Your guide to watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night

06 March 2018, 01:49 | Santos Harmon

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The 90th Annual Academy awards is going to be quite interesting.

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.

1929 - The first Oscars ceremony is held on May 16, 1929, at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

In another rarity Jordan Peele's horror film which deals with race issues, "Get Out" was nominated 5 times, including Best Picture.

It has regained its status as the narrow frontrunner at odds of 13/10 against 2/1 for "The Shape of Water", according to awards prediction website Gold Derby.

In its lifetime, the Oscars has handed out 3,097 statuettes. She is required to sit at a segregated table at the ceremony.

Over the past decades, the Oscars have awarded different films for different reasons.

The Oscars will pay respect to Time's Up, the movement started two months ago in Hollywood to advocate for gender equality in the workplace. All over America housewives are turning to their husbands and saying: "'Put on your shirt, Joan Crawford is coming'".

President Donald Trump, it might be safe to tune into the Oscars on Sunday night (ABC 8 PM ET/5 PM PT).

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However this year that would mean Casey Affleck presenting Best Actress. Hepburn does not attend the ceremony.

Up for Best Actress in a Leading Role are Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), and Meryl Streep (The Post). Sacheen Littlefeather, an Indian activist, appears onstage in traditional Apache dress in Brando's place but declines the statuette.

"Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") is the fifth woman in history nominated for best director" and the first to land the nod for a directorial debut. It is the third film ever to win 11 awards, tying with "Titanic" in 1997 and "Ben-Hur" in 1959.

Oscars are here, and in case you were anxious about how to tune in live for the event, or maybe just to watch it later that day, don't worry. The audience responds with a standing ovation.

And "A Fantastic Woman" - a love story from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio with a much-praised star turn from transgender actress Daniela Vega - is tipped to win best foreign-language film honors.

He'll be replaced by Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence.

Preceded and followed by red-carpet shows, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th edition of the Academy Awards show. In response, the academy announces plans to increase the number of women and minority members.

At last year's Oscars when Moonlight won Best Picture, some online commenters claimed it won as a response to the previous year's #Oscarssowhite controversy, when the awards were criticised for their lack of racial diversity.



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