Who were the big winners at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, who lost, who upset and who made history? Go here for the complete list of winners in all 24 categories as they’re announced, but scroll down here for our minute-by-minute analysis as winners are announced throughout the night.
“Joker” led the Oscar nominations with 11, followed by “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “1917” with 10 apiece. And there was a lot of history at stake for those films. “Joker” had the potential to become the first superhero (or in this case supervillain) comic book movie to win Best Picture. Netflix‘s “The Irishman” would’ve been the first streaming movie to win. “Hollywood” had the potential to bring filmmaker Quentin Tarantino his first Best Picture and Best Director victories despite two past wins for writing (“Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained”). And “1917” would’ve been only the third winner this century without any acting nominations; “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Slumdog Millionaire” also won without acting noms.
But those weren’t the only films with a shot at the top prize. “1917” went in as the front-runner according to the combined predictions of almost 10,000 registered Gold Derby users, but “Parasite” was breathing down its neck. And talk about historic: it was the first Korean film ever nominated for Best Picture or Best International Feature. And it had the chance to become the first non-English-language film from any country to win Best Picture from the motion picture academy.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to significant milestone moments. Follow along below starting at 8:00pm (times listed are Eastern).
8:13pm — First award of the night, Best Supporting Actor, goes to Brad Pitt for his role a a loyal stuntman in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” This is his first acting Oscar, but a lot of people might not realize that it’s actually his second Oscar. He won Best Picture as a producer of “12 Years a Slave.” In fact, three of his seven Oscar nominations have been as a producer; he also earned Best Picture bids for “Moneyball” and “The Big Short.” His other acting nominations were for “12 Monkeys,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Moneyball.” He tells the audience that he only gets 45 seconds for his speech, which is more than the US Senate gave John Bolton in its impeachment “trial.” He also pays tribute to the industry’s stuntmen and remembers his experiences of seeing “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and getting his breakthrough from Ridley Scott in “Thelma and Louise.” “Once upon a time in Hollywood, ain’t that the truth,” he says.”
8:22pm — Best Animated Feature is next, presented by Mindy Kaling and awarded to … “Toy Story 4”! That was the front-runner to win, but it seemed like a soft front-runner since it lost the Golden Globe to “Missing Link” and the BAFTA Award to “Klaus.” Perhaps the field being so divided helped it win here given its critical acclaim and huge box office. This is only the second sequel ever to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars. The only other winning sequel was, you guessed it, “Toy Story 3.” That also makes this the first movie franchise to win Best Animated Feature twice.
8:25pm — Best Animated Short follows immediately after, and it goes to “Hair Love,” by Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver. Cherry follows Kobe Bryant as the second former pro athlete to win an Oscar, and Karen Rupert Toliver is the first Black woman ever to win an Oscar for animation. Bryant and Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) are the only other Black filmmakers ever to win Oscars for animation.
8:38pm — Best Original Screenplay goes to Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won for “Parasite”! This is the first writing win for an entirely foreign-language film since “Talk to Her” 17 years ago, and it’s the first time Asian writers have ever won an Oscar. This puts “Parasite” on the board in an important way tonight. The writing Oscar has matched up with Best Picture with recent winners like “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Spotlight,” Moonlight” and “Green Book.”
8:44pm — Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Taika Waititi for “Jojo Rabbit”! When Oscar nominations were announced it seemed like this might go to Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” but then Waititi won at the Writers Guild and BAFTA Awards, which foretold his victory here. Notably, both writing prizes went to nonwhite scribes this year, and he dedicates it to all indigenous kids in the world who want to tell stories.
8:48pm — “The Neighbor’s Window” wins Best Live Action Short — or “The Neighbor’s Widow,” as misspoken by presenter Shia LaBeouf. Writer-director Marshall Curry wins for the first time on his fourth nomination. He was previously nominated for his documentaries: the features “Street Fight” and “If a Tree Falls” and the short “A Night at the Garden.”
8:55pm — Best Production Design, presented by Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, goes to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” besting the BAFTA winner “1917,” though it wasn’t a surprise since our odds predicted this victory. This is the first Oscar for production designer Barbara Ling, who recreated the Los Angeles showbiz world of the late 1960s. She and set decorated Nancy Haigh also won for their period design work at the Art Directors Guild.
