It is the most glorious night of the year, in which Hollywood legends and brilliant youngsters compete for the most coveted prize in the film industry: the iconic gold statuette.
Here's everything you need to know about this year's award ceremony.
When do the Oscars take place?
The 2019 Oscars ceremony will be held Sunday 24 February 2019
Who are the candidates for the Oscar 2019?
Alfonso Cuaron & # 39; s Rome – The semi-autobiographical drama of Netflix about a young housekeeper who works for a well-off family in the 70s in Mexico – and The Favorite by Yorgos Lanthimos (a fictional drama based on the relationship of Queen Anne with her helpers) is leading the group in 2019. Each has 10 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress (x2 in the case of The Favorite, for Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone). A Star is Born and Vice are also quite prominent, with eight noms each (both are also for the best image).
Elsewhere, Black Panther got a historic nomination for Best Picture (it's the first superhero movie ever to be included in the category), and the debutants Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) scored their first cinematographic roles. . And Christian Bale, who won the Best Actor gongs at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards for his portrait of former US vice president Dick Cheney in Vice – he was also nominated, with the best actress contested also by Glenn Close, Olivia Colman and Regina King are all running for the best actress.
However, although the Academy has made efforts to diversify its membership base in recent years, the Best Director category remains entirely masculine, with Josie Rourke (Mary Queen of Scots) and Marielle Heller (Can you ever forgive me?) Who have lost both Spike Lee (BlackkKlansman), Pavel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favorite), Alfonso Cuaron (Rome) and Adam McKay (Vice).
You can see most Oscar nominees, including Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and Spike Lee, gathered in this photo at the annual lunch …
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) 5 February 2019
Who else was snubbed by the Oscar nominations?
While Bradley Cooper has been nominated elsewhere for A Star is Born, you may forgive him for feeling offended by losing the Best Director category. Rob Lowe definitely thinks he deserves it …
Bradley Cooper was robbed for the best director. Clearly.
– Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) 22 January 2019
Even the British bio-drama Mary Queen of Scotts was surprisingly absent from all the main categories, including acting shortlist that snubbed Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan.
In addition, Timothée Chalamet (My Beautiful Boy), Claire Foy (First Man), Ethan Hawke (First Reformed) and Toni Collette (Hereditary) have all been neglected, much to the regret of their fans.
The most terrible nightmare of the morning is surely Ethan Hawke in the best actor. It is the greatest success of an actor among the critics' prizes that I can remember having lost the Oscars from Peter Sarsgaard in Shattered Glass in 2003.
– Nathaniel Rogers (@nathanielr) 22 January 2019
Where are the Oscars held?
This year the Academy Awards will be held again at the Dolby Theater – formerly Kodak Theater – on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.
How can I watch the Oscars in the United Kingdom?
If you are in the United Kingdom, the ceremony will be broadcast by Sky.
NOW TV offers a Sky Cinema Pass that will cost you £ 9.99 a month – even if you can get a free 14-day trial if you are a new customer, so you can watch the Oscars at no cost if you do so at the right time.
For American viewers, the ceremony usually airs on ABC.
The arrivals of the red carpet are set to start around 12:00 UK time, with the ceremony that begins 01:30.
Why Kevin Hart does not host the Oscars?
Kevin Hart resigned as guest of the Oscars after a reaction on his previous homophobic comments and tweets.
"I made the choice to leave Oscars of this year," he said in a post on Twitter.
"This is because I do not want to be a distraction on an evening that should be celebrated by so many talented artists." I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.
"I'm sorry I hurt people, I'm evolving and I want to keep doing it, my goal is to bring people together and not split up, much love and appreciation for the academy, I hope to meet again. "
I made the choice to resign from hosting the Oscar for this year … this is because I do not want to be a distraction on an evening that should be celebrated by so many talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.
– Kevin Hart (@ KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
I'm sorry I hurt people .. I'm evolving and I want to keep doing it. My goal is to bring people together and not to divide us. Much love and appreciation for the Academy. I hope to meet again.
