Oscars 2020: When Will the Academy Award Nominations Be Announced?

Awards season is always a busy time in Hollywood. As each new year ramps up, critics groups and other awards-giving bodies take the time to recognize the greatest cinematic accomplishments of the year. Accordingly, studios compete for these accolades and the prestige they carry. Of course, the pinnacle of all these occasions is the Academy Awards ceremony.

For nearly a century, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have decided which films deserve attention. The resulting awards — more commonly known as Oscars — carry such weight within the industry in part because nominees are honored by their peers. But for the public, the name recognition of the Oscars has become a powerful marketing tool.

To that end, let’s look into which films are most likely to get some Oscar love in 2020 as well as when exactly the nominations will be announced.

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Which movies are expected to become Oscar nominees?

As always, the Oscar conversation has been a fickle one. Often, the movies studios hope to position as contenders don’t pan out, leaving other films to make a surprising impact. The 2020 Oscars is likely to strike a cool balance between the two.

On the more obvious front, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are frontrunners. The latest releases by Oscar-winning filmmakers Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, respectively, are each locks for Best Picture and several acting nods. Likewise, war drama 1917 from past winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is looking more and more likely to have a big night.

However, few would have expected Warner Bros.’ billion-dollar hit Joker to dominate the Oscars. Joaquin Phoenix is a shoo-in for Best Actor, and the DC Comics film might even score Picture and Director nods as well. If Phoenix loses, it will likely be to Marriage Story‘s Adam Driver. The powerful divorce drama could earn a ton of big nominations. South Korean thriller Parasite from director Bong Joon-ho is also emerging as an easy favorite.

When are the Academy Award nominations announced?

So now we have some idea which films are likely to score the most nominations at the 2020 Oscars. But when will the Academy reveal who the nominees are? As it turns out, the big unveiling is right around the corner.

According to the Academy’s official website, nominations for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. This comes less than a week after the voting window closed. Academy members were able to cast their ballots from Jan. 2 to Jan. 7.

Following the nominations announcement, the Oscar ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Academy Awards have been a staple of the Dolby for nearly two decades. The Oscars will, of course, air live on ABC and be televised across the globe.

Who will host the 2020 Oscars?

Naturally, which movies will be nominated is always a big topic regarding each year’s Academy Awards. But there’s one other major question on everyone’s minds every year around Oscar time. Namely, who will handle hosting duties during the telecast?

We can say pretty confidently Ricky Gervais will not follow his Golden Globes hosting gig with the Oscars. After all, Kevin Hart famously wound up not hosting the 2019 show because of offensive tweets. So we can’t imagine the Academy is willing to risk the job on a wild card once more.

Then again, the 2020 Oscars might not need a host at all. Following Hart’s dismissal, the 2019 edition went without a host for the first time in 30 years. The consensus seemed to be this approach worked rather well. We’ll be watching with interest to see what the Academy does. But it feels like they’ve already found a format that works relatively well.