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Oscars 2024: Everything you need to know, from presenters to frontrunners to snubs

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Feb 27, 2024 10:54 AM IST

Oscars 2024: The ceremony will stream live on March 10 but before that, here's a primer on Hollywood's biggest awards night.

After a winter barrage of award shows — the Emmys, the Golden Globes, the Grammys — the grandaddy of them all, the Academy Awards, are around the corner. The 96th Oscars may be a coronation for Oppenheimer, which comes in with a leading 13 nominations, though other films, including Barbie, Killers of the Flower Moon and Poor Things are in the mix.

Brendan Fraser poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for The Whale in the press room at the Oscars 2023.
Brendan Fraser poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for The Whale in the press room at the Oscars 2023.

Here’s everything you need to know about this year's show:

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WHEN ARE THE OSCARS?

The Oscars will be held Sunday, March 10, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony is set to begin at 7 p.m. EDT — one hour earlier than usual — and be broadcast live on ABC. A preshow will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This is your early reminder to set your clocks accordingly — it's the first day of daylight saving time in the U.S.

WHO’S PRESENTING AT THE OSCARS?

Last year’s big acting winners are all coming back to present at the show (a tradition), including Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The academy also announced that Scarface co-stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino are set to hand out awards as well (no word on whether it’s together or not). Other celebrities set to grace the Dolby stage include Zendaya, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Lange, Nicolas Cage, Mahershala Ali, Sam Rockwell and Luptia Nyong’o. More names will be revealed as show day gets closer.

ARE THE OSCARS STREAMING?

The show will be available to stream via ABC.com and the ABC app with a cable subscription. You can also watch through services including Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV and FuboTV. The streaming partner in India has not been announced yet. Last year, the show streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.

WHO'S HOSTING THE OSCARS?

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted last year's ceremony, will emcee for the fourth time. That ties him with fellow four-timers Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon, and leaves Kimmel trailing only Johnny Carson (five), Billy Crystal (nine) and Bob Hope (11) among repeat Oscar hosts. “I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times," said Kimmel.

WHAT'S NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE AT THE 2024 OSCARS?

The ten nominees for best picture are: American Fiction; Anatomy of a Fall; Barbie, The Holdovers; Killers of the Flower Moon; Maestro; Oppenheimer; Past Lives; Poor Things; and The Zone of Interest.

WHO ARE THE FAVORITES?

Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer is the frontrunner. Nolan, the best director favorite, is also poised to win his first Oscar. The best actress category could be a nail-biter between Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon) and Emma Stone (Poor Things). If Gladstone were to win, she would be the first Native American to win an Oscar. Best actor, too, could be a close contest between Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer) and Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers). Both would be first-time winners. Giamatti's co-star Da’Vine Joy Randolph is favored to win best-supporting actress, while Robert Downey Jr. (Oppenheimer) is expected to win best-supporting actor. His closest competition is considered Ryan Gosling for Barbie.

WHAT'S UP WITH THE ‘BARBIE’ SNUBS?

While Barbie, 2023's biggest box-office hit, comes in with eight nominations, much discussion has revolved around the nominations the film didn't receive. Greta Gerwig was left out of the directing category and Margot Robbie missed on best actress. In those omissions, some have seen reflections of the misogyny parodied in Barbie, while others have noted the tough reception comedies have historically had at the Oscars. The nominations for Barbie include best-adapted screenplay (by Gerwig and Noah Baumbach), best supporting actress for America Ferrera and two best song nominees in Billie Eilish's What Was I Made For and the Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt composition I'm Just Ken.

ARE THERE ANY CHANGES TO THE OSCARS THIS YEAR?

Though recent Oscars have been marked by everything from slaps,envelope snafus and controversies over which awards are presented live during the telecast, this year's show comes in with no big changes (besides starting an hour earlier). All of the awards are to be broadcast live (though honorary prizes remain separated in the earlier, untelevised Governors Awards ). The academy is adding a new award for best casting, but that trophy won't be presented until the 2026 Oscars.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO LOOK FOR?

Composer John Williams is nominated for his record 49th best-score Oscar, for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, and 54th overall. Godzilla is going to the Oscars for the first time, with Godzilla Minus One notching a nomination for best visual effects. And for the first time, two non-English language films are up for best picture: the German language Auschwitz drama The Zone of Interest and the French courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall.

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