LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Zach Helfand and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

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LIVE BLOG: The Oscars with Zach Helfand and Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks

EVENT: The Oscars are hosted this year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

EVENT: The Oscars are hosted this year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

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EVENT: The Oscars are hosted this year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

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EVENT: The Oscars are hosted this year at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

This page is being updated throughout the Oscars awards ceremony by Opinion Editor Zach Helfand and Editor-in-Chief Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks. Click here to read short reviews of the eight movies nominated in the Best Picture category of this year’s Academy Awards.

Zach Helfand
8:31 PM

I gotta say, I’m leaving satisfied. It doesn’t always turn out that the deserving films win, but I felt good about nearly all the winners tonight.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:31 PM

Not a lot of controversy all night. Happy for Parasite and 1917 to win in their respective categories. The best films won tonight, which is rare.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:30 PM

Unsure whether Bong is gonna be back out. He’s already spoken 3 times but deserves an encore here.

Zach Helfand
8:29 PM

I love seeing this large crew onstage after the victory, really shows the collaboration and group celebration.

Zach Helfand
8:27 PM

Crazy how this happened. 1917 was the front runner, and won the Golden Globe, but a lot of people felt Parasite was better, just subject to a double standard because it’s foreign. Very surprising that it won the oscar, but I’m glad it did.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:27 PM

The first foreign film to win Best Picture!! Head and shoulders the best movie this year. An unexpected but well deserved.

Zach Helfand
8:24 PM

The winner of this award will really go down on an exclusive list in history.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:24 PM

This award really defines what people think about the Oscars but I think we’ve had a good show so far.

Zach Helfand
8:17 PM

By the way, Jojo Rabbit was actually the best movie this year… but it won’t win.

Zach Helfand
8:17 PM

The big one coming up. I called 1917 as well, but now think it’s gonna be Parasite.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:09 PM

Really going full vegan here. LOVE IT. Pheonix is known for his intense speeches and outspoken nature.

Zach Helfand
8:08 PM

Not the first time the comic book supervillain brought an oscar. In 2009, Heath Ledger won for playing the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
8:07 PM

Crazy role that Pheonix was eager to play for a while. Took a humanizing approach to the character that very few could have pulled off.

Zach Helfand
8:07 PM

Joaquim Phoenix wins best actor for his role as Joker.

Zach Helfand
8:04 PM

Best actor nominees are up. I’m thinking Joaquim Phoenix.

Zach Helfand
8:00 PM

Kirk Douglas mentioned in the tribute, who recently passed away.

Zach Helfand
8:00 PM

The tribute kicked off with oscar winner Kobe Bryant.

Zach Helfand
7:58 PM

Touching in memoriam by Billie Eilish, performing a slow and somber rendition of the Beatles’ yesterday.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:57 PM

Billie Eilish sings a toned-down version of the Beatles’ “Yesterday” for the In Memorium section of the show.

Zach Helfand
7:55 PM

Initially I called 1917 for best picture, but changing my mind to Parasite.

Zach Helfand
7:54 PM

Such a great winner, you can tell he’s so grateful.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:54 PM

Bong gives respect to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. He’s such a humble guy. Stealing the show tonight.

Zach Helfand
7:53 PM

Thought it would go to Sam Mendez, but am satisfied with this. Tremendous film, well directed.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:53 PM

WOOOO. Called that Bong would be back. Really happy for such a great director.

Zach Helfand
7:52 PM

Wow! Bong Joon Ho wins best director!!

Zach Helfand
7:49 PM

The 4 left are considered the biggest 4 awards: actor, actress, director, and finally best picture.

Zach Helfand
7:46 PM

A lot of great songs from films this year. Good for Elton John.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:40 PM

Conductor Eimear Noone presents the score from all best score nominees. There has never been a female conductor in Oscar history.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:36 PM

Taika Waititi introduces Sigourney Weaver, Gal Gadot, and Brie Larson, three acts who have played strong female characters.

Zach Helfand
7:32 PM

A lot of M&M commercials… gotta respect the effort.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:30 PM

Ya he wrote “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman, a biopic of John.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:25 PM

And it wins. Bong gives a pretty tame speech, wonder if he’s saving up for a bigger speech later.

Zach Helfand
7:24 PM

Foreign film… is there really any question here?

Zach Helfand
7:23 PM

Definitely a lot of snubs. I agree with your two and would add that Roman Griffin Davis should be in the mix for his incredible breakout role in Jojo Rabbit. I’m not sure Jonathan Pryce deserves the nomination.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:20 PM

Ya agreed think there were a lot of snubs here. Kang-ho Song from Parasite and Adam Sandler from Uncut Gems deserve nominations.

Zach Helfand
7:20 PM

Looking forward to best actor coming up soon.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:17 PM

Bombshell takes best hair and makeup. There were a lot of wigs I guess. Felt like a winner but not really deserved based on what I’ve seen. Still picked it.

Zach Helfand
7:16 PM

Props to 1917– a true visual spectacle. Well deserved victory, and it’s probably not done winning tonight.

Zach Helfand
7:14 PM

Not enjoying their cat shtick. The film can only be described as “Pawful.”