– Kevin Hart (@ KevinHart4real) December 7, 2018
How will the Oscars work without a host and who are the 2019 presenters?
It is not yet clear what form the show will take without a host – and it will be the first time in 30 years that the Academy has decided to move forward without a MC.
Second The Hollywood Reporter, The producers of the show worked hard to reunite the cast of Avengers (including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans) and other big name celebrities to add a certain charm to the broadcast and fill the gap between the various prizes and musical segments.
So far, out of the cast of Avengers, Evans, Chadwick Boseman and Samuel L Jackson have signed to present – alongside DC superhero Jason Momoa and X-Men star James McAvoy. The other celebrities present at this stage are the previous winners of actress Brie Larson and Charlize Theron, Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones, Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina and Constance Wu, former Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and Daniel Craig. , Javier Bardem, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Lopez, Laura Dern, Maya Rudolph, Angela Bassett, Amandla Stenberg, Melissa McCarthy, Sarah Paulson and Tessa Thompson.
In the tradition of the Oscars, the winners of last year's acting awards are also returning to present their opposite numbers.
This means Gary Oldman will present the award for the best actress, e Frances McDormand will present the award for best actor, with Allison Janney is Sam Rockwell had to present the support categories.
The rest of the line-up has yet to be announced.
Who are the Oscar favorites?
If there is a world in which Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's Shallow does not win the best original song, I do not want to live there. This seems deadlocked, but no bookmaker will probably bet on categories outside the big four (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film and Best Director).
Green Book emerged as the favorite to win the best film, after winning the Producer's prize at the Guild Awards in January. Eight of the last 10 films to win the best film won the PGA in the accumulation … But Netflix's Roma is likely to provide strong competition.
Rome's filmmaker, Alfonso Cuaron, is currently leading the competition for Best Director after winning the Golden Globes Award, the Director's Guild Awards and the Critic's Choice Awards. The Director & # 39; s Guild is usually a strong indicator, which correctly provides the Academy Award winner for the best director for 14 of the last 15 years.
And the Rome of Cuaron has also chosen the best film for the DGA and the Baftas, which means that Green Book faces a tough competition in that Oscar race.
Fresh from his victory at the Golden Globes and the Baftas, Rami Malek received numerous Oscars for Best Actor for his perfect portrayal of Freddie Mercury, although Christian Bale's portrait of Dick Cheney will give him a run for his money.
Glenn Close, who won at the Globes and linked to Lady Gaga at the Critics & Choice Awards, is expected to bring home the award for best actress – but Olivia Colman's turn in The Favorite also proved popular with the awards assigned so far.
The Favorite was the great winner of the British Academy – the film awarded Outstanding British Film along with major acting awards for Olivia Colman (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress), and a slew of behind-the-scenes awards including Best production design and best costume design.
Rami Malek of Bohemian Rhapsody was awarded as best actor, while Rome won the coveted prize for best film and Alfonso Cuaron was nominated best director and placed the film of Netflix in strong conflict for the race to Oscar.
Meanwhile, Mahershala Ali of Green Book continued her winning streak with Best Supporting Actor, while Black Panther actress Letitia Wright won the rising Astro award.
Read more: Viewers have embraced Olivia Colman's acceptance speech at the Bafta Film Awards
Who performs at the Oscars?
The Academy has revealed the details of the artists who go on stage during the ceremony of this year. The evening's entertainment will come from the Best Song nominations with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper going on stage to perform their song named Shallow from A Star Is Born.
Cooper. Gaga. "Shallow". #Oscars
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) 1 February 2019
Also on stage is Jennifer Hudson, who will sing I & # 39; ll Fight for the Oscar RBG nominated documentary. Candidates Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform when a Cowboy betrays his spurs for Buster Scruggs' ballads, and a "special guest" will represent Mary Poppins Returns for a performance of The Place Where Lost Things Go.
There had previously been some controversy around the list of Oscars, with disappointed fans complaining about the original decision to offer exhibition slots only to two of the five nominated songs. The Academy responded to the feedback and restored the slots for four of the five candidates, with Black Panther the only current omission, although it could change.
