On the Stage of the DOLBY®  Theatre

By Iride Aparicio

KWAK SIN AEA and cast and crew of  Parasite  accept Oscar® from JANE FONDA   for Best Picture during the ABC Telecast of the  92nd Oscars® at the Dolby®  Theatre. credit: Phil McCarlen/©A.M.P.A.S.

Hollywood, CA -- On February 9th, 2020, on the stage of the Dolby® Theater in Hollywood, California, during the  92nd Academy Awards' presentation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences©  conferred the Oscars® for Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture to "Parasite," a South Korean film not spoken in English, co-written, directed and produced  by BONG JOON HO a South Korean. Since nothing similar ever happened in 92 years, we could say that on that night history was made  on the stage of the Dolby®  Theatre.

This year's Oscars® night was a night of high expectations. Some were fulfilled,  others were left hanging from the hearts of those in expectancy.  But it showed Hollywood as its best in glamour, entertainment and  stars. The winners given a few seconds to share their nuggets of wisdom, acquired during their lives, to a world's audience watching the broadcast,

In the selection of the winners in the Best Actress and  Best Actor categories, most film critics were correct.  The winner for the Best Actress was  RENÉE ZELLWEGER for her portray of the late JUDY GARLAND in the movie "JUDY."

RENÉE ZELLWEGER Credit: Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

During her acceptance speech the actress mentioned her immigrant 'folks' (as he called her parents) who came here with nothing but each other and a belief in the American dream. Discussing her role as JUDY GARLAND in the film, she said that in this past year (While studying her role) she learned that our  "heroes" unite us and inspire us to find the best in ourselves. And that when we celebrate our "heroes," we remember who we are.

Again, most film critics were correct when they determined  that  the Oscar® for Best ACTOR belonged  to JOAQUIN PHOENIX for his portrayal of the Joker. the main character in the film "JOKER.PHOENIX won it.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX   credit: Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

In his acceptance speech, PHOENIX expressed  his gratitude to the Academy for the award and reminded his fellow actors that he does not feel elevated above any of them (because of his winning the Award) and that he shares with them his love of film,  On the personal side, he mentioned that film as a form of expression, has given him, and many other in the room, the opportunity to think about the distressing issues that we are facing collectively and a chance to talk about them. He said that he thinks that when people champions different causes, they are talking about injustice and that we fear the idea of personal change because (to change) we have to give up something. He ended his short speech saying that human beings are creative and ingenious and, because of it, we all can create, develop and implement systems of change to help each other grow. " If we all do that," he said, "it would be the best we can do for humanity."


LAURA DERN   Film: "Marriage Story"

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LAURA DERN credit Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

In her acceptance speech DERN thanked  the Academy for the honor  and  for allowing her to be  in this room with such remarkable artists and colleagues. Talking about her film "Marriage Story," she said that NOAH  (NOAH BAUMBACH who wrote and directed the film)  wrote a movie about love and about breaching divisions. At the end,  she thanked her parents for the love stories that inspired her, her friends who lift her up every day and the movie's amazing crew.


BRAD PITT Film: Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

As  predicted, the winner for the Supporting  Actor Oscar® was  BRAD PITT for his role of fictional stunt man Cliff Booth in the movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywod.

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Brad Pitt holding his statuette.      credit: Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

PITT was brief in his, mixed with politics and humor, speech. He said that the Academy  had given him 45 seconds to do his speech, and  that it was 45 seconds more than the Senate gave to John Bolton.  At the end, alluding to the comedy-drama writer and director QUENTIN TARANTINO's  tendency  to improve history by  changing the  historical facts for the better, PITT said: "I'm thinking that maybe QUENTIN does a movie about the impeachment trials and (this time)  the adults do the right thing."

Because most  critics' predictions for the winner of this year's Oscar®  for  DIRECTOR  missed the target, when the winner's name BONG JOON-HO  for "Parasite" was announced we heard the audience gasp. The audience gasped one more time when, during the night, the name JOON-HO  was heard again and he returned to the stage with his co-writer JIN WON HAN to receive his second Oscar® (He got a total of four) for "Parasite's "  ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY which he co-wrote with JIN WON HAN.

