92nd Academy Awards

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.

In related events, the Academy held its 11th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on October 27, 2019.

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.

Winners and nominees

Bong Joon-ho, Best Picture co-winner, Best Director winner, Best Original Screenplay co-winner, and Best International Feature Film winner
Joaquin Phoenix, Best Actor winner
Renée Zellweger, Best Actress winner
Brad Pitt, Best Supporting Actor winner
Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress winner
Taika Waititi, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Josh Cooley, Best Animated Feature co-winner
Jonas Rivera, Best Animated Feature co-winner
Marshall Curry, Best Live Action Short Film winner
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Best Original Score winner
Elton John, Best Original Song co-winner
Roger Deakins, Best Cinematography winner

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.

Awards

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).

Governors Awards

The Academy held its 11th Annual Governors Awards ceremony on October 27, 2019, and presented the following four awards:

Honorary Academy Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Films that received multiple awards and nominations

At the 92nd Academy Awards, 53 films received 124 nominations. Of these, 16 films received 24 Academy Awards of Merit.

Presenters and performers

Presenters

The presenters for the 92nd Academy Awards were:

Performers

Musical performances at the ceremony were:

Ceremony information

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".

Ceremony highlights

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 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.

Viewership

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.

In Memoriam

The annual In Memoriam segment was introduced by Steven Spielberg, with Billie Eilish singing "Yesterday" accompanied by Finneas O'Connell over the sequence.

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.

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