Academy Award Winners And What They’re Doing Next.

The 92nd Oscars have come and gone and the clock has already started on next year’s Oscars – just 55 weeks away! Of course, that’s a joke… unless you actually work for the Academy or the ABC Network. In case you haven’t yet heard, the Oscars went to: 


Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor for JOKER. 

An emotional Joaquin Phoenix accepts his Oscar.
Image courtesy of Joaquin Phoenix Central on Facebook.

Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Actor for ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. 

Brad Pitt with his Academy Award.
Image courtesy of Brad Pitt/Plan B Fan Page on Facebook.

Renée Zellweger, Best Actress for JUDY.

Renée Zellweger, winner for Best Actress with her statuette.
Image courtesy of Renée Zellweger World on Facebook.

Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story. 

Courtesy of AMPAS Official Twitter Page.

Bong Joon Ho, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for PARASITE. 

Bong Joon Ho, winner of Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture and Best International Film.
Image courtesy of Bong Joon Ho Fanpage on Facebook.

Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay for JOJO RABBIT (which shot entirely in Prague). Finally, PARASITE also won International Feature Film and Best Picture in a sweep.

Courtesy of AMPAS Official Twitter Page

A Bit Of History

If you’re a fan of the event (and, based on the ratings, the fanbase in dwindling), here are some fun stats about the statue itself:

The official name of the Oscar statue is the Academy Award® of Merit. The statues are 13 1/2 inches (34.29cm) tall and weigh 8 1/2 pounds (3.85kg). Over the history of the ceremony, 3,140 statues have been presented. 

The first ever Oscar recipient was Emil Jannings in 1929. The statuettes represent “a stylized figure of a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes signifying the five original branches of the Academy (actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers).”

It takes three months to create fifty statuettes and each one is solid bronze plated in 24-karat gold. 

You may be wondering where the term “Oscar” came from. Well, there isn’t a definitive answer, but… the most oft-told story is that, upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but it was widely known by 1934 and referenced in a piece by Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky about Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win.

What’s Next For The Winners?

Bong Joon Ho is in development on a sequel to his 2006 film THE HOST but it may be a while before it makes it to screens worldwide. In the meantime, Adam McKay (VICE, THE BIG SHORT) has made a deal with Bong to bring PARASITE to HBO as a limited series. 

Taika Waititi is mid-prep on THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER for Marvel. The film will be his second (after THOR: RAGNAROK) for the MCU, will re-introduce Natalie Portman as Lady Thor and may also star Christian Bale as the baddie. If you were a fan of Waititi’s Korg in RAGNAROK, it’s a safe bet the character will return in the new film as well.

Joaquin Phoenix is attached to a JOKER sequel – no surprise considering the film crossed a billion dollars globally. He’s also starring in a film for writer-director Mike Mills (20th CENTURY WOMEN, BEGINNERS) called C’MON, C’MON.

Renée Zellweger has only one film lined up at the moment. HEFT will see her star in a drama as a mother who reaches out to her former writing professor with the hopes he can help her son. Owen Teague, last seen in IT: CHAPTER II will play her son. 

Brad Pitt, a prolific Oscar-winning producer in his own right, has more than thirty projects(!) in development. He has yet to select his next on-screen role.

Laura Dern has taken a deep dive into television recently both as a producer and actor –  a trend that looks to continue in 2020. Her next on-screen role isn’t clear at the moment but could possibly be JURASSIC WORLD 3 in which she’ll reprise her role as Doctor Ellie Sattler and see her reunite with Sam Neill as Alan Grant. 

Did you watch the Oscars? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments!

Shaun O'Banion

Shaun O'Banion

Shaun O'Banion is a Gotham Award-winning independent film producer, writer, and teacher who has been living and working in Prague since 2015.
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Shaun O'Banion is a Gotham Award-winning independent film producer, writer, and teacher who has been living and working in Prague since 2015.