|92nd Academy Awards|
|Date||February 9, 2020|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Produced by||Lynette Howell Taylor|
|Directed by||Glenn Weiss|
|Most awards||Parasite (4)|
|Most nominations||Joker (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 35 minutes|
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. 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. 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. Citing the success of the format at the 91st presentation in 2019, ABC announced that the ceremony would again be conducted without a host.
This event marked the third time that more than two films had received ten or more nominations (after the 37th and 50th Academy Awards); and the first time in Oscar history that four films got ten or more nominations: 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman each received ten, while Joker received eleven.
The South Korean film Parasite led the ceremony with four awards and became the first film in a language other than English to win Best Picture, as well as the first South Korean submission to be nominated for (and win) Best International Feature Film. The war film 1917 won three awards, while Ford v Ferrari, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won two awards each. 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 is the least watched ceremony since Nielsen began keeping track of the ratings records.
The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards 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.
Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().
At the 92nd Academy Awards, 53 films received 124 nominations. Of these, 16 films received 24 Academy Awards of Merit.
|Once Upon a Time in Hollywood|
|4||Ford v Ferrari|
|Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker|
|The Two Popes|
|Pain and Glory|
|Toy Story 4|
|2||Ford v Ferrari|
|Once Upon a Time in Hollywood|
The presenters for the 92nd Academy Awards were:
|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|
|Presented the award for Best Original Screenplay|
|Presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Presented the award for Best Live Action Short Film|
|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
|Presented the awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing|
|Utkarsh Ambudkar||Introduced presenters Will Ferrell and 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"|
|Presented the award for Best Visual Effects|
|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|
|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|
Musical performances at the ceremony were:
|Rickey Minor||Conductor / Music Director|
|"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"|
"Come Alive (The War of the Roses)"
"I'm Still Standing"
Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg
Carmen García Sáenz
|"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|
|"Yesterday" (during the "In Memoriam" sequence)|
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 continued to 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. The category of Best Makeup and Hairstyling was also expanded from seven finalists and three nominees to ten finalists and five nominees.
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".
Forty-eight nominations went to 15 films on the list of the year's 50 top-grossing movies. Only Toy Story 4 (5th), Joker (9th), Knives Out (15th), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (16th), 1917 (17th), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (20th), Ford v Ferrari (22nd), Little Women (28th), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (46th) were nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature or any of the directing, acting or screenwriting awards. The other top 50 box-office hits that earned nominations were Avengers: Endgame (1st), The Lion King (2nd), Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (3rd), Frozen II (4th), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (24th), and Rocketman (33rd).
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.
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. 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.
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 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. 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".
Another highlight of the ceremony was Eminem's surprise performance of "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile (2002). The song had been nominated for and ultimately won Best Original Song in 2003, but Eminem declined to attend the ceremony due to his lack of confidence that the song would actually win, among other factors. 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.
When accepting the award for Best Director, Bong Joon-ho spoke through his interpreter: "When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is, the most personal is the most creative." He then said in English that this quote had come from "our great Martin Scorsese", which prompted the audience to give Scorsese an enthusiastic standing ovation. Later in the night, Bong confirmed in a separate press conference held for South Korean media that he read the quote from a book written by David Thompson; Bong did not mention the book's title at that time, but it was eventually turned out to be Scorsese on Scorsese, co-written by Thompson and Ian Christie.
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, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie in the front row—then vocally pleaded for the lights to go back on to allow Lee to deliver her remarks. 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. 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.
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 still eventually ranked as the most watched award show of the 2019–2020 television season, as declining viewership is a phenomenon seen across all award shows over the past few years. The 2020 Oscars is also one of the last live awards shows to have aired in the U.S. amidst the current upheaval in the general awards show calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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". Conversely, U.S. president Donald Trump lambasted Parasite's win at a campaign rally in Colorado on February 20, 2020, questioning why a foreign film won Best Picture; his comments were widely condemned as "xenophobic" and "racist". The North American distributor of the film, Neon, responded by tweeting: "Understandable, he can't read."
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.
Beginning in 2020, the Oscars will be held about two weeks earlier than usual. The 2019 ceremony is still scheduled for February 24; the 2020 ceremony will be held on February 9