From rousing red-carpet activism to history-making wins to I’m-not-crying-you’re-crying speeches (all hail Oprah), this has been far from a snoozer of an awards season. The grand finale of it all takes place this Sunday. Here’s a primer on everything you need to know about the 90th annual Academy Awards.
MEET THE FRONTRUNNERS
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads the pack with an impressive 13 nominations. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has eight nods, followed by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven nominations. The satirical thriller-comedy Get Out is a fan- (and ELLE Canada) favourite with four noms, including Daniel Kaluuya for Actor in a Leading Role and top nod for Best Picture too. For a cheat sheet on all nine Best Picture nominees look here and then place your Oscar pool bets.
WE’RE ALSO ROOTING FOR…
Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig, who is the only female to be nominated in the directing category. In 90 years, she is just the fifth woman to receive a directing nod from the Academy. Gerwig is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
APPARENTLY ALL OF HOLLYWOOD IS INVITED
The stage will be brimming with star power this milestone year with an impressive list of presenters including Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Gina Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie, Zendaya and more. Nominated songs will be performed by Common, Mary J. Blige, Gael García Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens. Whew!
AND BEATTY IS BACK
Remember the Best Picture gaffe last year? We think the Academy will be checking those envelopes extra carefully this year because Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are reportedly presenting Best Picture again. Fool me once…
RED CARPET REFORM
While there isn’t a formal dress code supporting the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements (like the blackout attire for the Globes or white roses at the Grammys) this is sure to be a political carpet.
As his alleged sexual harassment allegations resurface, veteran red carpet host Ryan Seacrest may be answering some tough questions himself. Seacrest has issued a statement denying all allegations.
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