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Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Oscars


Ever since their incarnation in 1929, the Academy Awards (also known as the Oscars) have been a cultural staple in movie history. From film editing to best picture, the golden statue is awarded to those of excellence in multiple categories and represents one of the highest levels of achievements in cinema. Though this might not be entirely true, as a lot of great films (and individuals) go overlooked year to year, one thing is for sure, The Oscars are iconic. Whether you have a watch party with your friends, family, or a Senior Homecare by Angels caregiver, The Oscars can be a blast. If you are located in Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove or other surrounding areas, Our Companion Care service can help reduce isolation by providing caregivers wanting to make meaningful and authentic relationships with their clients! From predicting who will win best picture, to laughing at the opening number, Senior Homecare by Angels can provide you with the best caregiver that meets your needs-even if it’s just someone to watch the Oscars with. Through this article we will break down everything you need to know before the Oscars air this Sunday. Be sure to check out our Best Movies of 2019 blog post for more information on some the nominees of the 92nd Academy Awards! Scroll down to the resource section of the article for printable ballots and other Oscar related activities to play with your friends, family or caregivers!

Where and when do the 2020 Oscars Take Place?

The 92nd Academy Awards will be televised this Sunday February 9th at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Red Carpet coverage, showcasing interviews, best in dress and behind the scenes looks will begin ahead of the ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

How Can I Watch the Oscars?

The Oscars will be available to watch through your television provider as well as through mobile apps. CTV will provide most of the coverage from the event with eTalk taking over coverage of the Red Carpet before the awards. For those with American channels as well, you can watch all the above on ABC. If you want to watch the Oscars on the go, download the CTV app to watch live. Note, you need a TV subscription to watch the Oscars on TV or through the CTV app.

Who is Hosting the Oscars this Year?

Just like in 2019, the Oscars will be hostless this year. However, Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Mahershala Ali (Green book), Olivia Coleman (The Favourite) will be all presenters along with tons of other stars. There will also be musical performances by Elton John, Billie Eilish and Frozen II’s Idina Menzel.

How do Films Get Nominated for the Oscars?

Though a relatively more complicated answer, the Oscar nominations are voted upon by ~7,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. These members include, filmmakers, actors, editors and other film personnel all branched into their profession. To join the academy, members have either gone through the rigorous application process or have been invited (if you are nominated for an Oscar you will more than likely get an invite).

Depending on the branch members are categorized in, you are only allowed to vote for the category relating to your branch. For example, Laura Dern (governor of the actors branch), can only select nominees from the acting categories and Steven Spielberg (governor of the directors branch) can only select nominees from the directing category. The only category available for everyone to vote in is the best picture category. In this category, a member ranks 5-10 films worthy of the title. After all the votes are in, Academy members rank them according to a total preference. If a selection secures enough first place votes (known as the magic number), it instantly becomes a nominee. For the second, third, fourth votes, accountants of Pricewaterhouse Coopers (an auditing firm responsible for handling the math) sort through the rest and remove selections with the fewest votes. Then the rest of the selections are redistributed in accordance to a new magic number until only five remain. After they finalize the nominees, new ballots are sent out to members where everyone gets to vote on every category from the new list. Thus, final winners (your Oscar winners) are chosen by everyone from the academy. Now, of course, these nominees can be influenced/disqualified by external factors such as Oscar campaigns, advertising, cut off dates, and/or theatrical run to name a few.

Who are the nominees?:

Every year the Oscars showcase the best in film across multiple categories. Here we will breakdown what each of the twenty-five categories means, as well as, give you our favourites from each. Check back few days after the Oscars to see the results from Sunday!

Best Picture

The final award of the ceremony and considered the highest honor. The award goes to the producers of the film.

-Ford V Ferrari

-The Irishman

-Jojo Rabbit


-Little Women

-Marriage Story


-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Likely Winner: 1917

Our Favourite: 1917- Filmed all in one take, 1917 holds our crown for best picture. 1917 is a truly visceral experience that redefines War movies and filmmaking as a whole. Best watched in the theatre.

Underdog: Parasite

Actual Winner: Parasite

Actor in a Leading Role

Awarded to an actor who delivers an outstanding performance 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)

Likely Winner: Joaquin Phoenix

Our Favourite: Adam Driver- Driver gives his best performance of his career in Marriage Story. He is captivating, emotive and completely steals the show (though Scarlett Johansson is just as incredible).

Underdog: Adam Driver

Actual Winner: Joaquin Phoenix

Actress in a Leading Role

Awarded to an actress who delivers an outstanding performance in a leading role.

-Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

-Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

-Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

-Charlize Theron (Bombshell)

-Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Likely Winner: Renne Zellweger

Our Favourite: Rene Zellweger-Zellweger completely dominates this category as she breathes life into the captivating story of Judy Garland. Her acting in this film is incredibly deep as she fully explores Judy as a world-renowned performer and a real person struggling with substance abuse.  

Underdog: Scarlett Johansson

Actual Winner: Rene Zellweger

Actor in a Supporting Role

Awarded to an actor who delivers an outstanding performance in a supporting role.

-Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

-Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

-Al Pacino (The Irishmen)

-Joe Pesci (The Irishmen)

-Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Likely Winner: Brad Pitt

Our Favourite: Brad Pitt- as good as DiCaprio is in Once Upon a Time, Brad Pitt is the star of the show. Laid back, relaxed but brooding and a powerhouse, Pitt is astonishing from start to finish. Whether it’s with fighting with Bruce Lee or fixing a satellite dish, Brad Pitt somehow makes the most boring entertaining.  

Underdog: Joe Pesci

Actual Winner: Brad Pitt

Actress in a Supporting Role

Awarded to an actress who delivers an outstanding performance in a supporting role.

-Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)

-Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

-Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

-Florence Pugh (Little Women)

-Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Likely Winner: Laura Dern

Our Favourite: Laura Dern- Marriage Story is riffled with great actors and performances but Laura Dern gives a great supporting performance as tough as nails lawyer Nora Fanshaw. Laura is ruthless but still represents a guiding voice of feminism, logic and reality behind the act.

Underdog: Florence Pugh

Actual Winner: Laura Dern

Animated Feature Film

Awarded to the animated feature with a runtime of more than 40 minutes where the performances are created using animation techniques. 

-How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

-I Lost My Body


-Missing Link

-Toy Story 4

Likely Winner: Missing Link

Our Favourite: Honestly, it depends on the day, as I Lost my Body and Missing Link are both the top contenders this year for animation this year. I Lost my Body encompasses a great intimate and emotional story about loneliness, tactility and the meaning of life. On the opposite side, Missing Link is a gorgeous stop-motion animated adventure about family heritage and companionship that rivals the very best animated films of all time. Both are incredible films with new ideas that provide stiff competition for Disney.

Underdog: I Lost My Body

Actual Winner: Toy Story 4


Awarded to the cinematographer for the work on a particular film.

-Rodrigo Prieto (The Irishmen)

-Lawrence Sher (Joker)

-Jarin Blaschke (The Lighthouse)

-Roger Deakins (1917)

-Robert Richardson (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Likely Winner: Roger Deakins (1917)

Our Favourite: Roger Deakins- Any film shot by Roger Deakins is an absolute marvel. From his work to Blade Runner to Fargo, Deakins has a style that is unlike any other. Simply put, only Deakins could shoot 1917. Without his expertise, the film wouldn’t be as grand and ambitious as it ended up being. With its one-take moniker, Deakins made 1917 truly come to life.

Underdog: Jarin Blaschke (The Lighthouse)

Actual Winner: Roger Deakins (1917)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Presented to the writer(s) who excellently adapted their film from another source of material (i.e. comic books, novels, plays etc.)

-Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)

-Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

-Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (Joker)

-Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

-Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Likely Winner: Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

Our Favourite: Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)-The dialogue of The Irishman is enthralling as audiences explore the life of Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sheeran and Russel Bufalino. The characters and their relationships take centre stage providing a slow methodical film that fully explores their motivations and arc. At its near three and a half hour run time, The Irishman keeps your attention due to its excellent pace and phenomenal writing.  

Underdog: Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)

Actual Winner: Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Presented to the writer(s) who excellently wrote an original screenplay not based on already existing material.

-Rian Johnson (Knives Out)

-Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)

-Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917)

-Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)

-Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won (Parasite)

Likely Winner: Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Our Favourite: Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)- As with Tarantino’s previous films, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is something special, though, this is one of the most different films in Tarantino’s filmography. The film is methodical, drawn out and slow, as the characters are explored, and the world is fully realised. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood feels like a journey that is relaxing and fun up to its intense finale.

Underdog: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won (Parasite)

Actual Winner: Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won (Parasite)

Costume Design

Awarded for achievement in film costume design.

-Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson (The Irishman)

-Mayes C. Rubeo (Jojo Rabbit)

-Mark Bridges (Joker)

-Jaqueline Durran (Little Women)

-Arianne Phillips (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Likely Winner: Jaqueline Durran (Little Women)

Our Favourite: Jaqueline Durran- Little Women takes place in the 19th century during the American civil war. To best replicate this time frame, costume design must be on point, and, to her credit, Durran has done just that. With intricate stitching and colours, Durran’s designs provides the backbone of the film.

Underdog: Mayes C. Rubeo (Jojo Rabbit)

Actual Winner: Jaqueline Durran (Little Women)


-Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

-Todd Phillips (Joker)

-Sam Mendes (1917)

-Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

-Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Likely Winner: Sam Mendes (1917)

Our Favourite: Sam Mendes- Like Deakins, 1917 could not be made by any director. Mendes direction while filming 1917 is masterful, perfect and overall visionary. 1917 is a very ambitious film to make in terms of stuns, cinematography and set design. Without a focused and veteran director such as Mendes (known for his work on Skyfall, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road), 1917 would not be the game changing film it is today.

Underdog: Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Actual Winner: Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Documentary (Feature)

-American Factory

-The Cave

-The Edge of Democracy

-For Sama


Likely Winner: American Factory

Our Favourite: N/A- Unfortunately, we didn’t get around to see and documentaries this year!

Underdog: For Sama

Actual Winner: American Factory

Documentary (Short Subject)

-In Absence

-Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

-Life Overtakes Me

-St. Louis Superman

-Walk Run Cha-Cha

Likely Winner: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Our Favourite: N/A.

Underdog: In Absence

Actual Winner: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Film Editing

Given to the head editor (listed in the credits) for their creative direction editing a film.

-Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (Ford V Ferrari)

-Thelma Schoonmaker (The Irishman)

-Tom Eagles (Jojo Rabbit)

-Jeff Groth (Joker)

-Yang Jinmo (Parasite)

Likely Winner: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (Ford V Ferrari)

Our Favourite: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (Ford V Ferrari)- With the fast cars, exotic racing and intense action, Ford V Ferrari shines due to its editing. McCusker and Buckland have done a fantastic job of keeping the tension high as edits are quick, seamless and high caliber keeping you on the edge of your seat as the fastest cars race in a battle for dominance.

Underdog: Yang Jinmo (Parasite)

Actual Winner: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (Ford V Ferrari)

International Feature Film

Also known as the Best Foreign Language Film, the award is given to the best feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States showcasing a predominantly non-English language.

-Corpus Christi (Poland)

-Honeyland (North Macedonia)

-Les Misérables (France)

-Pain and Glory (Spain)

-Parasite (South Korea)

Likely Winner: Parasite

Our Favourite: Parasite- Winning multiple “best of show” awards around the world, Parasite is by far one of the best movies released this year. From legendary Korean director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, Okja), Parasite is creepy, original and something completely different from its competitors. With its well-deserved international acclaim, Parasite is a huge step in the recognition of Foreign Language cinema.  For a full breakdown on why Parasite was one of our favourite movies of the year, check out our “Best Movies of 2019” blog here.

Underdog: Pain and Glory

Actual Winner: Parasite

Hair Styling and Makeup

Given to the best achievement in makeup and hair styling.

- Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker (Bombshell)

- Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou (Joker)

-Jeremy Woodhead (Judy)

- Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)

- Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole (1917)

Likely Winner: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker (Bombshell)

Our Favourite: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker (Bombshell)- Though the film isn’t great, the makeup and hair styling are superb. Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and John Lithgow look immaculate as Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and Roger Ailes respectively. The makeup and hair styling are so well done, it’s hard to tell the difference between the actors and the real people. The film is worth a watch just for the makeup and hair styling alone.

Underdog: Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou (Joker)

Actual Winner: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker (Bombshell)

Music (Original Score)

Given to the composer who has produced a body of music to accompany a film. The score includes written music (orchestral, instrumental etc.), pre-existing music as well as dialogue and sound effects brought together to enhance the film’s dramatic narrative.

-Hildur Guonadottir (Joker)

-Alexandre Desplat (Little Women)

-Randy Newman (Marriage Story)

-Thomas Newman (1917)

-John Williams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

Likely Winner: Hildur Guonadottir (Joker)

Our Favourite: John Williams (The Rise of Skywalker)- After all these years Williams has been one of the most prolific film composers of all time. With The Rise of Skywalker being his final film before his retirement, it’s hard not to see the film as his final goodbye to film scoring.

Underdog: John Williams (The Rise of Skywalker)

Actual Winner: Hildur Guonadottir (Joker)

Music (Original Song)

Presented to the songwriters who have composed a song written for a specific film.

