The red carpet has rolled out and the golden statuettes are ready – the Oscars are back in the heart of Hollywood after last year saw the ceremony forced to scale back due to the pandemic. And despite much of the preparation looking like business as usual, we can expect a few premieres at the 94th Academy Awards.
1) A win-win for a streamer
Netflix’s Power of the Dog leads the nominations with 12 and was an early favorite to win Best Picture, but recent momentum has seen many predict that Apple TV Plus CODA will cause upheaval. Either way, it will mark a moment in Hollywood history as it will mean, for the first time, that a streaming service will be behind the top picture earner, rather than one of the big ones. film studios. And of course, if CODA – pretty much the only hearing member of a deaf family – wins, it will also be a defining moment for the deaf community and a recognition of the value of authentic casting.
2) Three women animate the ceremony
After two years without a host, the producers have hired a comic book triplet to oversee the event – Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer. And while it’s possible the decision to have multiple hosts was prompted by a pandemic (the odds of just one catching COVID and not being available at night might be reasonable, but surely not all three…), there are high hopes the trio will bring an energy that’s been lacking since 2019. But it won’t just be jokes they’ll be delivering – we know there will be references to Ukraine with Hall recounting during a press conference that the producer’s plans to acknowledge the war are “magnificent”, adding “It’s a tricky situation and…I think the audience is going to appreciate it.”
3) Does Will Smith finally get an Oscar?
The mega-star has been in the business for 30 years and finally looks like he’s crowned Hollywood royalty when he lands the Best Actor award for his role in King Richard – in which he plays the father of tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams . Whether it’s that performance – or maybe just his “time” – it looks like an Oscar is in the bag for Smith. And if you want more ideas on who will win the prizes, check out our predictions.
4) Eight Awards will not be broadcast live
In a somewhat controversial show, the producers decided to award the prizes for Documentary Short, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Music, Production Design, Animated Short , live action short film and sound within the hour before the start of the broadcast. These moments will later be edited out and will still feature in the three-hour live broadcast, but there have been backlash from industry who are not satisfied with all categories are not treated equally.
5) Let’s talk about Bruno
Encanto’s ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ award winner will be performed live for the first time at the ceremony – although he was not nominated. Other live performances will come from Beyonce – who opens the show – and Billie Eilish and Finneas. Producers are under pressure to reverse falling ratings and hope that performers and presenters, some of whom aren’t necessarily people you’d expect to see at the Oscars, will help bring in viewers who might not be. attracted to movies alone. .
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You can watch the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday March 27 exclusively on Sky Cinema from 11pm – and follow our live blog on the Sky News website and app. For those who don’t want to stay up late, you can rewatch Monday 28 at 7 p.m. on Sky Cinema or from 10 p.m. on Sky Showcase