Special Movie Report: ‘Parasite’ surges on Oscar night

“Parasite” capped off a great award season run with a golden night Sunday, as it earned the top prize from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Along with Best Picture, “Parasite” earned wins in categories such as Original Screenplay and Directing. Also having a good night was “1917,” which earned wins in Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Cinematography.

Acting wise, the categories went to the season’s front-runners, with Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger winning the lead performance awards for their respective films.

The full list of winners is below.

Best Picture:

  • “Parasite”

Lead Actor:

  • Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Lead Actress:

  • Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Supporting Actor:

  • Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress:

  • Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”


  • Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Animated Feature:

  • “Toy Story 4,” Josh Cooley

Animated Short:

  • “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry

Adapted Screenplay:

  • “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay:

  • “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han


  • “1917,” Roger Deakins

Best Documentary Feature:

  • “American Factory,” Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

Best Documentary Short Subject:

  • “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” Carol Dysinger

Best Live Action Short Film:

  • “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry

Best International Feature Film:

  • “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing:

  • “Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

Sound Editing:

  • “Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester

Sound Mixing:

  • “1917”

Production Design:

  • “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Original Score:

  • “Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

Original Song:

  • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

Makeup and Hair:

  • “Bombshell”

Costume Design:

  • “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran

Visual Effects:

  • “1917”

Before the Oscars took place Sunday, other, more independent pictures were honored at Saturday’s Spirit Awards. Below is the list of winners:

Best Feature

  • The Farewell

Best Director

  • Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems

Best First Feature

  • Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde

Best Female Lead

  • Renée Zellweger – Judy

Best Male Lead

  • Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Best Supporting Female

  • Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

Best Supporting Male

  • Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse

Best Screenplay

  • Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Best First Screenplay

  • Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol – See You Yesterday

Best Cinematography

  • Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Best Editing

  • Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – Uncut Gems

John Cassavetes Award

Awarded to movies with a budget under $500,000.

  • Give Me Liberty

Robert Altman Award

A dual award for the director and cast.

  • “Marriage Story”

Best Documentary

  • American Factory

Best International Film

  • Parasite, South Korea

At the box office this weekend, it was “Birds of Prey” earning the top spot with $33.2 million. Coming in second place was “Bad Boys For Life,” which grossed $12 million the last few days.

The full top five was:

1. Birds of Prey – $33,250,000
2. Bad Boys For Life – $12,005,000
3. 1917 – $9,000,000
4. Dolittle – $6,660,000
5. Jumanji: The Next Level – $5,530,000

For the upcoming week, new releases include the video game adaptation “Sonic The Hedgehog,” the horror picture “Fantasy Island,” the romance movie “The Photograph” and the comedy “Downhill.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, the major home release is:

  • Ford v Ferrari, my rating: 3.85 out of 5 (2019 Honorable Mention), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.23 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%, MetaCritic rating: 81.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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