After months of speculation, debate and online clickbait, Oscar day has finally arrived and here’s the lowdown…
Who’s hosting the 90th Academy Awards?
After coping admirably with last year’s infamous Best Picture mix-up, American presenter and comic Jimmie Kimmel is once again hosting the night. Expect: Matt Damon barbs (he’s a pal), jabs at Trump and a reference to the Me Too and Time’s Up movements – which are expected to appear on the red carpet.
Where is the show taking place and can I watch it?
As ever (or, at least, since 2002), LA’s Dolby Theatre will be providing the stage for tonight’s drama.
Whilst most of the UK will be asleep through the ceremony, insomniacs and film buffs can catch the action on Sky Cinema Oscars. The channel will kickstart the night at 11pm with a special 60-minute programme celebrating the history of the Oscars, before live coverage from the red carpet at midnight and the show itself at 1am.
Which films have been nominated?
The Shape of Water leads the pack this year with 13 nominations, followed by Dunkirk with 8 and Three Billboards with 7.
The other nominated features are: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, Get Out, The Post, I, Tonya, Roman J. Israel, Esq., The Florida Project, Mudbound, Beauty and the Beast, All the Money in the World, The Big Sick, The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly’s Game, The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent, A Fantastic Woman, The Insult, Loveless, On Body and Soul, The Square, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Faces Places, Icarus, Last Men in Aleppo, Strong Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Marshall, The Greatest Showman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Blade Runner: 2049, Victoria and Abdul, Wonder, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Kong: Skull Island and Baby Driver. Phew!
Already announced, two-time Oscar winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu is to receive the Special Achievement Academy Award.
You can read our round up of the Best Picture nominees right here!
What’s the running order?
The awards will be handed out in the following order:
Actor in a Supporting Role
Makeup and Hairstyling
Actress in a Supporting Role
Animated Short Film
Animation Feature Film
Documentary Short Subject
Live-Action Short Film
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
The awards this year will be dished out by…Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Chadwick Boseman, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Viola Davis, Eugenio Derbez, Laura Dern, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Helen Mirren, Jodie Foster, Gal Gadot, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Eiza Gonzalez, Tiffany Haddish, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Oscar Isaac, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Kumail Nanjiani, Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Eva Marie Saint, Annabella Sciorra, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone, Wes Studi, Tom Holland, Kelly Marie Tran, Daniela Vega, Christopher Walken and Zendaya.
After presenting Best Picture to the wrong film last year, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are also making a reappearance in the line up!
How long is the show going to be?
Some would say too long, others would be mad. The real answer is that no one quite knows but it’s normally just over three and a half hours. Last year’s show ran to 3hrs 49min but did have to contend with a final-award mishap…
As per tradition, the nominees for Best Original Song will be on hand to belt out their hopeful tunes.
This year that means we can expect performances from: Andra Day and Common (‘Stand Up for Something’ – Marshall), Mary J. Blige (‘Mighty River’ – Mudbound), Gael Garcia Bernal, Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade (‘Remember Me’ – Coco), Keala Settle (‘This is Me’ – The Greatest Showman) and Surjan Stevens (‘Mystery of Love’ – Call Me By Your Name).
Who’s going to win?
Once again, nobody knows! We’ve had a good stab though and you can read our predictions right here!