Corona, favourite, protest: everything you wanted to know about the Oscars
Despite Corona and the war, the Oscars will be awarded in Los Angeles on Monday evening. The Netflix movie “The Power of the Dog” is a very favourite. Here’s what you need to know about the ceremony.
The Academy Awards will be awarded for the 94th time in Los Angeles on Monday night. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards are the most important film awards in the world. It’s even more exciting to see who can look forward to one of the golden boys. Everything you need to know about this year’s awards.
Where are the Oscars held?
Last year, due to the Corona pandemic, there was only a watered-down, less glamorous version of the party. The awards ceremony was held in a historic Los Angeles train station building with nearly 200 guests in attendance. Ratings fell. This year, the red carpet will traditionally be rolled out again in front of the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. 3,317 people can be seated in the theater. However, “only” 2,500 guests were invited. An attempt to remedy the ongoing Corona pandemic.
Who hosts the Oscars?
With Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes, three women are leading the awards for the first time. For the past three years, the Academy Awards have been without hosting. In 2019, comedian Kevin Hart was confirmed to host, but was canceled shortly thereafter. Hart has previously been criticized for not wanting to distance himself from anti-gay statements. The Academy did not find a quick replacement and the Oscars had to do without the presenter for the first time in 30 years.
Who is the favourite?
With twelve nominations, Netflix western movie The Power of the Dog could be the biggest winner. Among others, lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actors Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst can hope for an award. The film was also nominated in the Best Picture category and director Jane Campion could take home the Best Director award. Campion won her first Oscar in 1994 for “The Piano”, at the time for Best Screenplay. The leading futuristic film “Dunes” by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve received ten nominations. “Belfast” and “West Side Story” received at least seven nominations.
Will Smith won Best Actor for his role as the father of the Williams sisters in King Richard. Deaf actor Troy Kotsur has a chance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the drama “Cuda”. Jessica Chastain managed to get the long-awaited trophy for the movie “The Eyes of Tami Fey”. It’s her third Academy Award nomination for the 45-year-old actress. Ariana DeBose is considered Best Supporting Actress in West Side Story.
What role will the Ukraine war play?
The Oscars can be more political than they have been for a long time. Host Amy Schumer has already announced that she won’t back down from critical statements. In addition, the 40-year-old made a proposal, which was discussed for several days. She wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to be connected via his video appearance. Whether it comes down to this is not your decision, but the decision of the producers and the academy. It is not yet clear whether Schumer’s idea will be implemented. Actor Sean Penn called for a protest if Zelensky did not appear. The 61-year-old has announced that he will melt two Oscars if the Academy regresses. Ben, who is actively involved in the Ukraine conflict, said that it was “the most shameless moment in Hollywood history”.
What about Corona?
Until recently, the Corona regulations for the award were repeatedly updated. The fear that the Oscars will become a super event is too great. Especially after there were several issues as a result of the BAFTA award in London. Among those injured are “Belfast” director Kenneth Brana and actor Ciaran Hinds. At the Oscars, nominees and their companions must now show evidence of vaccination and a negative antigen test. Anyone who has been infected within the past 6 to 10 days needs a PCR test. People who had Covid-19 infection less than six days ago are not allowed to participate at all. These rules do not apply to stars performing and performing on stage. Two negative PCR tests are sufficient for these relatively short manifestations – without evidence of vaccination. There are no muzzle requirements in the hall itself, but it is recommended that you wear a mouth and nose guard and keep a distance between you.
Which stars appear?
Lady Gaga, Mila Kunis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Serena and Venus Williams, among others, have been hired as presenters to announce the winners in each category. Musical performances from Beyoncé Knowles and Billie Eilish – both of whom are among the nominees in the Best Song category – are expected. The appearance of Van Morrison, who wrote the song “Down to Joy” for Kenneth Branagh’s film Belfast, caused quite a stir. The 76-year-old has canceled his participation. Officially because it’s on tour. Van Morrison has also recently drawn attention with his swearing-in against anti-coronavirus measures and vaccination.
what are you expecting?
In February, the Academy announced that eight of the 23 Academy Awards would not be awarded during the live show, but in a sort of pre-party ceremony. These categories include “Best Cut”, “Best Makeup and Best Hairstyle” and “Best Film Music”. The award must be recorded and shown in a short video at the actual ceremony. Organizers hope that the show, which lasts several hours, will be more entertaining and exciting. Apparently no one expected that those affected would not be happy with this decision. So several organizations called for a protest on the stage. Winners must turn their Oscars upside down as a sign of disapproval as well as wear their membership badges upside down. It is doubtful whether the actions will eventually appear on TV.
ProSieben will report live from the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, March 27, 2022 from 11pm. The actual awards ceremony begins at 2 am German time.