‘Parasite’ makes history with best picture win. Check out highlights from tonight’s Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Parasite” won the best picture Oscar Sunday night, becoming the first foreign-language film to take home the biggest honor in film.
Bong Joon Ho’s class satire has been one of the season’s darlings, despite failing to garner any Academy Award nominations for its cast.
Renée Zellwegger has won the best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the tumultuous final year of her life.
It is Zellweger’s second Oscar; she won the supporting actress award in 2004 for “Cold Mountain.”
The actress has enjoyed front-runner status throughout awards season, picking up top Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild honors last month.
Zellweger undertook the huge challenge of playing the beloved star by focusing on every aspect of Garland, from her voice to her hair, makeup and stage presence.
Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor Academy Award for his role as a wanna-be-comedian destined to become a supervillain in “Joker.”
It is Phoenix’s first Oscar and fourth nomination. Widely praised for performances in films ranging from “Gladiator” to the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” a best actor win had proved elusive for Phoenix.
In his acceptance speech, Phoenix said he did not feel elevated above any of his fellow nominees. He said he didn’t know what he would be if not for acting.
Phoenix had been seen as the front-runner for the award heading in to Sunday’s ceremony. “Joker” won the best original score Oscar as well, and is up for the night’s final prize, best picture.
He becomes the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the notorious DC Comics villain. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight” in 2008.
Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” made history, Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar, Laura Dern collected best supporting actress at a 92nd Academy Awards.