LOS ANGELES - Heading into the Oscars, there was a ton to root for. If you happened to love any of the movies nominated, then you already had a way in to the ceremony. You knew what to root for! But for those who were a bit conflicted, there was plenty of representation for movies with ties to Massachusetts, like Ford v. Ferrari (Matt Damon), Little Women (filmed in Concord, largely), and Knives Out (filmed across the state). But how did these movies fare?
To be honest, it went better than I expected for them. They were largely shut out of the major categories, but they still managed to nab some technical nominations. Knives Out went home empty-handed sadly, but Ford v. Ferrari netted two wins, for film and sound editing. As for Little Women, only one trophy accompanied the film by the end of the night and it was for Jacqueline Durran's costume design.
That does not mean that the rest of the ceremony was a bore, however! Longtime acting stalwarts like Brad Pitt and Laura Dern finally got their due in the form of statuettes for the films Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story, respectively. Taika Waititi won his first Oscar. But the big story of the night was the battle for Best Picture between Parasite and 1917. As the night crept along, it seemed like Parasite, the underdog might have a shot at pulling off the upset with 1917 winning every precursor award. Director Bong Joon-ho ended up winning the award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Directing and suddenly, it seemed like everyone's critical darling favorite had a shot to take home the best prize of the night.
And when Jane Fonda announced that Parasite was, in fact, the winner of Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, the ceremony erupted in applause. It became the first foreign-language film to ever win the award! History was made last night and it was cool to witness.
Parasite, from South Korea, won four awards, the most of the evening, per The Hollywood Reporter. And even though it wasn't from Boston, it was still fun to root for its success.
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