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The 10 Real Winners of the Oscars

Oscars 2020

Last night, the 92nd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles and on screens around the world. Predictions were made. Awards were won. But now, it is time to recount the real winners…

Once again, the Oscars were without a host. It felt a little like watching a black tie version of capture the flag, with each rotating presenter or musical act running swiftly into the next. Aside from Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix, the night was largely devoid of the political speeches that dominated award shows earlier in the year. But it still had plenty of surprises.

Best Director Oscars

Most Gracious Speech

Bong Joon Ho and Parasite cleaned up, winning Best Screenplay, Best International Feature, Best Director, AND Best Picture. (It made history as the first foreign language film to ever win best picture!) But his speech for Best Director was the sweetest, most gracious of all. “When I was a young artist, there was a saying I carved deep into my heart: ‘The most personal is the most creative.’ This is a quote from Martin Scorsese.” He went on to call out the wonderful achievements of both Scorsese and the other best director nominees, in a way that was charming, touching and humble, making this well-deserved win that much nicer.

Best Comedic Relief

Best Musical Number

This award goes to Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, for their introduction to the nominees for Best Costume Design, which they sang instead of spoke. Their ditty included everything from “These Boots Are Made for Walking” to “Devil With a Blue Dress” to “The Thong Song.” Though it wasn’t meant to be a musical number, it was easily the very best one. Academy, if you ever wish to return to a hosted format, please give the job to these two.

Most Confusing Moment

Most Confusing Moment

This award unanimously goes to a virtually unrecognizable Eminem performing “Lose Yourself,” approximately 85 years after the song’s heyday. (Technically, the song is from 2002, but you know.) “Was… this in a movie this year? Or something?” my boyfriend asked, confusedly nibbling on a carrot. The best part was the many times the camera cut to audience members looking incredibly perplexed or else rocking out to the song, heads bobbing and arms thrust in the air. It ended with a rousing standing ovation. What exactly was this? What was your take? Discuss.

Cutest Oscars Date

Cutest Date

This is a two-way tie between Keanu Reeves and his mom, Patricia Taylor, and Laura Dern and her mom, Diane Ladd. We imagine it was especially thrilling for mom to see Laura win her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Marriage Story.

Elton John Oscars

Accessory I Most Want to Steal

This award goes to two-time Oscar winner Elton John’s pink rhinestone glasses. (Though it is closely rivaled by Natalie Portman’s female-director-embroidered cape.) Every way he turned, the glasses glinted majestically in the light. They are perfect. I want them. That is all.

Ruffles Oscars 2020

Best Use of Ruffles to Resemble Other Things

This award is a four-way tie between Florence Pugh (for resembling the sea), Sandra Oh (for resembling mille-feuille), Saoirse Ronan (for resembling an orchid eating a black and white cookie), and Kristen Wiig (for resembling lasagna). Love it or hate it, we salute these women for embracing bold looks.

Frozen 2 Oscars

Best (Worst?) Earworm That Will Haunt Your Dreams for Weeks to Come

Raise your hand if “Let It Go,” the title song from Frozen featured prominently in your home/public places/nightmares at any point in the last few years. (Both of my hands are straight up in the air.) Because that wasn’t enough, Frozen 2 features an eerily similar song, “Into the Unknown.” And because THAT wasn’t enough, last night, it was sung by TEN ELSAS from around the world. Look, this is not to take away from the incredible talent that is Idina Menzel, nor the power of seeing these women sing in unison. That’s just what I’ll try to keep in mind as this song undoubtedly haunts me at the grocery store, the coffee shop, the bank, and anywhere else music is played, for the foreseeable future.

Best Anthropomorphic Ensembles

Best Anthropomorphic Ensemble

This award goes to Rebel Wilson and James Corden, dressed as cats from Cats, as they batted playfully at the microphone. Because sometimes there’s nothing better than comedians in costume.

Billy Porter Oscars 2020

Best Billy Porter Moment

The last couple years have graced us with so many wonderful Billy Porter moments that he officially warrants his own category. (See also: the Grammys, the Met Gala, last year’s Oscars, and every awards round-up I’ve done.) On yesterday’s red carpet, it seemed like Billy had outdone himself yet again in a Giles Deacon gold feathered ensemble. That is, until the opening number, a musical homage to some of the year’s best films, in which he sang alongside Janelle Monáe. As Porter belted his heart out in a glittering golden jacket and rhinestone platform boots, it was easily the best Billy of the night.

