Oscars 2020: Winners and losers of this year’s awards

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad Pitt scooped the big acting prizes as Scots 1917 writer narrowly missed out.

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Scottish writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns has narrowly missed out on an Oscar for her screenplay for acclaimed war drama 1917.

Edged out by South-Korean film Parasite, which also won the biggest award of the night – Best Film, the first foreign language film ever to do so.

Glasgow-born filmmaker Wilson-Cairns was hand selected by Sam Mendes to write the script. Scenes were shot at Govan Docks – where her grandfather used to work, and where her obsession with films began.

“It rains a lot in Glasgow, shockingly, so you spend quite a lot of time indoors” she laughed, speaking to The Academy ahead of the ceremony.

The writer’s first steps in the industry began in a mechanic’s yard on the south bank of the River Clyde.

It was there, among the broken-down cars and storage units of her family’s firm at Ibrox, in Govan, that teenage Krysty fell in love with film-making.

With close proximity to the headquarters of STV, BBC and Glasgow’s TV and movie hub Film City, Krysty blagged her way into her first job as a runner on Taggart.


1917 lost out to Parasite in all the main award categories, in the night’s major upset.

Black-comedy parasite also won Best Director and Best International Feature, leaving Mendes empty handed.

It was widely thought that the British filmmaker would win his second directing Oscar for the First World War epic, filmed to appear as one long take.

The film did enjoy success in the cinematography category, where Roger Deakins won his second Oscar in three years. It was also celebrated for sound mixing – meaning Glaswegian Stuart Wilson took home his first ever Academy Award.

“I’d like to thank my men in the trenches for this,” he said. “And Sam Mendes, we couldn’t have done it without you.”

Who were the winners and losers at the Oscars?

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt scooped the big acting prizes at the Oscars.

Here is a look at the other winners and losers from the night.

Good night for:


The Korean film was the first from the country to be nominated for an Oscar, and ended up leaving with four – including the top prizes of best picture and best director.

Toy Story 4

Woody and Buzz Lightyear proved to be a winning combination once again, as the Pixar film scored the animation prize, despite not winning at the Baftas or Golden Globes.

Hildur Guonadottir

The Icelandic composer won the Academy Award for her original score for Joker, making her the fourth woman in history to win in the Oscars’ scoring categories, and the first since 1997.

Bad night for:


Sir Sam Mendes’ First World War epic was widely expected to win the best director and best picture prizes, but was instead recognised for cinematography, visual effects and sound mixing.

The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s widely-praised gangster drama came into the ceremony with 10 nominations, but walked away empty-handed.


The Irishman coming up short meant it was a disappointing night for the streaming service. It entered the Oscars with a leading 24 nominations, but walked away with just two statues – for Laura Dern as best supporting actress in Marriage Story, and for the documentary American Factory.

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