Scheduled to hold on April 25, this year's Academy Awards show is closer than ever. From the presenters to the talented nominees and the hosts, here are some facts about the upcoming 93rd Oscar ceremony.
The Oscars started decades ago in the late 1920s. Until the early 2000s, the award show was often scheduled to take place in March or April every year. That was until it was moved forward to the month of February.
Due to the pandemic and the delicate restrictions that surrounded it, this year's Oscars have been postponed by two months, moving its original scheduled date of February 28 to April 25.
The Cast of 'Lord of the Rings' accepting their Oscar on stage | Photo: Getty Images
Now, the 93rd ceremony, is upon everyone. Here are things to know about it, from hosts, presenters, and nominees, to how they intend to celebrate amid the pandemic.
WHO IS THE HOST?
In the last two years, the producers of the show went ahead without a host. This year, they have not officially announced a host, making this the third year in a row that the Oscars will have no host.
WHO ARE THE PRESENTERS?
This year's Oscars presenters are quite an impressive bunch. Winners from last year's show — Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger, and Laura Dern — will be presenting.
The list also includes Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Marlee Matlin, Halle Berry, and so many other movie stars. Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis — both acting nominees this year — will also join the list of presenters to round out the show's all-star cast.
WHO ARE THE NOMINEES?
This year's Oscars list of nominees has been said to be the most diverse to date. Hollywood super couple Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced these live from London with a perfectly executed read-through of all the categories and their respective nominees.
The long, diverse nominees list includes Viola Davis in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" for Actress In A Leading Role, against Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, and Carey Mulligan.
For Actor In A Leading Role, the nominees include Riz Ahmed in "Sound of Metal," Chadwick Boseman in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," and "The Father's" Anthony Hopkins.
WHO WILL PERFORM?
The Oscars, also known as the Academy Awards, would not be it's true self without some memorable performances to make the night even more glorious.
This year, Oscar-nominated artists for "Best Original Song" include British singer Celeste, Grammy winner H.E.R, and One Night In Miami... (and Hamilton's) Leslie Odom Jnr. will pre-record their performances.
WHERE ARE THE OSCARS?
Due to the restrictions that come with the safety guidelines of the pandemic, the Award show is set to hold in multiple locations in Los Angeles, including the Dolby Theater — the typical location for the Oscars — and the city's historic Union Station.
For other attending stars that are not in Los Angeles, the show's producers have struck out the possibility of Zoom and are offering "satellite hook-ups" instead so that there will be a seamless virtual nature integrated into the show. There will be ceremony outposts in London and Paris for nominees in those cities.
THE PRE-SHOW AND POST-SHOW
This year, there will be a pre-show, "Oscars: Into the Spotlight," which starts at 6:30 p.m. EST on ABC prior to the Oscars. This will be the first of its kind, and it will be hosted by actors Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery.
The Oscars pre-show is set to highlight the nominees' journey to their various venues to give fans watching from all over the world the ultimate insider's glimpse at the behind the scenes.
Right after the show, the producers still have more in store for their audience. There will be a post-show special hosted by Colman Domingo (Zola) and Andrew Rannells (The Prom).
The special, which has been aptly titled "Oscars: After Dark," will include interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell as they recap the evening's must-see moments.
HOW TO WATCH THE SHOW
The show is scheduled to hold and air on ABC on Sunday, April 25, at 8 p.m. ET. In the UK, the Oscars are usually streamed live on Sky Cinema's dedicated Sky Cinema Oscars channel. There is certainly plenty to look forward to at this year's Oscars.