Best Dressed Oscars

Best Job Upstaging Billy Porter

We thought it could never be done. This award goes to the one and only Janelle Monáe in her incredible Ralph Lauren gown (and red lipstick!). The hooded dress featured nearly 170,000 Swarovski crystals and took over 600 hours to make. On the red carpet, she joked to Billy Porter that she knew he would be there so she had to really “bring it,” fashion wise. And bring it she did. She was easily the star of the night.

And that concludes this year’s round-up of the real winners. Did you watch the Oscars this year? What were your favorite moments?

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  1. Kate says...

    Please include photo credits for this kind of piece! Thank you.

  2. The BEST part of the night was Eminem! I loove him and was so stoked to see him perform.

  3. Carrie says...

    Unrecognizable? Really? Eminem was the #1 selling artist of the 00s and has continued to put out #1s in the 10s. Yes it’s 2020 but hardly an underground number. #EverybodyvDetroit

  4. Ali says...

    LOVED Eminem’s moment. I kinda felt his song being included made up for the lack of quality in the original song category, and of course, that song is so entwined in eight-mile, it also speaks to the importance of music in movies.
    Agree about the Frozen song – it was terrible!

  5. MAG says...

    HAIR LOVE winning best animated short was the beat part of the whole thing for me! Everyone should go watch it on YouTube. It’ll be the best 7 minutes of your day!

  6. Trish O says...

    85 years? Trust me, when you are almost 50 years old, 2002 feels like almost yesterday. PS, loved it. PPS, it was in a segment about how music impacts film. PPPS, don’t trash his dad bod. I mean, just because 2002 feels like yesterday does not mean we look the same as yesterday. PPPPS, I really think this song is better than anything that was nominated this year. Just my thoughts.

  7. Catherine says...

    Lose Yourself won Eminem an Oscar 17 years ago and he was not in attendance to accept it. I thought it was a fantastic way to honor his win and exhibit how he has grown and changed his life. His performance was great too. I’m not particularly a big fan or anything ether but I definitely wan’t confused as to why he was there. I thought it was great.

  8. Gail, in northern California says...

    Eminem provided the most exciting moments of the night. It had been a ho-hum, predictable evening until the stage came into full view.The audience was caught totally off-guard, as was I. What the heck, this is FANTASTIC! Have you ever listened to a powerful performance you know can never be repeated and realize you’ve been holding your breath the entire time? That was me during his heart-stopping performance.

    When it was introduced, Lin Manual Miranda was making the point that there are some songs that you only have to hear a few bars; you know the song and the entire movie.

  9. After January 7’s post about plant-based eating’s positive impact on the planet we are leaving to our children, are you seriously going to brush off Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech as merely “political”? While not even mentioning Brad Pitt’s (also relevant and important and actually literally political) John Bolton comment? I find avoidance of this uncomfortable truth hypocritical and irresponsible. The year started with a Cup of Jo pledge to eat less meat and dairy, and yet last Friday’s roundup post celebrated eating pigs-in-blankets without any acknowledgment of January 7th’s post. Joaquin Phoenix’s comments about our disconnect from the natural world are, in fact, a natural fit with Cup of Jo’s proclaimed 2020 goal, so I don’t understand not giving it praise and attention. Can you explain why you chose not to highlight this?

    • amy says...

      this post was a lighthearted post not an overarching cultural analysis. as for plant-based diets, you may notice that all the recipes on cupof jo this year have been meat free!
      https://cupofjo.com/category/food/

    • Amy, great point, and I’m glad that they are! Highlighting Joaquin’s statement could have been done in a lighthearted way to stay in the tone of the rest of the post. To reflect back on the blog’s own posts and give a cheerful high-five to an Oscar winner who is standing behind those same values doesn’t feel like it had to be a cultural analysis; it could be simply giving strength to statements that align with Cup of Jo 2020 pledge.

    • Mira says...

      YES, thank you Shanti! Have convictions and stand by them! Stop eating meat FFS or don’t virtue signal to bougie friends on the internet about green practice!

    • Roxana says...

      Good grief. Chill.

