Awards season’s last hurrah is almost upon us. The 90th annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 4, and as the film industry’s best performances, writing, technical achievements, and more are honored with iconic golden Oscar statuettes, the show will no doubt address the entertainment industry’s ongoing fight against sexual harassment and assault, too.
To keep track of what to expect on Hollywood’s biggest night, we have the rundown on everything you need to know about this year’s show.
What time are the 2018 Oscars?
The Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on ABC on Sunday, March 4, 2018, starting at 8pm ET and 5pm PT. The show, as well as the network’s red-carpet pre-show (which starts at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT), will be live on ABC on your television, or live-streamed on ABC.com or the ABC app (though you need a participating TV provider account to access it).
Jimmy Kimmel returns for the second year in a row — even though he still hasn’t recovered from last year’s Best Picture mix-up. He recently told GQ that he’s not nervous about tackling Hollywood’s hot-button topics, even if he’s sure there will be critics who wanted more “jokes about Harvey Weinstein,” as well as some who wanted none at all.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water continues its successful awards-season run, leading the pack with 13 nominations. Dunkirk follows with eight, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows with seven. Check out the nominees for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Actor below, and see the full list of nominees here.
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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
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.
Some of Hollywood’s top talent, including 2018 nominees as well as previous Oscar winners, will be handing out statuettes. The list so far includes: Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig, Kumail Nanjiani, Laura Dern, Chadwick Boseman, Daniela Vega, Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Jennifer Garner, Tom Holland, Tiffany Haddish, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Sandra Bullock, Emily Blunt, Dave Chapelle, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Ashley Judd, Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Rita Moreno, Eugenio Derbez, and Eiza Gonzalez.
The Best Original Song nominees will get their own performances during the show. “Mighty River,” from Mudbound, will be performed by Mary J Blige; “Mystery of Love,” from Call Me by Your Name, will be performed by Sufjan Stevens; “Remember Me,” from Coco, will be performed by Gael García Bernal, Natalia LaFourcade, and Miguel; “Stand Up For Something,” from Marshall, will be performed by Common and Andra Day; and “This Is Me,” from The Greatest Showman, will be performed by Keala Settle.
Will there be any special acknowledgments?
In November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented honorary Oscars to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland, and director Agnes Varda at the Governors Awards.
Will there be any surprises?
It’s not likely we’ll get a surprise as dramatic as last year’s Best Picture mix-up, but it’s a live broadcast, and anything can happen! Hollywood’s current fight against sexual harassment is sure to provide a few meaningful (and memorable) moments, and with a number of record-breaking and history-making nominees this year, there are sure to be a few emotional acceptance speeches, too.
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