This is the time of the year when Hollywood’s great and good people come together to celebrate some of the best work their industry has done in the past year. Yep, okay, the Oscars are (almost) back in the city (LA).
The Academy Awards are always an eventful evening and the best picture mix between Moonlight and La La Land in 2017 remains one of the greatest moments in their illustrious history. But can we expect the same this time around. Well, Oscars or the Academy Awards are never known to shy away from controversies. And even though the event is still several weeks away, they are already embroiled in one such controversy where they would be without a Host or a compere in 30 years.
After two successful years of hosting, Jimmy Kimmel was succeeded as the official host of this year’s awards ceremony by comedian and actor Kevin Hart. To which, Hart originally expressed his joy on Instagram: “To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable”. However, he has now announced that he is stepping down as a host in a series of reactions to some old homophobic tweets that have been uncovered recently.
The replacement has yet to be announced. Reports suggest that the Academy , instead of going for a recognized master of ceremonies will rather opt for a selection of more dependable stars that deliver viral-friendly comedic skits.
Now that we are waiting for the Oscars 2019, there is excitement and speculation is swirling. And here below are the details one must need to know before the big night –
Oscars 2019: When the ceremony takes place?
This year’s Oscars awards will be held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday 24 February at 5pm Pacific Time (PT) (that’s 6:30 am on 25th February for the Indian viewers). The event would be broadcasted live on ABC network in the US and on Sky network in the UK. Meanwhile, in India it is usually telecasted live on Star Movies and can also be streamed online on Hotstar.
Oscars 2019: List of Nominees
With the nominations announced on 22nd January, 2019 there are some firsts like Black Panther being the first ever superhero movie to be nominated in the best film category and the critically acclaimed films like Roma, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman which made the cut.
A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)
Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)
Glenn Close (The Wife)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Christian Bale (Vice)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams (Vice)
Marina de Tavira (Roma)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)
Best Original Screenplay:
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)
Best Adopted Screenplay:
A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters & Bradley Cooper)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
With Roma and The Favourite leading the pack with 10 nominations each and featuring in the major categories, it would be a surprise if they don’t win much out of those nominations. All in all this Oscar season sure looks promising and would be a career defining night for some. So, block the date and cancel your appointments (unless very urgent of course) and witness showbiz greatest night of the year!