      Joanna and her team are very sensitive to a lot of important issues, and even though I often disagree with the positions she shares (I’m generally in the minority on here) I greatly appreciate and applaud her efforts; they’re heartfelt and sincere. She’s not afraid to address real things.

      Additionally, change doesn’t happen over night. We should always be quick to applaud any steps anyone takes in the right direction.

      As for “virtue signal[ing] to bougie friends on the internet. . .” Um, you’re here aren’t you??

  10. Silvia says...

    I thought there were some really good moments but the entire night felt super disjointed and like nothing flowed I think there definitely needs to be a host to help move the night along and make everything cohesive.

  11. Nigerian Girl says...

    I didn’t watch the whole show and I don’t plan to. However, I’ve seen countless clips and photographs online as usual. My thoughts:

    – Best Dressed: Queen Scarlett Johansson

    – So Happy For: Parasite (Hands down the best movie I saw last year) and Brad Pitt (Grew up watching him, absolutely delighted he won, now hoping that he and Angelina Jolie get back together.)

    – Standing Ovation: Janelle Monae, Billy Porter and Cynthia Erivo. Black Excellence at its finest.

    – Missed: Chris Evans

    -Rich People Problems: Jeff Bezos

    -Currently: Dreaming of a Nigerian movie winning Best Picture someday.

    • Wasn’t there a Nigerian film that was disqualified because it was in English and not ‘foreign’ enough for the foreign language category? Hopefully a non-English film (Parasite) winning will further open doors for these arbitrary categories to go away.
      I can’t recall the name of the film but I remember it was supposedly quite good…

    • Nigerian Girl says...

      @Rachel Yes, that would be Lionheart directed by Genevieve Nnaji. It’s really good. Check it out on Netflix.

    • @Nigerian Girl – Awesome, consider it added to Netflix queue!

  12. keri says...

    I thought the repeat outfits on the red carpet was worth a mention. Joaquin Phoenix, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Fonda all re-wore previous red carpet ensembles and I hope this is something we start seeing more celebs do

    • holla!

    • B says...

      Yes! While not American, I also love that Katherine Middleton re-wears clothing with grace and aplomb.

  13. Lorena says...

    My favourite musical performance of the evening was Janelle Monae’s opening. Wow! So much energy and musicianship. And the duet portion with Billy Porter was fantastic.
    I also loved the musical performance given by Cynthia Erivo. It was so inspiring and I thought that it should have won best song.

    I don’t know the reasoning behind Eminem’s performance, but I loved it and the audience was rocking out. Perhaps the reason it was put in was to get people talking about the telecast. If this was the intent of the director, it worked!
    Every speech given by Bong Joon-Ho was a delight!

  14. Lynne says...

    Caroline–you win for the BEST review of the Oscars! Genius and hilarious.

    • Michelle Jacques says...

      Agree!

  15. Jenna says...

    I think Wiig’s dress looks like a beautiful swimming sea slug

    • jane says...

      yes: nudibranch is the word you’re looking for, and I agree – she was gorgeous.

  16. Malissa says...

    Didn’t even see the Cats bit but I imagined it and spit my tea out (and will now find the replay).
    Into the Unknown in the grocer store aisles or on the radio when you can change the channel? Pshhh! Try having a 3.5 yr old granddaughter in your family, whereby Frozen/LetItGo/IntoTheUnknown plays and replays into your ears for most of the last 2.5+ years. Don’t get me wrong, the 3.5 yr old is real cute, but her talent is certainly not quite as distinguished as Idina’s is.

  17. Gilli says...

    The audience was rocking out to Eminem and some knew the words perfectly! It was awesome! There were a few perplexed faces in the audience but the majority was loving it!

  18. Joaquina says...

    No mention of Joaquin’s speech mentioning animal rights (specifically how the dairy industry is exceptionally cruel to cows)? I thought it was pretty radical.

    • Kristen says...

      I was struck by his calling out of the structural racism that continues to keep people of color grossly underrepresented in the industry. This should be everyday conversation (and action) initiated by privileged white folks, including celebrities.

    • radical and so so so important!

    • katie says...

      I agree with you, Joaquina! Totally radical. And so, so, timely. . .

  19. Courtney says...

    confusing AND AMAZING!!!!!!!!

