There's been a lot of excitement in the film industry due to the impending Oscar Nominations 2020 (92nd Academy Awards). The event has been scheduled for early February and will see talented individuals in the industry get recognized for their valuable contributions in 2019.

Much more the same level of excitement was evident at the 62 Annual Grammy Awards. In the case of the latter, a new name to the music industry carted away four of the biggest awards. And it was no other person than 18-year-old Billie Eilish. So could this year's Oscars hold something even more promising? One can only hope and wait!

What's the Oscars?

"Oscars," the Oscars," or "Academy Awards," call it by any of these names and you won't go wrong. The Oscars is an award presented to artistic individuals in the film industry. It is an international recognition of excellence. Specifically, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) presents these awards to those who merit them for the year.

But who takes home the pie is entirely dependent on the individual's cinematic achievements, accessed by the Academy's voting membership. Accordingly, those who come in the top for the award are presented a copy of a golden statuette, called the "Academy Award of Merit", or more commonly, "Oscar." The first Oscar was presented in 1929, at the 1st Academy Awards in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Why are the Oscars Called the Oscars?

Many of us grew up to realize that Oscar may not only refer to someone's name, but a sought after award in the entertainment industry. The name Oscar can be traced back to 1931, when Margaret Herrick, the then Academy's executive secretary remarked that the bald statuette reminded her, of her cousin "Oscar Pierce" nicknamed "Uncle Oscar". In 1939 the Academy adopted the name for its trophies.

And if you're wondering, "Has anyone called Oscar won an Oscar?" the answer is Yes! Only one person has, and that is Oscar Hammerstein II, a songwriter. Notably, Oscar Hammerstein II received two Best Original Song awards for the songs, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from Lady Be Good in 1941 and “It Might as Well Be Spring” from State Fair in 1945.

When are The Oscars?

The Oscars is a yearly event, as such, the 92nd Academy Awards will hold on February 9, 2020. It will take place at Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, 8est/5pst. So, who is hosting the 2020 Oscars? Unlike previous years, no one is hosting the 2020 Academy Awards. The latter can be tied to 2018's controversy where Kevin Hart was taken off as a host for his past homophobic remarks on Twitter.

Who Has Won the Most Oscars?

Several individuals have won the most Oscars in their respective categories. For instance, the person who has won the most Oscars for acting is Katharine Hepburn. The actress amassed four Academy Awards. Interestingly, these awards were all won in the same category, which is "best actress."

On the other hand, the winner of the most Oscars for directing goes to John Ford. Ford won the Best Director record for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952).  It might also interest you to know that movies like Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) have won the most Academy Awards.

For 2020, JOKER has garnered 11 nominations. Some categories it has been nominated include Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Directing. Similarly, Netflix has received 24 nominations including best picture honors for “The Irishman” and “Marriage Story.”

Who are the Oscar Contenders for 2020?

The Oscar contenders or nominees for 2020, are in the following categories.

Performance by an actor in leading role nominees:

  • Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
  • Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY
  • Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER
  • Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES

Performance by an actor in supporting role nominees:

  • Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
  • Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES
  • Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN
  • Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN
  • Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Performance by an actress in leading role nominees:

  • Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
  • Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY
  • Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
  • Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
  • Renée Zellweger in JUDY

Performance by an actress in supporting role nominees:

  • Kathy Bates in RICHARD JEWELL
  • Laura Dern in MARRIAGE STORY
  • Scarlett Johansson in JOJO RABBIT
  • Florence Pugh in LITTLE WOMEN
  • Margot Robbie in BOMBSHELL

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

  • HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis, and Bonnie Arnold

  • I LOST MY BODY

Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice

  • KLAUS

Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, and Marisa Román

  • MISSING LINK

Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight

  • TOY STORY 4

Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, and Jonas Rivera

Achievement in cinematography nominees:

  • THE IRISHMAN
  • Rodrigo Prieto
  • JOKER
  • Lawrence Sher
  • THE LIGHTHOUSE
  • Jarin Blaschke
  • 1917
  • Roger Deakins
  • ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
  • Robert Richardson

Other nominees can be found on the 2020 list of nominees by category.

Black Actors and Actresses Get Sidelined in the Acting Categories

The 2020 Academy awards do not have a lot of Black actors and actresses as nominees. However, it is worth noting that Cynthia Erivo, a British-Nigerian actress is a nominee. Erivo has also been nominated for the song, “Stand Up,” which she wrote for a movie with Joshuah Brian Campbell.

Kobe Bryant Oscars

Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Nonetheless, a number of people are already asking, "What did Kobe Bryant win an Oscar for?" Well, Bryant was focused on the gaming industry, however, he won an Oscar in 2018, for his five-minute autobiographical film, Dear Basketball.

Bryant wrote and executive produced the movie, which won the Best Animated Short Oscar award in 2018. That aside, there will be a Kobe Bryant Oscars tribute at the 2020 Academy awards to pay respect to the Los Angeles Laker player.