92nd Academy Awards

92nd Academy Awards
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Official poster
DateFebruary 9, 2020
SiteDolby Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Preshow hosts
Produced byLynette Howell Taylor
Stephanie Allain
Directed byGlenn Weiss
Highlights
Best PictureParasite
Most awardsParasite (4)
Most nominationsJoker (11)
TV in the United States
NetworkABC
Duration3 hours, 35 minutes
Ratings23.6 million[1]

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2019 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[2] After more than a decade of holding the Academy Award ceremonies towards the end of February, the 92nd Academy Awards took place earlier in the month, on February 9, 2020.[2][3] During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, produced by Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain, and directed by Glenn Weiss.[4] Citing the success of the format at the 91st presentation in 2019, ABC announced that the ceremony would again be conducted without a host.[5]

In related events, the Academy held its 11th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on October 27, 2019.[6]

The South Korean film Parasite led the ceremony with four awards and became the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture, as well as the first South Korean submission to be nominated for (and win) Best International Feature Film.[7][8] The war film 1917 won three awards, while Ford v Ferrari, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won two awards each.[9] American Factory, Bombshell, Hair Love, Jojo Rabbit, Judy, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl), Little Women, Marriage Story, The Neighbors' Window, Rocketman, and Toy Story 4 won one award each. With a viewership of 23.6 million, it was the least watched ceremony since Nielsen Soundscan began keeping track of the ratings records.

Winners and nominees[]

Bong Joon-ho, Best Picture co-winner, Best Director winner, Best Original Screenplay co-winner, and Best International Feature Film winner
Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor winner
Renée Zellweger, Best Actress winner
Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Actor winner
Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress winner
Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Toy Story 4, Best Animated Feature co-winner
Jonas Rivera, Best Animated Feature co-winner
Marshall Curry, Best Live Action Short Film winner
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Score winner
Elton John, Best Original Song co-winner
Bernie Taupin, Best Original Song co-winner
Roger Deakins, Best Cinematography winner

The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards[10] were announced on January 13, 2020, at 5:18 a.m. PST (13:18 UTC), at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, by actors John Cho and Issa Rae.[11][12]

Awards[]

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[13]

Governors Awards[]

The Academy held its 11th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on October 27, 2019, and presented the following four awards:[15]

Honorary Academy Awards[]

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[]

Films that received multiple awards and nominations[]

At the 92nd Academy Awards, 53 films received 124 nominations. Of these, 16 films received 24 Academy Awards of Merit.

Films that received multiple awards
Awards Film
4 Parasite
3 1917
2 Ford v Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Presenters and performers[]

Presenters[]

The presenters for the 92nd Academy Awards were:[16]

Name Role
Steve Martin
Chris Rock
Performed opening comedy dialogue and introduced presenter Regina King
Regina King Presented the award for Best Supporting Actor
Beanie Feldstein Introduced presenter Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling Presented the awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film
Josh Gad Introduced the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Into the Unknown"
Kelly Marie Tran Introduced presenters Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves
Diane Keaton
Keanu Reeves
Presented the award for Best Original Screenplay
Timothée Chalamet
Natalie Portman
Presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Shia LaBeouf
Zack Gottsagen
Presented the award for Best Live Action Short Film
Maya Rudolph
Kristen Wiig
Presented the awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design
Mark Ruffalo Presented the awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject
Mahershala Ali Presented the award for Best Supporting Actress
Anthony Ramos Introduced presenter Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda Introduced segment on music in film
Salma Hayek Pinault
Oscar Isaac
Presented the awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Utkarsh Ambudkar Introduced presenters Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Will Ferrell
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Presented the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing
Tom Hanks Presented a special segment on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Zazie Beetz Introduced the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Stand Up"
James Corden
Rebel Wilson
Presented the award for Best Visual Effects
Sandra Oh
Ray Romano
Presented the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Penélope Cruz Presented the award for Best International Feature Film
Taika Waititi Introduced presenters Gal Gadot, Sigourney Weaver, and Brie Larson
Gal Gadot
Brie Larson
Sigourney Weaver
Presented the award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song
Spike Lee Presented the award for Best Director
Steven Spielberg Presented the "In Memoriam" tribute
George MacKay Introduced presenter Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman Presented the award for Best Actor
Rami Malek Presented the award for Best Actress
Jane Fonda Presented the award for Best Picture

Performers[]

Musical performances at the ceremony were:[17]

Name Performance
Rickey Minor Conductor / Music Director
Janelle Monáe
Billy Porter
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"
"Come Alive (The War of the Roses)"
"I'm Still Standing"
Idina Menzel
Aurora
Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg
Willemijn Verkaik
Takako Matsu
Carmen García Sáenz
Lisa Stokke
Kasia Łaska
Anna Buturlina
Gisela
Gam Wichayanee
"Into the Unknown" from Frozen II
Chrissy Metz "I'm Standing with You" from Breakthrough
Eminem "Lose Yourself" (during "music on film" segment)
Randy Newman "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4
Utkarsh Ambudkar "Oscars Recap Rap" (uncred)
Cynthia Erivo "Stand Up" from Harriet
Elton John "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Eímear Noone Conducted musical scores during Best Original Score award presentation
Billie Eilish
Finneas O'Connell
"Yesterday" (during the "In Memoriam" sequence)

