Monday 24 July 2017

10 things to know about this year's Oscars

Ruth Negga is nominated in the Best Actress category. Photo: REUTERS
Ruth Negga is nominated in the Best Actress category. Photo: REUTERS
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The Oscars are on 26 February 2017 (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Fancy footwork: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Here's ten things you need to know about the most prestigious event in the celebrity calendar.

1. When is it on?

The 89th Academy Awards takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Sunday 26 February.

2. How can I watch it?

You can get all of your Oscars red carpet coverage on E! from 6:30pm on Sunday, although the ceremony isn't available to watch live in Ireland. However, considering that the ceremony runs through the night Irish time, watching it the next day is your best bet. It will be broadcast on RTE2 on Monday 27 February at 9:30pm. Keep up to date with Oscars news on Twitter, while Independent Style and Independent Entertainment will be covering it live.

3. Who is hosting it?

American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is hosting this year's Oscars. Kimmel is no novice at presenting awards, after helming the Emmys broadcasts in 2012 and 2016, as well as the American Music Awards several times.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: TV personality Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

4. Who is presenting awards?

Last year’s big winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander have been confirmed to present awards, as well as Halle Berry, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Shirley MacLaine, Kate McKinnon and Hailee Steinfeld.

5. Who is nominated?

From our fair isle, Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga was nominated Best Actress for her role in Loving, Irish-funded The Lobster, staring Colin Farrell, secured a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, while Dubliner Consolata Boyle landed a nomination for Best Costume Design. You can read the full list of nominations here.

6. Who is going to win?

Of course, we're rooting for our own Irish nominees to take home their respective awards. That aside, La La Land is expected to take home several of the 14 awards its nominated for, with Fences and Jackie expected to receive nods.

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Fancy footwork: Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land

7. Who is performing?

Unsurprisingly, it will be a star-studded night of performances, with Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting, and Lin-Manuel Miranda all playing the songs which they are nominated for.

8. Has there been any controversy this year?

Following last year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy, this year Donald Trump's immigration ban has been cause of contention in Hollywood and worldwide. Several Oscar-nominees revealed they would be unable to attend the ceremony due to the ban, and earlier this month one of the biggest talent agencies in the world cancelled its annual Oscars party as an anti-Trump protest.

United Talent Agency (UTA) traditionally hosts a glitzy party for its superstar clients the Friday before the Oscars, but it announced that it would cancel its annual Academy Awards bash and will instead donate money to refugee relief and to fighting Donald Trump's immigration ban impacting seven majority-Muslim countries.

The agency will donate US$250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee.

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The Oscars are on 26 February 2017 (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

9. What is the history of the Oscars?

The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on 16 May 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel's Blossom Room with 270 attendees. Winners had been announced to the media three months earlier, although that changed the following year. From 1930 until 1940, the winners were revealed to newspapers for publication at 11pm on the night of the awards. However, in 1940 the Los Angeles Times announced the winners before the ceremony began. As a result, the names of the winners are kept in a sealed envelope until they are read live on the night. 

10. What are the Oscar statuettes made of?

While we know the most recognised award in the world as the Oscar, it is officially named the Academy Award of Merit. It's 13½ inches tall and weighs in at a hefty 8½ pounds. The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold and are engraved with the winner's name after the ceremony.

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