The red carpet is ready and the golden statuettes are ready: The Oscars are back in the heart of Hollywood after the ceremony was forced to scale back last year due to the pandemic. And even though much of the preparation feels business as usual, we can expect some firsts at the 94th Academy Awards.
1) Win-win for a streamer
Netflix’s The Power Of The Dog leads the nominations with 12 and was an early favorite to win best picture, but the recent push has many predicting that Apple TV Plus CODA will cause an upset. Either way, it will mark a moment in Hollywood history as it will mean, for the first time, that a streaming service will be after the best picture winner, rather than one of the major movie studios. And of course, if CODA, the only hearing member of a deaf family, wins, it will also be a historic moment for the deaf community and an acknowledgment of the value of authentic casting.
2) Three women present the ceremony
After two years without hosts, the producers hired a comic book hat-trick to oversee the event: Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer. And while the decision to have multiple hosts may have been driven by a pandemic (the chances of one getting COVID and not being available at night may be reasonable, but surely not all three…), there are high hopes that the trio will bring an energy that has been felt lost since 2019. But it won’t be just jokes they’ll do: we know there will be references to Ukraine with Hall saying at a press conference that the producer’s plans to acknowledge the war are ” beautiful”. and he added: “It’s a delicate situation and … I think the public will enjoy it.”
3) Will Smith finally get an Oscar?
The megastar has been in the business for 30 years and it looks like he will finally be crowned Hollywood royalty when he picks up the best actor award for his role in King Richard, in which he plays the father of professional tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. Whether it’s for that performance, or maybe just his ‘timing’, it looks like Smith has an Oscar in the bag. And if you want to find out more about who will take home the prizes, check out our predictions.
4) Eight awards will not be broadcast live
In a somewhat controversial move, the show’s producers have decided to award the awards for Documentary Short Film, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Sound in the hour before let the transmission begin. Those moments will later be edited out and will continue to appear on the three-hour live show, but there have been reaction from those in the industry who are not happy all categories are not being treated equally.
5) Let’s talk about Bruno
Encanto’s chart-topping hit ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ will be performed live for the first time during the ceremony, even though he’s not actually nominated. Other live performances will come from Beyonce, who will open the show, and Billie Eilish and Finneas. Producers are under pressure to reverse the ratings decline and are hoping that performers and presenters, some of whom aren’t necessarily people you’d expect to see at the Oscars, will help attract viewers who might not be drawn to the movies alone. .
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Master is in theaters and streaming on Amazon Prime. You can watch the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27 exclusively on Sky Cinema from 11 p.m. Sky Cinema or from 10pm on Sky Showcase