  20. Hillary says...

    A thought about Natalie Portman’s cape:

    Natalie Portman owns a production company, had produced 11 movies, and not a single one of them has been directed by a woman. As an actress she’s only worked with two female directors throughout her entire 26-year career. One of those directors was … Natalie Portman. If she cares so damn much about raising up female directors, she’d be better off leveraging that star power by actually working with some of those women, rather than just paying lip service in a fancy cape.

    • Farhana says...

      LOVE what you said- of course, not embodying your philosophy is much less work, Thank you!

    • Jo says...

      Completely agree!!
      This lip service/entitlement to lecture others is what has turned me off Hollywood celebrities entirely!

    • Pamela says...

      I didn’t know any of this! Hmm, lots to think about …

    • Alice says...

      TOTALLY agree- I found Natalie Portman’s cape incredibly performative. She runs a production company which hasn’t made a film with a female director. She has the power to change things, and she ISN’T. I don’t understand why more people aren’t talking about this.

    • Laura C. says...

      This

    • Emma Burton says...

      Wow yes thank you. I didn’t know this and so true.

    • Karina Bhaiwala says...

      Well said. I just asked In Her Words from the NYT to reconsider the praise they gave to NP for her cape and copied this entire COJ thread in my email. Thank you!

  21. I was so so surprised and happy Parasite won so many big awards! I thought the Academy would go with more predictable winners. I am Korean so that’s partly why I’m so happy/proud but even besides that I really thought it was such an entertaining, sad, powerful movie.

    • nadine says...

      I am not Korean but I was surprised and super happy when Parasite won. It’s such a magnificent movie! I think this year the competition was tough and I was imagining that 1917 would get all the big awards. I loved 1917 and I think it will stay in the history of cinema not too far from Kubrick and other great masters. But Parasite is such a gem. It’s raw and harsh and terrible while being entertaining and beautifully filmed. I really loved the cinematography and the production design as well.

    • B says...

      I was thrilled Parasite won and I haven’t even seen it yet.

  22. Katie says...

    Bong Joon Ho’s Best Director speech was my favorite thing of the whole night. It just was so gracious and inclusive; it felt like humanity at our best. Wiig and Rudolph were tremendous, as always. I could watch those two read the phone book.

  23. AN says...

    I thought Joaquin Phoenix’s speech was so thoughtful, about egocentricity and we humans feeling like we must dominate both each other and the Earth rather than figuring out (and quickly!) that we must collectively make some sacrifices if we’re gonna make it, period. Coincidentally or not, it’s also the underlying premise of “Parasite”–how much longer can we continue to in essence eat each other?

    Separately, I loved the Eminem of it all and all I kept thinking during the audience cutaways was “can white people’s rhythm BE any worse?” (in Chandler Bing voice) (I’m white).

    • what an insight, An! brava.

    • (I mean about the Joaquin/Parasite parallel, of course! hahaha)

  24. Sarah says...

    I could watch Diane flirt with Keanu all night!

  25. Katey says...

    I love Frozen. I love the song. My kid listens to it because I listen to it. Frozen II is also good. Into the Unknown is nothing like the mega hit Let it Go. Please, I beg of you, do not diminish the meteoric success of the Frozen franchise. It is Star Wars level popular and I wish fans of Frozen would be half as proud of their fandom as Star Wars fans are. I want this largely because, if we are embarrassed about the awesomeness of female-driven stories, all our kids learn to be embarrassed about it, too. That is a shame. I love it and I invite any of you who also love it to STOP being embarrassed about it.

    • Karen says...

      This is so beautifully said. I have two children who regularly dress up as Anna and Elsa and their imaginary play is such a big part of our lives. Frozen music will always remind me of this sweet time. Absolutley no shame.

    • katie says...

      Love this reminder, Katey! Thank you (:

    • Susannah says...

      I love Frozen and regularly embarrass my 13 and 10 year old daughters by belting out Into the Unknown :) I also love the message in the movie about doing “the next right thing” in grief, depression and we talk about why Elsa doesn’t need a partner to complete the story. I’m with you, Katey!

    • Beautifully put, Katey. Great point.

    • Jay says...

      Cup of jo staff – take heed. This comment needs to make it into the weekly roundup. It is all too important.

    • Gretchen says...

