Chinese audience anxious for Oscar films

By Zhang Rui
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Alibaba Pictures releases a celebratory poster after the 92nd Academy Awards. [Image courtesy of Alibaba Pictures]

"1917," a Universal/Amblin Partners film winning three awards for best sound mixing, best cinematography and best visual effects, was supposed to hit Chinese cinemas during February and now is also postponed. Its Chinese co-producer Alibaba Pictures, which has handled releases of many Oscar-winning films in the past, released a celebratory poster in China.

"We hope that we don't have to wait too long to see this film in theaters, " said Li Jie, senior vice president of Alibaba Pictures and head of Alibaba's ticketing platform Taopiaopiao. "In this difficult time, Alibaba will stick together with colleagues among the theater chains."

Soon afterwards, iQiyi deleted all the posters announcing early release of these Oscar-winning films.

The Chinese film industry has been hit hard by the virus outbreak. To protect people's health and control the epidemic, China shut down all the theaters nationwide to avoid crowds in confined places just before the Spring Festival, the world's most lucrative film season of the year, set to begin on Jan. 25. A potential blockbuster comedy "Lost in Russia" by Xu Zheng, chose to debut online. But most film studios and cinemas are struggling to survive during the shutdown period.  

Here's the full list of 2020 Oscar winners:

Best Picture: "Parasite" 

Lead Actress: Renee Zellweger, "Judy" 

Lead Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker" 

Director: Bong Joon-ho, "Parasite"

Original Song: "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," "Rocketman"

Original Score: "Joker," Hildur Guðnadóttir

Best International Feature Film: "Parasite," Bong Joon-ho

Makeup and Hair: "Bombshell"

Visual Effects: "1917"

Film Editing: "Ford vs. Ferrari" 

Cinematography: "1917," Roger Deakins 

Sound Mixing: "1917"

Sound Editing: "Ford vs. Ferrari" 

Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, "Marriage Story"

Best Documentary Short Subject: "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone," Carol Dysinger

Best Documentary Feature: "American Factory," Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar

Costume Design: "Little Women," Jacqueline Durran

Production Design: "1917," Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales

Best Live Action Short Film: "The Neighbors' Window," Marshall Curry

Adapted Screenplay: "Jojo Rabbit," Taika Waititi

Original Screenplay: "Parasite," Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han

Animated Short: "Hair Love," Matthew A. Cherry

Animated Feature: "Toy Story 4," Josh Cooley

Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

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