What categories of Oscars will not be presented during the live broadcast – and why is it controversial?
The Academy has announced that four categories – Cinematography, Editing, Live Action Short and Makeup & Hairstyling – will be distributed during the advertising breaks. The move triggered a negative reaction on Twitter, with filmmakers and critics who complained about the decision not to broadcast the specialist categories, that the director Guillermo Del Toro (who won the award for best film and the best director of The Shape of Water in 2018) explained to the heart of cinema …
If I can, I do not presume to suggest which categories to cut during the Oscar show but – Film and editing are at the heart of our activity. They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or from a literary tradition: they are the cinema itself.
– Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 12, 2019
Will there be a category of films with the best Oscar movie?
In August 2018, the Academy announced that it was planning to introduce a category "best popular film" for the show, to highlight the successes of genre films and blockbusters less likely to create the best category, such as the Black Panther from Marvel and Mamma Mia! Here we go again.
However, after the decision turned out to be unpopular, they changed their minds, and the veto was vetoed by the board of directors of the organization.
However, they added that they could come back to the idea in the future.
Will the Oscars have a special prize this year?
No special awards have yet been announced for this year's ceremony.
On some occasions in the past, the Academy has presented a Special Achievement Award for filmmakers making an "exceptional contribution" to the film.
In 1995, Pixar's John Lasseter won for his part in making Toy Story the first computer-animated feature film. In 2017, Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman) won for his virtual reality short, Flesh and Sand.
Who won the most important prizes at the Oscars last year?
The magical realist novel by Guillermo del Toro The Shape of Water he was the great winner of last year's Academy Awards, converting four of his 13 nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Production Design.
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell wins the Best Actress category and Best Supporting Actor for Three billboards in Ebbing, Missouri, while Gary Oldman (The darkest hour) e Allison Janney (Me, Tonya) I won the remaining gongs of the actor.
Somewhere else, Jordan Peele won for the best original screenplay for Go out, is Pixar & # 39; s Coco won the best animated feature.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is made up of about 7,000 film professionals from all over the world. In 2014, in the middle of the #OscarsSoWhite saga, it was revealed that 94% of voters were white and 76% were men.
Former President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs acted to change this in 2016, launching an initiative to double the number of different members by 2020.
In June of last year, it welcomed 928 new members as part of this. These included Kendrick Lamar, Tiffany Haddish, Dave Chappelle, Mindy Kaling, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Wendell Pierce, Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Rowling, Questlove and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The general population of the Academy has long been a jealously guarded secret, but it seems that it is changing.
See here for a detailed description of how members of the Academy decide on the nominees and winners.
Walt Disney is in command with 26 Oscars to his name. But as a producer of numerous successful Disney films, he is not exactly an amazing record holder. Katharine Hepburn holds the most-starred Oscar with four, followed closely by a trio of famous faces – Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day Lewis and Walter Brennan – who have three each.
Click here for more information on the winners and most prestigious Oscar nominees.
What has happened so far in the 2019 awards season?
Bohemian Rhapsody was the surprise winner of the Golden Globes (after receiving mostly mixed reviews from critics, but has shown a success with his audience), taking home the award for best film, with lead Rami Malek also taking the prize for the best actor.
Although the Globes are rated by only 65 journalists of the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it still tends to have a knock-on effect for the Academy Awards (the Oscar vote was opened the day after the Globes took place) and the Queen the biopic could be a bigger player this year than the deafest critics among us expected.
Malek then triumphed at the Bafta Film Awards, but was rivaled for the Oscar da Christian Bale who also won at the Golden Globes and again at the Critics Choice Awards. In the main Actress category, Glenn Close he triumphed at the Globes and the CCA but he was Olivia Colman who Bafta has chosen to reward. Mahershala Ali emerged as a clear favorite for the supporting actor, with the Bafta and CCA winnings and a Globes nomination.
IS Rome emerged as a clear favorite for the best film, winning at Baftas, CCA and Golden Globes, with director Alfonso Cuaron also picking up a lot of silverware this season of awards.
Read on for our full evaluation of the contenders for this year