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What's your favorite piece of trivia from these 2020 Oscar nominees?
The list includes the top-ranked trivia items as voted by users (as of 15th January) from each of the IMDb pages of selected films nominated for The Oscars (2020).
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1. Parasite (2019)
R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.
Votes: 341,628 | Gross: $53.37M
Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean film to ever do so.
2. Joker (2019)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
Votes: 734,812 | Gross: $335.45M
Joaquin Phoenix called perfecting the Joker's laugh the toughest part of playing the character.
3. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.
Votes: 35,810 | Gross: $61.70M
4. The Two Popes (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama
5. 1917 (2019)
R | 119 min | Drama, War
April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Votes: 257,332 | Gross: $159.18M
Inspired by Sam Mendes' grandfather's experiences in WWI: "The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991."
6. The Irishman (2019)
R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An aging hitman recalls his time with the mob and the intersecting events with his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.
According to Deadline, before accepting the role of Russell Bufalino, Joe Pesci refused multiple times to come out of retirement in order to appear in this film. Some sources say the actual number of refusals was fifty.
7. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)
R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama
A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.
Votes: 423,140 | Gross: $142.50M
Brad Pitt ad-libbed the line, "You're Rick fucking Dalton! Don't you forget that.". Pitt based that line on an actor who told him the same thing when he was a budding actor in the early nineties.
8. Little Women (2019)
PG | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms.
Votes: 83,742 | Gross: $108.05M
After finding out that the adaptation was in the works, Saoirse Ronan reached out to Greta Gerwig and told her she decided she was going to play Jo March. Gerwig was initially hesitant to cast Ronan after having just worked with her on Lady Bird (2017), but after realizing that more or less casting herself was a very Jo thing to do, Gerwig sent Ronan an email that said "Yes, you're Jo."
9. Marriage Story (2019)
R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.
10. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Votes: 184,417 | Gross: $117.62M
In preparation for his role, Christian Bale took race driving lessons at the Bondurant High Performance Driving School. As it happened, the founder of the school had been a friend of Ken Miles. So in addition to the driving, Bale also got to hear stories of the 1960s racing scene. Bale's instructor and the film's stunt coordinator, Robert Nagle later stated that, "he's hands down the best actor I've ever trained."
11. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War
A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.
Votes: 179,806 | Gross: $0.35M
Taika Waititi discovered in his research that WWII Germany was very vibrant and fashionable, and was interested in shying away from traditional war films showing it as dreary and dark, instead presenting the town as a seemingly celebratory place and dressing characters as stylishly as possible. He liked the idea that everything seems happy, but just underneath the surface "the third Reich is crumbling, and, you know, the dream is over."
12. Knives Out (2019)
PG-13 | 131 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
Votes: 250,844 | Gross: $165.36M
13. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)
R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity whilst living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Votes: 88,455 | Gross: $0.43M
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson stated that they barely spoke a word to each other on set and were too exhausted to hang out together after a day of shooting because filming was so physically demanding due to the miserable weather conditions. While Pattinson stayed at a normal hotel with the rest of the film crew during the shot, Dafoe lived in a little fisherman cottage in solitude. On set, on the other hand, Pattinson would tend to eat and stay by himself in filming breaks, while Dafoe stayed with the crew. Both stated that they liked each other very much as soon as they had their first real conversation a few months later.
14. Bombshell (2019)
R | 109 min | Biography, Drama
A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
Margot Robbie's character is the only main character in the film not based on a real person. Her character was invented for the film, possibly from a combination of real-life people or experiences, rolled into one character to streamline storytelling.
15. Judy (II) (2019)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The surviving members of the resistance face the First Order once again, and the legendary conflict between the Jedi and the Sith reaches its peak bringing the Skywalker saga to its end.
Votes: 288,084 | Gross: $515.14M
Series music composer John Williams appears for a cameo as the bartender in the cantina on Kijimi.
17. Ad Astra (2019)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.
Votes: 154,767 | Gross: $35.40M
The title means "to the stars" in Latin. It is often used as a shorthand for "Per Aspera Ad Astra" (Through the hardships to the Stars).
18. The Lion King (2019)
PG | 118 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
Votes: 178,220 | Gross: $543.64M
Jon Favreau revealed in an interview that he brought James Earl Jones back as the voice of Mufasa because: "I see it as carrying the legacy across. Just hearing him say the lines is really moving and surreal, the timbre of his voice has changed. That served the role well because he sounds like a king who's ruled for a long time."
19. Harriet (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
The script was originally written and owned by Disney but they refused to make the film, the film only was able to get made once Disney relinquished the rights to the script.
20. Frozen II (2019)
PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to an ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.
Votes: 95,040 | Gross: $477.34M
The song used to call Elsa to the enchanted forest is a type of Scandinavian herding call called kulning. It was used briefly in the score of the first movie. In Frozen 2, the kulning that is central to the plot is performed by Norwegian singer Aurora Aksnes.
21. Toy Story 4 (2019)
G | 100 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
When a new toy called "Forky" joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Votes: 168,885 | Gross: $434.04M
When Bo Peep gets taken away, the car driven by the new owner has the license plate RMRF97. it's a sort of meta-Toy Story 2 (1999) reference. It's an often repeated story that the second Toy Story film was nearly entirely lost when the main file was accidentally deleted from the main Pixar servers. This license plate references the computer command which nearly erased the movie. the Unix command "rm", with "rm -rf" standing for removing all files recursively in a given directory and without confirmation. Thankfully, a pregnant employee had a backup copy of the film on her home computer, which had to be gently driven to Pixar HQ in order to save the movie.
22. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Votes: 89,715 | Gross: $160.80M
DreamWorks Animation's first franchise in which each movie was distributed by a different film studio: Paramount Pictures distributed How to Train Your Dragon (2010), 20th Century Fox distributed How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and Universal Pictures distributed How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
23. Klaus (2019)
PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.
Director Sergio Pablos had wanted to do a traditionally animated feature film, but he wanted to see how the animation would have evolved without the switch to computer-generated animation. So the studio used CGI lighting techniques with hand-drawn animation to create a unique animation style for the story.
24. The Cave (I) (2019)
PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, War
Amidst air strikes and bombings, a group of female doctors in Ghouta, Syria struggle with systemic sexism while trying to care for the injured using limited resources.
The Cave was shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar, but director Feras Fayyad was denied a visa to the United States to attend events to promote his film.
25. American Factory (2019)
TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
The first film released from the new production company Higher Ground, founded by former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.