8:59pm — Rudoplh and Wiig stick around to present Best Costume Design, after singing a medley of songs about clothes — “That thong, th-thong thong thong.” The prize goes to Jacqueline Durran for “Little Women.” It’s the second win and seventh nomination for Durran, who previously won for another revisionist take on a literary classic, Joe Wright‘s “Anna Karenina.” She also won the BAFTA Award last week, though she wasn’t nominated by the Costume Designers Guild. Not for nothing, this is also the first Oscar won by a Greta Gerwig film, though hopefully not the last.
9:08pm — Mark Ruffalo presents Best Documentary Feature to “American Factory,” by Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert. This is the first win in this category for all three filmmakers. It’s the second win in this category for a Netflix film, following “Icarus.” The film was produced by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama‘s production company, but they themselves don’t get Oscars since that award only goes to directors and producers.
9:13pm — “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” wins Best Documentary Short for filmmakers Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva. It’s the first nomination and win for both women, who told the story of girls in Kabul, Afghanistan, learning to read, writer and skateboard. The film also won the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film last week.
9:18pm — Best Supporting Actress goes to Laura Dern for “Marriage Story”! It’s her first Oscar and third nomination following bids for “Rambling Rose” and “Wild.” She actually beat her “Marriage story” co-star Scarlett Johansson, who was nominated for “Jojo Rabbit,” and her “Little Women” co-star Florence Pugh. Dern steamrolled the competition all season, winning at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards and BAFTAs. “They say never meet your hero, but if you’re really lucky, you get them as your parents,” she says, thanking her Oscar-nominated parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. It’s certainly been a good few years for Dern, who also finally won her first Emmy a couple of years ago for “Big Little Lies.”
9:36pm — Best Sound Editing awarded to “Ford v Ferrari” for Donald Sylvester on his first nomination. The film won for recreating the Le Mans race, and it upset “1917,” which was our odds-on favorite to win this award, as it had won Best Sound at the BAFTAs. That means the World War I film still hasn’t gotten on the board at these awards.
9:40pm — Spoke too soon. “1917” does finally get on the board tonight with its win for Best Sound Mixing. It’s unusual for the academy to split those two awards when big, loud action movies are nominated in both categories (usually they just pick one and give it both awards). This is the first win for both sound mixers Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson. It was the third nomination for Taylor and the sixth for Wilson.
9:43pm — With the awards we’ve seen so far, every single Best Picture nominee has won at least one award except for “Joker” and “The Irishman.” That’s likely to change for “Joker” before the night’s over, but it’s not so sure for “The Irishman.” And the only film that has won twice so far is “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
9:50pm — Best Cinematography goes to Roger Deakins for “1917.” He’s sure on a roll. He finally won his first Oscar on his 14th nomination for “Blade Runner 2049” two years ago, and now he has won again shortly thereafter. This win was no surprise for his Herculean work on this film to make it appear to be shot in one take. He recently won at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards and at the BAFTAs.
9:56pm — Best Film Editing also goes to “Ford v Ferrari,” which takes down yet another top Best Picture contender, “Parasite.” “Ford” won at the BAFTAs, but “Parasite” had beaten it at the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards. Editors Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker are both first-time winners for James Mangold‘s racing film. It joins “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” as double winners so far tonight. But the only other nomination “Ford v Ferrari” has tonight is Best Picture, which it’s unlikely to win … probably.
10:12pm — “1917” takes the lead with its third victory of the night: Best Visual Effects. It doesn’t have the showiest visual effects in the category, certainly not compared to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” “The Lion King” and “Avengers: Endgame,” but the academy usually goes with the biggest Best Picture contender available in this category. This was the second win for Guillaume Rocheron and the first for Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy.
10:17pm — Best Makeup and Hairstyling — which thankfully has five nominees this year instead of three like it used to — goes to “Bombshell,” the first win for that film tonight. It transformed John Lithgow into Roger Ailes and Charlize Theron into Megyn Kelly. The winning makeup and hair artists are Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker. It’s the first nomination and win for Morgan and Baker, and the second for Hiro, who previously won this category for “Darkest Hour.” Theron is moved when Hiro thanks her in his speech. Alas, the two female winners were played off before they got to say a word. Not really a good look when presenting an award to a movie about sexism and workplace harassment.
