History Made at the 92nd Academy Awards


Martin Vorel

[Courtesy: Libreshot] A picture of an Oscar statuette.

Rylan Chiu, Staff Writer

     On February 9th, history was made at the Oscars when South Korean movie Parasite won “Best Picture.” According to the Guardian, this makes it the first non-English movie to win in this category. It’s also the first South Korean movie to win “Best International Film,” stated by the Chicago Tribune. The film had a great night, winning four out of their six Oscars nominations. They also won for “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best Director.” The second biggest winner at the Oscars was 1917, a war epic, which won three Oscars for sound mixing, cinematography, and visual effects. Finally but not least, the movie with the most nominations, Joker, won two Oscars for “Best Actor” and “Best Original Score.”

   The Parasite wasn’t the only movie to make history. Brad Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood… won him his first acting Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor.” According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Elton John received his first Oscar in 25 years for “Best Original Song” for the film Rocketman. The Oscars were also filled with star-studded performances, with stars like Janelle Monáe, Randy Newman, Elton John, and Cynthia Erivo, making memorable performances this year. The Oscars were also filled with more surprising music performances, such as a rendition of “Lose Yourself,” by Eminem, and Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas performing the song “Yesterday” during the Memoriam.

    Of course, one of the biggest nights in the film industry had to have some controversy. People have spotted some celebrities missing from the Memoriam, such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Luke Perry, who died of a heart attack, and Disney Star Cameron Boyce, who died of a seizure. According to the Guardian, another controversial moment was James Corden and Rebel Wilson presenting “Best Visual Effects” in cat costumes. It sparked the anger of the Visual Effects Society and the Academy was criticized for it. Another issue had arisen, the Oscars also hit an all-time low rating of 23.6 million people watching this year, claims Billboard.

Even though there were many ups and downs with this year’s Oscar award show, it’s still a memorable night for Parasite and many other foreign-language films.