NEW YORK — Final preparations are underway for the 94th Academy Awards and a long-awaited return to Hollywood’s glamorous normalcy after a muted ceremony and low ratings last year. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Oscars, including where to watch the show live, who should win and what the big controversies are this year.
WHEN ARE THE OSCARS?
The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ABC.
WHO WILL HOST THE 2022 OSCARS?
Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes take the stage to co-host the ceremony, which hasn’t had an emcee in three years. Producer Will Packer said each woman brings something different to the show.
WHICH REPRESENT ?
Show producers will continue to add names throughout the week, but for now stars slated to present awards on Oscar night include Bill Murray, Lady Gaga, Kevin Costner, Samuel L. Jackson, Zoë Kravitz , Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, Mila Kunis, John Leguizamo, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Lupita Nyong’o and Rosie Perez. The academy crushed a pre-show controversy on Wednesday by confirming that ‘West Side Story’ star Rachel Zegler would be a presenter, a reversal that came after several days of uproar when the actor noted on social media that she didn’t have an Oscar invite. . Jason Momoa, Serena and Venus Williams, JK Simmons, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Elordi and Jill Scott were also added as presenters. The other performers will be Chris Rock, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Yuh-jung Youn, Ruth E. Carter, Halle Bailey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry , Tracee Ellis Ross, Stephanie Beatriz, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Garner, HER, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hawk, Elliot Page, Kelly Slater and Shaun White.
WHICH FILMS ARE NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE AT THE 2022 OSCARS?
The 10 films in competition for the best image this year are: “Belfast”; “CODA”; “Don’t look up”; “Driving my car”; “Dunes”; “King Richard”; “Licorice Pizza”; “Alley of Nightmares”; “The power of the dog”; “West Side Story.” (Here’s the full list of 2022 Oscar nominations.)
WHAT WERE THE MOST AMAZING OSCAR SNUBS?
There were a lot of surprise Oscar nominations morning.
Among the standouts was Denis Villeneuve, whose ‘Dune’ earned the second-most nominations (10) behind ‘The Power of the Dog’ (12) including Best Picture, but who didn’t. failed to secure a directing nomination for himself.
The Best Actress category was particularly brutal this year, leaving out Lady Gaga for ‘House of Gucci’, Jennifer Hudson for ‘Respect’ and Caitriona Balfe for ‘Belfast’ and Renate Reinsve for ‘The Worst Person in the World’ .
WHAT ARE THE PREDICTIONS FOR THE OSCAR NIGHT WINNERS?
“The Power of the Dog” is the presumptive favorite for best picture and best director, for Jane Campion, but it’s also possible that “CODA” takes the best picture, especially after winning the Producer’s Guild Awards. Either way, this will be the first time a streaming service has won Best Picture. Other likely winners include Will Smith for Best Actor (“King Richard”), Jessica Chastain for Best Actress (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Troy Kotsur for Best Supporting Actor (“CODA”) and Ariana DeBose for Best Supporting Actress (“West Side Story”).
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE OSCARS?
Organizers promised they would keep the broadcast to three hours, and Packer (whose films include audience-pleasing films like “Girls Trip”) wants to make it as entertaining as possible while honoring the nominees and winners.
“The show will go on, much like a movie, in that there will be different themes, a different feel, and a different energy throughout the night,” Packer said in an interview with IndieWire. “It won’t look, feel or feel like a show for three hours. It guides you throughout this cinematic journey.
Best Song nominees like Beyoncé, Van Morrison and Billie Eilish are also in talks to perform.
ARE THERE ANY CONTROVERSIES THIS YEAR?
The Oscars are so hyped that every year someone gets upset about something (especially when changes are involved), but this year the biggest controversy is over the decision to present awards before the live stream begins and edit them in the show later.
The eight awards are given to short films (live action, animation and documentary), editing, music, hair and makeup, sound design and production. The decision has its defenders, but also an army of high profile detractors, including Campion, Villeneuve, Steven Spielberg, Chastain and Penelope Cruz.