Tomorrow, February 9th, is a day those in Hollywood and movie fans around the world look forward to every year: the 2020 Oscars will take place at 8:00 (EST) and will air on ABC.
This will be the 92nd year for the Academy Awards, and for the second year in a row, the awards will take place without a designated host.
This change came about in 2019 when it was revealed that the announced host for that year, Kevin Hart, had sent some controversial, homophobic Tweets in the past, and he made the decision to step down from the job. Instead of replacing him, the decision was made to do away with the hosting position altogether; while the Academy Awards had never been host-less, the show seemed to go off without a hitch.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke, called 2019’s show without a host a “successful formula,” which they plan to repeat in the future.
During a winter press tour for the Television Critics Association, Burke also said, “We expect that we’re going to have a very commercial set of nominations and a lot of incredible elements have come together that make us think we are going to have a very entertaining show again.”
However, not everyone is on board with the host-less awards show. Billy Crystal, who has hosted the show nine times, made the following comments on Jimmy Kimmel Live:
This year is another no host show, which is like having a trial without witnesses… It moves faster, but it’s not quite the result you wanted… When you have a show that’s as long as it is, things are going to happen. And I think the problem with the no hosting perhaps is that there’s not somebody out there to capitalize on that moment… For me, some of my best moments were when something went wrong.
Despite not having a host for the second year in a row, it’s the movies that deserve the full spotlight at this year’s Oscars. There have been a number of phenomenal movies released in the last year, and even though some have already been recognized at other awards shows, winning an Oscar is perhaps the highest honor a movie and the people who created it can achieve.
Here are the films that have been nominated for Best Picture:
Nominees for Actor in a Leading Role:
Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver in Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker
Jonathon Pryce in The Two Popes
Nominees for Actress in a Leading Role:
Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan in Little Women
Charlize Theron in Bombshell
Renee Zellweger in Judy
Nominees for Actor in a Supporting Role:
Anthony Hopkins The Two Popes
Al Pacino in The Irishman
Joe Pesci in The Irishman
Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Nominees for Actress in a Supporting Role:
Laura Dern in Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh in Little Women
Margot Robbie in Bombshell
Tune in to ABC on Sunday night at 8:00 to see how this year’s show fairs without a host and to see which movies and actors win a 2020 Oscar.