Let's start with the necessities.
The Oscars are Sunday, February 9th and are being held in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The show will air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST, tune in beforehand for red carpet interviews and coverage. Are you a college student and don't have cable? No worries! ABC will be streaming the show from its website and app. You can also tune in on Hulu Live.
Who's hosting, you may ask? Nobody. After Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the 2019 Oscars due to his resurfaced homophobic tweets, the Academy did not want anyone to host. If you can recall, there was a lot of talk about whether or not this would make the ceremony awkward, but as it turned out, the ceremony received higher ratings and all went well. In hopes of replicating last years' success, the Academy and ABC agreed that there will not be a host for the 2020 Oscars.
The 2020 nominees were announced on January 13th on a global live stream on Oscar.com. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the full list of nominees and (if you're like me) frantically try and watch all the movies before Sunday night!
For Best Picture there are nine nominees, some of which are Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite", Greta Gerwig's "Little Women", Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Todd Phillips' "Joker." "Joker" is also topping for the most nominations, being eligible to win 11 awards.
Netflix has a total of 20 nominations beating out all other studios. This is a huge leap from last year as it received its first Best Picture nomination. "Marriage Story", "The Irishman", and "The Two Popes" all from Netflix, earned multiple nominations.
Did the Academy give anyone the cold-shoulder?
There are a handful of celebrities that surprisingly did not make it to the nominee list. For starters, in the past year, there have been multiple female directors that have put out amazing films like "Little Women", "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood", and "Hustlers" and there is not one female nominated for Best Director. Talk about a slap in the face!
Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" is the first South Korean film to be nominated for Best International Feature Film and Best Picture, yet none of its actors received nominations. Adam Sandler's highly acclaimed movie "Uncut Gems" was surprisingly blatantly ignored by the Academy.
These are just the basics so tune in for all the controversies, celebrations, presentations, and performances. Something Twitter-meme-worthy always happens at award shows so, let's just see what happens.