All about the Oscars
As Oscar fever soars the world is waiting to see not only who is going to win, but also whether there will be any embarrassing moments like last year’s envelope mix-up. This year, instead of speculating on what the stars will be wearing, the question is whether they will all be wearing black.
2018 is a big year, and on March 4th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will get underway. The Oscars are a little later this year than normal, but that was in order to circumvent scheduling conflicts with the Winter Olympics running from February 9 through to February 25.
The Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center, an entertainment complex and shopping mall on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue will be hosting the Academy Awards. The ceremony has been held at the Dolby Theatre since 2002, and the show will be screened live to millions of people around the world.
How many people watch the Oscars?
According to a report in Time magazine on February 17, 2017 the number of US viewers was in the 32 million category, a drop from previous years. Although the ceremony is watched in 225 countries around the globe according to an Academy Awards fact sheet, the actual number of viewers is harder to pinpoint, as viewing figures are not available from all the countries. While some press reports mentioned figures of a billion, this may not be accurate but it is estimated that the figure runs into the hundreds of millions. No wonder the organizers, host, and nominees may be somewhat nervous!
James Christian Kimmel, of Jimmy Kimmel Live, whose talk show premiered in 2003 on ABC, will be hosting the Oscars for the second year running. The American television host, writer, comedian, and producer, who is now 50, certainly has enough experience as he started off in radio when he was still in high school. Whether he will have any quips about last year’s mix up when
La La Land was mistakenly named the Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight – the actual award winner, remains to be seen. He will have to tread lightly around the sexual harassment issue in the entertainment industry, which is bound to be at the forefront as the #metoo movement gains momentum.
Time’s Up is a unified call from women in entertainment that reaches out to women everywhere in a bid for equal pay for equal work and an end to sexual harassment in the workplace. The website https://www.timesupnow.com/ states, “From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live”.
In sympathy for those who have been victims of inequality and sexual harassment women wore black to the Golden Globes and to BAFTA – the British film awards, and it remains to be seen whether black will be de rigeur at the Academy Awards.
REPORTS are emerging from Hollywood that the 2018 edition of the Academy Awards ceremony will feature a section dedicated to the actors, producers, directors and industry chiefs whose careers were ended by allegations of historical sex abuse in 2017.
Taking place right after the ‘In Memoriam’ segment dedicated to dead members of the film industry, the new ‘dead to us’ section will feature Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Bill Cosby for certain, with many more powerful Hollywood names sure to be added to the list between now and the 90th Academy Awards in late February.
And now for the nominees…
The full list, in printable form, is available at http://oscar.go.com/nominees. To get the family involved maybe print out the lists, let family members pick their winners and have some ‘rewards’ ready should they prove correct!
Leader of the pack for Best Film award is Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (13 nominations), with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk running second (8 nominations), then there is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (7 nominations), which won Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Drama Best Actress in a Drama, and Best Supporting Actor, at the Golden Globes.
When it comes to the Leading Actress Award Frances McDormand is tipped for her role in Three Billboards while Gary Oldman is a distinct possibility for the Lead Actor Award with his role in Darkest Hour. In the Best Director category, Guillermo del Toro seems likely to win.
The Animated Feature Film line-up there are strong contenders – The Boss Baby, Coco, Loving Vincent, and The Breadwinner, but it seems that Ferdinand, with its heartwarming story based on a 1936 book about a bull that was ‘Built to fight but born to love’, could be the winner.
Who will be presenting the awards?
The line-up of stars to keep everyone guessing as they slowly open the envelopes is as follows:
· Emma Stone (Best Actress 2017)
· Mehershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor 2017)
· Viola Davis (Best Support Actress 2017)
· Greta Gerwig (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, nominee 2018)
· Margot Robbie (Best Actress nominee 2018)
· Kumail Nanjiani (Best Original Screenplay nominee 2018).
· Chadwick Boseman Black Panther star
· Jennifer Garner (Love, Simon star)
· Laura Dern, two-time nominee
· Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip breakout star)
· Zendaya (MJ in Spider-Man)
· Tom Holland (Spider-Man star)
. Daniela Vega, (star of Fantastic Woman – Best Foreign Language Film nominee 2018)
· Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman),
· Eva Marie Saint (Best Supporting Actress winner in 1955 for On the Waterfront)
· Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac (old and new Star Wars) Gina Rodriguez, (Annihilation – sci-fi film)
· Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name star)
· Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton creator)
· Wes Studi (Hostiles actor)
Performers to entertain at the Oscars
Keala Settle will be singing ‘This Is Me’ from The Greatest Showman. ‘Mighty River’ from Mudbound, will be performed by Mary J Blige, and Sufjan Stevens will be performing; he’s a nominee in the Best Original Song category for ‘Mystery of Love’.
Keep your eyes on the screen
They are bound to be surprises, so make sure you have everything at hand before you settle down for this very special show. You don’t want to miss a minute!