      Frozen II was spectacular. The moment when Elsa is climbing up the waves was so moving I cried.

    • Sharon says...

      I agree…although I have not seen either movie, but my grandson loves it. My granddaughter is over it, but she is 14.

      I don’t however think the song Into the Unknown measures up to Let
      It Go. I liked all of the performers singing it together, but don’t like the song itself.

    • Angie MacRae says...

      Thank you. This is a beautiful reminder.

    • Barbara says...

      I totally agree for all the reasons you (so beautifully) gave!

      I love the Frozen 1 and 2 messages and I see the positive impact on my grandchildren.

      Idina Menzel is a goddess and having all of the other women there on stage with her was an inspired choice that moved me.

      Is this a hard song/movie for most people to appreciate? It seems like it is hard for at least Caroline.

      Seems to me that if Caroline’s comment was written in the comment section rather than the blog post it might be received negatively. I prefer snark-free content.

    • RBC says...

      Yes yes and yes. Though how has no one mentioned yet “Show yourself” – that song makes me tear up, especially thinking of how much my 2 girls love it. The line, “you are the one you’ve been waiting for all of your life” *sob* and YAS GIRL!

    • Shruti says...

      *Snaps* *Snaps*
      Couldn’t agree more. Beautifully put.

    • Tricia says...

      A thousand times, yes.

      A female led and driven story should be sung from rooftops. I’m so grateful to have this story and music to share with my daughters *and* son. We all love it.

    • A says...

      If I didn’t have kids, I would maybe be resisting the catchiness and in-your-face popularity of Frozen. But my daughter is 4 and she loves it – routinely dresses up to dance and sing to the music, casts me as the Anne to her Elsa (complete with blanket cape). So we are very unashamed fans over here. I’m responsible for teaching my kids kindness, respect, bravery etc and I’m all for a movie that encourages her to confidently have her own adventure and help others.

    • Natalia says...

      While it’s great that you feel very strongly about this, and also share it with your kids, but honestly is it really worth it? If Disney had put in as much effort in to creating and marketing a story with black or brown little girls as much as frozen, sure i guess. Or even if they decided to improve conditions/pay in their factories where women (and probably children) work, that might amount to something. But they won’t. They don’t care about women, they don’t care what conditions children and women are in, in the factories that produce their cheap merchandise.

      Again, I’m happy for all the commenters and their kids but we all seriously need to evaluate where we put our money and at what cost, because that’s the future our children are going to grow up in. I say this as a teacher, teaching them a musical number is far less important then making them aware of a much more important bigger picture.

    • Jen says...

      We are also Frozen fans, and Frozen 2 is a huge deal in our house :) The female lead, the true love between sisters, the acknowledgement of indigenous rights and the effects of colonialism, the part where Kristoff says “I’m here – what do you need?” instead of taking over! It’s so feminist and my kids are taking notes :)

    • Hannah says...

      I agree with this 1000% Katey. In my house, with a 4 and 7 yo, I am the one who listens to the Frozen II soundtrack, because it is amazing and empowering.

    • Elly says...

      SHOW YOURSELF. Tears, every damn time and no shame.

  26. ali masse says...

    I thought Kristen Wiig looked like some kind of exotic caterpillar
    but I like ‘lasagna’.

  27. maywyn says...

    Monae’s performance is thee best opening of the Oscars that I can remember. One other is a close second, but I forget what it was. I will not forget the talent and strength if Monae.
    Eminem, I am grateful for his outstanding and enjoyable performance. Chris Rock and Steve Martin made me laugh.
    Regina King’s pink stunning gown in my top 10 most beautiful ever at the Oscars!

  28. Courtney says...

    All I know is that I spent WAY too long this morning watching and re-watching videos of Timothee walk the red carpet and basically just exist at the Oscars last night. Deep, dreamy sigh…

  29. Laura says...

    I thought the Eminem song was a (very) moving tribute to how important music can be in film. I also have to disagree with audience’s reaction— I think the audience was so taken aback from how amazing and powerful his performance was!!
    I LOVED that moment… so much so I even wrote about it in my journal! LOL! And I don’t even know Eminem’s music. #momsspaghetti

    • CC says...

