Welcome to the Tamara Tattles Oscars Watch Party and the spectacle and pageantry of the Oscars! Loved the format of the blog post of last year so much, I’m stealing from myself! (with some revisions). I am adding the what and where to watch at the beginning for you, so you don’t miss a thing!) It appears that the Oscars are going hostless again! (Thanks a lot, Kevin Hart.)
Red Carpet And The Big Show
The Academy has a Twitter account, and apparently they will be posting red carpet interviews and looks. I’m sure E! will be pushing their content as well across all social media, as will other entertainment news sites. Just keep in mind the earlier the television show listed, the more boring it will be. The E! Countdown is usually a bunch of talking heads pontificating what they think the stars were going to wear and they are usually wrong. They’ll also go over past years. The networks haven’t changed their scheduling from last year, at least when I checked my TIVO last. Tamara sometimes is able to update this blog with Red Carpet looks, etc. Keep an eye at the end of the blog for those pictures!
All the coverage starts at 10 AM Pacific, 1 PM Eastern. I’ve listed the show titles and lengths so you can figure out what to watch when. Double check your local listings for the individual start times. Don’t forget, the actual show starts at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET!
1:PM ET/10 AM PT Countdown to the Red Carpet: Oscars 2020 ( A four hour “brunch?”)
5:00 PM ET /2 PM PT Live From the Red Carpet: Oscars 2020 (2 ½ hrs)
7:30 pm ET /4:30 PM PT Red Carpet Rundown: Oscars 2020 (½ hr – right before the Big Show) AKA TIME TO SWITCH TO ABC! Whenever it ends? After Party: Oscars 2020 (1 ½ hrs)
Major east coast US cities will air their local news for half an hour right after the show ends with and hour of after party following as time allows.
On the West Coast, ABC starts at 10 AM with a “Oscars Countdown” for 3 hours, then a 1/2 American Idol ad (probably when the East Coast is getting its local news). After that there is an “Oscars Pre-Arrival Show” that goes for 2 hours, and finally the Opening Ceremonies starts at 3:30 PM with the awards starting at 5:30 PM!
On the east coast, at least in Atlanta we have a 2 and 1/2 hour preshow. Our local news will run first and then the festivities begin at 5:30 ET where we will start talking about the fashions here at the Tamara Tattles Oscars Watch Party! The actual Oscars start at 8 pm. Then we have the local news for a half hour and maybe an hour of After show if it doesn’t run super long.
I still recommend going to the Oscars official website or Vanity Fair for a complete list of nominees, in case you track at home. Both have printable versions of the ballots as well. By the time this posts, I will have also seen ALL the shorts! I’ll let you know which ones I’m rooting for in the comments.
Oscars So, So White
Oh hey, it is Tamara Tattles butting in again. I am in love with Leslie Jones Instagram. She posted this that Cynthia Ervio was the only black person nominated this year, so she voted for her and abstained from voting this year. I thought to myself, “that can’t be right! We would have heard about this everywhere! ” So I did some investigating. Of course she was right, at least for actors.
Only five black people were nominated for Oscars in 2020. That’s down from 15 in 2019, 13 in 2018 and 18 in 2017. This year, the only black acting nominee was Cynthia Erivo, nominated for Best Actress for Harriet. She was also nominated for Stand Up from Harriet along with co-writer and composer Joshuah Brian Campbell in the Best Song category.
If Cynthia Erivo wins either award, she with be will be an EGOT! I think she has a really good shot for Stand Up, and Renée Zellweger is going to give her a fight for Best Actress. She has won Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical in The Color Purple, She won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for The Color Purple‘s soundtrack, and she won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for The Color Purple. If she wins an Oscar, she will be the only the 16th person ever to win an EGOT in four competitive categories and only the third black EGOT joining Whoopi Goldberg and John Legend. She would also be the youngest EGOT ever at age 33.
The other three black nominees include Ladj Ly a French screenwriter and director for Les Misérables in the Best International Feature category. Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver were nominated for Best Animated Short for Hair Love. So a total of five black PEOPLE but for only four awards. Wow. You can watch the full short below! It’s cute!
