The most unusual Oscars in recent memory are taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. There is no clear favourite for the top Best Picture award this year, with Netflix’s Roma, the period black comedy The Favourite, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and race-related drama Green Book having picked up awards in the run-up. The 91st Academy Awards will also not have a host, a first in close to four decades.
Christian Bale and Rami Malek are the front-runners for the Best Actor award, while Regina King and Mahershala Ali are safer bets in their respective supporting categories, as is Alfonso Cuaron for the Best Director.
His black and white semi-autobiographical drama, Roma, is tied for the most nominations (10) along with The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The Academy this year faces the uphill task of taking control of rapidly dwindling ratings, but with no host and little chance of Marvel’s Black Panther pulling an upset win, it remains to be seen if the Oscars will succeed in bringing back some much needed relevance.
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Check out our predictions in the six major categories
Before the Academy Awards begin, here are our predictions for the six major categories – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
The stars descend upon the red carpet
Stars like Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Saturday Night Live veterans Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey, Best Actress in a Leading Role nominees Yalitza Aparicio and Glenn Close and many others have already made an early appearance at the red carpet. You can check out all the pictures here.