As for the second time in a row and the third time in history the annual award will have no host, winners and nominees of the past, as well as Hollywood stars and celebrities, are presenting the winners of the film industry’s most coveted prizes at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Todd Phillips’ “Joker” is leading the overall Oscar nominations with 11, followed by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ World War I epic drama “1917”, each with nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director.
“Ford v Ferrari,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story” and one of the most discussed Korean films of the year, “Parasite,” have also been nominated for Best Picture. “Parasite” has earned critical praise ever since its release at the beginning of 2019, receiving multiple awards throughout the year. Rarely has a non-English language movie been nominated for Best Picture, meaning that Bong Joon-ho’s film has the chance to become the first-ever to win the most prestigious Academy Award.
Some of the nominations, however, might have already been “spoiled” by “leaks”. For example, just a day before this year’s Oscars voting period ended, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appeared to post its official “predictions” for this year’s Oscars on Twitter, showing “Parasite” winning best picture and Sam Mendes taking best director for “1917.” The puzzling tweet was soon deleted, with the Academy explaining that “a brief issue on Twitter made some [fans predictions] look like they came from our account.”
This year’s ceremony also has numerous presenters for the nominations, including, but not limited to, double Oscar winner Tom Hanks, winner of the 2019 Oscar for best actor Rami Malek, 2019 Oscar supporting role winner Mahershala Ali, best-actress winner in 2019 Olivia Colman, and 2011 Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. Several internet-beloved actors, including Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and “breathtaking” action star Keanu Reeves, are also scheduled to appear on stage as presenters at some point.
Some notable musical acts are also expected to perform this evening. While the 2019 ceremony was rocked by the memorable opening act of Queen and Adam Lambert, 2020 has five-time Grammy winner sensation Billie Eilish performing on stage, with most of the audience hoping she will debut her theme tune for the new James Bond movie, “No Time To Die.” Another rather a surprise appearance is one of the nominees for best song, “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II,” to be performed not just by one but ten actresses who provide the voice for princess Elsa in countries around the world, including Denmark, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Thailand.
One of the storylines this year is that some of the award categories will see family members competing against each other. Greta Gerwig, the director, and writer of the Best Picture nominated “Little Women” is the partner of Noah Baumbach – the director and writer of “Marriage Story,” which was also nominated for the award. The couple, who have a child together, are also both nominated for their screenplays, yet this time they aren’t competing with each other: Gerwig is nominated for the best-adapted screenplay, while Baumbach is among nominees for original screenplay. Cousins Randy and Thomas Newman are also both represented in the Best Original Score nomination for their work on Marriage Story and 1917, respectively. Thomas has previously been nominated 14 times but with no wins, while Randy has 20 past nominations and two wins.