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Thoughts, Musings and Reflections On The 2020 Oscars

No surprises in acting categories. No surprises at all, really, until three hours in when Bong Joon Ho won Best Director. Kudos, as "Parasite" is an awesome movie, and he topped it off by giving a terrific and humble acceptance speech. Then it took Best Picture as well!

Highlights:

-Elsas around the world singing "Into the Unknown" from "Frozen II."

-Bong Joon-Ho admiring his Screenplay Oscar as his co-writer Han Jin Won speaks.

-Funny as Will Ferrell and Julia-Louis Dreyfuss confuse the job of a cinematographer with a production assistant.

-Great that the Academy Museum in Los Angeles is finally -- FINALLY! -- opening in December 2020.

-Kudos to Rebel Wilson and James Corden for being good sports and awarding Visual Effects while wearing their "Cats" costumes.

-Cool idea to play portions of the Original Score nominees. If you do it for Song, you can do it for Score.

-Joaquin Phoenix's acceptance speech felt...truthful.

Lowlights:

-Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig presenting Production Design and Costume Design. Too much. Less is more.

-Awkward for Timothee Chalamet, star of "Little Women," to present Adapted Screenplay to Taika Waititi for "Jojo Rabbit," beating Greta Gerwig for
"Little Women."

-The song montage was a nice idea, then rushed and clunky. And why have Eminem come out and curse his way through "Lose Yourself"? The song, and Eminem, won the Original Song Oscar in 2002, and he didn't attend the ceremony that year. The bewildered look on audience faces said it all (admittedly, some enjoyed it -- including the wife).

-Who was this guy who did the rap recap of the show? Do we needs a recap half way through?

-Sigourney Weaver saying "all women are superheroes." Don't pander. Women can be just as awful as men.

-"The Irishman" went 0 for 10, making it the second Martin Scorsese movie to go 0 for 10 after "Gangs Of New York." Only "The Color Purple" and "Turning Point" did worse -- they went 0 for 11.

Want to shorten the telecast? Don't need Steve Martin and Chris Rock laboring for jokes after Janelle Monae's inspired intro. Cut montages before acting
categories. Get rid of the short film categories. Stop having presenters present presenters.

Reality: There was a lot of talk about inclusion, particularly in regard to women. Here's the best part about it: Academy, you have the power
to nominate women and minorities. Nothing is stopping you. If they're worthy, do it.

Winners:
Supporting Actor: Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Animated Feature: Toy Story 4
Animated Short: Hair Love
Original Screenplay: Parasite
Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit
Live Action Short: The Neighbor's Window
Costume Design: Little Women
Production Design: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Documentary Feature: American Factory
Documentary Short: Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl)
Supporting Actress: Dern, Marriage Story
Sound Editing: Ford v Ferrari
Sound Mixing: 1917
Editing: Ford v Ferrari
Cinematography: 1917
Visual Effects: 1917
Makeup and Hair: Bombshell
International Feature: Parasite
Original Score: Joker
Original Song: "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," Rocketman
Director: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Actor: Phoenix, Joker
Actress: Zellweger, Judy
Best Picture: Parasite

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