      I agree!!! All the online about “the audience was perplexed, or confused” is nonsense. I read it like you did Laura, and think the standing ovation he got is proof of that. Also brought back wonderful memories of seeing the film back in the day with my now 32 year old, married, father of two, son, in the theatre when he was a teenager. I loved the performance and so did the audience, I didn’t interpret surprise as confusion Caroline ❤️

    • Rosie says...

      I couldn’t disagree more. That movie is largely forgettable. I know the song, but I hadn’t heard it in years. I am a movie junkie and I cannot understand why they would choose such a lackluster song and movie to represent the power of song when there are so many iconic songs out there! His movie isn’t being discovered by other generations who have come to love it and identify with the song. It made no sense.

    • Kerry says...

      The song won an Oscar for best original song years ago, hence being played.

      Besides half the song being bleeped, I enjoyed it and yes the audience did too. I was also confused by the media making it out like the audience didn’t like it. Maybe more popular songs could have been chosen.

      I have to say, I’m from Detroit and am an Eminem fan. Also the last graphics behind him on stage was of a place I used to go listen to live music all the time in Detroit, St Andrews Hall. So that was a cool moment for me. (now living in California)

    • A.R. says...

      Also, not only was the song nominated for an Oscar, but he wasn’t allowed to perform it at the Oscars that year because the academy was worried about profanity. So he skipped the Oscars altogether and his song ended up winning. I think that’s what the fuss was all about. I felt like the show this year was trying real hard to be like, “see! We’re not so bad!”

    • Lisa says...

      My husband said Lose Yourself won an oscar for best song in 8 Mile and that Eminen wasn’t able to be there to accept it. That’s why he thought he was performing it last night. I love the song, think it is still popular and thought it was a great moment.

  30. Agnès says...

    Didn’t watch the Oscars because greta gerwig was not nominated for best director. I’m honestly shocked by the lack of nomination for female directors.

  31. Jackie says...

    Hildur is amazing. Listen to Erupting Light! Eminem was not necessary, making the show way too long. Along RIP Luke Perry. Not included in the tribute, wth?

  32. Krista says...

    THIS IS EPIC! Hahahahahahaha- I’m dying. Thanks for sharing!

  33. Dana says...

    I thought the “all women are superheroes” comment was the most bizarre moment of the night by far. It insinuated that out in the world are a plethora of people (I suppose men?) who believe women aren’t heroic? Weird flex and made me feel like women were being placed in a less-than-stellar spotlight, as if we need constant applause.

    • Rosie says...

      Yeah! I watched the movie with a big group of girlfriends and nobody could even remember Sigourney as a super hero. I think we settled on Alien? They seemed awkward together and like they really had thought up their speech backstage like they said.

  34. Eloise says...

    I didn’t watch The Oscars but I AM listening to Eminem at work (loudly and hoping I don’t “look” like I am – kinda hard not to “dance” along in my chair.).

  35. Roxana says...

    Yes!

    • Roxana says...

      Oops! This was supposed to go with the string of comments about Hildur Guðnadóttir : ).

  36. Sarah A. says...

    I thought the music in movies montage was awful. There were some good movies and some good songs, but they didn’t bother to try to make it flow at all. It was just 5 second clips of movies/songs. And while I was still confused by that, Eminem comes out on stage, full of male rage about baby mama drama and hos, which seems like a pretty blind and bizarre choice.

    • Exactly this, Sarah. Truth!

    • Claire says...

      Agreed! I was also disappointed by the In Memoriam montage; it seemed to speed through everyone. And Eminem was a bizarre choice. Out of all the iconic songs from the entire history of the movies, you go with Eminem???

    • laura says...

      yes! i’ve seen significantly better movie/music montages just on youtube. it was strange to see on a film awards show.

      something that was strange (but I liked) was when the orchestra played the score to pirates of the caribbean.

  37. Jen says...

    Eminem Eminem Eminem. Unrecognizable? Not for me. Yes, he’s older like the rest of us. He took time off to RAISE HIS DAUGHTER. Loved it. Should have won when it came out. It was about the power of music in a movie and they got it RIGHT.

    • Jamie J. says...

      It did win an Oscar. In 2003.

    • Rosie says...

      The beard is what made him unrecognizable to us. My friends teenage daughters watched with us and they had never heard the song before. Very strange choice.

