Yet dramatic Sunday’s Academy Awards presentation might prove to be (safe prediction: not very), it will be all but impossible for the service to coordinate with the turmoil of its run-up. Last summer, the Academy announced that it would add a new prize for”popular” movie –a really terrible idea–only to reverse itself over a month. In December, days after being announced as the sponsor, Kevin Hart stepped down following furor erupted over a series of nearly decade-old homophobic tweets and jokes. (Prepare yourselves: The last time the service went without a host, in 1989, is widely considered the worst Oscars ever.) Then word came out , to streamline the broadcast, the Academy would feature renditions of just two of the nominees for Best Original Song, and might introduce some substantial technical awards, including Best Cinematography, during commercial breaks. Both plans were also reversed.
So here we are, back in the status quo ante, minus one server. Well done all around.
In terms of the nominations themselves, it’s a reasonably competitive year, with few runaway favorites in the significant categories. Perhaps the most interesting storyline is that the apparent front-runner for Best Picture is Alfonso Cuar??n’s Roma, a foreign-language film that, if it wins, are the first of its kind to do so. (It would also be the first Best Picture win for your budding movie titan Netflix.)

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