Considered the most decorated annual event in Hollywood, the Academy Awards celebrate the absolute best performances across various realms of the talent it takes to make movies of the previous year. Held at the Dolby Theatre, this year’s Oscar ceremony was filled with tear-soaked surprises and jaw-dropping shocks.
Similar to the previous year, the prestigious ceremony did not have a host yet that did not halt the festivities. From stellar music performances to surprising upsets, the event was a roller-coaster of emotions. This year’s ceremony would be truly remembered for the South Korean black comedy thriller Parasite as it not only won Best International Feature but also Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
Perhaps the most obvious winner in the entire ceremony was none other than Joaquin Phoenix. The victory was long overdue as the actor had been previously nominated three times but always came up short. Following the mess that was made by Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker, Warner Bros. made the smart decision to reboot the character and made a fine choice by having Phoenix star as the Clown Prince of Crime. Ever since the release of Joker, predictions regarding phoenix winning an Academy Award for Best Actor flowed like a tidal wave and it truly was a much-deserved victory.
Apart from Phoenix, other expected winners were Renée Zellweger for Best Actress and Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress. Both actresses stood victorious in the ceremony.
Among the greatest actors who have never won an Academy Award, Brad Pitt was undoubtedly the most deserving one after Leonardo DiCaprio. A veteran with acting experience more than 30 years and previously nominated three times (for acting categories), the actor finally won an Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The expected big winner was World War I flick 1917 and even though it did not succeed as predicted, it did manage to win three Academy Awards for Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effect, and Best Cinematography. Even Ford v Ferrari won some gold as it bagged awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing.
Alone in the darkness was none other than The Irishman. Unfortunately, director Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic failed to win even a single Oscar from its 10 nominations. Released on the streaming service Netflix and watched by 26.4 million registered users so far, the movie starred Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. It had been 9 long years since critically acclaimed director Martin Scorsese did what he does better than any other film-maker – crime movies. Initially predicted to be the top contender of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, its mystique soon faded.
However, Scorsese was given a shout-out from Chris Rock and Steve Martin on stage. Additionally, Best Director winner Bong Joon-ho revealed that when he was an aspiring filmmaker, Scorsese was among his inspirations; causing the audience to roar in applause.
Fellow director and industry veteran Quentin Tarantino also did not win an Academy Award but his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stood triumphant in winning Best Supporting Actor and Best Production Design.
Oscar Awards 2013 Winners Complete List
Here is a complete list of 85th Academy Awards winners:
- Academy Award for Best Picture
- Academy Award for Best Director
Bong Joon-ho for Parasite
- Academy Award for Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix for Joker in Joker
- Academy Award for Best Actress
Renée Zellweger for Judy Garland in Judy
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt for Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern for Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story
- Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won for Parasite
- Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit
- Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Josh Cooley, Jones Rivera and Mark Nielsen for Toy Story 4
- Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Bong Joon-ho for Parasite
- Academy Award for Best Documentary (Feature)
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert for American Factory
- Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
- Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Marshall Curry for The Neighbor’s Window
- Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Matthew A. Cherry for Hair Love
- Academy Award for Best Original Score
Hildur Guðnadóttir for Joker
- Academy Award for Best Original Song
Elton John for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman
- Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Donald Sylvester for Ford v Ferrari
- Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson for 1917
- Academy Award for Best Production Design
Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins for 1917
- Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker for Bombshell
- Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran for Little Women
- Academy Award for Best Film Editing
Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker for Ford v Ferrari
- Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy for 1917