A rundown of the Best Picture nominees at the 2020 Oscars tells a pretty clear story about the blockbusters that dominated theater screens this year.
This year's nominees include action-packed films like “The Irishman”, “1917”, “Joker”, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” who led the awards season and at the box office, while other contenders like “Parasite” and “Jojo Rabbit” contain their fair share of fight scenes.
Fans will have to tune in on Sunday to find out if tranquil films like “Marriage Story”, “Little Women” or “Ford v. Ferrari” can compete. Viewers will also learn if Netflix can walk away with a ton of trophies (the streaming service snagged 24 nods this year), or if the Academy does recognize some unexpected winners.
Here’s how to watch the 2020 Academy Awards, and what to watch for on Sunday.
Where and When to Watch and Stream
Where to watch: ABC
When it airs: Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET
Where to stream: ABC streams the show online at https://oscar.go.com/, but requires a paid cable or live-streaming service subscription. Streaming platforms that normally carry ABC, like AT&T TV Now, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, will also broadcast the Oscars.
Red carpet: “Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet” will begin airing on ABC at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Emmy-winning pre-show broadcast will also be available streaming on Twitter at https://twitter.com/theacademy.
Which Oscars is this?: 92nd Academy Awards
Where: The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood
Host: Like 2019, the Oscars are going without a host in 2020.
Who's Presenting at the 92nd Annual Awards?
This year's star-studded list of presenters is a bonafide who's who of Hollywood A-listers. They will include James Corden, Penélope Cruz, Beanie Feldstein, Zack Gottsagen, Diane Keaton, Shia LaBeouf, George MacKay, Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Maya Rudolph, Sigourney Weaver, Mahershala Ali, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Will Ferrell, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Regina King, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rami Malek, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Mark Ruffalo, Kelly Marie Tran, Kristen Wiig, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Salma Hayek, Brie Larson, Spike Lee, Ray Romano, Rebel Wilson, Jane Fonda, Josh Gad, Tom Hanks, Oscar Isaac, Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, and Taika Waititi.
'Joker' Leads a Crowded Pack
Todd Phillips’ comic book film is the frontrunner in nominations with 11, including Best Picture and Lead Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. A few other films also show up in many categories. “The Irishman”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, and “1917” all have 10 nominations and are all in the contest for Best Picture as well.
Speaking of Joaquin Phoenix
The actor is predicted to win the Best Actor award, after sweeping that category at the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards. But he also has a habit of getting political in his acceptance speeches, calling out Hollywood for its lack of diversity and its inaction on climate change.
Netflix Is Set to Clean Up
Between “The Irishman”, “Marriage Story” and “Two Popes”, the streaming giant is looking strong at this year’s Oscars. The platform doesn’t have much competition, since its main competitor, Amazon Studios, which blows away the competition in TV, has a lone nominee among the films, the French “Les Miserables”.