In case you missed the Oscars, here's what happened this year

The Oscars Awards Ceremony was on Feb. 9, and staff writer, Audrey Measer was ready to report the outcomes. 

Eminem at the Oscars? Celebrities in attendance, as well as audiences worldwide were in for a shock at his surprise performance on Sunday at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

This year’s Oscars big winners were the South Korean film “Parasite,” actress Renée Zellweger for the film “Judy” and Joaquin Phoenix for the movie “Joker.” 

Bong Joon Ho, director of "Parasite," delivered an acceptance speech that touched audience members as he thanked his fellow nominees and heroes, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. "Parasite" is the first non-English film to ever win for best picture at the Oscars, and swept the awards, winning best original screenplay, best director and best international film.

Renée Zellweger won best actress for her work in the film “Judy,” a biopic on the life of famed Hollywood actress, Judy Garland. In her acceptance speech she highlighted Garland’s incredible career and legacy. 

Joaquin Phoenix picked up the best actor award for his role in "Joker," the origin story of the infamous comic book villain. He gave a powerful speech which touched on gender inequality issues, animal rights, queer rights, indigenous rights and racism. Phoenix called attention to the issue of climate change in his speech as well. 

“We go into the natural world,” Phoenix said. “And we plunder it for its resources.” 

Brad Pitt won the award for best supporting actor for his role in “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood,” his first Oscar for an acting role. Pitt won an Oscar in 2012 for his role in producing the film “12 Years a Slave.” Pitt gave a shout-out to his costar, Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as his six children. 

Best actress winner Laura Dern made her own personal Oscars history with her first Academy Award. She was nominated for her role in the Netflix film “Marriage Story.” She thanked her parents for being her acting role models. 

“Some say, never meet your heroes,” Dern said. “but I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents.” 

Each year the Oscars highlight the songs nominated for best original song with live performances of each musical number. This year Idina Menzel took the stage to sing “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II,” alongside nine other women who voiced the character “Elsa” in translated versions of the movie. 

Sir Elton John performed his original song “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from the film “Rocketman,” which is based on his life and career. John won the award for best original song, alongside his musical collaborator Bernie Taupan. 

Cynthia Erivo sang “Stand Up” from her film “Harriet,” for which she was also nominated for best actress. Other original song performances included “I’m Standing With You” from the film “Breakthrough” sung by Chrissy Metz, and “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4” sung by Randy Newman. 

Eminem took to the stage to sing his song “Lose Yourself,” for which he won best original song in 2003. The performance came as a shock to everyone in attendance, who had reactions which varied from excitement, confusion and apparent boredom as expressed by best director nominee Martin Scorsese for his film, "The Irishman." 

Midway through the awards ceremony, Maestra Eimear Noone made Oscars history by becoming the first woman to conduct the Academy Award’s orchestra. She led the orchestra in conducting a medley of best original score nominations. 

Presenters and costars James Corden and Rebel Wilson went viral when they appeared on stage dressed head to toe in their costumes from their film “Cats,” and poked fun at their movie, which was widely regarded as a major “flop.” 

Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish performed a cover of “Yesterday” by the Beatles for the in-memoriam presentation, which paid tribute to those in the film industry who died in the last year. Among those honored was Kobe Bryant, who won an Oscar in 2018 for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.”

World War I film “1917” directed by Sam Mendes brought home the award for best cinematography, best sound mixing and best visual effects. “Jojo Rabbit” won for best adapted screenplay, “Hair Love” scored best animated short film and “Toy Story 4” claimed best animated feature film. 

Some other notable winners were best costume design which went to “Little Women,” best documentary feature which was awarded to “American Factory” and Hildur Gudnadottir won best original score for her work on “Joker.” 

Audrey Measer is a staff writer.

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