Tomorrow morning, all movie buffs will be tuning in to see who takes home the golden statuettes for their exemplary work in 2017. It is the Oscars morning in India and over the years, the popularity of the awards show has grown considerably in our country. The nominations were announced by the Academy in January. Of course, there are a few favourites but we do see surprises every now and then! Gary Oldman is the front-runner to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role for his acting in Darkest Hour. He played the role of British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Moreover, we will be seeing all the stunning Hollywood divas walk down the red carpet in those stunning gowns and jewels. Here is all that you need to know about the gala ceremony..
It will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Last year, it was La La Land that was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture. Minutes later, the committee members came up and stated that it was Moonlight, which was the real winner. Kimmel is hosting it for the second year in a row. As per a report in E!News, his wife Molly McNearney and cousin, Sal are assisting him in writing down the jokes for the big night.
The winners are announced by voting from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. These members are all part of movies that have released in cinema halls. They belong to different departments like writing, acting or technical side.
The fantasy drama film, The Shape of Water is leading the Oscar race with 13 nominations. It is directed by Guillermo Del Toro and is a love story between a mute woman and a humanoid-amphibian creature. It is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress categories. Sally Hawkins is the main actress of the film while Richard Jenkins as Giles and Octavia Spencer as Zelda play her friends. Dunkirk has 8 nominations while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has 7.
There are a few actors who are making their debuts at the Oscar nominations. Margot Robbie of Wolf of Wall Street fame has been nominated in the Best Actress category for I, Tonya, a film based on the ice-skating champ, Tonya Harding. Mary J Blige has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Mudbound and Best Original Song for “Mighty River”. Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya are also first time nominees in the Oscar race.
There is a top line up of actors and actresses who will be presenting the Academy Awards. Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will give away the prize for the Best Actress in a Leading Role while Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda will give away the awards for the Best Actor. Casey Affleck who was to present one of the awards withdrew after accusations of sexual misconduct came to the fore. Buzz is that Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, Black Panther Chadwick Boseman are also presenting along with the lovely Sandra Bullock. Mahershala Ali who won an award last year for Moonlight is also one of the presenters of the mega night.
In India, you can watch the Oscars from 5.30 am on Star Movies, Star Movies HD. It will also stream live on Hotstar as well as on the Hotstar application. The red carpet will be an hour before the actual ceremony.