Oscar turns 92 in 2020. And like many seniors who came of age in a different era, this golden guy has had a tough time adapting. Hollywood’s biggest bugaboos – racial and gender equality – are far from resolved. The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards include a record number of women, but it’s the second year in a row when female directors were snubbed, also hitting a three-year low by nominating only five black people in 2020.
Whom Oscar goes home with remains to be seen, of course. The same also goes for whether PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 86th time tallying the votes will produce another Moonlight-esque switcheroo. But you don’t have to wait to get in the Oscars spirit. There are lots of great movies to catch up on, plus plenty of interesting Oscars stats to dig into.
To help you get psyched for Hollywood’s biggest night, WalletHub did our homework on everything from box office sales and Rotten Tomatoes ratings for the Best Picture nominees to the price of awards-season lobbying. You can find all of these awesome Oscars fun facts in the infographic below. And that’s followed by a Q&A on the state of the film industry with a panel of entertainment experts. Enjoy the show!
Top 5 Oscars Facts for 2020:
- $44M: Total cost of Oscars ceremony.
- $10M: Cost of the look for an A-list actress attending the Oscars.
- $2.6M+: Cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast (54% less than the Super Bowl).
- $24.7K: Cost of the 16,500-square-foot Oscars red carpet.
- 3rd time: The Oscar telecast will not have a host.
Ask the Experts
For a closer look at a variety of issues related to the Academy Awards, from demographics to dollars and cents, we posed the following questions to a panel of leading business and entertainment experts. You can check out their bios and responses below.
- What would the lack of diversity on the main categories have on the awards? Will they be considered less relevant for the general public as time goes by?
- Do you believe the current system of nominating films is a fair and transparent one? How can this process be improved?
- Who is going to win the award for Best Actor? Actress? Director? Motion Picture?
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