard

Marshall learned from his mother what is a good story that teaches us how to care about others.

Maya Rudolph and Kirsten Wiig present the award for

Best Production Design

The Irishman – Production Design: Bob Shaw; Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit – Production Design: Ra Vincent; Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

1917 – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Parasite – Production Design: Lee Ha-jun; Set Decoration: Cho Won-woo

Best Costume Design

The IrishmanSandy Powell and Christopher Peterson

Jojo RabbitMayes C. Rubeo

JokerMark Bridges

Little WomenJacqueline Durran

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodArianne Phillips

This is the 1st Oscar for Durran. Thanks to her family, who allowed her to be a working mother. Also, thanks to producer Amy Pascal and the great inspiration Greta Gerwig.

“I’m Standing with You” from Breakthrough – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren are performed by Chrissy Metz.

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Mark Ruffalo presents awards for

Best Documentary Feature

American FactorySteven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert

The CaveFeras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, and Sigrid Dyekjær

The Edge of DemocracyPetra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, and Tiago Pavan

For SamaWaad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Honeyland – Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, and Atanas Georgiev

Julia Reichert is inspired by fellow documentarians and is honored to be in the company of other nominees. Their films are about people who unite.

Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence – Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

Life Overtakes Me – John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

St. Louis Superman – Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

Walk Run Cha-Cha – Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Mahershala Ali talks about the importance of making the roles resonate with audiences, not only speaking to them. He presents the award for

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy BatesRichard Jewell as Barbara “Bobi” Jewell

Laura DernMarriage Story as Nora Fanshaw

Scarlett JohanssonJojo Rabbit as Rosie Betzler

Florence PughLittle Women as Amy March

Margot RobbieBombshell as Kayla Pospisil

Laura Dern thanks father

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Lin-Manuel Miranda presents how Film and songs have influenced each other and introduce Eminem, who performs “Lose Yourself” – he was not present at the ceremony when his song won the Oscar.

Oscar Isaac and Salma Hayek present the award for

Best Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Donald Sylvester

JokerAlan Robert Murray

1917Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodWylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerMatthew Wood and David Acord

Donald Sylvester says this is the last Film by 20th century Fox. He tells James Mangold should have been nominated for directing.

He thanks her wife, who gave up the editing career to raise the kids so they wouldn’t become politicians.

Best Sound Mixing

Ad AstraGary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, and Mark Ulano

Ford v FerrariPaul Massey, David Giammarco, and Steven A. Morrow

Joker – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, and Tod Maitland

1917Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodMichael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, and Mark Ulano

With this opportunity, Salma can say she at least held an Oscar on the stage.

Randy Newman performs “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4 – Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman.

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Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus present the award for

Best Cinematography

The IrishmanRodrigo Prieto

JokerLawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

1917Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodRobert Richardson

He thanks his fellow nominees for their friendship. He thanks his camera assistant, who never makes a mistake, to operators, his wife, to director Sam Mendes for a most wonderful experience.


Best Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker

The IrishmanThelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles

JokerJeff Groth

Parasite – Yang Jin-mo

Will Ferrell jokes that the original title was Ford vs. Ferrari vs. Ferrell, and Julia was in 1917 and Parasite but was edited out.

Casting director and academy president David Rubin says another event is coming up: the opening of a museum.

Cynthia Erivo performs the song Stand Up” from Harriet – Music and Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo.

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Rebel Wilson and James Gorden, dressed as fighting cast, present the award for

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: EndgameDan DeLeeuw, Matt Aitken, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick

The IrishmanPablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, and Nelson Sepulveda

The Lion KingRobert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliot Newman

1917Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerRoger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, and Dominic Tuohy

1917 is a challenge for visual effects

Ray Romano and Sandra Oh present the award for

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

BombshellKazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker

Joker – Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou

Judy – Jeremy Woodhead

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten, and David White

1917 – Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, and Rebecca Cole

Penelope Cruz talks about how she was inspired by Pedro Almodovar. Films show us more than what we see and make us care.

