How To Watch The Oscars This Weekend

How To Watch The Oscars This Weekend

"When you mention those movies, it makes my head spin even more than it's spinning". They take to social media to point out how Gosling and Stone can't dance, or how the songs are unmemorable, or how Chazelle doesn't understand the appeal of the old movies he's cribbing from, or that the movie is condescending and cold. "So when you watched the Academy Awards, it really was a great, special celebration of glamour, and you felt this national excitement around it".

However, it is expected to fall short of the record 11 statuettes achieved by "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Titanic" and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003).

When the 89th Oscars award ceremony airs Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hopes to avoid the #OscarsSoWhite backlash it's seen in the last few years. I'd be surprised if we see any of the award show divisiveness we saw back in the Nixon Vietnam era or when Elia Kazan, who named names during the Hollywood Blacklist era, won an honorary Oscar in 1999, or when Michael Moore gave an anti-Bush speech with his Oscar acceptance in 2003 for "Bowling for Columbine". Reign believes more opportunities are needed not only for actors and actresses of color, "but also those people behind the camera", such as directors, editors and cinematographers. "Who could earn not just a trophy, but also a place in the history books, should his or her name be pulled out of one of those envelopes?"

The Oscars this year are going to be very exciting given how most of the nominations are brilliant and deserving candidates.

The other best picture contenders - "Arrival", "Hacksaw Ridge", "Manchester by the Sea" and "Hell or High Water" - also have majority white casts.

"I keep changing my mind". But with three nominees within 9 percent of the lead (don't count out production design nominee Fantastic Beasts), this one is wide open. If "La La Land" wins both, it gets 10.

While La La Land is the firm favourite to be named this year's Best Picture, it has stiff competition from Moonlight, which is closing in at 11/2. And there are some in the industry who wonder whether the rich diversity of this year's Oscars is a blip, a sign of progress, or some complicated combination of the two.

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The lock for your Oscar pool is Viola Davis, who is up for Best Supporting Actress in "Fences" and is likely to get her well-deserved first Academy Award.

Awards - Stone, Best Actress, SAG; Best Actress Musical/Comedy, Golden Globes.

A man who has to look after his orphaned teenage nephew sees his past come back to haunt him in director Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea".

Next is the war Hacksaw Ridge and the dramas Lion and Manchester By The Sea, all tied with six nominations.

In part two, I covered the genre-specific awards, along with a quartet of categories that all appear poised to favor Damien Chazelle's musical.

If you're an Oscars super-fan, and if merely watching the Academy Awards this Sunday night isn't enough for you, there are plenty of Oscar-related TV shows - before and after the awards ceremony - through which you can immerse yourself in the fashions, winners' reactions and the after-party goings-on in Hollywood.