LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscars are right here, already.
After the shortest awards season in many years, the 92nd annual Academy Awards will get underway Sunday night on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The pink carpet is being rolled out two to a few weeks sooner than regular in a bid to clean up a ceremony and probably increase scores.
The truncated agenda has put the usually bloated Oscars season on a weight loss plan (Sunday’s present may even for the second straight yr be hostless) and despatched movie academy members scrambling to complete their movie-watching — no small process in a yr that includes a number of three-hour epics like “The Irishman” and “As soon as Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”
Fittingly for a quick race, a film a couple of mad sprint has risen to the highest of the heap. After successful practically each main precursor award, Sam Mendes’ “1917,” a couple of pair of British troopers despatched with an pressing message to ship by recently-held enemy territory, is the favourite for greatest image. Because of its technical dazzle, the seemingly one-continuous-shot “1917” can be prone to come away with essentially the most awards Sunday, even with none appearing nominations.
Though Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern all look like all-but-certain locks within the appearing classes, there’s nonetheless the potential for a history-making upset. Momentum has swung behind Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller “Parasite,” and a few consider it has a chance to become the first non-English language film to win best picture.
Such a win could be a watershed second for the Academy Awards, which has lengthy been content material to relegate worldwide movies to their very own class. However in an effort to diversify its largely white and male membership, the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences has inducted extra abroad members lately. And nearly nobody has a nasty phrase to say about t he widely-praised class satire “Parasite,” the Palme d’Or winner finally yr’s Cannes Movie Competition and the primary international language movie to win top honors from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The official pre-show will start at 6:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Among the many presenters the academy will lean on within the absence of a bunch are: Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Timothee Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton and Kelly Marie Tran.
The ceremony will come simply days after the death of Kirk Douglas, one of many final surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Kobe Bryant, a 2018 Oscar winner for the quick “Expensive Basketball,” is predicted to be included within the ceremony’s In Memorium section.
ABC and the academy shall be hoping a broadly watched area of nominees — together with the $1 billion-grossing “Joker,” up for a number one 11 awards — will assist viewership. Final yr’s present garnered 29.6 million viewers, a 12% uptick.
This yr’s Oscars comes amid a streaming overhaul all through Hollywood. Hurrying to catch as much as Netflix and Amazon, many of the main studios are prepping or have already launched their very own streaming companies, as have new entrants like Apple. Netflix comes into the Oscars with a number one 24 nominations because of “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,” “The Two Popes” and the possible greatest documentary winner, “American Manufacturing facility.”
However regardless of spending heavily through awards season, Netflix could go house with just a few awards. The streamer continues to be searching for its first greatest image win after Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” got here up simply shy final yr.
As an alternative, this yr’s Oscar favorites are largely films launched broadly in theaters. Additionally they predominantly characteristic male characters and are available from male administrators.
After a yr wherein ladies made significant gains behind the camera, no feminine administrators have been nominated for greatest director. The appearing classes are additionally the least numerous for the reason that fallout of #OscarsSoWhite pushed the academy to remake its membership. Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) is the one actor of coloration nominated. These outcomes, which have been a subject in speeches through awards season, stand in distinction to analysis that implies the most popular movies star more people of color than ever before.
Ticket gross sales slumped about four% final yr regardless of the Walt Disney Co.’s record $13 billion in worldwide box office. Disney, which acquired 20th Century Fox final spring, accounted for an amazing 38% of home ticket gross sales. And but Disney, except for proudly owning the community the Oscars are broadcast on, will possible play a minor function on the Academy Awards. The studio could win greatest animated characteristic with “Toy Story four” and probably greatest enhancing for the Fox movie “Ford v Ferrari.”
And whereas Democratic candidates are vying for the presidency and votes are nonetheless being counted in Iowa, Barack Obama could properly notch one other win. The first film from his and Michelle Obama’s production company, “American Manufacturing facility,” is favored to win greatest documentary.
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