- The 2022 Oscars air Sunday, March 27, and can be seen on ABC (8 EDT/5 PDT) and abc.com.
- The Academy Awards will have three hosts this year: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.
- “CODA” is suddenly the film to beat, Will Smith (“King Richard”) is favored to win best actor.
If you plan to spend the night with the Oscars this Sunday, there will be a cozy familiarity to the awards show that was absent during last year’s pandemic edition.
A full house will be on hand to witness the 94th Academy Awards in person. Producers have worked diligently, if controversially, to keep the notoriously long-winded proceedings humming along this year by eliminating eight categories (including film editing and original score) from the live telecast. Helping the effort: the return of the hosts. (Three of them!)
Here are the key things to know about this year’s Oscars:
Who’s hosting the Oscars?
After going without a host since 2018, when Jimmy Kimmel did the honors, this year’s Academy Awards will be hosted by three women: comedians Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer and actress Regina Hall. (The last trio to host, in 1987, was Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan and Goldie Hawn.)
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Where will the Oscars take place?
Last year’s Oscars ratings were in shambles, dropping 56% from 2020, according to Nielsen. Not helping matters was staging the awards show in a train station (Los Angeles’ Union Station is retro-elegant, but it’s still a train station) without an emcee.
This year, the show returns to its home at the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood, which should lend a sense of elegant theater to the proceedings.
What time are the Oscars and where can I watch?
ABC will broadcast the Oscars live Sunday, March 27, at 8 EDT/5 PDT. The show also is available for streaming on abc.com if you have your TV provider information.
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Where can I see the red carpet?
For Oscar fanatics, the spectacle and glamor begin well before the ceremonies.
ABC has two “On the Red Carpet Live! Countdown to the Oscars” pre-shows starting at 1 EDT/10 PDT on the network and 4:30 EDT/1:30 PDT on the streaming service ABC News Live. Its traditional “Oscars Red Carpet Show” airs at 6:30 EDT/3:30 PDT.
“E!’s Brunch at the Oscars” pre-show starts at 2 EDT/11 PDT, with arrivals on “E! Live from the Red Carpet” at 5 EDT/2 PDT.
Which stars will present Oscars?
The Hollywood who’s who list includes Halle Bailey, Ruth E. Carter, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kevin Costner, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Hopkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoë Kravitz, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Shawn Mendes, Lupita Nyong’o, Rosie Perez, Tyler Perry, Chris Rock, Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Yuh-jung Youn, Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Garner, HER, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hawk, Bill Murray, Elliot Page, Kelly Slater and Shaun White,
The final presenters announced Wednesday include Venus and Serena Williams, Josh Brolin, Jacob Elordi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Momoa, Jill Scott and JK Simmons. Also on the list: “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler, who had previously lamented about not receiving an invite to the Academy Awards.
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Who’s predicted to win best actor and best actress?
Well, we can start with who won’t be making a splash: the core cast of the roundly snubbed Ridley Scott movie “House of Gucci,” including Gaga and Jared Leto, who weren’t nominated. Jennifer Hudson also was overlooked for portraying the legendary Aretha Franklin in “Respect.”
Who could be golden this year? Among the hottest contenders is Will Smith, who already nabbed lead actor honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Critics Choice Awards for his role as Serena and Venus Williams’ dad in “King Richard” and is overdue for a win . For best actress, there could be a battle brewing between “Eyes of Tammy Faye” star Jessica Chastain and perennial favorite Nicole Kidman for her role as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.”
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Which movie is expected to win best picture?
Director Jane Campion and her Western “Power of the Dog” remains a favorite going into this year’s awards, with 12 nominations in just about every major category, including best picture, actor and director, plus three nods for supporting acting.
But “CODA,” about a teenage girl navigating life as the only hearing member of a deaf family, could prove a surprise after the movie won best picture at the Producers Guild Awards, often a harbinger of Oscar glory.
That said, don’t count out a shocking upset from Japan that would echo South Korea’s “Parasite” winning best picture in 2020 over “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.” Director Rysuke Hamaguchi’s three-hour “Drive My Car” is an introspective drama that has been a resounding hit with critics.
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Who’s performing at the Oscars?
While the Oscars are no Grammys, there will be music between the clips and speeches.
Four out of the five best original song contenders will be performed by the original artist. Beyoncé will sing “Be Alive,” the theme song she wrote (with songwriter Dixson) for “King Richard.” Billie Eilish and Finneas will perform the James Bond theme “No Time to Die,” which the sister-and-brother team wrote and performed. Reba McEntire will perform “Somehow You Do” the song written by Diane Warren for “Four Good Days.”
Sebastián Yatra will sing “Dos Oruguitas” from Disney’s “Encanto,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Good news for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” fans: The viral hit from the best animated feature nominee will be performed by cast members Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitan and Diane Guerrero, plus Becky G and Luis Fonsi .)
The fifth Oscar-nominated song, Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” from “Belfast,” will not be performed on the broadcast. Van Morrison “was invited” to perform his nominated song “but will not attend the Oscars due to his tour schedule,” according to a statement from the Academy Awards producers.
The show also will feature not only a live orchestra but also rely on the services of DJ D-Nice and an All-Star Band, which consists of Oscars music director Adam Blackstone, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, singer and percussionist Sheila E. , pianist Robert Glasper and the Jason White-led vocal group The Samples.
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