Oscars 2020

Oscars 2020:

In the night from today 9th to 10th February 2020, the Oscars will lose for the 92nd time. Joker, 1917, Jojo Rabbit and Co. compete for the coveted film award.

The best films and filmmakers of the year 2019 were nominated in a total of 24 different categories for the 92nd Academy Awards. 

As in the previous year, the big gala in Los Angeles will take place again on the evening of February 9 without hosts - as was the case in 1939, at the three awards from 1969 to 1971 and 1989.

  • But who is behind the Oscars anyway?
  • Who decides who will be named best film, best director, best actress and best actor 2019?

The Academy Is Behind The Oscars 2020:

The Oscars are awarded by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, which was founded in 1927 primarily by the big Hollywood studios based on an idea by the mighty MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer.

At that time, the film industry was in a crisis, different means of funding were seized and hope was also given that the prestige award would give it a boost. In 1929 the Oscar was awarded for the first time.

These Are The Oscar Voter:

The importance of the Oscar comes not only from the great history but also from the fact that filmmakers distinguish each other here - that is, those who, at least on paper, should have the most Idea of ​​the backgrounds of the respective achievements.

From the very beginning, filmmakers themselves determine who the best filmmakers of the year are. Incidentally, in addition to those who carry out prominent occupations in front of and behind the camera, there are also technical workers and others. a. legal staff and people from film marketing.

Originally, Hollywood film greats were gathered almost exclusively at the Academy, but the composition has long since become much more international. Especially in recent years, more and more filmmakers from around the world have been invited.

This is how the Academy grew - from originally 36 founding members to just 8,500 members. Incidentally, these are organized in 17 departments (and two extra groups), each with a chairperson, which plays an important role in determining the Oscar nominees (more on this later).

How do I become an Oscar Voter?

Anyone who became a member of the Academy was fundamentally for life. There are very few known exceptional cases in which members have been excluded due to serious misconduct.

A few years ago, however, the rules were changed to prevent someone from becoming a member but never working in the industry again.

Participation is now only valid for ten years but is always extended by another ten years for active members and then extended for life after 30 years.

The following rule applies for Oscars 2020:

Anyone who is nominated for an Oscar will be considered for an invitation, although this does not necessarily have to take place, the Academy can decide against it in individual cases.

Besides, people are invited who are recommended by two Academy members from their branch and who meet certain other rules for this branch.

In addition to the recommendation of two colleagues, the largest academy department for actors and actresses with 1,324 members,

for example, is to have played a role in three feature films, at least one of which must have been created in the past five years. In individual cases, however, deviations can also be made.

Incidentally, you can only be a member of one Academy subdivision, not of several, for example, with the authors, but not in parallel with the directors

How The Nominate Are Determined For The Oscars:

Now that we have clarified who is voting on the Oscars, we will now explain how the nominations are determined, which are needed before winners are even selected.

Because not all Academy members do this for all categories, which is why the departments that have already been mentioned several times are so important.

The Academy members only determine the nominees for the area in which they are organized - in our example, only the actors determine the nominees in the four acting categories.

However, there are special rules for individual categories, for example, for the best foreign-language film, and in the king category 'Best Film', all Academy members can even determine the 5 to 10 nominees.

Oscars 2020 - How The Final Vote Work:

Before we get lost in the subtleties of the very complicated and multi-role nomination process, we'd rather talk about the final Election process.

After all, it's about how it was decided who should take a gold boy home with them tonight. The electoral process is fairly simple: First of all, all Academy members can vote here across all categories!

In all categories, except the 'Best Film' king category, the Oscar voters simply put a cross on the ballot paper for their favourite among the nominees. In the meantime, everything is done entirely online.

Whoever has the most votes wins the Oscar. If there is now an increasingly unlikely case with so many voters that several nominees get the same number of votes, there is a so-called “tie” and there are also several winners.

This last happened in 2013 when 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'James Bond: Skyfall' were both awarded for the best sound editing - and the Oscar-presenting Mark Wahlberg also brought the winners onto the stage for both films one after the other.