  38. I didn’t get to watch the Oscars last night (was living it up at a 2-year-old’s Frozen II themed birthday party!) but I knew I could count on Cup of Jo to give me the highlights to look up later! Also did y’all see the cheeky NYT photo captions? Journalist Heather Kelly tweeted about them: “Shout out to the drunk intern having a blast writing NYT Oscars captions.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2020/02/09/style/oscars-red-carpet-2020.html?referringSource=articleShare

    • Maryann says...

      Those captions are the best! Thanks for the link.

    • Antonia says...

      “Who drive you home, Adam Driver?” , hahaha. Thank you !

    • beth says...

      Ok- thank you, Joy, for this- it cracked me up! Beep beep boop boop.

  39. Nicole says...

    Perhaps my 34 years are showing, but Eminem was the best part of the night. That song never gets old.

    • Jen says...

      If your 34 years are showing my 46 years are really showing. Agree, highlight of the night.

    • CC says...

      Nicole, Jen I’m with you ladies and my 60 years are showing! Thought it was a highlight of the night, and despite online comments, so did the audience judging by the standing O. Brought back wonderful memories of seeing the movie with my teenage son, now a 32 year old father of two

    • KJ says...

      100%. I didn’t watch because I find award shows boring but man, wish I had seen that in real time!

  40. Emily says...

    That Eminem moment was so random! We need answers on why that happened! Re: the Frozen song, don’t they look so much like a bridal party?! To me their dresses look just like a bride and her bridesmaids at an ‘urban glam’ wedding, haha.

    • Alex says...

      I was thinking the same thing!!!

  41. Lauren E. says...

    My favorite moment was Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Ferrell presenting the award for cinematographer. Those two could read the phone book and it’d be more entertaining than anyone else.

  42. Mary says...

    Eminem not accepting the award however many years ago doesn’t seem to make sense as a reason for him to perform last night. But then I thought about Melissa Villaseñor’s hilarious and very catchy Weekend Update song ‘White Male Rage’ about the Oscars this year. I do think of him as fitting into that theme.

  43. Sara says...

    Janelle Monae looks like Whitney Houston in the Bodyguard!

    • Stephanie says...

      Ok, I’m done with the Eminem backlash. Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 75th Academy Awards, for his single “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack of 8 Mile. But he didn’t attend that awards ceremony to receive his golden statue. In an interview, the rapper said he didn’t attend because he didn’t think he had any chance of winning. In 2020, he finally attended and performed after the segment about original movie songs!!! It was outstanding.

    • celeste says...

      No backlash, we were just having trouble following along and there were no announcements or host to explain.

  44. Jen says...

    Maya and Kristen were SO funny and good, but I think the best musical number goes to Cynthia Erivo! Maya and Kristen win the best presenters/laughs/fashion/Oscar host audition/everything else for me :).

    • jones says...

      Agree

    • Claire says...

      Yes! Her song was incredible! I love Elton John, don’t get me wrong, but his performance was nowhere near as powerful as hers. Also, is that an iPad glued into his red piano in case he forgets the lyrics? Again, love Elton John, but Cynthia Erivo’s song was so good.

  45. Sarah R says...

    re: Eminem, I always had in the back of my head how he didn’t show up to collect his Oscar, from the hands of Barbra Streisand I might add! The music montage was amazing, and when that very distinct beat of Lose Yourself came from the auditorium I almost lost it. Such a great song! This one has been a constant in my running playlists for years, makes me feel like such a bada**!!

    • Shannon says...

      Totally agree! Awesome to see Eminem, even if he isn’t flavor of the month.

    • Joyce says...

      For the whole music montage, I kept thinking “they aren’t playing enough of these songs, I want to hear more, they’re cutting them too short…”

      Then we get the long Eminem intro and I actually said to my husband “But I want to hear the whole song!” and then we did. :) Haha. Random to hear Eminem in 2020? Yes. Favorite moment of the Oscars? Also yes.

    • Kathy says...

      Totally agree! I loved everything about the added surprise!

  46. Fiona says...

    I saw Janelle Monae’s outfit and literally gasped. She is just extraordinary in every way!

    • Turtle says...

      Yes. Janelle Monae is my spirit animal, icon, inspiration, you name it. She is IT.

  47. KL says...

    Zach Gottsagen (“The Peanut Butter Falcon”) was the first person with Down syndrome to present an Oscar. Win!

