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Oscars 2020: 'Parasite' First Non-English Movie to Win Best Picture

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, delivering an emotional speech, and Renee Zellweger won best actress for Judy Garland biopic Judy.

The Academy Awards, commonly known as the Oscars, took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, with South Korean thriller Parasite winning four awards including best picture, becoming the first movie not in English to do so.

The night also saw a first acting award for Brad Pitt for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and a writing win for Nazi-era comedy Jojo Rabbit.

Laura Dern picked up the award for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Marriage Story while South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho picked up three awards for Parasite.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, delivering an emotional speech, and Renee Zellweger won best actress for Judy Garland biopic Judy.

Renee Zellweger accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for “Judy” at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, US, February 9, 2020. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Scroll down to the bottom of this article for an updating list of winners.

Pitt previously won as a producer of 12 Years a Slave but this is his first acting win. Other winners include costume design for Little Women and animated feature film for Toy Story 4.

1917 picked up wins for sound mixing, cinematography and visual effects.

For the second year in a row, the ceremony was hostless. Dark comic thriller Joker led the nominations with 11, while Martin Scorsese’s The IrishmanWorld War I epic 1917 and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood all had 10 nods.

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Controversy over lack of representation

The awards were presented amid ongoing controversy around the lack of representation of women and people of color.

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women was the only movie directed by a woman that received a nomination for best picture, although Gerwig was snubbed in the all-male best director category.

Actress Natalie Portman arrived in a dress embroidered with the names of female directors not nominated while opening singer Janelle Monae called out the lack of female representation during her song.

Meanwhile, actor Chris Rock was quick to point out that only one person of color had been nominated in any of the four acting categories — Cynthia Erivo for Harriet.

Animated short Hair Love, which features a young black girl’s father learning how to do her hair, picked up an award, with creators Matthew Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver taking the opportunity to say “representation matters.”

List of winners:

Actor in a supporting role — Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Animated feature film — Toy Story 4

Animated short film — Hair Love

Original screenplay — Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Adapted screenplay — Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

Live action short film — The Neighbor’s Window

Production design — Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Costume design — Little Women

Documentary feature — American Factory

Documentary short subject — Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Actress in a supporting role — Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Sound editing — Ford v Ferrari

Sound mixing — 1917

Cinematography — 1917

Film editing — Ford v Ferrari

Visual effects — 1917

Makeup and hairstyling — Bombshell

International feature film — Parasite

Original score — Joker

Original song — I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocket Man

Best directing — Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite

Actor in a leading role — Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Actor in a leading role — Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best motion picture — Parasite

This article was originally published on DW.