AND THE NOMINEES ARE…
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
BEST ORIGINAL SONG (With music for the Oscars Watch Party!)
“Stand Up,” Harriet
“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen II
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
It is a pretty good list of people this year! They’ll have the usual crop of past winners of course, including Jane Fonda and Spike Lee! Frankly, Spike surprises me a little. Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, and Ray Romano also popped out when I read the list. No Jennifer Aniston, so no repeat of the awkward photos of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston backstage like at the Golden Globes!
I had no idea that Best Actress nominee Cynthia Erivo also wrote the Harriet nominated original song! I’ve not heard it yet, but honestly, Lady Gaga would be hard to follow in that “actress and songwriter” nominee category. She will be performing her song, as will Elton John (I am hoping Taron Edgerton surprises us.) Rounding out the performances are Chrissy Metz, Randy Newman, and Idina Menzel. Joining Menzel will be 9 of the others who are the voices of Elsa in other countries!
Also, it has been announced that there will be special performances by Janelle Monae, Billie Eilish, and Questlove. They are being secretive on what this is all about. I don’t even know if they are singing together or not. Buckle up, it may be a long night! And an even longer Oscars Watch Party!
MY FAVORITES AND OPINIONS
I’ve not looked at the oddsmakers in forming my guesses on who will win. I’ve not had the time! So just my best guess off of years of watching the Oscars.
I think that 1917 is going to take it, but my personal favorite was JoJo Rabbit. But, I surprise myself in saying this, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood is a close second. I usually won’t even see a Tarantino film because of the over the top violence. (I’m still scarred from Pulp Fiction). JoJo Rabbit and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood are movies I’ll watch again. I probably won’t see 1917 again, unless the people I’m with pick it for a movie night or something. It is BEAUTIFULLY shot though, and unlike other war movies. The Best Picture voting operates a bit like a caucus, which is why I think it will win. People probably love or hate the others, but there really isn’t anything unlikable about 1917.
Yet again, women were left out of the Directing category. As I stated in an earlier post, I think that Greta Gerwig got robbed, and Scorsese only got the nomination because of sentimentality, and because the majority of the membership are still old white guys like him. I’m also a little disappointed Taika Waititi didn’t get some attention for JoJo Rabbit. (actually, he should have been nominated for playing Hitler in the Best Supporting Category!) Of the five who were nominated, I’d probably vote for Quentin Tarantino, again, unusual for me! I think it will actually go to Sam Mendes or Bong Joon Ho.
This is where it gets tricky, since a good number of the nominees weren’t in Best Pictures and I’ve not seen a lot of them! I saw Joker, and can understand why Joaquin Phoenix is the favorite to win.
However, Leonardo DiCaprio was awesome. So was his costar, Brad Pitt. Frankly, I’m not sure Pitt isn’t in more scenes than DiCaprio, so I’m a little surprised he is in the Supporting category.
I wouldn’t be upset to hear Tom Hanks discuss Fred Rogers though. Best Actress will probably go to Renee Zellweger, but I’m rooting for Saoirse Ronan! I’m usually in agreement with those on social media that joke about Scarlett Johansson, but she was simply fantastic in JoJo Rabbit. I’m pulling for her to win in that category, instead of Best Actress. My fear is that she’ll cancel herself out. If that happens, I hope it goes to Florence Pugh!
TAMARA TATTLES RED CARPET UPDATES DURING THE OSCARS WATCH PARTY BELOW!
Janelle Monae shows up looking ready too accept that Best Supporting Actress Award she was STUPIDLY not nominated for.
Kelly Ripa looks stunning in head to toe Christian Sirano. The picture doesn’t do the look justice.
Oh Billy, I am so disappointed in your look. It’s hideous! What happened?
Sandra Oh looks AMAZING! Can’t wait for Killing Eve to return!
Margaret Qualley from Once Upon A Time In Hollywood looks great in Chanel!
THE QUEEN HAS ARRIVED! SHE LOOKS AMAZING!!!! YOU GET IT GIRL!!! GO GET YOUR EGOT!