-I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away- Randy Newman (Toy Story 4)

-(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again- Elton John, Bernie Taupin (Rocketman)

-I’m Standing With You- Diane Warren (Breakthrough)

-Into the Unknown- Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (Frozen II)

-Stand Up- Joshuah Brain Campbell, Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

Likely Winner: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again- Elton John, Bernie Taupin (Rocketman)

Our Favourite: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again- Elton John, Bernie Taupin (Rocketman)- Though Rocketman didn’t receive a lot of nominations the soundtrack is excellent. If you are an Elton John fan, this original song fits the film perfectly. You can read more of our thoughts on Rocketman here.

Underdog: Stand Up- Joshuah Brain Campbell, Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

Actual Winner: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again- Elton John, Bernie Taupin (Rocketman)

Production Design

Given for the best art direction in a film including set decor and design.

-Bob Shaw and Regina Graves (The Irishman)

-Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova (Jojo Rabbit)

-Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales (1917)

-Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

-Lee Ha Jun and Cho Won Woo (Parasite)

Likely Winner: Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales (1917)

Our Favourite: Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales (1917)- Recreating WWI is a tough act to begin with but creating a whole giant set encompassing trench lines, numerous destroyed buildings and medical camps is even harder. 1917 incorporates some of the best production design in film history as it provides the bedrock of making the film achievable.

Underdog: Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Actual Winner: Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Short Film (Animated)

Presented to the person(s) responsible for the concept and creative execute of the film. The short must be shorter than 40 minutes and fully animated.

-Dcera (Daughter)

-Hair Love




Likely Winner: Memorable

Our Favourite: Memorable- Shot with hand painted figures, Memorable is a deep and thought-provoking stop-motion film about memory loss and dementia. The film is absolutely captivating as music, animation and colors all flow in a ballet of surrealism as the main characters health declines.

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Underdog: Hair Love

Actual Winner: Hair Love

Short Film (Live Action)

Presented to the person(s) responsible for the concept and creative execute of the film. The short must be shorter than 40 minutes.


-Nefta Football Club

-The Neighbors’ Window


-A Sister

Likely Winner: Brotherhood

Our Favourite: The Neighbors’ Window-Shot in New York City, The Neighbors’ Window is an interesting introspective of aging, life and death. The film follows an older married couple as they peer into a younger couple’s apartment reminiscing on young love. The film does a great job of exploring life’s tough decisions and different perspectives on how to live. Coming in at a short twenty minutes, The Neighbors’ Window is captivating from start to finish.     

Underdog: Saria

Actual Winner: The Neighbors’ Window

Sound Editing

Given to the sound designer/supervising sound editor for the finest creation of sound effects.

-Donald Sylvester (Ford V Ferrari)

-Alan Robert Murray (Joker)

-Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate (1917)

-Wylie Stateman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

-Matthew Wood and David Accord (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

Likely Winner: Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate (1917)

Our Favourite: Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate (1917)-Recreating WWI gunfire, explosions and other sounds of war is no easy feat. Sound design in 1917 is no less than masterful as the sound immerses you in the movie completely. Whether you are in the theatre or at home, 1917’s sound is booming and hard to forget.

Underdog: Donald Sylvester (Ford V Ferrari)

Actual Winner: Donald Sylvester (Ford V Ferrari)

Sound Mixing

As sound editing is about creating the sound, sound mixing is about putting it all together. The award is presented to the best achievement in mixing sound.

-Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano (Ad Astra)

-Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Marrow (Ford V Ferrari)

-Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland (Joker)

-Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson (1917)

-Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

 Likely Winner: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson (1917)

Our Favourite: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson (1917)-As stated, putting together the sounds of war is just as an incredible a feat. There is so much sound going on in 1917 it’s hard not to see the brilliance in the sound mixing as well as its editing.

Underdog: Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Marrow (Ford V Ferrari)

Actual Winner: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson (1917)

Visual Effects

Best achievement in visual effects.

-Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick (Avengers: Endgame)

-Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli (The Irishman)

-Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, Elliot Newman (The Lion King)

-Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (1917)

-Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Doninic Tuohy (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

Likely Winner: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (1917)

Our Favourite: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (1917)- Though it doesn’t involve de-aging technology like in The Irishmen or space bolts like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, 1917’s special effects are more nuanced. Making the film to look like a single shot (hidden edits are used to achieve this) and using CGI (computer generated imagery) to wipe away explosive apparatuses, roads and inconsistencies are needed to make 1917 look perfect.

Underdog: Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli (The Irishman)

Actual Winner: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (1917)


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