    • Roxana says...

      YES!!!

      Apparently, when Shia LaBeouf was asked to present, he said he’d only do it if Zack could do it with him. A few months back when they were promoting Peanut Butter Falcon, Shia, in response to a question about Hollywood’s representation of people with disabilities said that “The only way to get past that stigma is to actually give him an opportunity to unveil his humanity on you.” He nailed it. I think us able-bodied people struggle to see individuals beyond their disability or diagnosis. We let something like a disability define another person when we shouldn’t (of course, we do this with a million other things, too). I struggled with this after my son, who has Down syndrome, was born.

      I thought the moment was so sweet and perfect! (insert all the heart emojis)

    • AH says...

      YES, thank you! I feel like NO ONE is talking about this moment and if they are it’s in ridicule (WHICH IS RIDICULOUS).

    • Kari says...

      YES! Why isn’t this on Cup of Jo’s list!? This should be celebrated big time! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I’m so tired of mainstream media discounting people with disabilities. #changingthefaceofbeauty

    • Virginia says...

      Yes to this! Your list should be updated to include this powerful moment. Zach did incredible work in the Peanut Butter Falcon and he deserves to be on the stage at the Oscars. The relationship between Zach and Shia is beautiful, checkout some interviews between them for more good stuff.

  48. Ingrid says...

    Very good Oscar roundup! I agree with everything, but especially Maya and Kristen being the best (in everything!)

  49. Sarah S says...

    My favorite moment was Cynthia Erivo’s amazing performance of “Stand Up” from Harriet. She co-wrote the song with Joshua Campbell, who is a friend of my boyfriend’s from college! He graduated a mere 4 years ago and it was such a thrill to see him sitting behind Cynthia Erivo and surrounded by such titans in the industry. I love that warm, bursting feeling of being so proud of the success of a friend!

  50. RC says...

    I know I know this post is meant to recognize fun/unofficial Oscar moments BUT… “easily the very best” musical number has to go to Cynthia Erivo’s performance of Stand Up (which she also co-wrote!). Goosebumps!!

    • TOTALLY. I am still talking about it!

  51. celeste says...

    I was kind of in-and-out of the room, asleep by 10. I watched Janelle come out in that black and white blouse to put on a cardigan like Mr. Rogers and I was like “JANELLE, your button popped open!” and fearful she’d do the whole performance open because that is exactly why I don’t own button down blouses.

    And she started her song, subtly buttoned it and the show went on!

    Re: Eminem – we figured out by Googling that Eminem was Best Song in 2003, didn’t show up for the show, and they were doing a montage on how songs make movies. We couldn’t understand why they’d pick him, jokes about showing up 17 years late ensued, and agreed a host to introduce him would’ve cleared up any confusion. I still love that song while working out, though!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! that button moment was such a good save. she was INCREDIBLE.

    • Cooper says...

      I loved the New Yorker live-drawn cartoon response to Eminem’s performance. While watching, I was like, “Wait, is this the song from Hamilton?”

      https://www.instagram.com/p/B8XraduBWVG/

  52. Sarah says...

    Am I the only one who couldn’t stop laughing at the image of Rebel Wilson and James Corden standing off to the side as cats while the winner for Special Affects accepted their award? Because we were CRYING at our house.

    • JB says...

      I just kept thinking that the winners are going to look back on that video, a huge career moment, and there will be…cats. So funny.

  53. Inga Halldorsdottir says...

    Hildur Guðnadóttir is only the seventh female composer to be nominated for an Oscar for best orginal score and the forth to win. Anne Dudley won for The Full Monty in 1997, 23 years ago! Hildur´s acceptance speech was inspiring „To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters, who hear the music bubbling within, please speak up. We need to hear your voices“
    She is the first Icelandic person to win an Oscar. Amazing artist and role model.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s fantastic. xo

    • morey says...

      She was definitely a highlight of the night. So gracious, and so inspiring!

    • Nicole S. says...

      I personally loved the performance by Eminem. We were, however, cracking up at some of the audience members’ perplexed (& even sleepy) looks while he was on stage. Also loved that Brad Pitt (Finally!) won and Joaquin’s beautiful tribute to his brother.

    • Anonygirl says...

      She is such an inspiration. If she conducted the dictionary I’d listen.