It’s been a long, strange awards season. Everyone wore black. Some people wore pins. Some people wrongly wore pins. We all fell in love with Timothée Chalamet. We all fell in love with Tiffany Haddish. We all wished that Oprah would never stop talking. Every ceremony brought new fiery speeches and every week brought new troubling allegations. Women are speaking up, men are sitting down, and Hollywood has been turned inside-out all around.
Yes, the past few months in Tinseltown have been a whirlwind of emotions. But reader, we made it. Oscar weekend is nearly upon us, and things are looking up. This Sunday, a woman or a black man could win best director; a horror satire released in February could win best picture. The times, they are a-changing, and this will be an Academy Awards ceremony not to be missed. So read on for all the answers to your burning questions about the ceremony that will bring this dramatic awards run to its conclusion!
What time are the Oscars?
The 90th annual Academy Awards will go down at the Dolby Theatre this Sunday, March 4, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The ceremony will air live nationwide on ABC, or if you don’t have access to a TV, viewers in select markets can catch the live broadcast on abc.com or the ABC app by signing in with your TV provider.
Both ABC’s red carpet pre-show and “The Oscars: All Access” (available via Facebook Watch on the ABC and Academy Facebook pages) will begin an hour and a half before the ceremony kicks off, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. And for a double dose of red carpet glamour, tune into the PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Red Carpet Live pre-show at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT for 90 minutes of fashion and awards predictions with PEOPLE editor-in-chief Jess Cagle and more PEOPLE and EW staff. The show will be broadcast live on PEOPLE and EW’s streaming network, PeopleTV, in partnership with Twitter. The show also can be streamed from PEOPLE.com, EW.com, InStyle.com, Time.com, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live.
For the second year in a row, ABC’s own Jimmy Kimmel will be on hand to keep the show going as host — and yes, he’s already started cracking jokes about last year’s best picture fiasco. “You know, I dream about it very night,” he says in a promo. “I can’t even open the mail because of, you know, all the envelopes.”
This year’s list of presenters includes Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Greta Gerwig, Oscar Isaac, Gal Gadot, Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Zendaya, Margot Robbie, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Garner, Daniela Vega, Kumail Nanjiani, Eva Marie Saint, Armie Hammer, and Wes Studi.
Last year’s acting winners Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone will all present this year’s acting statuettes, in accordance with Academy tradition, but 2017’s best actor recipient Casey Affleck will not be attending the ceremony at all. His Oscar victory for his performance in Manchester by the Sea received some backlash last year due to sexual harassment lawsuits filed against the star in 2010 (the claims were settled out of court). In the current moment of Time’s Up and #MeToo, his appearance at the show would likely revive the controversy surrounding his win; per Deadline, Affleck chose to withdraw from presenting so as not to distract from the work of the nominees. An Academy spokesperson said in a statement to EW, “We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.”
All five best original song nominees will get their moment on the Oscar stage. Double-nominee Mary J. Blige (for supporting actress in addition to original song) will perform her song “Mighty River” from Mudbound; Common and Andra Day will perform “Stand Up for Something,” which Common co-wrote with Diane Warren for Marshall; Sufjan Stevens will bring his Call Me By Your Name track “Mystery of Love” to the show; Keala Settle will sing The Greatest Showman’s “This Is Me,” written by last year’s winners, La La Land songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul; and Gael García Bernal, Natalie Lafourcade, and Miguel will team up for a performance of Coco’s “Remember Me.”
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water led the pack, scoring 13 nominations (just shy of the record set by All About Eve, Titanic, and La La Land, each of which received 14). Dunkirk came in second in the nomination count, with eight, followed by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which collected seven nods. Some of the most high-profile categories are listed below; check out the full roster of nominations here.
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Last Man in Aleppo
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
Who will win?
Well, nobody knows at this point, except maybe the PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants (no, not the same ones as last year). But even in such a hard-to-call year, we do have our guesses! Watch this space for our official predictions to drop in the days leading up to the big show.
Will everyone still be talking about Time’s Up?
Probably yes, okay? As so many stars have noted in their speeches, this is the beginning of a movement, not the end.
What if they mess up best picture again?!
Yikes, can you imagine?