LOS ANGELES – Hollywood stars walked the Oscars purple carpet on Sunday able to rejoice the yr in motion pictures at a ceremony freed from final yr’s pandemic restrictions and promising a number of plot twists.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Lily James and the solid of Japanese finest image nominee “Drive My Automobile” had been among the many first to reach on the Dolby Theatre the place 2,500 gown- and tuxedo-clad attendees had been anticipated for the 94th Academy Awards.
“I’m 63 years outdated and so they nonetheless requested me to come back to the get together,” Curtis advised a reporter. “I’m thrilled to have the ability to symbolize ladies of a sure age.”
Curtis stated she would ship a tribute to performing legend Betty White, who died in December simply shy of her a hundredth birthday.
A darkish Western, “The Energy of the Canine,” will battle feel-good deaf household drama “CODA” for the celebrated finest image prize. A win by both film would mark a milestone by handing the statuette to a streaming service.
Netflix Inc launched “Energy of the Canine” whereas “CODA” streamed on Apple TV+.
Producers stated they deliberate an upbeat present however will acknowledge the disaster in Ukraine, which has killed 1000’s and pushed 1 / 4 of Ukraine’s 44 million individuals from their properties. Actor Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, is among the many night time’s presenters.
After previous complaints a few lack of variety, two of this yr’s 4 performing accolades might go to individuals of colour. Will Smith is more likely to earn his first Oscar for “King Richard,” awards watchers say, as is Ariana DeBose for “West Facet Story.”
Comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Corridor and Wanda Sykes will host, and it’s the first time three ladies have guided the ceremony.
In a bid to attract extra viewers, particularly youthful ones, after years of declining rankings, the three-hour present beginning at 8 p.m. ET (0000 GMT) will add two awards, the outcomes of fan votes for favourite movie and scene.
One of the best image race hinges on whether or not the 9,900 members of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences again a gothic psychological thriller or an uplifting story.
“The pundits have at all times stated you by no means know who’s going to win,” stated Individuals journal motion pictures editor Nigel Smith. “This yr, it truly appears to be the case.”
“Energy of the Canine,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a repressed cowboy who torments his brother’s new spouse, outpaced all motion pictures with 12 nominations. It had been thought-about the chief till “CODA” landed high honors from the Display screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild.
“CODA” tells the story of a listening to lady who serves as interpreter for her deaf household however longs to pursue a profession in music. CODA is an acronym for “baby of deaf grownup.”
“I actually haven’t spoken to anybody who doesn’t like CODA,” Smith stated.
‘IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD’
A standard Hollywood studio may rating an upset. Awards consultants give an out of doors shot to Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast,” a movie impressed by his childhood in Northern Eire on the onset of the sectarian battle generally known as the Troubles, or Steven Spielberg’s “West Facet Story” remake.
“King Richard” star Smith is the best-actor favourite for enjoying the decided father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams. Rivals embody Cumberbatch and Andrew Garfield for musical “Tick, Tick … Growth!”
Finest actress is essentially the most unpredictable. Many consultants say Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of TV evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker will triumph, although some give the sting to former “Twilight” vampire Kristen Stewart for enjoying Princess Diana in “Spencer.”
Whereas the performing subject will not be as numerous as final yr’s, “it’s definitely higher than what we noticed a number of years again with #OscarsSoWhite,” stated UCLA dean of social sciences Darnell Hunt, co-author of an annual Hollywood variety report. “The academy has taken essential steps ahead.”
In supporting actor classes, Afro-Latina actress DeBose is anticipated to prevail for her portrayal of Anita in “West Facet Story.” “CODA” star Troy Kotsur may make historical past as the primary deaf man to win an Oscar.
To streamline the present, winners of eight classes akin to enhancing and sound had been to be introduced earlier than the dwell broadcast. Their speeches can be edited into the telecast.
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