In 2020, South Korean drama Parasite made Oscars history by becoming the first non-English film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Last year, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour to win the Best Director Oscar. Whether this year’s Oscars race will yield just as exciting results remains to be seen but ahead of this year’s big awards, here’s everything you need to know:
Where can I watch it?
The ceremony will be livestreamed on DisneyPlus Hotstar, Oscars.com and the Academy’s YouTube channel from March 28, 5.30 am onwards.
Who are the hosts?
This year, Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will host the Oscars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ceremony will be “a three-act show with a different host helming each hour, in a strategy to lure a broader audience and share the burden of guiding the telecast.”
Who are the presenters?
The presenters announced so far include West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler, Lady Gaga, last year’s Best Actor winner Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Zoë Kravitz, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Rosie Perez, last year’s Best Supporting Actress winner Yuh-Jung Youn, Woody Harrelson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Kaluuya, Mila Kunis, Shawn Mendes, Lupita Nyong’o, John Travolta, Elliot Page, Jennifer Garner and Tiffany Haddish.
Why were the Oscars controversial this year?
On February 22, the Academy announced that eight awards — documentary short, editing, make-up and hair, original score, production design, animated short, live action short and sound — would not be presented during the live telecast. Academy president David Rubin said that these would be presented at the Dolby theatre an hour earlier, “in order to provide more time and opportunity for audience entertainment and engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and movie tributes.” He added that the production team would then edit the winners into the live show. The directors who spoke out against this decision include Jane Campion, Guillermo Del Toro, Steven Spielberg and Denis Villenueve, with Villeneuve saying, “Honestly, I think that the Academy’s throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I think it’s a mistake.”