Parasite, the South Korean drama about a poor family that inserts themselves into the lives of a wealthy family, made history by becoming the first non-English language Best Picture winner at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night. The film was the big winner of the night, taking home four Oscars – for Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay.
Below is the list of winners – with our pre-show predictions on who we thought would win. The Reelness got 18 of the 24 categories right. (Click on the movies highlighted in yellow for our reviews):
The Reelness prediction: After correctly predicting all nine nominees, we feel it is now a two movie race between 1917 and Parasite – with 1917 getting the prize – although JoJo Rabbit tops OUR list of 10 Best Movies of 2019.)
The Reelness prediction: Laura Dern is the current frontrunner, but frankly, any of the other four nominees are more deserving of this Oscar. That said, we are going to go with a surprise upset, with the night’s double nominee Johansson winning for Jojo Rabbit.
The Reelness prediction: No surprises here – the five nominees are exactly those we picked. Brad Pitt has ALL the award season momentum, with Tom Hanks his closest competition. The three older gents in the two Netflix movies round out the five, mostly for sentimental reasons. Pitt has this.
The Reelness prediction:Parasite is by far the most cleverly constructed and deserving screenplay of the bunch. But Marriage Story resonates with LOTS of divorcees. Parasite should win unless Academy voters decide to spread the love since it is a shoo-in for International Film.
The Reelness prediction: We called this tight five-some last month with Taika Waititi (deservedly) the big frontrunner for his hilariously subversive, and really sweet story, Jojo Rabbit. Joker could however, surprise.
The Reelness prediction:Toy Story 4 was the most clever, entertaining and surprisingly original (and for a sequel, no less!) of the lot, and SHOULD win. The snub of Frozen II, after its historic milestone of being the biggest box office animated film of all time, was a shocker.
Best Animated Short
⭐️ Hair Love Kimball
The Reelness prediction:Hair Love
Best Live Action Short
Brotherhood Neat Football Club ⭐️ The Neighbors’ Window Syria A Sister
The Reelness prediction: 1917, with its incredible cinematography that gives the illusion of the film being shot in a single take, makes Roger Deakins the easy win in this category, despite impressive work from Jarin Blaschke in the odd but visually compelling, The Lighthouse.
The Reelness prediction: The frontrunners here will be Little Women and Jojo Rabbit. We are going to give the ever-so-slight edge to Little Women.
Best Documentary Feature
⭐️ American Factory The Cave The Edge of Democracy For Sama Honeyland
The Reelness predictions: After shutouts of the two standouts in this category that made our 10 Best Movies of 2019 – Apollo 11 and The Biggest Little Farm – the favorites now are For Sama, the tale of a woman raising her daughter in Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, and American Factory, an eye-opening look at the differences between American and Chinese factory workers when the Americans visit a car glass factory in China. For Sama should take it.
Best Documentary Short Subject
In The Absence ⭐️ Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl) Life Overtakes Me Stay Close Walk Run Cha-Cha
The Reelness prediction:Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)
The Reelness prediction: Expect Ford v Ferrari, with all its attention-grabbing, whiz-bang sound and editing, to take this one.
Best International Feature Film (formerly Foreign Language Film):
Corpus Christi, Poland Honeyland, North Macedonia Les Misérables, France
Pain and Glory, Spain ⭐️ Parasite, South Korea
The Reelness prediction: If there is anything as close to a sure thing, it is that Parasite, South Korea’s big prize winner at 2019’s Cannes Film Festival, will easily win the Oscar in this category. Spain’s Pain and Glory is its closest competition, just because of its wide release and its big name stars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.
The Reelness prediction: There are two frontrunners here – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – with its meticulous detail in making 1969 come alive on the big screen, be it clothes, cars, locales, television shows and products of the era – and 1917, with its harrowing details to make the horrors of trench warfare come alive. It’s a tough call, but we will go with the 1917 momentum.
The Reelness prediction: Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir’s chilling, cello-laden score in Joker sets such a perfect, dark mood that it is the one to beat. The nominations of Marriage Story and 1917 also makes this a battle between the Newman cousins, with a courtesy nod to five-time Oscar winner John Williams (who won for the original Star Wars film) for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Best Original Song
Breakthrough, “I’m Standing with You” Frozen II, “Into The Unknown” Harriet, “Stand Up” ⭐️ Rocketman, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” Toy Story 4, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away”
The Reelness prediction: This should be a two song horserace between the Idina Menzel/AURORA duet “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II and Elton John’s Golden Globe winner “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman. Slight edge to Frozen II.
The Reelness prediction: The Lion King, with its ground breaking, freakishly realistic-looking blend of live action and animation, is the one to beat in this category. 1917, with its AMAZING visual effects and The Irishman, with its gimmicky but cool de-aging software, could also snag the Oscar.