The 88th Oscar pre-show coverage begins at 7 pm (Eastern).
The “Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet” will air on ABC, the official Academy Award network.
Chris Rock will kick off the Academy Awards show as host. It’s sure to be a controversial opening. Rock is reportedly planning to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. None of the major nominees are minorities for the second year in a row.
It will be interesting to see whether Oscar winners address the issue, or whether the show will go on as normal.
One of the big questions this year is whether the fifth time will be the charm for actor Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s been nominated for Best Actor four times before and is up for the award again this year.
He turned in a stellar performance in “The Revenant.”
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, with a screenplay by Mark L. Smith, the movie stars DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman and fur trapper. He embarks with a hunting party on a trapping trip to the Dakota territory in 1823.
They are ambushed by Indians and must find their way back to Fort Kiowa. The trek becomes a daring adventure marked by betrayal, survival and revenge.
In the Best Actor category, Oscar nods also went to Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon, (“The Martian”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”).
Best Picture nominations went to eight films, one less than last year.
Making the list were “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”
Up for best actress are Cate Blanchett, “Carol,” Brie Larson, “Room,” Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy,” Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years” and Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn.”
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