Best International Feature Film

Corpus Christi (Poland) in Polish – Directed by Jan Komasa

Honeyland (North Macedonia) in Turkish and Macedonian[9] – Directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

Les Misérables (France) in French – Directed by Ladj Ly

Pain and Glory (Spain) in Spanish – Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Parasite (South Korea) in Korean – Directed by Bong Joon-ho

Bongs say he appreciates the change the new direction symbolizes by changing the category name and invites the cast and crew members to stand and be applauded. He thanks the cinematographer, production designer, and all collaborators.

Elton John performs his song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman – Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

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Sigourney Weaver presents the award for best score and best music

Best Original Score

JokerHildur Guðnadóttir

Little WomenAlexandre Desplat

Marriage StoryRandy Newman

1917Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerJohn Williams

She is applauded with a standing ovation. She declares the score is a result of the communication between the composer and film director. Therefore she thanks, Todd Phillips.

Best Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4 – Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman – Music by Elton John; Lyrics by Bernie Taupin

“I’m Standing with You” from Breakthrough – Music, and Lyrics by Diane Warren

“Into the Unknown” from Frozen II – Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Stand Up” from Harriet – Music, and Lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Spike Lee presents awards for

Best Director

Martin ScorseseThe Irishman

Todd PhillipsJoker

Sam Mendes1917

Quentin TarantinoOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon-hoParasite

Steven Spielberg, a receiver of the Irwin Thalberg award, presents in memoriam (the list of cinema experts who passed away since the previous Acadamy Awards ceremony).

George McKay introduces Olivia Colman, who presents the award for

Best Actor

Antonio BanderasPain and Glory as Salvador Mallo

Leonardo DiCaprioOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood as Rick Dalton

Adam DriverMarriage Story as Charlie Barber

Joaquin PhoenixJoker as Arthur Fleck / Joker

Jonathan PryceThe Two Popes as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Phoenix is applauded with a standing ovation. It is important to voice the issues of those who cannot express themselves. The best of humanity is when we support each other for redemption. “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow” River Phoenix. His speech is applauded.

Rami Malek presents the award for

Best Actress

Cynthia ErivoHarriet as Harriet Tubman

Scarlett JohanssonMarriage Story as Nicole Barber

Saoirse RonanLittle Women as Josephine “Jo” March

Charlize TheronBombshell as Megyn Kelly

Renée ZellwegerJudy as Judy Garland

Renee thanks her immigrant parents. “Our heroes unite us. So when we look at our heroes, we agree.”

Jane Fonda talks about raising awareness within society and presents the award for

Best Picture

Ford v FerrariPeter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold

The IrishmanMartin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Jojo RabbitCarthew Neal, Taika Waititi, and Chelsea Winstanley

JokerTodd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Little WomenAmy Pascal

Marriage StoryNoah Baumbach and David Heyman

1917Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, and Callum McDougal

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodDavid Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, and Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho

Winner top considering only films with at least 2 nominations in any category. Movies with at least one award come first. Categories for which each Film was awarded are in bold.








cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, Film, original screenplay, score, makeup, production design




The film, international Film, original screenplay, Direction production design, direction, editing




Actor, score, editing, Film directing, adapted screenplay, cinematography, makeup, costume design, sound mixing, sound editing



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Supporting actor, production design, Film, directing, actor, original screenplay, cinematography, costume design, sound mixing, sound editing



Ford V. Ferrari

sound editing, editing, Film, sound mixing,



Jojo Rabbit

Adapted screenplay, Film, supporting actress, production design, costume design, film editing



Marriage Story

Supporting actress, Film, original screenplay, actor, actress, score



Little Women

Costume design, Film, adapted screenplay, actress, supporting actress, score




Makeup, actress, supporting actress




Actress, makeup



Toy Story 4

Animation, song,



The Irishman

The film, directing, adapted screenplay, 2 supporting actors, production design, cinematography, costume design, editing, visual effects



The Two Popes

Adapted screenplay, actor, supporting actor



Star Wars 9

Score, sound editing, visual effects




Actress, song




International feature, documentary



Pain and Glory

International Film actor

Marcus Victor Grant

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