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🎬 OSCAR RESULTS, or: omg omg parasite actually won!

If I were a teacher grading my Oscars ballot like an exam, I would get (checks math) an F-minus. But

ESJ's Movie Project

February 9 · Issue #56 · View online
I'm reviewing every movie I watch, and watching every movie I own. Settle in, this is going to take a while.

If I were a teacher grading my Oscars ballot like an exam, I would get (checks math) an F-minus. But luckily, that’s not how this works — and more importantly, the actual best picture of the year won Best Picture tonight. This was an actual surprise and I am delighted for Bong Joon-Ho and everyone else involved in the making of Parasite.
Scroll down for full results, including a comparison of how my ballot stacked up against how I thought Oscars voters would go.

Pictured: A natural reaction to having several golden statues thrown at you when all you want to do is drink.
Pictured: A natural reaction to having several golden statues thrown at you when all you want to do is drink.
💯 My Oscars Report Card
➡️ = who I wanted to win
👉 = who I thought the Academy would pick
✅ = who actually won

Best sound editing
  • ➡️ ✅ Donald Sylvester, “Ford v. Ferrari”
  • Alan Robert Murray, “Joker”
  • 👉 Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, “1917”
  • Wylie Stateman, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • Matthew Wood and David Acord, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Best sound mixing
  • Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano, “Ad Astra”
  • ➡️ Paul Massey, David Giammarco, and Steven A. Morrow, “Ford v. Ferrari”
  • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, and Tod Maitland, “Joker”
  • 👉 ✅ Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, “1917”
  • Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best costume design
  • Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, “The Irishman”
  • Mayes C. Rubeo, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • 👉 Mark Bridges, “Joker”
  • ✅ Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”
  • ➡️ Arianne Phillips, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best actress in a leading role
  • Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
  • ➡️ Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
  • Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
  • Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
  • 👉 ✅ Renee Zellweger, “Judy”
Best actor in a leading role
  • Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • ➡️ Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
  • 👉 ✅ Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
  • Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”
Best actress in a supporting role
  • Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
  • 👉 ✅ Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
  • Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • ➡️ Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
  • Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
Best actor in a supporting role
  • ➡️ Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
  • Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
  • Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
  • Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
  • 👉 ✅ Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best original song
  • Randy Newman, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4″
  • 👉 ✅ Elton John and Bernie Taupin, ”(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
  • Diane Warren, “I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough”
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”
  • ➡️ Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo, “Stand Up” from “Harriet”
Best original score
  • 👉 ✅ Hildur Gudnadottir, “Joker”
  • Alexandre Desplat, “Little Women”
  • ➡️ Randy Newman, “Marriage Story”
  • Thomas Newman, “1917”
  • John Williams, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Best makeup and hairstyling
  • ✅ Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker, “Bombshell”
  • Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, “Joker”
  • 👉 Jeremy Woodhead, “Judy”
  • Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • ➡️ Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole, “1917”
Best visual effects
  • Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick, “Avengers: Endgame”
  • Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli, “The Irishman”
  • ➡️ Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman, “The Lion King”
  • 👉 ✅ Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy, “1917”
  • Robert Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
Best original screenplay
  • ➡️ Rian Johnson, “Knives Out”
  • Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
  • Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, “1917”
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • 👉 ✅ Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won, “Parasite”
Best adapted screenplay
  • Steven Zaillian, “The Irishman”
  • 👉 ✅ Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, “Joker”
  • ➡️ Greta Gerwig, “Little Women”
  • Anthony McCarten, “The Two Popes”
Best production design
  • Bob Shaw and Regina Graves, “The Irishman”
  • Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • 👉 Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, “1917”
  • ✅ Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • ➡️ Lee Ha Jun and Cho Won-woo, “Parasite”
Best documentary short subject
  • ➡️ 👉 “In the Absence”
  • ✅ “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
  • “Life Overtakes Me”
  • “St. Louis Superman”
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha”
Best documentary feature
  • ➡️ 👉 ✅ “American Factory”
  • “The Cave”
  • “The Edge of Democracy”
  • “For Sama”
  • “Honeyland”
Best live action short film
  • “Brotherhood”
  • 👉 “Nefta Football Club”
  • ➡️ ✅ “The Neighbors’ Window”
  • “Saria”
  • “A Sister”
Best animated short film
  • “Dcera”
  • ➡️ 👉 ✅ “Hair Love”
  • “Kitbull”
  • “Memorable”
  • “Sister”
Best animated feature film
  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
  • “I Lost My Body”
  • “Klaus”
  • “Missing Link”
  • ➡️ 👉 ✅ “Toy Story 4”
Best international feature film
  • Poland, “Corpus Christi”
  • North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
  • France, “Les Miserables”
  • Spain, “Pain and Glory”
  • ➡️ 👉 ✅ South Korea, “Parasite”
Best cinematography
  • Rodrigo Prieto, “The Irishman”
  • Lawrence Sher, “Joker”
  • Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse”
  • ➡️ 👉 ✅ Roger Deakins, “1917”
  • Robert Richardson, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best film editing
  • ✅ Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, “Ford v. Ferrari”
  • Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”
  • Tom Eagles, “Jojo Rabbit”
  • 👉 Jeff Groth, “Joker”
  • ➡️ Yang Jinmo, “Parasite”
Best director
  • Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
  • Todd Phillips, “Joker”
  • 👉 Sam Mendes, “1917”
  • Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • ➡️ ✅ Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Best picture
  • “Ford v. Ferrari”
  • “The Irishman”
  • “Jojo Rabbit”
  • “Joker”
  • “Little Women”
  • “Marriage Story”
  • 👉 “1917”
  • “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • ➡️ ✅ “Parasite”

My picks: 8/24
My predictions: 15/24

🏆 Every New Movie I've Seen in 2020 (So Far), Ranked
(no new additions this week)

  1. Marriage Story
  2. Little Women
  3. 1917
  4. Uncut Gems
  5. Just Mercy
  6. Joker
  7. The Gentlemen

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