Zach Helfand
7:12 PM

James Corden and Rebel Wilson take the stage in cat costumes, portraying their actual characters in the film Cats.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:04 PM

Zazie Beats introduces Cynthia Ervo singing “Stand Up” from Harriett, which she stars in as the titular Harriett Tubman.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
7:0 PM

Tom Hanks comes up to discuss the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building being built next to LACMA on Wilshire and Fairfax, right next to Shalhevet!!

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:57 PM

Again, the racing scenes had some great cuts. 8/13 now. I needed a win there.

Zach Helfand
6:56 PM

Ford v Ferrari wins for film editing. Well deserved.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:54 PM

Deakins is known for Blade Runner 2049 and No Country for Old Men, some of the most vivid cinematography.

Zach Helfand
6:51 PM

I just see no way 1917 doesn’t win this. Some of the best cinematography I’ve ever seen.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:51 PM

Roger Deakins is about to take this home for 1917. Clearest award winner of any of the nominees.

Zach Helfand
6:50 PM

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis Dryfus to announce cinematography.

Zach Helfand
6:43 PM

Such childhood nostalgia hearing Randy Newman’s voice.

Zach Helfand
6:38 PM

Ford V Ferrari wins for its superb sound editing.

Zach Helfand
6:31 PM

I love Eminem, and he’s performing well, but this seems a little off-beat with the rest of the show.

Zach Helfand
6:26 PM

Interesting how the compensate for not having a host by having different Hollywoo stars and celebrities introduce all the announcers and fill the time in between awards.

Zach Helfand
6:20 PM

Laura Dern gives her father a shoutout in her acceptance speech (Bruce Dern).

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:19 PM

And it’s Laura Dern for her portrayal of Scarlett Johansen’s lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story.

Zach Helfand
6:16 PM

I don’t think anyone can beat Laura Dern in this category.

Zach Helfand
6:16 PM

Maharshala Ali presents best supporting actress.

Zach Helfand
6:09 PM

Mark Ruffalo, who appeared this year in Dark Waters and Avengers: Endgame, presents the Best Documentary award.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:04 PM

Chrissy Metz sings “I’m Standing With You,” from Christian film Breakthrough.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
6:01 PM

They seem to be panning to Greta Gerwig, director of Little Women, despite her controversially not being nominated.

Zach Helfand
5:59 PM

I stand corrected. Little Women wins for Costume design.

Zach Helfand
5:58 PM

I think it’s between Jojo Rabbit and Once Upon a Time for costume design.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:58 PM

Well deserved. They really created a wholly different period. I’m 5/7 by the way.

Zach Helfand
5:57 PM

Once Upon a time in Hollywood wins for its portrayal of 1960’s L.A.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:55 PM

Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph are puttin on an.. act right now. I think they’re presenting Best Production Deisgn.

Zach Helfand
5:47 PM

Shia LeBeouf and Zack Gottsagen of “Peanutbutter Falcon” present nominees for best live action short film.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:45 PM

Taika Waititi takes it for his adaptation of Caging Skies as Jojo Rabbit. Waititi starred as Adolf Hitler and directed the film.

Zach Helfand
5:43 PM

Really hoping Jojo Rabbit can pull off the adapted screenplay Oscar.

Zach Helfand
5:42 PM

Ground-breaking… a Korean film wins best original screenplay!

Zach Helfand
5:41 PM

Well deserved. Bong Joon Ho delivers his acceptance speech through a translator.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:40 PM

BONG JOON HO TAKES BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY FOR PARASITE!!! 3/4 for me on picks!!

Zach Helfand
5:39 PM

I think Parasite should win for original screenplay.

Zach Helfand
5:32 PM

Idina Menzel is joined on stage for her performance by singers of numerous other languages joining her in song.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:28 PM

Josh Gad references John Travolta’s mispronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name as she comes up to sing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:26 PM

Hair Love takes the cake. The film is about a young black girl and her father’s relationship with her natural hair.

Zach Helfand
5:2 PM

Kaling stays on stage to present the nominees for best animated short film.

Zach Helfand
5:1 PM

Pitt also recognizes the stunt coordinators from the film, saying thank you.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:16 PM

And Brad Pitt takes the cake. Pitt’s first speech honors Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Director Quentin Tarantino and co-star Leonardo Dicaprio.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:14 PM

I want Pitt here. I thought he had one of the most fun roles I’ve seen in a while.

Zach Helfand
5:12 PM

Regina King presents the nominees for best supporting actor.

Zach Helfand
5:11 PM

Steve Martin pokes fun at the fact that there’s no host.

Zach Helfand
5:08 PM

Chris Rock calls out Jeff Bezos in the audience and razzes him.

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:02 PM

The first performance of the show is being led by Janelle Monae and Billy Porter. They are signing a mashup of songs from nominees.

Zach Helfand
5:02 PM

And I’m Zach Helfand. Welcome to the 2020 Oscars!

Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks
5:00 PM

Hello and welcome to the Boiling Point’s live blog of these year’s Oscars, I’m Jacob Lefkowitz Brooks.

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