Oscars 2020: All the Brits who won
The 2020 Oscars had been predicted as a big night for Brits, with Sam Mendes 1917 the hot favourite heading into the awards show. It was swept aside though by Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite which made history as the first ever foreign language film to win Best Picture.
1917 still won three Oscars in total, two of which are coming back to the UK: Cinematography and Sound Mixing.
There were five British wins at the 2020 Oscars:
Elton John and Bernie Taupin: Best Original Song, (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman
An emotional Sir Elton John planted a kiss on Bernie Taupin as the long-time songwriting partners won an Oscar.
The duo behind some of the most enduring hits in popular music scooped the best original song Academy Award for (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again, which featured on Sir Elton's biopic Rocketman.
When the result was read out by actress Gal Gadot, Sir Elton, dressed in a typically flamboyant purple outfit, looked to the sky and mouthed 'oh my God'.
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He then planted a kiss on Taupin's head.
On stage, Taupin said: "Wow, this doesn't suck."
After Taupin paid tribute to the people who brought Rocketman to the big screen, Sir Elton said: "Thank you to Bernie, who's been the constant thing in my life - when I was screwed up, when I was normal, he's always been there for me."
It was Sir Elton's second Oscar, after he won in 1995 for his work on the Lion King soundtrack, but Taupin's first.
Sir Elton John is only the second British person to win the Oscar for best song more than once. The other is Tim Rice, who has won three times (in 1993, 1995 and 1997). Sir Elton's first win was in 1995 for Can You Feel The Love Tonight.
Roger Deakins: Cinematography, 1917
Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins won his second Oscar for his stunning work on Sam Mendes’ 1917. He has been nominated 15 times in total by the American Academy.
Asked what attracted him to 1917 backstage, cinematographer Deakins said Sir Sam Mendes was the main pull.
"The subject and working with Sam again, frankly," he said backstage after collecting his Oscar.
"I've done three films with Sam and they were all great experiences. That and World War One."
Roger Deakins is only the third British person in history to twice win the Oscar for best cinematography. His win for the film 1917 comes two years after he collected the trophy for Blade Runner 2049. The other two British dual winners are Geoffrey Unsworth, who won for Cabaret in 1973 and posthumously in 1981 for Tess; and Chris Menges, who won for The Killing Fields (1985) and The Mission (1987).
Jacqueline Durran: Costume Design, Little Women
Jacqueline Durran won her second Oscar for her work on Greta Gerwig’s literary adaptation Little Women. She previously won an Academy Award for Anna Karenina (2012), and has been nominated seven times for the award.
Collecting the prize, she thanked writer and director Greta Gerwig, saying: "She was an inspiration to all of us, for her courage and her brilliance."
Her next film project is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which is in production now.
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson: Sound Mixing, 1917
Oscar Isaac and Salma Hayek presented Taylor and Wilson with the Oscar for Sound Mixing. It was the first win from three nominations for Taylor, and first win from six nominations for Wilson.
They said they were accepting the award for the “entire 1917 sound team, each one of whom did outstanding work”.
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl): Documentary Short
Producers Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva accepted the award for Documentary Short from Mark Ruffalo. Andreicheva is, according to her IMDb profile, “a London-based documentary filmmaker carving out a niche for making hard-hitting documentaries for British and American TV, as well as pursuing a variety of independent projects.”
Her previous credits include an episode of Stacey Dooley Investigates for the BBC.