The Oscars 2020 review: No hosts, political speeches and lowest viewership ratings ever


Gianna Cognetti, Features Editor

The 92nd annual Academy Awards Ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Despite there being no celebrity host for the second year in a row, there were many other distinct factors that made this Oscars different than years before. 

 Politics may have interfered with the Oscars this year and may interfere with many more award shows to come. In 2019, Kevin Hart canceled his appearance as the Oscars’ host because of controversial topics that involved him weeks prior. This was the first time since 1989 that the Oscars went host-less. Hart felt as though he was unworthy of that position and he believed it may take away from the actors, actresses and production teams that worked extremely hard to be there. 

Since last year’s Oscars seemed to flow just fine without a host, it seemed right to continue what worked. Not only did it work, it may be the new norm for the Oscars in the future. Celebrity hosts such as Jimmy Kimmel reportedly laughed at how “low” the pay is to host the Oscars and other celebrities find it better to remain out of the overexposure that could be risky when hosting. 

With that being said, this year’s Oscar viewership was the lowest in Academy Awards history, with 23.6 million people watching the Oscars this year as opposed to the previous record low of 26.5 million from 2018, according to the Nielsen company.

“Politics does not have a place in award shows, it is about entertainment,” senior Derek Hamilton said. 

Hamilton also said celebrities should not use their platform to push their views during an award show. The Oscars are meant to recognize actors, actresses and production teams for their incredible work ethic in creating pieces of art that entertain the public. Therefore, making political statements during such a widely broadcasted show, instead of gracefully accepting a well-deserved award is unethical, he said.

Hamilton enjoys finding out who the Oscar winners are for each category. He finds the movies are a true work of art from the sound mixing to the editing and watches the Oscars solely for that reason. 

“‘1917’ did a great job with details and sound mixing,” Hamilton said. “It sounded like I was actually there, it was gorgeous and accurate.”

On the contrary, Freshman Nicole Zalewski believes having multiple presenters gives an equal opportunity to bear the burden of hosting. Also, it might save the Oscars money from having to pay a host. 

However, she also said the drama that is associated with politics is what viewers find entertaining. Therefore, celebrities and television shows should be able to voice their opinions on political views, she said.

“If there are rumors about someone or an event, they will protest it,” she said. “I feel like this is just people practicing their right to protest and do their own thing.”    

 Junior Peter Gaughan said politics and media go hand in hand and are usually interconnected on television together. Overall, he is more interested in the outcome of the results and is pleased with the winnings of the South Korean dark comedy thriller “Parasite.”


Winners (

Picture: “Parasite”

Actress in a Leading Role: Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Director: Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

Animated Feature: “Toy Story 4″

Animated Short: “Hair Love”

Original Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, “Parasite”

Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

Production Design: Barbara Ling (production design) and Nancy Haigh (set design), “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

Live-Action Short: “The Neighbors’ Window

Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”

Documentary Feature: “American Factory”

Documentary Short: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

Sound Mixing: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson, “1917″

Sound Editing: Donald Sylvester, “Ford v Ferrari”

Cinematography: Roger Deakins, “1917″

Film Editing: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, “Ford v Ferrari”

Visual Effects: “1917″

Makeup and Hairstyling: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker, “Bombshell”

International Film: “Parasite”

Original Score: Hildur Guðnadóttir, “Joker”

Original Song: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”