The Red Carpet Rolls Out for the Oscars


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The 91st Academy Awards will be hosted at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles and will air live on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed that the Oscars will not have an official host. The last time there was no host was 39 years ago.

Kevin Hart was initially announced as the show’s host in early December but dropped out due to the backlash from homophobic tweets, but there was a chance he might reconsider. However, he clarified on Good Morning America he would not be hosting.

Nominations for this year were announced Jan. 22. Some nominees, like the host, came by surprise. Five of the categories are the following:

For Best Picture: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, The Favourite, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice

For Best Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

For Best Actress in a Leading Role: Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me)

For Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Sam Rockwell (Vice)

For Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams (Vice), Marina de Tavira (Roma), Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Emma Stone (The Favourite) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

There have been several notable occurrences. Here are three of them, not including the lack of a host:

1. Roma and The Favorite tied for having the most nominations. Both movies received 10 nominations, which is only four short from reaching the record of most nominations held by All About Eve, Titanic and La La Land. Roma’s director, Alfonso Cuarón, in particular, received good news about the nomination. He is the first filmmaker to be nominated for directing and cinematography in the same year.

2. Emily Blunt came close to an Oscar nomination twice and is half of Hollywood’s favorite couple. Despite her performances that earned her two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, lead for Mary Poppins and supporting for A Quiet Place, she is yet to earn an Oscar nomination.

3. Lastly, there is a total of 17 nominations in the category for foreign films. This greatly surpasses the previous record of 10 that occurred in 2001.

With each of the twists and turns this year, the Oscars will be an exciting event to watch. You shouldn’t get too comfortable with who you think will win just yet because there may be more surprises along the way. Regardless, every nominee has worked hard and deserves their spot.