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Things you would like to know about the Oscars before they start

They have already deployed the 300 meters of red carpet that Sunday will go through all the ‘glamor’ of world cinema on a date, the 92, which Spain attends with a cartoon revelation film ‘Klaus’ and Antonio Banderas like Pedro Almodóvar in ‘Pain and Glory’ or Penelope Cruz among the stars that will deliver the statuettes.

This annual Gala usually concentrates international interest and breaks records of audiences that claim to know a lot or almost everything about the event. In this year’s, there are many curious facts, such as the absence of candidate directors or the presence of a Spanish film about Papa Noël, “Klaus” that has cast out “Frozen 2”. These are the most remarkable curiosities:

1.- For the second consecutive year, the Oscar ceremony will not have a master of ceremonies, a formula that worked in 2019 so the Hollywood Academy has decided to repeat it.

2.- To compensate, the list of stars that will deliver the awards is long and among them are Oscar Isaac, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Timothée Chalamet , Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves

3.- There are no women among the nominees for best direction. There are neither Greta Gerwig for “Little Women” nor Lulu Wang, for “The Farewell.”

4.- Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for “In hostile land” is the only woman who has won an Oscar for the best direction, a category that has only five women nominated in the entire history of the awards.

5.- There is only one color interpreter among the 20 nominees in the acting categories. She is Cynthia Erivo, Oscar nominee for best actress for her work on “Harriet” and a favorite in the category. If he wins it, he becomes the second black actress to achieve it, after Halle Berry, winner in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”.

6.- Among the most popular ‘ninguneos’ of this 92 edition is that of Jennifer Lopez. It was assumed that among the five nominees for best actress would be the New Yorker for her work on “Wall Street Scammers”, but did not enter.

7.- Nor did Beyoncé enter with her song “Spirit” for “The Lion King.”

8.- Everyone assumed that “Frozen 2” would fight to repeat the Oscar he took in 2014. But instead there is a film that has drawn a lot of attention since Netflix, the Spanish “Klaus”, by Sergio Pablos .

9.- The 92 edition of the Óscar has meant the return of mythical names of the cinema that had not seen their works recognized for years. This is the case of Al Pacino, nominated for his first film with Martin Scorsese (“The Irish”); Anthony Hopkins, absent since 1998; Tom Hanks, since 2001 and Renée Zellwegger.

10.- It seems unlikely due to the dominance of “Parasites”, but this year a mythical scene of the Oscars of 20 years ago could be repeated, that the Spanish Penelope Cruz rediscovers the name of Almodóvar as winner of the prize for best Foreign movie.

11.- Among the artists already announced, Billie Eilish, who will sing the central theme of the new James Bond film, “No time to die”; Elton John, will perform the song for which he is nominated, “I’m gonna love me again,” by “Rocketman,” and Cynthia Erivo with his “Stand up.”

12 .- For some awards that are considered the most important in the world in terms of cinema, people with the right to vote are few, exactly 8,469, according to the data of the Academy of Hollywood.

13.- The ceremony will be broadcast in 225 countries.

14.- Prizes will be awarded in 24 categories.

15.- There are 1,104 accredited media.

16.- The statuette is 34.2 centimeters high and weighs 3.8 kilos.

17.- And the Dolby Theater, where it is held, has capacity for 3,300 people and the red carpet extends 274 meters. (February 6, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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