Get the inside view in the run-up, and on the night, with these glitzy social media accounts.

The 92nd Academy Awards get underway on 9 February and we, along with fellow committed armchair fashion commentators and film critics, will be staying up through the night to witness the highs and lows as they happen. The dresses, the actors, the stylists, the designers, the speeches, the faux pas and the winners themselves: there is so much to feast our eyes upon, we almost don’t know where to look in the thrill of it all – and that’s before we even mention the hot topic of the after-parties, which we are sadly resigned to being wholly precluded from.

The Academy has confirmed that this year, for the second year running, there will be no host, relying instead on a series of presenters – though it promises plenty of ‘stars and surprises’. The 2019 Oscars were also a host-free affair after Kevin Hart stepped down from his master of ceremonies role when he was mired in controversy surrounding a series of homophobic tweets.

And the 2020 Oscars are already not without their own controversy. Issa Rae, who revealed the nominations along with John Cho, read out the contenders for best director, before sardonically adding, ‘Congratulations to those men.’ It’s not the first time Hollywood’s bias against women has reared its head. Issa’s comments echoed those made by Natalie Portman on the Oscars stage in 2018, when she introduced the category saying, ‘And here are the all-male nominees.’

For controversies and commentaries and to simply get the best insight into what’s happening on the night, do follow these in-the-know accounts. We’ll see you after for the full forensic de-brief.

The Academy

@theAcademy


If you want to get into the spirit of the Academy Awards, then @theacademy is a great place to start. Celebrating Tinsel Town’s finest all year round with throwbacks to favourites moments, you cannot help but get your inner film/fashion critic fired up courtesy of its timely reminder of the pizzazz and glamour of it all. Issa Rae and John Cho’s announcement of the nominees ran as a story on this account – hear it all from the horse’s extremely ritzy mouth here.

Elizabeth Saltzman

@elizabethsaltzman


Elizabeth Saltzman is a London-based stylist extraordinaire and her feed is testament to her unerring eye. She started out in the most stellar of ways, launching her career at red carpet favourite, Giorgio Armani, in the eighties and it’s been upwards ever since: roles as senior fashion editor at Vogue, her current position as contributing editor at Vanity Fair, and high profile show styling for the likes of Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Erdem have all followed. It’s no accident, then, that her roster of celebrity clients should include the venerable to the cutting edge, from Poppy Delevingne and Gwnyeth Paltrow to Uma Thurman and Saoirse Ronan. The latter makes her a must-watch in 2020, as the super-talented Ronan goes up for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Little Women. We love this shot and hope for more of the same on the big night.

Gold Derby

@Gold Derby


Gold Derby’s Twitter and Insta feeds, as well as its accompanying website, is a great resource for those who want to get the inside track on who’ll be scooping the big awards this season. Founded in 2000 by Tom O’Neil, its sole focus is on predictions for the whole merry-go-round of annual awards and, naturally, it reaches its pinnacle during The Oscars. Click through to articles on subject matter that ranges form whether Elton John will set a new record for the longest gap between Best Original Song wins, to debate as to whether 1917 or Parasite will scoop best movie. A great source of well-argued opinion pieces.

Scott Feinberg

@ScottFeinberg


Scott Feinberg is The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist. Yes that it a whole job. Ergo, his entire raison d’etre is centred around punditry and commentary pertaining to who is winning what and why – and what they’re wearing while they do it. He also runs a podcast – Awards Chatter – and hosts regular interviews with nominees. This is a man who seriously knows his little gold statuettes.

Leonardo DiCaprio

@LeonardoDiCaprio


OK, we have to caveat this recommendation with two things. First off, DiCaprio isn’t actually favourite to win Best Actor this year for his turn in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and he’s certainly not been on the pre-awards trail with the assiduousness of previous years (perhaps thanks to having a gong safely at home for his role in The Revenant). Second, you’re much more likely to discover his views on the environmental crisis and support for Greta Thunberg than anything Oscars-related. But since Joaquin Phoenix – actual favourite to win for The Joker – eschews all forms for social media, DiCaprio must be our second choice. And, if he does win, his Insta feed gives a good steer into how he’ll be using his platform in any acceptance speech.

Laura Dern

@lauradern


No fewer than three of Marriage Story’s performances are creating a buzz at this year’s awards. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver have won huge acclaim, but the insider tip is that it’s Laura Dern’s supporting role as a divorce lawyer that is set to triumph. We hope so; it will be her third nomination, and we say it’s her time. Follow her Insta account for lots of behind-the-awards pics with her mates (who just happen to be ultra A-listers). This is a woman who gives Insta what it wants.

Guy Lodge

@GuyLodge


For the expert view on this side of the pond, there are few who do awards commentary better than Guy Lodge. A freelance film critic writing chiefly for Variety, The Observer and The Guardian, his Twitter feed is a perennial joy for any cinema obsessive, but it comes into its own during The Oscars. He will, naturally, be staying up all night so expect insights from his very well-informed pyjama party that may or may not grow more bleary-eyed as the night goes on. We love Guy’s genius for summing up the way we feel about a move with Twitter’s necessary economy. His recent hot take on the Academy Awards? ‘Currently predicting 1917 to get the biggest Oscar haul for a Best Picture winner since SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.’ You heard it from him first.

Armani

@armani


Back in 1990, so many actors (Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jessica Tandy, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, and Billy Crystal) chose Armani for the red carpet that Women’s Wear Daily dubbed that year’s Oscars Ceremony ‘The Armani Awards’. Fast-forward twenty years, and the Italian designer’s popularity shows no sign of abating. Do follow the fashion house’s Insta account for clues as to what we might expect, as well as other red carpet appearances in the run-up. Other perennial favourites include Brit label, Alexander McQueen; fellow Italian Valentino, and the ever-legendary Oscar De La Renta. Meanwhile in 2019, Lebanese designers took the red carpet by storm, so do look out for Elie Saab, Reem Acra and Zuhair Murad.

Vanity Fair

@vanityfair


No one, but no one, does celebrity, or culture, or fashion, or politics for that matter (often relevant – and frequently controversially so – in acceptance speeches) comment quite like Vanity Fair. Naturally, thanks to its longevity and its venerable publisher (Conde Nast), there’s no prurience of salaciousness to stories about the A-listers to see here – or so we like to tell ourselves. Just a view to a highly polished world, into which we are all invited for the night from the comfort of our sofas.

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