The 92nd Academy Awards (0scar Awards) ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9, 2020. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Oscars in 24 categories. The ceremony was shown in the United States by ABC, produced by Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain; and directed by Glenn Weiss. Remembering the success of the show at the 91st presentation in 2019, ABC announced that the ceremony would again be conducted without a host.
The South Korean film Parasite got four awards, including Best Picture, becoming the first film in foreign language to do so. Moreover, the British war film 1917 won three awards, while Ford v Ferrari, Joker, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won two awards each. Joaquin Phoenix got best actor awards for film Joker while Renee Zellweger got best actress award for movie Judy. The award show started with a comedy routine featuring Steve Martin and Chris Rock. It followed the host-less ceremony from the prior year.
ABC’s vice president of special programming Rob Mills said, “It is 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. Upcoming actors such as Beanie Feldstein, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Ramos, Utkarsh Ambudkar and George MacKay were used to 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 in cat outfits that poked fun at the critically-panned film Cats they had both starred in.
Eminem’s surprise performance of “Lose Yourself” was the major attraction of the ceremony. The song was 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. The idea of bringing Eminem back originated from Mills and the Academy, wanting to keep a high energy musical act. Further, Eminem found the opportunity timely because he had just released a new album, Music to Be Murdered By. The performance was a closely-held secret by the ceremony’s producers.
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