Last updated on February 7th, 2020
The Oscars 2020 is an event that every person of entertainment industry and each of its fan is looking forward to. The 92nd Academy Awards is almost here and there’s a lot the world is expecting from the world’s biggest awards night. From red carpet to main event and from the favorite nominees winning to the favorite stars performing, Sunday night has a lot in store for us.
Dominating every show since release, Joker is also leading the Oscar nominations by taking place in 11 categories. This is the most a comic-book adaptation has ever gained, trouncing movies like The Dark Knight and Black Panther.
Following are 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman, with 10 nominations each. Besides, Parasite, Marriage Story and Little Women are all listed in six categories.
While the nominations list is already known, the predictions around Oscars 2020 have began to spur out. Scarlett Johansson, who became the 12th person to receive two acting nominations in the same year, is expected to become the first to win both the awards.
Johansson is nominated as the best actress for her performance in Marriage Story and as the best supporting actress for Jojo Rabbit. The most recent actor who fell in the league was Cate Blanchett in 2008, but none in the Oscars’ history has won both their nominations.
Listed among the best director nominees, Sam Mendes could take home the Oscar after record-breaking gap of 20 years. He first won the directing award in 2000 for American Beauty, and is nominated in the 2020 Academy Awards for his massively successful World War I epic 1917.
A similar huge gap in two directing wins was recorded when Billy Wilder won for The Apartment in 1960, 15 years after taking the title for The Lost Weekend in 1945.
Moreover, Cynthia Erivo could become the youngest EGOT winner in history, if she wins either of her two nominations – best actress for Harriet, and best original song for the movie’s anthemic original song “Stand Up” that she co-wrote. The 33-year-old has previously won at the Emmys, Grammys and also the Tony awards.
Erivo, on winning, will take over from the current and 15th record holder Robert Lopez, who completed the quad at the age of 39.
Amongst the expected record breakers, Parasite is the first Korean film to receive best picture nomination in Oscars 2020. It is also the sixth film to be nominated for both picture and international feature film, and is expected to break further record on winning.
It is the first time that a movie of other language has escaped the category of “Best Foreign Language Feature”, saving the event from another #OscarsSoWhite. However, a controversy around the nomination erupted, when an anonymous Oscar voter said that Parasite should not be nominated with “regular” movies.
The thoughts received extensive criticism over Twitter, where many decried it as “horrifically racist”. Many also questioned the fact that “people this stupid are allowed to vote in the academy”.
Although the glam of Oscars 2020 is making the world impatient, it is also at center of mountains of criticism. Where Cynthia Erivo is expected to break records, she also is amidst a “bittersweet” feeling for being the only nomination of colour at the Academy Awards.
“There are people who also deserve to be a part of this,” Erivo said. “Hopefully this year will be a turning point for everyone because we’re talking about it out loud and now it can start to make some changes.”
However, Oscars 2020 have only taken a minor step towards a more diverse nomination list. The top categories prompt to call it a bad year for diversity, where no woman is amongst the best director nominees. Over the last 10 years, only Greta Gerwig has been the only woman to receive nomination in the category for her movie, Little Bird.
Being the most prestigious awards of Hollywood, Oscars take a crucial position in sending strong messages across the globe. With racism persisting at the event for years, the power is most likely being exploited.