LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Celebrities started arriving on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday beneath sunny skies for an Academy Awards ceremony stuffed with suspense over the film business’s largest prize and an evening of what might be history-making firsts.
91st Academy Awards – Oscars Arrivals – Red Carpet – Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 24, 2019. Director Spike Lee holds a knuckle ring that reads “Love” as he arrives along with his spouse Tonya Lewis Lee. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Without a number for the primary time in 30 years, there’s additionally curiosity over whether or not organizers can return the Academy Awards to a must-see tv occasion after a report low viewers in 2018.
Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson are all set to carry out, together with rock band Queen that includes “American Idol” star Adam Lambert. Tennis champion Serena Williams and discuss present host Trevor Noah will even seem on the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood in a bid to broaden the present’s attraction past film followers.
Despite the movie star names, all eyes are on one of the best image prize in one of the crucial eclectic Oscar line-ups for years.
Disney’s “Black Panther,” the primary superhero film ever nominated for greatest image, will compete towards common musicals “A Star is Born” from Warner Bros and 21st Century Fox movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” together with racially themed “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman” from Universal Pictures.
Black-and-white Mexican movie “Roma,” quirky 18th century Fox Searchlight comedy “The Favourite” and unbiased political satire “Vice” spherical out the competitors
After two months of intense and expensive campaigning, award watchers say the winner is anybody’s guess.
“Best picture is probably a toss up between ‘Roma’ and ‘Green Book,’ and I can maybe see ‘BlacKkKlansman’ sneaking in to win,” stated Alison Willmore, critic and tradition author at BuzzFeed News.
The winners are chosen by the eight,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A victory for “Roma,” director Alfonso Cuaron’s sentimental journey again to his childhood, would mark the primary Oscar greatest image win for Netflix and an indication that streaming providers cannot solely compete with conventional Hollywood studios, however beat them at their very own sport.
“Roma,” shot solely in Spanish and with 10 Oscar nominations, can be thought-about the frontrunner within the overseas language class. No overseas language movie has ever gained greatest image, and no film has ever gained each.
“‘Roma’ is a little art-house movie that is impressionistic. It doesn’t have much plot but it does follow the recent pattern of art-house movies winning, like ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Birdman’,” stated Tom O’Neil, founding father of awards web site GoldDerby.com.
Lady Gaga is broadly anticipated to take dwelling her first Oscar for her hit track “Shallow,” which she’s going to carry out on Sunday in a much-anticipated stay duet with co-star and greatest actor nominee Bradley Cooper.
Gaga can be competing for greatest actress for her position as a struggling singer in “A Star is Born.” Pundits, nevertheless, count on that statuette to go to Glenn Close for “The Wife,” who would lastly clinch an Oscar on her seventh try.
It might be a momentous night time for range. Spike Lee is vying to grow to be the primary black director to win an Oscar for his explosive tackle U.S. race relations in “BlacKkKlansman”; Rami Malek, who has Egyptian heritage, might be named greatest actor for his efficiency because the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody;” Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) are additionally seen as robust contenders within the supporting actor races.
The Academy Awards will probably be televised stay on ABC tv beginning at eight p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST (0100 GMT on Monday).
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler