The 91st Academy Awards will again be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 5 p.m. Pacific. The show usually runs about three hours but can go over, so set those DVRs past 8 p.m. if you really want to know which film won best picture without getting a news alert — or a second news alert correcting a “La La Land”-like blunder.
Oscars-centric programming begins on the network much earlier. “On the Red Carpet at the Oscars” begins at 1:30 p.m. Pacific, and “Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet” kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
The Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide and will also be streamed live in select markets via abc.com or with the ABC app, but will require credentials for a participating TV provider.
“The Academy Awards is going commando for the first time in 30 years,” as The Times’ Lorraine Ali puts it. There will be no big name steering the festivities for home audiences this year, which has many speculating that the show will lean heavily on musical performances — which weren’t immune to controversy either — and producers’ star-studded presenter lineup.
Comedian Kevin Hart was announced as host in December, only to swiftly step down from his duties after past homophobic jokes and tweets resurfaced. The film academy reportedly attempted to lure him back, but he refused, and it did not succeed in securing other hosts.
Any chance a well-known — let alone well-liked — host could buoy the telecast from last year’s all-time low ratings were scrapped when ABC confirmed last week that the show would proceed without an emcee. Not even assembling the Avengers — or most of them and Captain Marvel — could save telecast. Though, if the Grammys are to be followed, there’s a chance Michelle Obama could...
What we do know is that the show will be produced by Donna Gigliotti and longtime co-producer and director Glenn Weiss, the same guy who directed the telecast for the past three years and proposed to his girlfriend during the Emmys in September. Their production team includes six returning Oscars veterans, namely lighting director Robert Dickinson, who commemorates his 30th Oscars ceremony this year.
The Times' Glenn Whipp and Jen Yamato break down the 2019 Oscar nominations and analyze what the Motion Picture Academy got right... and what they got wrong.
Times film critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang weighed in with their predictions of what will win this year and what should win in 10 key categories. (Spoiler alert: “Black Panther” should win best picture, but “Roma” will likely take the top prize.)
The iconic English rock band, the subject of best-picture contender “Bohemian Rhapsody,” will open the show with Lambert on the mic. The film’s star, Rami Malek, is up for an Oscar for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Midler was revealed as the “surprise special guest” who will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” originally sung by Emily Blunt in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”
So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24...the nominated song from "Mary Poppins"..."The Place Where Lost Things Go" ...so excited!!
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will duet on “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” likely changing up her Mother Monster-inspired outing at the Grammys earlier this month.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will sing “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
Unfortunately, “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Oscar-nominated duet from “Black Panther,” will not be performed during the telecast despite earlier reports indicating that all five nominated songs would be sung. It’s still unclear if and how the omission will be addressed.
Nominees, past winners, A-listers and up-and-comers will be taking the stage in lieu of a host this year.
As usual, the previous year’s acting winners will be among this year’s presenters, so expect to see Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman onstage again.
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