Millions of people are expected to tune in on Sunday for the Academy Awards, one of the most prestigious awards shows in the movie world.
What are the Oscars? When and where will they take place? Who are this year’s nominees? Are there any controversies? We take a look at those questions and more.
What are the Oscars?
The Oscars are awarded in Los Angeles in a ceremony honoring creative and technical excellence in the motion picture industry. The awards are given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and are widely regarded as one of the highest honors in the world of film and entertainment. Winners receive a gold statuette known as an Oscar.
When are the Oscars?
This year’s ceremony is the 95th in the academy’s history and will take place on Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.
The awards will begin at 5 p.m. (1 a.m. GMT on March 13) and will be broadcast live in the United States on the ABC TV network.
Can I watch the awards on a streaming service?
The Oscars can be streamed live from the US with a subscription to Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV and Fubo TV, some of which offer free trials.
Who is the host?
Late night American TV personality Jimmy Kimmel will host this year’s Oscars, the third time he has done so. His last time as a presenter was in 2018 and the awards have not had a solo presenter since then. For example, last year’s awards were presented by a comedy trio consisting of Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes.
In a video sketch Following on from the 2022 movie Top Gun: Maverick, Kimmel jokes, “I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting to be asked to host again.” American actor Jon Hamm replies: “Let me be very clear, you were not my first choice. Or my second choice. Or my third, fourth, fifth or eleventh choice. In fact, we have already asked a lot of people for you.”
What are the different categories?
Awards are presented in 23 categoriesincluding film editing, directing, cinematography, acting, music, costume design and make-up and hair styling.
The most anticipated award is usually the title of best picture, with 10 films vying for one of the most prestigious accolades in filmmaking this year. CODA won the prize for best film in 2022 and films such as Parasite, Moonlight and The Shape of Water have won the prize in recent years.
A full list of nominations can be found here.
Which movies are nominated for best picture?
The films nominated for best picture this year are All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Women talk.
What are the predictions?
The indie sci-fi film Everything Everywhere All at Once has the most nominations with 11 overall. Not far behind is The Banshees of Inisherin with nine, the same number as the Netflix film All Quiet on the Western Front, based on the World War I novel.
Competition is fierce for high-profile categories such as best actor, best actress and best director. Michelle Yeoh is a favorite for best actress, following her shape-shifting role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. But Cate Blanchett is also a strong contender for the classic music drama Tar.
In the Best Actor category, Brendan Fraser is a front-runner for his role in The Whale, but faces stiff competition from Austin Butler, nominated for bringing the title character to life in the Elvis biopic.
Are there any controversies, scandals or notable firsts?
This year’s awards come in the shadow of last year’s infamous “slap” incident, when actor Will Smith walked onstage and punched comedian Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
Smith will not be attending this year after a 10-year ban.
The Oscars have also seen a decline in viewership, with just over 15 million people tuning in last year, compared to nearly 30 million in 2019 and more than 46 million in 2000, according to the data company. Statistical.
Allegations that the ceremony is biased against actors and filmmakers of color have also resurfaced ahead of the 2023 ceremony.
Some saw discrimination when Danielle Deadwyler and Viola Davis did not receive Best Actress nominations for their respective roles in Till and The Woman King.
However, Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to be nominated for Best Actress, joining a record number of Asian actors and actresses to earn nominations this year.
Actress Andrea Riseborough’s surprise nomination for Best Actress has been the subject of debate, especially since there were no black nominees in the category.
Riseborough’s film, the indie drama To Leslie, was not widely viewed and grossed a minuscule $27,322 in ticket sales, according to revenue tracking website Box Office Mojo. However, Riseborough’s nomination was boosted by a social media campaign featuring celebrities such as Edward Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Paulson.
No women were nominated for Best Director, contributing to what critics see as a trend of continued sexism in the awards and making the hashtag #OscarsSoMale go viral.
Three films from India have won nominations, with RRR gaining attention for a catchy musical number Naatu Naatu, which was nominated for Best Original Song.
Two Indian-made documentaries also received nominations, with All That Breathes competing for best documentary feature film and The Elephant Whisperers for best documentary short.