10:24pm — Best International Feature Film, formerly known as Best Foreign Language Film, is presented by Penelope Cruz to “Parasite.” That’s not surprising at all given how the film has dominated foreign-film categories and its nomination for Best Picture, but it’s still a momentous moment since it’s the first Korean film ever to be nominated for and win this award. Only three other East Asian nations have ever won this Oscar: Japan (four times) and Taiwan (once, for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
10:37pm — Best Score presented by Sigourney Weaver, Brie Larson and Gal Gadot, who introduce the first female conductor in Oscars telecast history to present the nominees in the category. So it’s not too surprise that the prize was awarded to Hildur Guðnadóttir for “Joker.” She’s only the third solo female composer ever to win this award, following Rachel Portman (“Emma”) and Anne Dudley (“The Full Monty”). On top of that, she also won Emmy and Grammy Awards for scoring the TV limited series “Chernobyl,” so all she needs now is a Tony Award to wrap up her EGOT. “To the girls, to the women,” she says to up-and-coming female musicians, “please speak up. We need to hear your voices. Alas, this means “1917” composer Thomas Newman still doesn’t have an Oscar after 15 nominations.
10:45pm — At this point every single Best Picture nominee tonight has won an Oscar … except “The Irishman.” And it’s looking grim at this point for Netflix’s mob epic.
10:46pm — Best Original Song goes to “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from “Rocketman.” It’s the second win for Elton John, following his victory for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King,” but it’s the first Oscar for his longtime songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. After Cynthia Erivo‘s stirring performance of “Stand Up” from “Harriet,” I thought maybe she might win, but she’ll have to wait a little longer to complete her EGOT, unless she pulls off a huge upset for Best Actress. She already has Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards for Broadway’s “The Color Purple.”
10:51pm — Spike Lee hasn’t won Best Director, but he’s here to present that award. And the winner is … Bong Joon Ho! This was a major upset against Sam Mendes, who had been running the board for “1917” with wins at the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Directors Guild and BAFTA Awards. “I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax,” says Bong about coming back to the stage after accepting Best International Feature. He pays tribute to his fellow nominee Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), who gets a standing ovation for that recognition. Bong becomes only the second Asian director ever to win an Oscar, following two-time champ Ang Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Life of Pi”).
11:05pm — Last year’s Best Actress champ presents Best Actor to Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker,” the second victory of the night for that film. It’s his first win following previous nominations for “Gladiator,” “Walk the Line” and “The Master.” This was a fairly expected victory given his previous victories at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards and BAFTAs. He’s the second actor to win for playing the DC Comics supervillain, following Heath Ledger, who won posthumously in the supporting category for “The Dark Knight.” “I’ve been a scoundrel in my life,” Phoenix says, thanking Hollywood for giving him second chances while delivering a passionate plea for animal rights and the respect for one sentient being by another.
11:13pm — Last year’s Best Actor champ Rami Malek presents Best Actress to Renee Zellweger (“Judy”). It’s her second Oscar win and her first as a leading lady. She previously won for her supporting role in “Cold Mountain” and was nominated for her leading performances in “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “Chicago.” This wraps up a clean sweep for all four acting winners, who were the same at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and now Oscars. Zellweger’s victory is for playing Judy Garland, who herself earned two Oscar nominations in her career for “A Star is Born” and “Judgment at Nuremberg” but never won, except for a special Juvenile Award in 1940.
11:21pm — The moment of truth: Jane Fonda present Best Picture to … “Parasite”! That’s no too surprising after that Best Director upset. It’s the first film not in the English language ever to win Best Picture, ascending to the top of the podium after “Roma” fell just short last year. It ends the night with four Oscar wins, making it the most awarded film of the night, followed by “1917” with three victories. “Joker,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Ford v Ferrari” claimed two awards apiece. “I feel like an opportune moment in history is happening right now.” Indeed!