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Circuit Q&A: Academy Award Postmortem


**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**

It’s all over, ladies and gentlemen. We’re now done with awards season. The 2020 cinematic world is fully upon us. Yes, last night the 92nd Academy Award ceremony was held, ultimately crowning a new Best Picture winner. In the shadow of that result, we’d like to know how you felt about the show. Consider this a short Oscar postmortem and a way for you to give us a holler about your Academy Award thoughts.

Did the Oscars please you? Were the winners to your liking? Maybe the end result annoyed you. If you thought a title like “1917,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” or “Parasite” deserved more than it ultimately received, now is the time to say so. Beyond that, were you again satisfied with the show not having a host? Or, are you ready for Oscar to again have a master of ceremonies come next year? Of course, it could depend on how the Academy would pick. If so, do you have a suggestion?

Now that the Academy Awards are over, how are you feeling? There’s no wrong answer, either. Are you still focused on the 2019 releases and how they fared yesterday evening? Or, are you full speed ahead on 2020 titles and thinking about the year in advance Oscar predictions? No matter which side you fall on, you’re not alone. Maybe you’re stuck in the middle and need to decompress a bit first? Likewise, this is a totally acceptable position to have.


Time to chime in. What is your Academy Award report card for this year? Leave a comment and let us know where your head is at today!

What did you think of the Academy Awards? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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Although it was expected to win, was still disappointed that 1917 won Visual Effects over say Avengers: Endgame. Say what you like about the film, but the visual effects were outstanding. Also could have done without uneducated really against the dairy industry.


Disappointed that 1917 won Visual effects. I know it was expected to, but I feel it had the weakest Visual effects of its competition. Also could have done without the uneducated rally cry from Phoenix about the dairy industry or that rather bizarre opening number. Also was a little confused at the need to have presenters present presenters.


I was mostly pretty pleased with the winners. Bong’s upset in Director was the highlight of the night for me.


While Parasite wasn’t my top choice for BP or BD it was still cool to see it win that, so i’m pleased with that.
What disappointed me is that The Irishman went home empty handed, it deserved better. It should have at least won Adapted Screenplay, much more deserved than Jojo Rabbit IMO.


Bong upsetting in director was the highlight for me as well due to my lack of love for 1917(I don’t think it’s a bad film…just my 9th favorite of the nominees). Parasite is my favorite film to win best picture since Spotlight and my 2nd favorite of the decade…slightly over Argo, Birdman, Shape of Water and Moonlight…all of which I view as special films. So even though I thought Once Upon a Time was slightly better and my favorite of the year I much prefer Parasite over 1917. While I held out hope as the night went on I would… Read more »

Joey Magidson

Personally, I was thrilled to see history made, and specifically for this film to do it. Very cool.


The Irishman deserved much, much more.
Once Upon a Time deserved much much less.
Overall, pleased with Parasite winning.

Brad Pitt beating out Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hanks to win best supporting actor is like a digestive cookie beating out chocolate eclair, tiramisu, croquembouche, and soufflé for best dessert.


Having no host again was pretty great. The song performances were mostly good. The awards were really boring until Parasite started winning stuff. Bong Joon-ho gave so many great speeches, and his Martin Scorsese shoutout is an instant all-timer. All of a sudden, I’m feeling really optimistic about the Academy’s future.

Jon Low

I’m trying to think of the 2019 releases that were under-served by the Academy that history will be kind to. The Spirit win yesterday made me think that The Farewell will hopefully be a cable TV hero that families stumble into for years to come.


My 2 Favourites of the year were Parasite and Jojo so from the screenplay winners I was happy because both Bong and Taika won. Then when Parasite started sweeping (the big categories) I was delighted. Even if it ruined my predictions I really can’t complain about any of the wins… From a winners perspective it really was one of the best of the decade!



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