Incidentally, the question is often asked whether voters have to vote in every category for which they are entitled to vote. No, they don't have to.

For example, if you have not seen the short films (or find all the candidates bad), you can simply skip the category when voting - or if you have only seen one film, vote for it because you think it is so great.

Of course, anyone can theoretically vote without seeing anything. That cannot be checked. Such was the case when two Oscar voters anonymously claimed in 2014 that they voted for '12 Years A Slave'

without having seen him - although the question still arises as to what these two people voted for having “said because it's not that easy with the king category.

In the end, voters in the king category for the best film often do not even know which film their vote was counted for due to the special election and evaluation process that deviates there. We now want to come to the special procedure in this king category.

Special Case: How to Determined The Best Film:

As already explained, it is not possible to simply put across for the favourite in the 'Best Film' category.

Instead, a ranking system has been in place since 2009, which confuses many voters even ten years later. With this ranking system, the Oscar voters have to rank the nominated films (9 this year).

If the author of these lines as an Academy member did such a vote, it would look like this:

  • Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood
  • Parasite
  • 1917
  • Marriage story
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • The Irishman
  • Le Mans 66
  • Joker

At the first round of counting, such a ballot would now count as the vote for Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood', because only the first place counts for each ballot.

At the end of the first round of counting, so to speak, nine stacks of ballot papers are created and each slip is on the stack of the film that was mentioned first on the list.

Then the stack with the fewest pieces of paper is broken up and all pieces of paper from only this one stack are redistributed - to the stack of the film that is in second place on the respective piece of paper.

And that continues forever until there are only two stacks left or a film has over 50% of the votes. For our sample slip, this means that since

"Once Upon ..." at the count will not be among the films with the very high stacks at some point in the course of the vote, the voice will eventually change to another film - first on Parasite, maybe even on 1917, or (in a completely theoretical case) even further to your place 8.

It is precisely for this reason that it makes little sense to choose 'tactically', which some Oscar voters supposedly believe.

According to current public perception, the Oscar is decided between '1917' and Parasite - with outsider chances for 'Jojo Rabbit'.

If I (that is the author of this text) would now put these films back, assuming that they would help my personal favourite 'Once Upon ...', I would be pretty crap.

Because maybe I would make my vote suddenly count for 'Joker', but I don't like it at all, as some regular readers of this site might know.

So if you should ever find yourself in the situation of choosing the Oscars: leave out any tactics, simply rank your favourites according to your personal preference!

The choice was made between January 30 and February 4. Oscar winners have therefore been known for a few days - and yet not only the nominees but also the organizers are clueless.

It is like this: only two employees of the auditing and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, who evaluate the voting, know. Incidentally, this secrecy also has a tradition.

Only at the very first award ceremony in 1929 were the winners announced in advance; at the second award ceremony they were kept secret, only informed the press beforehand so that the newspapers could print the award winners in good time for the next day.

However, since the Los Angeles Times published this knowledge in advance in 1940, this has also changed. No one has been informed in advance since 1941.

So currently only two people know who will win the Oscars 2020. Nevertheless, at the end of this long, hopefully, informative article, we still want to answer the question all questions ...

The Winner Oscars 2020:

And who will win the Oscars 2020? We say: "1917" will be the best film, Sam Mendes will be the best director, the prizes for the best screenplays will go to "Jojo Rabbit" (adapted) and "Parasite" (original)

and in the four acting categories Renée Zellweger (for "Judy"), Joaquin Phoenix (for "Joker"), Laura Dern (for "Marriage Story") and Brad Pitt (for "Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood").

But of course, these are just our tips. While we are very sure about the four acting awards, the two screenplay awards promise great excitement - and our tips are also a little risk.

Because here the race is particularly close and in the end the “Little Women” and “Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”, which have been favoured for a long time, could also win there.

And maybe “Parasite” (or even “Jojo Rabbit”) stands out from “1917” or at least Bong Joon-Ho wins the director's prize instead of Sam Mendes.

The so-called split between best film and best director has finally occurred a few times in recent years.


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