For film aficionados across the world, the Oscars remain the most eagerly awaited event on Hollywood’s award season calendar. 2019, which marks the event’s 91st edition, will be no different.
Ever since its inception, the Oscars or the Academy Awards (a set of 24 awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or AMPAS, honouring artistic and technical accomplishments in film releases from the previous calendar year) have been largely regarded as one of the highest honours one can receive in their film career. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner function at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people.
The validation and celebration of cinema aside, the ceremony itself is one that is closely followed. Last year, it came under criticism over diversity and inclusion, which led to #OscarsSoWhite trending on social media. Frances McDormand’s Best Actress acceptance speech for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also touched on the topic of diversity and demanded inclusion riders in all contracts while asking women at the ceremony to stand with her. And then there was the Best Picture mix-up between Moonlight and La La Land in 2017, caused by presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
The Oscars are also considered as the Olympics of fashion, and in light of the current mood, the 2018 red carpet was also used as a platform to make a statement about the Time’s Up movement. Sandra Bullock and Octavia Spencer carried clutch bags with the Time’s Up badges pinned on them while Emma Watson had Time’s Up tattooed onto her forearm.
When and where is Oscars 2019 taking place?
The Oscars ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The venue has played host to the event since 2002.
The Oscars generally hosts about 3,400 attendees, and 26.5 million viewers watched it last year.
Who is hosting Oscars 2019?
Kevin Hart was initially announced as the host for the 2019 Oscars, and he went on to comment that he was, “blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time.” However, Hart stepped down three days after the announcement following the resurfacing of homophobic tweets from his Twitter account from 2009-2011. “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscars. This is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists,” he said.
Currently, the successor for Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted both the 2017 and 2018 Academy Awards, is yet to be announced.
When are Oscar 2019 nominations announced?
This year’s nominations will be announced on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 with a televised press conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. While the official list not yet out, predictions and speculations seem to be favouring films like The Favourite, Roma, A Star Is Born, Black Panther, the Mary Poppins sequel and Bohemian Rhapsody, among others.
Where can you watch Oscars 2019 in India?
In India, Hollywood and fashion enthusiasts often set their alarms early to catch the awards live—the red carpet is at 5.30am, with the ceremony starting at 7am IST. The show is usually telecast live on Star Movies, and can be streamed online on Hotstar. The timings and channels for this year are not confirmed yet; stay tuned for an update.