Shocking Hollywood powerhouses-and the general public-was the recurring theme throughout last night’s 92nd Academy Awards, which honored the best in film of 2019. The winners in several categories, as well as the performances from the Best Original Song category, stunned the crowd watching the year’s most esteemed movie awards show, which was presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Here are the top five most unexpected moments from the 2020 Oscars, which aired live last night on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood:

5. ‘The Irishman’ loses in all nine categories it was nominated in, while ‘Ford v Ferrari’ wins two technical awards:

Netflix seemed to have a sure chance at dominating the Oscars again this year. Last year, its epic drama, ‘Roma,’ was honored at the 91st Academy Awards in the Best Director and Cinematography categories for Alfonso Cuarón, and was also named as the Best Foreign Language Film.

However, Martin Scorsese’s epic crime movie, ‘The Irishman,’ which is currently streaming on Netflix, failed to receive any recognition at yesterday’s Oscar ceremony. It was nominated in nine categories, and seemed to have the best chance to win the technical awards it was up for, including Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.

But in the Best Film Editing category, ‘The Irishman’ lost to ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ which also surprised the audience by winning in the Best Sound Editing category. While the James Mangold-directed sports drama was technically spectacular, it was shocking that a Scorsese movie was completely shut out of winning any Academy Awards, especially after it previously happened in 2014 for his biographical black comedy, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

4. Taika Waititi wins Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘Jojo Rabbit’:

Taika Waititi accepts his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for the comedy-drama, ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Fan favorite filmmaker, Taika Waititi stunned the crowd at the 92nd Academy Awards when his name was called as the winner in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for his World War II-set comedy-drama, ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ Known for incorporating relatable humor and wit into all of his movies, which also include ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ the screenwriter still had stiff competition in the category, including ‘The Irishman’ and fan favorite and critical darling, ‘Little Women.’ But Waititi’s heartfelt message of people of all backgrounds working together to overcome hate proved to be just what the voters of the AMPAS were looking for in the category.

3. Eminem finally performed ‘Lose Yourself’ on the Oscar stage, 17 years after it won the Best Original Song Academy Award:

Eminem surprises the audience with his performance of his Oscar-winning song, ‘Lose Yourself,’ at the 92nd Academy Awards.

As an acclaimed rapper-songwriter, Eminem is often celebrated for his music, but has also made headlines throughout his career for his antics. His song, ‘Lose Yourself,’ which appeared on the soundtrack to his 2002 semi-autobiographical drama, ‘8 Mile,’ won the Best Original Song statue at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. But Eminem wasn’t present to perform the track at the ceremony, which was also held at the Dolby Theater (which was named the Kodak Theatre at the time). He said at the time he was at home with his daughter in Michigan, as attending the Oscars ceremony didn’t appeal to him.

But at the 92nd Academy Awards last night, after actor-singer Lin-Manuel Miranda presented a montage that honored past winners in the Best Original Song category, as well as popular songs that helped define the films they’re featured in, Eminem surprised the audience by walking onto the stage, singing ‘Lose Yourself.’ He apologized to fans after the performance, saying he was sorry that he made them wait almost two decades to see him perform the hit tune on the Oscar ceremony.

2. ‘Parasite’ made history for South Korea by winning the Best Original Screenplay and Director Academy Awards:

Writer-director Bong Joon-ho made history at the 92nd Academy Awards when he became the first South Korean filmmaker to win an Oscar. His work was first recognized early in the ceremony, when he accepted the Best Original Screenplay statue for his black comedy, ‘Parasite.’

Joon-ho was surprised to hear his name called, as Quentin Tarantino was considered to be the frontrunner for his work on the script for the comedy-drama, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ Tarantino, who previously won Oscars for his work on the scripts for ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Django Unchained,’ had won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for his work on ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’

Joon-ho was also surprised to hear his name called as Best Director. Sam Mendes was the frontrunner in the category, for helming the epic war film, ‘1917.’ The drama previously earned Mendes such honors as the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Awards.

During his acceptance speech during last night’s Oscar ceremony, Joon-ho paid homage to the legendary Scorsese, who previously won in the category in 2007 for his crime drama, ‘The Departed.’ The ‘Parasite’ helmer noted how ‘The Irishman’ director has influenced his career, which drew an emotional response from the audience.

1. ‘Parasite’ won the Best Picture Academy Award:

Writer-director Bong Joon-ho with his four Oscars for his black comedy-thriller, ‘Parasite,’ at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Besides making history by winning the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay Oscars, ‘Parasite’ also triumphed in the Best International Feature Film and Best Picture categories. The thriller was the first movie to be honored with the Best International Film trophy, which was formerly called Best Foreign-Language Film. It was also the first South Korean feature to be named in the category. ‘Parasite’ also surprised audiences by being the first non-English in Oscar history to be honored with the Best Picture Academy Award, and proved that the best film in the world doesn’t necessarily have to be made in Hollywood.

92nd Academy Awards
Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard,Hollywood, Los Angeles,California-90028
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February 9, 2020
The 92nd Academy Awards honored artistic and technical merit in the film industry in 2019 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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