Before the Show: The 2020 Oscars

Cole Kasprzyk, Staff Writer

As February begins, the 92nd Academy Awards draws nearer. 2019 had some exceptional films, which is why so many fans are anticipating the 2020 Oscars on February 9th at eight p.m. From Martin Scorsese’s three-hour long mobster film, The Irishman, to Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire, Jojo Rabbit, this year’s nominees are not striving away from variety. The Oscars have a wide variety of opportunities for creators to be awarded for their hard work on each of the movies produced in the year.

One award that will be presented during the 2020 Oscars was is the for Best Animated Feature. The movies nominated are: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis, and Bonnie Arnold), I Lost My Body (Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice), Klaus (Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, and Marisa Román), Missing Link (Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner, and Travis Knight), and Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, and Jonas Rivera).

Another award up for grabs at the Oscars is the movie for Best Cinematography. The films in competition for this award are The Irishman (Rodrigo Prieto), Joker (Lawrence Shaw), The Lighthouse (Jarin Blaschke), 1917 (Roger Deakins), and Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (Robert Richardson).

Best Supporting Actor is also on the list of awards. The nominees for this are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood).

Next, the award that will be presented is for Best Supporting Actress. The candidates for this award are Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women), and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).

Additionally, the award for the Best Actor in a Lead Role is also one that many films are competing for. The nominees are Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

Following the award for Best Actor in a Lead Role is the for Best Lead Actress. The nominees for the Best Lead Actress award are Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellweger (Judy).

Also, the award for Best Director is being presented at the Oscars. Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) are all in competition to receive this award.

The final award fans are voting for is for Best Picture. The nominees for this award are Ford V Ferrari (James Mangold), The Irishman (Martin Scorsese), Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi), Joker (Todd Phillips), Little Women (Greta Gerwig), Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach), 1917 (Sam Mendes), Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino), and Parasite (Bong Joon Ho).

In total, Joker received the highest amount of nominations, holding 11, ranging from Best Lead Actor to Best Score. 1917, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood and The Irishman, all received 10 nominations.