Ceremony information[]

During its board of directors meeting in April 2019, the Academy voted to rename the Best Foreign Language Film category to Best International Feature Film, and allow animated and documentary films to be eligible for the award. The requirement for nominees to have the majority of their dialogue be in a language other than English remains in force.[18][19] The category of Best Makeup and Hairstyling was also expanded from seven finalists and three nominees to ten finalists and five nominees.[20]

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced in January 2020 that the ceremony would once again forego a host, citing the success of the format from the previous ceremony (necessitated by the withdrawal of originally announced host Kevin Hart). Burke stated that the ceremony would feature "huge entertainment values, big musical numbers, comedy, and star power".[21][22]

Ceremony highlights[]

The show opened with a comedy routine featuring Steve Martin and Chris Rock; following the host-less ceremony from the prior year, ABC's vice president of special programming Rob Mills said they felt it was tradition to open the ceremony with a bit of comedy before starting the awards.[23]

The performance of "Into the Unknown" from Frozen II featured Idina Menzel and Aurora joined by nine of Elsa's voice actresses from international dubs of the film.[24] Up-and-coming actors such as Beanie Feldstein, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Ramos, Utkarsh Ambudkar and George MacKay were used introduce some of the veteran presenters, an idea by producers Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain to highlight inclusion within the Hollywood community.[23]

James Corden and Rebel Wilson presented the award for Best Visual Effects dressed in cat costumes to satirize their starring roles in Cats — a film critically-panned for its poor visual effects, among other factors — and told the audience "As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects."; Mills said Corden had come up with this idea.[23] The next day, February 10, the Visual Effects Society issued a statement criticizing Corden and Wilson's act, commenting that "[t]he best visual effects in the world will not compensate for a story told badly".[25][26]

Another highlight of the ceremony was Eminem's surprise performance of "Lose Yourself". The song had been nominated for and ultimately won Best Original Song in 2003,[27] but Eminem declined to attend the ceremony due to his lack of confidence that the song would actually win, among other factors.[28] The idea of bringing Eminem back originated from Mills and the Academy, wanting to keep a "high energy" musical act in line with Justin Timberlake and Queen + Adam Lambert's opening performances during the 89th and 91st Academy Awards, respectively, as well as to find a way to give Eminem a chance to perform his winning song. Further, Eminem found the opportunity timely as he had just released a new album, Music to Be Murdered By. The performance was a closely-held secret by the ceremony's producers, and Eminem was reportedly given the option to drop out of the show if word of the performance leaked, and thus was scheduled in mid-ceremony rather than as an opening act so that if he did back out, it would not have disrupted the program.[29][23]

As Kwak Sin-ae, CEO of Barunson E&A and producer of Parasite, finished her acceptance speech for Best Picture, and Miky Lee, vice president of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group and executive producer of Parasite, was about to give one, the stage lights went off. The audience—including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Charlize Theron—then vocally pleaded for the lights to go back on to allow Lee to deliver her remarks.[30] It is well-known that acceptance speeches are often cut due to the longer-than-usual run time of the Academy Awards. In South Korea, questions arose as to whether it was appropriate for Lee to give an acceptance speech when she was not a part of Parasite's Best Picture nominated team, which were producers Kwak and Bong Joon-ho. In response, Kwak wrote in a social media post that it was arranged in advance that, in the event Parasite were to win Best Picture, she would give a quick speech and Lee would give one next. Kwak also wrote that Bong had a shortage of speeches after winning three categories prior.[31][32]

Viewership[]

An estimated 23.6 million viewers watched the ceremony live, with a 5.3 rating among key demographic viewers. It represented a 20% decrease over the previous year's ceremony, and made it the least-watched Oscar ceremony of all time. The ceremony remained the highest-viewed award show of the television season, as declining viewership is a phenomenon seen across all award shows over the past few years.[33]

Reactions[]

Parasite's Best Picture win was well-received by film critics, who hailed it as a major step forward for popular appreciation of international film and for restoring the legitimacy of the Academy. "The academy gave best picture to the actual best picture", wrote Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times, who continued that the film awards body was "startled ... into recognizing that no country's cinema has a monopoly on greatness".[34] Conversely, U.S. president Donald Trump lambasted Parasite's win at a campaign rally in Colorado on February 20, 2020;[35] his comments were widely condemned as "xenophobic" and "racist".[36] The North American distributor of the film, Neon, responded by tweeting: "Understandable, he can't read."[37]

In Memoriam[]

The annual "In Memoriam" segment was introduced by Steven Spielberg, with Billie Eilish singing "Yesterday" accompanied by Finneas O'Connell over the sequence.[38]

The segment was reported to have omitted some notable 2019 deaths, including Luke Perry, Valentina Cortese, Sue Lyon, Carol Lynley, Tim Conway, Michael J. Pollard, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sid Haig, Carol Channing, René Auberjonois, Caroll Spinney, Bob Einstein, and Cameron Boyce, even though the Academy's website features a larger list that includes these, among other omissions during the ceremony.[39][40]

See also[]

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