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The 2020 Academy Awards

Oscars 2020

Given the turbulent times here in America, the 92nd Oscars could prove to eventful time. Once again, the show is going hostless since that format worked last year raising the number of viewers. But I sort of wonder who is in control is someone decides to go rogue and go off about the president, climate change, or kale. And they are plenty of stars that could. Among the stars presenting awards this year are Jane Fonda and Shia LaBeouf, both who have been known to share their opinions when they weren’t asked. And then there’s Joaquin Phoenix whose movie, Joker has received 11 Oscar nominations, and has a habit of simultaneously thanking people for his awards and then scolding them for doing so. There’s a good chance that we’ll be hearing from him a lot tomorrow. Sheesh.

Maybe, just maybe this year will be different. In the fast few years, the glitz, and glamour of the award show is still intact, but the whole celebration of Hollywood and movie-making seems to have disappeared in favor of the cause of the day. (I wonder what color of ribbons everyone will be dressed with this year?) But as the say, the show must go on.

Planning Your Own Party

Oh, the lives of the rich and famous. Who hasn’t wished that they could walk down that red carpet and attend an Academy Awards ceremony? Who says you can’t? While you’re waiting for your official invitation to hobnob in Hollywood, why not host your own tinsel town party? Whether you want to go all out or just keep things simple, we’ve come up with some ideas to make the night an enjoyable one. Read more on SeattleRefind.com.


The Oscars Red Carpet Show

The Oscars Red Carpet Show will give viewers live access to the night’s nominees, performers and presenters beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST/6:30 p.m. EST on ABC. The red carpet festivities will be hosted by actor and singer Billy Porter, award-winning journalist and talk show host Tamron Hall, supermodel Lily Aldridge and film critic Elvis Mitchell. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST/7:30 p.m. EST, Emmy® Award-winning producer and renowned radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest will return to usher the viewers watching from home into the final moments before the main event begins for an evening that is sure to delight audiences worldwide. This follows his duties on “E! Live From The Red Carpet: Oscars 2019” where he co-hosts with Giuliana Rancic and serves as executive producer. E!’s complete multiplatform coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST.


The Nominees

In case you have forgotten, here are this year’s nominees. You can print your ballot from the Oscars website.

Best Picture

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Best Director

  • Martin Scorsese / The Irishman
  • Todd Phillips / Joker
  • Same Mendes / 1917
  • Quentin Tarantino / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Bong Joon Ho / Parasite

Best Actress
in a Leading Role

  • Cynthia Erivo / Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson / Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan / Little Women
  • Charlize Theron / Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger / Judy

Best Actor
in a Leading Role

  • Antonio Banderas / Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio / Once Upon a Time Hollywood
  • Adam Diver / Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix / Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce / The Two Popes

Best Actress
in a Supporting Role

  • Kathy Bates / Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern / Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson / Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh / Little Women
  • Margot Robbie / Bombshell

Best Actor
in a Supporting Role

  • Tom Hanks / A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins / The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino / The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci / The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Cinematography

  • Rodrigo Prieto / The Irishman
  • Lawrence Sher / Joker
  • Jain Blaschke / The Lighthouse
  • Roger Deakins / 1917
  • Robert Richardson / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Original Screenplay

  • Rian Johnson / Knives Out
  • Noah Baumbach / Marriage Story
  • Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns / 1917
  • Quentin Tarantino / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won / Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Steven Zaillian / The Irishman
  • Taika Waititi / Jojo Rabbit
  • Todd Phillips / Scott Silver / Joker
  • Greta Gerwig / Little Women
  • Anthony McCarten / The Two Popes

Best International
Feature Film

  • Corpus Christi (Poland)
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia)
  • Les Misérables (France)
  • Pain and Glory (Spain)
  • Parasite (South Korea)

Best Documentary
Feature Film

  • American Factory
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland

Best Animated
Feature Film

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbor’s Window
  • Saria
  • A Sister

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • In the Absence
  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
  • Life Overtakes Me
  • St. Louis Superman
  • Walk, Run, Cha-Cha

Best Animated Short Film

  • Dcera
  • Hair Love
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister

Best Costume Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Bombshell
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • 1917

Best Production Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” / Toy Story 4
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” / Rocketman
  • “I’m Standing with You” / Breakthrough
  • “Into the Unknown” / Frozen 2
  • “Stand Up” / Harriet

Best Original Score

  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Mixing

  • Ad Astra
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Film Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Parasite

The Presenters

This year’s list of presenters include Jane Fonda, Josh Gad, Tom Hanks, Oscar Isaac, Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Taika Waititi, Mahershala Ali, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Zack Gottsagen, Salma Hayek, Mindy Kaling, Diane Keaton, Regina King, Shia LaBeouf, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, George MacKay, Rami Malek, Steve Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Keanu Reeves, Ray Romano, Maya Rudolph, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Wiig and Rebel Wilson.


The Performers

This year, the celebration will include all of this year’s nominated songs and will include a special surprise performance by Janelle Monáe. What she will be singing has not been announced as of yet. In addition, the show will feature a special appearance by Questlove and a guest-conducted segment by Eímear Noone. Noone is the first woman to conduct during an Oscars telecast. As for the others, here is who will be singing what:

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4, performed by Randy Newman
  • “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman, performed by Elton John
  • “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough, performed by Chrissy Metz
  • “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II, performed by Idina Menzel and AURORA
  • “Stand Up” from Harriet, performed by Cynthia Erivo

The Oscars After Show

Live From Hollywood: After the Awards is making sure Hollywood’s biggest night doesn’t end too soon. The one-hour live broadcast from outside the Governors Ball will highlight the best moments of the evening, from the red carpet to the main show, set to kick off at 10:00 p.m. PST/11:35 p.m. EST on ABC. Renowned television personality Maria Menounos, famed ESPN First Take personality and Sports Center with Stephen A. Smith host Stephen A. Smith, and celebrated entertainment reporter and sportscaster Ben Lyons will chat with the night’s big winners and analyze the most iconic moments, capturing all of the excitement with your favorite stars.  

(Main Image: ABC)

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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