The 92nd Oscars featured a mix of the expected and the unexpected Sunday, with Neon’s South Korean film Parasite capping the evening by winning Best Picture, making history as the first foreign-language film ever to take the marquee prize.
Parasite director and co-writer Bong Joon Ho made four trips to the Dolby Theater stage, with the film also winning for Directing, Original Screenplay and International Feature.
Other honorees who spent this compressed Oscar season honing their acceptance speeches for tonight were the four Acting winners - all of whom won as expected. That meant statuettes for Joaquin Phoenix Leading Actor for Joker, Renee Zellweger Leading Actress for Judy, Brad Pitt Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Laura Dern Supporting Actress for Marriage Story.
Check out all the winners’ speeches below.
Best PictureParasite Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers
Actress in a Leading Role Renée ZellwegerJudy LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions
Actor in a Leading Role Joaquin PhoenixJoker Warner Bros
DirectingParasite Neon Bong Joon Ho
Actor in a Supporting Role Brad PittOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Pictures Releasing
Actress in a Supporting Role Laura DernMarriage Story Netflix
Adapted ScreenplayJojo Rabbit Fox Searchlight Screenplay by Taika Waititi
Original ScreenplayParasite Neon Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won Story by Bong Joon Ho
Original Song “I'm Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman Paramount Music by Elton John Lyric by Bernie Taupin
Original ScoreJoker Warner Bros. Hildur Guðnadóttir
International FeatureParasite A Barunson E&A Production South Korea
Documentary FeatureAmerican Factory Netflix A Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media Production Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
Makeup and HairstylingBombshell Lionsgate Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
Film EditingFord v Ferrari Walt Disney Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Cinematography1917 Universal/Amblin Partners Roger Deakins
Costume DesignLittle Women Sony Pictures Releasing Jacqueline Durran
Production DesignOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood Sony Pictures Releasing Production Design: Barbara Ling Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
Documentary Short SubjectLearning to Skateboard in a Warzone If You're a Girl A+E Networks A Grain Media Production Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
Animated Feature FilmToy Story 4 Disney Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
Animated Short FilmHair Love Sony Pictures Releasing A Matthew A. Cherry...
Stephen Williams, whose directing credits include episodes of Watchmen, The Walking Dead, Lost, and more, is set to helm Universal’s new monster movie Don’t Go in the Water. There are zero plot details at the moment, but it’s safe to assume from the monster movie distinction and the title that this is going to be some sort of aquatic horror movie – and we could always use more of those.
Variety has the scoop on Don’t Go in the Water, described simply as a “suspenseful monster movie” from director Stephen Williams. Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy is producing, along with Dan Levine for 21 Laps Entertainment, while Adam Kolbrenner will produce for Lit Entertainment Group. Adam Rodin is executive producing.
Williams directed two Watchmen episodes – “She Was Killed by Space Junk”, which featured the now-infamous giant Dr. Manhattan dildo, and “This Extraordinary Being”, one of the most memorable episodes of the series, in which Regina King’s Angela relives her grandfather’s memories via a drug trip. That episode was highly renowned for its unique visual style, so it’s great to see Williams branch out into a big movie. Save for 1995’s Soul Survivor, all his other credits are in TV.
I wish I could tell you more about the Don’t Go in the Water plot, but there simply isn’t anything to tell. However, the title certainly suggests this is some sort of aquatic horror film, and that’s a sub-genre I always enjoy. Earlier this year we saw the release of Underwater, a surprisingly fun undersea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart.
Other entries include DeepStar Six, Leviathan, Deep Rising, and more. Hell, you can even include every shark movie under that banner as well – all the Jaws flicks, The Shallows, Deep Blue Sea, and so on. The only real prerequisite is that the plot involves unlucky characters either on a boat or in some sort of underwater location being plagued by danger. It doesn’t even have to be monster-based danger. There’s Dead Calm, where the danger is Billy Zane. Hell, go ahead and include Titanic in there, I don’t care. There are no more rules anymore, folks. Anything goes these days.