The past year has been incredibly eventful for Hollywood. Not only did the world witness the biggest box office hits and the most anticipated movie premieres, but the actors themselves were actively sharing all of its major happenings on social media.
The box office success of 2020’s biggest blockbusters shifted the focus of the entire industry to the growing influence of digital platforms and the growing number of platforms available for creators to promote and entertain their audiences online.
The stars used social media to connect with their fans, promote their films, and give behind-the-scenes looks at their work. They also used their social media accounts to voice their political opinions, supporting and opposing various political causes. Many famous faces found themselves at the center of controversies regarding their political views, but they always maintained their right to free speech as a US citizen.
Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore
The year 2020 was a memorable one for Hollywood. Not only did it see the box office hits Isle of Dogs and The Lighthouse, but it also marked some of the most significant premieres in decades, including The Goldfinch, The Irishman, The Laundromat, and Jojo Rabbit. However, it was also the year that Robert Pattinson showed the world that he is a very private person, declining all interview requests and only occasionally sharing a funny story or two with his fans on social media.
The Golden Globe winner and multiple Academy Award nominee Robert Pattinson (born February 20, 1982) initially gained a mass following for his starring role in Water for Elephants, but it was his portrayal of an emotionally distant serial killer in The Lost Word that first introduced him to a wider audience. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, The Lost Word premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and went on to win the Sustainability Award at the Traffic Jam Berlin International Film Festival. For months, fans were wondering how long it would take for Pattinson to next appear in a movie. Finally, in May, he signed on to play Richard Madden’s father in the legal drama Shields, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and wrapped production later that year.
The Biggest Box Office Breaks Of 2020
2020 saw the biggest box office breaks of all time, as moviegoers flocked to see the latest blockbusters in theaters. This trend can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, the pandemic broke out in 2019 and kept audiences away from theaters for an entire year, preventing them from becoming overly familiar with Hollywood’s biggest and best. Next, video platforms such as YouTube and Netflix shifted the way people discover new content, featuring binge-worthy series that viewers can fall into and become completely absorbed in. Finally, the box office results of popular movie series like Dunkirk, Mullet Manson, John Wick, and The Irishman attracted both moviegoers and streamers to the theaters, boosting ticket sales.
Everything Else: News, Celebrities, And More!
While the most recognizable faces in Hollywood were keeping moviegoers and streamers entertained, other industries were making headlines as well. Here’s a brief overview of the most interesting stories making headlines in 2020:
- Hollywood is undergoing a transformation as more and more people work remotely due to the pandemic. Several major studios like Disney and Warner Bros. shut down their production houses, and many big name stars postponed or canceled their publicity tours. Even Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have postponed their upcoming luxury vacation to Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions. (The New York Times)
- Netflix is set to release its much anticipated comedy special starring Jennifer Lopez and Tiffany Haddish entitled Joint custody on March 13th. The stand-up comedian delivered a mix of laughs and serious topics during the day-long recording session. (The Hollywood Reporter)
- NBC has greenlit the limited series Petrified, adapted from Deborah Kass’s memoir, for a 2020 premiere. The series is about the life of Chicago socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post. (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Julianne Moore will star in and produce The Epic Tales of Robin Hood, a Netflix film about the legendary outlaw. The actress is also an executive producer of the project. Filming is set to begin this year. (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Hollywood stars are taking advantage of the pandemic to push for tighter copyright laws. Several high-profile celebrities spoke out against the entertainment industry’s weak ties to creators, pointing out how easily they could copy the work of others. (The New York Times)
- The Cannes Film Festival cancelled the majority of its events, due to the pandemic. The annual edition of France’s biggest film festival was scheduled to take place between May 12th and 26th, but organizers have now shifted the dates to October. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Celebrities And Their Statements On Social Media
Many famous faces used their social media accounts to stay connected with their fans during the pandemic and to promote upcoming projects. Here are some of the statements from the stars:
- Will Smith (@willsmith): “I’m so grateful for all of your support over these last few months! I can’t wait to get back out there and share new content with you all soon.” (Twitter)
- Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara): “Looking forward to getting back to work and sharing new projects with my amazing team at @OrangeIsTheNewBlack.” (Twitter)
- Jennifer Lopez (@JenniferLopez): “Can’t wait to go back to work and perform for you all again! Looking forward to the next step in this journey with you.” (Twitter)
- Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick): “I’m so grateful for all of your support over these last few months! I can’t wait to get back out there and share new content with you all soon.” (Twitter)
- Katherine Kath (@TheRealKatherineK): “Thank you @willsmith for inviting me to India for your daughter’s wedding! I’m so happy to have been able to contribute to such a beautiful event. Thank you to all of the other well-wishers who’ve sent their love and support during this time as well. I’m looking forward to getting back to work and continuing to make people laugh and feel less nervous about the world we live in. You are all deeply appreciated. X #TeamKatherineK” (Twitter)
- Robert Pattinson (@robertpattinson): “Thank you @willsmith for the incredible invitation. It’s a very exciting moment for me to participate in an event like this. Looking forward to it!” (Twitter)
- Scarlett Johansson (@ScarlettJohansson): “Glad to be back in India! Looking forward to getting some work done and spending some quality time with my amazing team. Looking forward to the wedding tonight! Much love, Scarlett.” (Twitter)
- Zoe Saldana (@Zoesaldana): “Can’t wait to get back to work and be able to share some of the excitement of this movie with you all. Much love, Zoe.” (Twitter)
- Emma Stone (@EmmaStone): “I’m so excited to be back in India and to get back to work. I love that the movie we are making has such a modern twist to traditional Indian storytelling. Can’t wait to see the final product.” (Twitter)
- Charlotte Rampling (@Charlotte_Rampling): “Welcome to the city of lights! Looking forward to getting some work done on my new film. Looking forward to our time together.” (Twitter)