SINGAPORE - Parasite's upset wins in the most prestigious categories were the big story of the night. It was nominated in six categories and went home with four of them, in the exalted categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature.
Otherwise, the night went mostly as predicted.
The British war drama 1917, a favourite to win both Best Picture and Best Director for Sam Mendes before it was pipped by Parasite, went home with three awards, for Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Joker, the origin story of the DC Comics villain, had 11 nominations going into the night, the most of any picture this year. Joaquin Phoenix, as expected, took the Best Actor award for playing the anti-hero while Icelandic musician Hildur Gudnadottir's score took the Best Achievement in Music award.
Two other actors, Renee Zellweger (the Judy Garland biopic Judy) and Brad Pitt (the drama Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood) won Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively, for playing Hollywood characters. Laura Dern's turn as a warm but determined family lawyer in the divorce drama Marriage Story won her Best Supporting Actress, a win that, like the other awards for acting, came as predicted.
In an event that seemed to shut women out - Greta Gerwig (the period drama Little Women) and Lulu Wang (the comedy-drama The Farewell) were not nominated in the Best Director category, a result that dismayed many. Gudnadottir's win came as some consolation, as was the win in Best Costume Design for Little Women's Jacqueline Durran.
Here's a list of the winners:
Best Picture: Parasite
Best Director: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best International Feature Film: Parasite (South Korea)
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 4
Best Documentary Feature: American Factory
Best Original Screenplay: Parasite - Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
Best Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi
Best Original Score: Joker - Hildur Gudnadottir
Best Original Song: (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman