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The 92nd annual Academy Awards have come and gone, with much fanfare, and, as always, there were clear winners and losers on the night. While some films, actors, and directors clearly saw their stars rise as a result of the momentous evening, others did not ultimately receive the buzz and acclaim they were no doubt anticipating. Here are the evenings biggest winners (and losers):

Winner: Parasite

Parasite, 2020 Best Picture Winner | Image courtesy of Google

From CNN – “The historic Oscars night for ‘Parasite’ is good news for a planned television series based on the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a limited series based on the dark comedy thriller has been in the works.

The film follows two disparate Korean families, one rich and one poor, and all that ensues when the poor family cons its way into the lives of the wealthier one.

‘Parasite’ won four major Academy Awards Sunday — best original screenplay, best director, best international feature film and best picture — becoming the first South Korean film to ever pick up Oscars in those categories.

Directer Bong Joon Ho is working with American director/producer Adam McKay to bring a limited series to HBO that expands on the film.”

Loser: TV Ratings

TV Ratings for the Academy Awards hit a new low last night | Image courtesy of Plaid for Women

From CNN – “The 92nd Academy Awards drew an average of 23.6 million viewers for ABC on Sunday — a new low for Hollywood’s biggest night.

The awards show saw a decrease of 20% from last year’s show, which brought in 29.6 million viewers. The previous low was 2018’s telecast, which drew in an average 26.5 million viewers.

The low ratings for one of the entertainment world’s biggest nights are still higher than most programs on television, but hardly ideal. Just six years ago, the awards show brought in more than 40 million viewers.

Winner: Jay-Z & Beyoncé

Jay-Z & Beyoncé stole the show with a lavish after- after-party | Image courtesy of Elle

From CNN – “There are the Oscars. Then there are the Oscars after-parties. Then there are the after- after-parties.

The night’s most exclusive after- after-party belonged, again, to Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The couple hosted their so-secret-we-can’t-even-show-you bash at the famed Chateau Marmont.

One lucky guest, Reese Witherspoon, at least revealed she was invited.

‘Only @beyonce could get me out of the house past 11 pm,’ Witherspoon captioned a party-ready Instagram post.”

Loser: In Memoriam Tribute Video package

Some viewers were upset with notable omissions during the annual ‘In Memoriam’ package | Image courtesy of WETA

From CNN – “The ‘In Memoriam’ segment of last night’s Academy Awards caused some viewers grief.

Some questioned why certain late stars were not included, including…

  • Luke Perry
  • Cameron Boyce
  • Tim Conway
  • Michael J. Pollard
  • Peggy Lipton

Perry’s exclusion was an especially sore spot for some given that he appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.’

The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star died last March, following a stroke. He was 52.

Perry and more than 100 others are included in the Oscars In Memoriam section on the organization’s website. The televised tribute generally features a range of members from the Academy’s 17 branches and previous Oscar winners.”

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix accepts his Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ in ‘Joker’ | Image courtesy of Reuters

From CNN – “After becoming the second performer to win an Oscar for the role of the Joker, Phoenix took a stance against the dairy industry in his acceptance speech.

‘We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby,’ Phoenix, a lifelong vegan, told the crowd. ‘And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and cereal.’”

Winner: Taika Waititi

Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi | Image courtesy of Variety

From CNN – “Taika Waititi has become the first indigenous New Zealander to win an Oscar.

The 44-year-old Māori filmmaker took home the award for best-adapted screenplay at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday for his Nazi satire ‘Jojo Rabbit.’

He wrote, directed and starred in the film.

‘I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories,’ Waititi said in his acceptance speech. ‘We are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well.’

He also paid homage to his roots by signing off with the famous Māori phrase ‘kia ora,’ which means ‘be safe.’”

Winner: Eminem

Eminem performs ‘Lose Yourself’ at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards | Image courtesy of ABC7-LA

From CNN – “Lin-Manuel Miranda introduced a song medley at the 92nd Academy Awards, and it appeared it was just another compilation of songs in movies that have had an impact.

But then … Eminem came on stage to perform ‘Lose Yourself’ and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Although those at home seemed torn. Some took to Twitter to praise the performance and some were shaking their heads as to why he was there.

Later, Eminem himself took to Twitter to explain: ‘Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity… Thanks for having me @The Academy,’ he wrote, adding, ‘Sorry it took me 18 years to get here.’

He won best original song in 2003 for ‘Lose Yourself,’ but was a no-show at the awards that year.”


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