Forum reactions to 2020 Oscar winners (and losers) [UPDATING LIVE]

It’s Oscar Sunday and that can only mean that our talented and blunt Gold Derby forum posters, many of whom are industry insiders hiding behind cyber handles, are busy giving us their reactions to the 92nd annual Academy Awards.  They don’t not mince words when it comes to their thoughts on Hollywood’s biggest night.

The ceremony had many cheering but left just as many infuriated when it came to the night’s winners and losers. What were the upsets that left them absolutely bewildered? Which winners were they cheering for the most? And which defeats struck our users the hardest?

Below, you can take a look at a sampling of the praise and pointed criticism that was leveled at this year’s ceremony. Read more and have your say here.

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Best Picture – “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho and Kwak Sin Ae


nevkm: I’m crying. Best win ever!!!

Singsongsoflove01: They got it right!!

Best Directing – Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”


Atypical: YASSSSS GAWDDDDD!!!!! Bong Joon Ho!!!!!

ArtIsntEasy: Oh my god!! This is one of the best upsets ever. Such a well deserved award.

Best Actor – Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

babypook: Ah Joaquin. Love you.

kvothe_snow: WTF was that?

Eric Close: I loved the way he moved that topic into the idea of forgiveness (clearly referencing the Twitter mobs). RIP River.

Best Actress – Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

M: The Oscars are sooo predictable lol.

HotNerdLover: Renee, girl no.

smindymix: Play her off and bring back Joaquin lmao.

Best Supporting Actor – Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”


abelfenty: That speech was so meh compared to his other ones.

estrelasdealgeruz:  I must say that I’m not the biggest fan of the way they presented the nominees this year.

Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

lady_bird: Pretending she’s winning for “Little Women” instead.

Seven: Congratulations for your wonderful career Queen!

CitizenBlake: Dern’s performance is the most overrated pile of garbage I’ve ever seen. Still happy she won just to see haters of her in general mad.

Best Original Screenplay – “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Wan

Boz: The audience really loved “Parasite.” Holy sh**!


Best Adapted Screenplay – “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi


theriversticks: Is Waititi douchey or just awkward?

FreemanGriffin: So disappointing, just wrong, sorry to all the “Jojo” lovers but that is not a good script. 🙁

Best Animated Feature – “Toy Story 4,” Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

BICTH: So glad I stuck to “Toy Story,” lol.

Greg: “Toy Story 4” is the better of the 5. “Klaus” was such a let down.

Best International Film – “Parasite” (South Korea)

Derp Boy: So far the wins are predictable, but I don’t think they are bad and undeserving.

Alexa Aristizabal: A bit cruel to have Penelope hand out the award to Parasite instead.

Eric Close: It’s still amazing how much love this movie got from Hollywood. All deserved but still.

Best Documentary Feature – “American Factory,” Steve Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert

cinetastic: Oh, no, this is being so predictable. No surprises at all. But the “American Factory” crew gave such a good speech for giving a recognition to other documentaries.

aahoto: Damn, switched to “For Sama” at the last minute.

Eden: “Honeyland” not winning sucks.

Best Cinematography – “1917,” Roger Deakins


MrOceanBlueEyes: “The Lighthouse” deserved, but whatever.

babypook: Ah, my long tìme favorite cinematographer! Yes Roger!

Best Costume Design – “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran

JustGuy89: I’m stoked for “Little Women.”

Best Film Editing – “Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

Libby: I actually really enjoyed “Ford vs Ferrari” but “Parasite” deserved that win. Just goes to prove it goes to “most” not “best”.


LLLhawks: Some people here wanted a surprise so here you go…surprise!!!!

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – “Bombshell,” Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

John Berchmans: Sorry for anyone who listened to me on this category, LOL!

Sarah Renee: Damn I was hoping there’d be a “Joker” upset.

Best Original Score – “Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

Stegeo: I aspire to look as gorgeous as Sigourney looks at 70 years of age. Whew!

Greg: The Academy is trying the be “woke” with all these female thing but can’t nominate a female director or make a female wins other things than Costume, Make Up or Song.

CateNicole: Hildur’s speech is MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!!!!

Best Original Song – “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from “Rocketman,” Elton John and Bernie Taupin

OnlyMe: How the f*** did Cynthria Erivo lose. #OscarsSoWhite

Libby: Do you think Elton has an entire room just full of glasses?

Aint2Proud2Beg: Ugh!! Not this bitter hag.

Best Production Design – “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

nevkm: Thank God “1917” didn’t win.

Alexa Aristizabal: I know everybody said “OUATIH” would win this, but I still thought the “Parasite” house would win them over.

Best Sound Editing – “Ford v Ferrari,” Donald Sylvester

Stranger Among Us: Yikes I had “1917” for Sound Editing.

cinetastic: I was expecting “Ford V Ferrari” for Sound Mixing, not Sound Editing.

Simon Dänel: Noooo, they better not give Mixing to “1917” now.

Best Sound Mixing – “1917,” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

abelfenty: How did “Ford v Ferrari” win Editing but not Mixing? If they were gonna split I thought it would’ve been the other way around.

aahoto: Because people have no idea what the difference is.

Best Visual Effects – “1917,” Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Seven: “The Irishman” officially O V E R!

M: “1917” is winning Best Picture, duh.

Callum: Y’all need to stop doubting “1917.”

Best Documentary Short Subject – “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

FreemanGriffin: Great speech by the doc short winner! 🙂

CateNicole: I feel like the full title of this film is a very important thing to acknowledge.

Best Animated Short Film – “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

KAZ-2.5: Never count out the Oscars voting for a Pixar movie. Hooray for “Hair Love!”

Gabriel Guarin: Thank god I stuck with “Hair Love!”

Best Live Action Short Film – “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry

fvgy627: “Neighbors Window” was probably the worst of the shorts but oh well. I understand why it won.

Tooner: Ugh, I hate the shorts.

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