BONG JOON HO Accepts the Oscar® with JIN WON HAN from  SELMA HAYEK credit: Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S

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BONG JOON-HO and JIN WON HAN      credit Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

Speaking in Korean (Via a translator) JOON HO  thanked the Academy for the honor and mentioned to the audience that writing a script is a lonely process. Then lifting the statuette over his head he said (In English) "But this is a very first Oscar® for South Korea." JIN WON  HAN (Via translator) said that she would like to share this honor with all the storytellers at Chungmuro.


"I'm Gonna Love me Again" ELTON JOHN music and BERNIE TAUPIN Lyrics

The entertainment that night included the singing oe every one of the Oscar®  nominated songs: "I Can't Let you Throw Yourself Away," from Toy Story. I'm Gonna Love Me Again," from Rocketman. "I'm Standing With you," from Breakthrough. "Stand Up" from Harriet and "Into the Unknown," from Frozen,  a critic's favorite. The winner  was "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," with music written by ELTON JOHN and lyrics by BERNIE TAUPIN. Before it was declared the winner, "I'm Gonna Love me Again" had been interpreted at the piano by his composer ELTON JOHN singing it with  a background choir of singers.

ELTON JOHN performing          credit: Tereka Najuwan/©A.M


Winner "JOKER."

The field of musical composition is considered a man's field where women are seldom recognized, but among  the many surprises in this 92nd Awards presentation, this year's Oscar®  for the ORIGINAL SCORE was  given to HILDUR GUÔNADÓTTIR for the score of "Joker."

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Guônadottir  credit:Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

As  presenter for  a musical group that night, was another composer, Puerto Rican (Borinqueño)  LIN MANUEL MIRANDA, the creator of the musical "Hamilton." He told the audience that he was in Los Angeles because he is writing the music for a film.

LIN MANUEL MIRANDA   credit Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S

Janelle Monàe,   credit: Blaine Ohigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

Among the entertainers during the ceremony were JANELLE MONÁE, who opened the broadcas singing among the audience as she walked towards  the stage and later danced, and EMINEM who presented an spectacular visual show.

EMINEM Performs                             Credit:  Michal Yada/©A.M.P.A.S.

The Awards's ceremony continued until all the Oscars® in the different Categories were given except the one for BEST PICTURE. Those interested in reading the complete  list should look for it  in the Internet.


The pictures nominated for the Oscar® this year were: "Ford and Ferrari," The Irishman", "Jojo Rabbit," "Joker," "Little Women," "Marriage Story," "1917," "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and "Parasite."

As people waited the announcement, inside the Dolby® Theatre we could see the expectation written on all the contenders' faces.

Before the winner was announced, however, there was another important announcement. Academy's president DAVID RUBIN informed the audience, from the stage,  that the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures,  located in the intersection of Wishire and Fairfax on Los Angels' Miracle Mile, will open to the public on December 14th of this year.

Academy's President DAVID RUBIN   credit: Terokah Najuwan/©A.M.P.A.S.

The ceremony paused, for a few minutes for The  In Memoriam, a time reserved to remember those actors and actresses who passed away last year. During the ceremony, each actor or actress is called by name as the audience is shown a clip of a film with the actor projected on a screen. This year, accompanied by the song "Yesterday" and the number of well-known actors projected on the screen, this part of the ceremony was very moving for most people.

From the state, JANE FONDA announced "Paradise" as the winner for BEST PICTURE

Producer KWAK SIN AE with her Oscar® and the cast and crew of Parasite                                        credit: Blaine Chigashi/©A.M.P.A.S.

When standing on the stage of  the Dolby's®  theatre, surrounded by her cast and crew, "Parasite's " producer KWSAK SIN AE  said (via translator) "I'm speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen, we are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now." She was correct because as she held the statuette for Best picture in her right hand in this unforgettable night, her Oscar® became the icon that broke a 92 year old  barrier in Hollywood. After tonight, it will be easier for films  made in other countries to compete.

When  the voting members of  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® selected "Parasite," a foreign film, written by Koreans and not even in English, as BEST PICTURE, the star of  hope appeared on the horizon of all the filmakers around the world.  Those who see it will follow it, with their last ounce of courage, The star is no longer unreachable.