The 2020 Academy Awards took place last night. Below are this year’s Oscar winners, plus my thoughts on such.
Animated Feature Film
- Toy Story 4
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
- I Lost My Body
- Missing Link
Animated Short Film
- Hair Love
- The Lion King
- Avengers: Endgame
- The Irishman
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
- “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
- “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
- “I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
- “Stand Up,” Harriet
The Metacritic scores for the animated feature nominees:
- Toy Story 4: 84
- I Lost My Body: 80
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: 71
- Missing Link: 68
- Klaus: 65
“Toy Story 4” won for the animated feature category. This met with some discussion over on Twitter. Some felt it should’ve gone to “Klaus,” while I thought it’d go to “Missing Link.” I didn’t think they’d give the prize to a movie that’s a “part 4,” albeit a well liked one.
But the most discussed animation winner last night was “Hair Love,” an excellent animated short about an African-American father and daughter trying to grapple with the latter’s hair.
Over on the live-action side of things, “Joker” won only two Oscars (for best actor and original score), out of the ludicrous 11(!) it was nominated for. I suppose it could’ve been worse; however, it’s still odd that that makes twice the Clown Prince of Crime’s been deemed an Oscar-worthy role.
Fortunately, the best picture winner, and the film that was the most prominent winner of the night, wasn’t “Joker,” but “Parasite,” a subtitled Korean language film. It’s the first time a non-English language film won an Oscar for best picture. The film also won for best international picture. That’s the former “foreign picture” category, which was renamed starting this year; I assume the previous name sounded dated/not accurate enough.
Image from “Hair Love.” Art by Vashti Harrison.