This year’s 92nd Academy Awards will be conducted on February 9th, at the Dolby Theatre at The Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. All of its patrons and nominees, hand to God, are nail-biting contenders. 

The 2020 Oscars will be hosted by, you guessed it, no one. Last year there was a tumultuous tit for tat with celebrity comedian Kevin Hart, and with no host, the show absolutely went on. The same pattern will go forward this year. 

The tension is palpable and rightly so for this year’s Oscar nominations. Films such as Joker, starring the always incredible, Joaquin Phoenix, and Little Women, directed by the one and only Greta Gerwig (partner to Noah Baumbach whose work, Marriage Story, has also been nominated for Best Picture) has uniquely showcased a revitalized and conceptual take on these memorable namesakes.

All too well, films such as Jojo Rabbit (where supporting actress Scarlett Johansson holds a second nomination for this year’s Academy Awards), Parasite (Winner of the Palme d’Or and directed by nominee Bong Joon-Ho), The Irishman (Martin Scorcese’s crime drama starring the powerfully enigmatic trio Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci ) and Once upon A Time In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino’s period piece that gives a nod and a kiss to the magic of Hollywood and to the lost but remembered Sharon Tate) compellingly draw you in.

It goes without reiterating, but what the heck I will, all of its patrons and nominees, hand to God, are nail-biting contenders. They are well deserved. They are momentous.

 

Saoirse Ronan, lead actress in the ensemble derivative film, Little Women, portrayed the rebellious and imaginative Jo. Her charismatic portrayal was nothing short of electrifying. 

 

Adam Driver’s lip quivering performance in Marriage Story (available to stream with a subscription on Netflix) was absolute brilliance. And the exquisitely breathtaking cinematography from nominated film 1917, not only projected life itself, it enhanced it for us all, if for just a moment. 

Don’t take my word for it though, see them for yourself. With many of these treasured films still available at the box office and others for streaming respectively online, witness on your own the majesty of this year’s greatest Oscars aspirants. 

Here are but a few of the nominees. For a full list, visit https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2020

 

BEST PICTURE

  • Ford v Ferrari 
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo Dicaprio, Once upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renee Zellweger, Judy

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
  • Joker, Lawrence Sher
  • The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
  • 1917, Roger Deakins
  • Once upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

  • Joker, Hildur Guonadottir
  • Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
  • Marriage Story, Randy Newman
  • 1917, Thomas Newman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

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