26/09/2020

With all the major Oscar acting categories seemingly locked up, ‘1917’ and ‘Parasite’ vie in a wide-open best picture race at the Academy Awards.

Is “1917” a wartime shoo-in for best picture, or might “Parasite” make some Oscar history Sunday night?
The 92nd annual Academy Awards brings to a close yet another awards season, one in which the main acting categories are led by performers who’ve run roughshod over their competition. But the race for best picture is somewhat more up in the air.
Sam Mendes’ World War I thriller “1917” is the closest to a favorite, having won important Golden Globe, Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards. But Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean black comedy “Parasite,” which took the best ensemble award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, is vying to be the first foreign-language film to win best picture.
Also competing in the category are Quentin Tarantino’s 1969-set L.A. fantasy “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “The Irishman,” divorce drama “Marriage Story,” coming-of-age adaptation “Little Women,” retro racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” and World War II satire “Jojo Rabbit.”
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Having swept through awards season already are “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix (best actor), “Judy” thespian Renee Zellweger (best actress), “Once Upon a Time” stalwart Brad Pitt (supporting actor) and “Marriage Story” scene-stealer Laura Dern (supporting actress). It’d be the first Oscars for Phoenix and Dern, and the first Academy acting honor for Pitt, who won as a producer for best picture “12 Years a Slave” in 2014. 
Check back here at 8 EST/5 PST for all the real-time wins and highlights from the Oscar ceremony (airing live on ABC).