And The 2020 Academy Awards Presenters Are…

Published on January 22, 2020

Some of the presenters for the 92nd Academy Awards have arrived. Last year’s major winners will be presenting at this year’s ceremony including Regina King, Rami Malek, Mahershala Ali, and Olivia Colman. The news was announced yesterday.

It’s a tradition to have the previous year’s winners up on stage announcing the new award winners. These are not the only presenters, however. More presenter names are going to come out in the days and weeks leading up to the show.

At the 2019 Oscars, King won Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk, Malek won Best Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, Ali won Best Supporting Actor for Green Book, and Colman won Best Actress for The Favourite.

Nominees for Best Actor at this year’s awards ceremony include Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Joaquin Phoenix. Best Actress nominees include Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, and Saoirse Ronan. Some of the stars up for Best Supporting Actor are Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino. Best Supporting Actress nominees include Laura Dern, Margot Robbie, and Florence Pugh.

The Oscars have faced backlash this year for having overwhelmingly white and male nominees. #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale have both been talking points throughout this awards season, especially due to the lack of female directors and nominees of color.

The Academy may be trying to balance out that backlash by having many presenters who are women or people of color. Or maybe it really is just tradition and the Academy just did a better job with diverse nominations last year.

Although the tradition continues in terms of presenters, the Academy Awards Ceremony will be a little different than years past. Like last year, The Oscars will go hostless.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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