|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; it was 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.
The South Korean film Parasite led the ceremony with four awards, including Best Director for Bong Joon-ho and Best Picture, becoming the first non-English language film to do so, as well as the first South Korean submission to 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 Oscar each.
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:
|Melissa Disney||Announcer for the 92nd annual Academy Awards|
|Performers of opening comedy duologue and introducers of presenter Regina King|
|Regina King||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Beanie Feldstein||Introducer of presenter Mindy Kaling|
|Mindy Kaling||Presenter of the awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Film|
|Josh Gad||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Into the Unknown"|
|Kelly Marie Tran||Introducer of presenters Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Screenplay|
|Presenters of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design|
|Mark Ruffalo||Presenter of the awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short Subject|
|Mahershala Ali||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Anthony Ramos||Introducer of presenter Lin-Manuel Miranda|
|Lin-Manuel Miranda||Introducer of segment on music in film|
|Salma Hayek Pinault
|Presenters of the awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing|
|Utkarsh Ambudkar||Introducer of presenters Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus|
|Presenters of the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing|
|Introducer of presenter Tom Hanks|
|Tom Hanks||Presenter of a special presentation of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures|
|Zazie Beetz||Introducer of the performance of Best Original Song nominee "Stand Up"|
|Presenters of the award for Best Visual Effects|
|Presenters of the award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling|
|Penélope Cruz||Presenter of the award for Best International Feature Film|
|Taika Waititi||Introducer of presenters Gal Gadot, Sigourney Weaver and Brie Larson|
|Presenters of the award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song|
|Spike Lee||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Steven Spielberg||Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute|
|George MacKay||Introducer of presenter Olivia Colman|
|Olivia Colman||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Rami Malek||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Jane Fonda||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
Musical performances at the ceremony were:
|Performers||"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"|
"Come Alive (The War of the Roses)"
"I'm Still Standing"
Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg
Carmen García Sáenz
|Performers||"Into the Unknown" from Frozen II|
|Chrissy Metz||Performer||"I'm Standing with You" from Breakthrough|
|Eminem||Performer||"Lose Yourself" (during "music on film" segment)|
|Randy Newman||Performer||"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4|
|Utkarsh Ambudkar||Performer||"Oscars Recap Rap" (uncredited)|
|Cynthia Erivo||Performer||"Stand Up" from Harriet|
|Elton John||Performer||"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman|
|Eímear Noone||Conductor||Musical underscore during Best Original Score award presentation|
|Performer||"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 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".
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 poor visual effects; Mills said Corden had come up with this idea.
A 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, 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.
The audience lead by Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Charlize Theron, vocally pleaded for the lights to go back on to allow Parasite's executive producer Miky Lee to give her remarks as she was accepting the award for Best Picture. It is well-known that acceptance speeches are cut down due to the longer than usual running time of the Academy Awards.
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 edition, and made them the lowest-rated Academy Awards of all-time. The ceremony remained the highest-viewed award show of the television season, as declining viewership is a phenomenon seen across all awards programs over the past few years.
The segment was reported to have omitted some notable 2019 deaths, including Luke Perry, Valentina Cortese, Carol Lynley, Tim Conway, Michael J. Pollard, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sid Haig, Carol Channing, René Auberjonois, Caroll Spinney, 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