A billboard with photographs of Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel adorns Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the 90th Academy Awards get underway in Hollywood, California, USA, 28 February 2018. The Academy Awards will take place on 04 March 2018. Image: EPA/MIKE NELSON
Workers are putting the final touches on the red carpet ahead of the Oscars ceremony, as suspense runs high over what the show will look like in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.
Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the 90th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday (Monday noon AEDT) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with 54 films in contention amidst a massive cultural shift in the movie business.
Expect plenty of colourful formal attire on the red carpet with pins to support causes like Time's Up and gun control - this time there's no coordinated effort to wear all black as stars did at the Golden Globes.
The awards season has lifted "The Shape of Water," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Get Out" into current frontrunner status. But there's also the still-stunning memory lingering from the 89th Academy Awards ceremonies, when Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced "La La Land" as the best picture - a mistake that led to two minutes of growing chaos, followed by the correct announcement of "Moonlight."
PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed an envelope for the best actress category -- which had already been awarded to Emma Stone for "La La Land" -- to Warren Beatty and Dunaway. Though it may have been great television, the spectacular flub was thoroughly embarrassing to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has devoted much more attention to how the envelopes are being handled.
Beatty and Dunaway will have a second chance on Sunday night and have already rehearsed the moment. PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Academy have new rules this year: the celebrity presenter as well as a stage manager will confirm that they have the correct envelope before announcing the award.
The ceremony also comes five months after the earth-shaking revelations about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults and harassment, which led to his October 14 expulsion from AMPAS, followed by similar accusations against two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., Matt Lauer and four-time Oscar winner Woody Allen -- along with the launch of #MeToo and Times Up.
Tradition has also been altered in awards presentations with Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster to announce the lead actress winner, while Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren will present lead actor.
Previously the year before's acting winners present the same categories for the opposite gender at the Oscars but last year's lead actor winner Casey Affleck withdrew in January as a presenter, reportedly to avoid being a distraction due to two sexual harassment lawsuits he previously settled with the producer and cinematographer of his 2010 film "I'm Still Here."
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