The 91st annual Academy Awards are going host-less for the first time in 30 years and trying to hand out Oscars in 24 categories before the clock strikes midnight Eastern. This year’s wide-open awards season has left few certainties going in to Sunday’s (shorter) show, with “The Favourite” and “Roma” leading the pack with 10 nominations apiece. Marvel’s superhero sensation “Black Panther” is also vying for the night’s top honor, a best picture breakthrough for comic book films. The show airs live at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24, from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, and The Associated Press will provide comprehensive text, photo and video coverage.
(All times Eastern unless otherwise indicated.)
Tuesday Feb. 19
_ OSCARS-PREDICTIONS _ AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr break down their predictions for the 91st Academy Awards, which caps an awards season full of surprises. By AP Film Writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle. SENT: 2,100 words. Photos. With OSCARS-PREDICTIONS-ABRIDGED.
_ OSCARS-PRESENTERS _ Michael B. Jordan, Brian Tyree Henry, Michelle Yeoh and Elsie Fisher may have missed out on Oscar nominations this year, but they will be on stage at the Dolby Theatre during Sunday’s ceremony. SENT: 130 words, photos.
_ FILM-RUTH E CARTER-OUTTAKES _ It’s a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther.” She talked about her early years with Spike Lee and her favorite “Black Panther” costumes during a recent interview with The Associated Press. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.
Wednesday Feb. 20
OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE _ This year’s best-picture race has confounded even the most seasoned onlookers. Ahead of Sunday’s Oscars, we run down the chances of each nominee. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
OSCARS-PROGRESS FOR WOMEN _ The Academy Awards this year have a record number of female nominees, but women are still lagging behind in the top categories. This year 52 women were nominated in the 20 non-gendered categories, up eight from last year’s 44. And yet there are no female nominees for directing, cinematography, editing, score or visual effects _ and in some categories it’s been more than a decade since a woman has won the Oscar. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 850 words, photos.
COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS _ The Costume Designers Guild says the Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther,” the 18th century ensembles in “The Favourite” and the glitzy costumes in “Crazy Rich Asians” were among the best costumes of the year. The group celebrated the year’s outstanding work in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night at its annual 21st annual awards show. By AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 550 words, photos.
TRAVEL-GREEN BOOK _ The Oscar-nominated interracial road trip movie “Green Book” has spurred interest in the 20th Century guidebook that helped black travelers navigate segregated America. With a little research, travelers can find copies of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” online and retrace the route in the movie or develop their own tours of sites that once provided refuge to African-Americans during Jim Crow. By Russell Contreras and Jay Reeves. SENT: 750 words, photos.
Thursday Feb. 21
OSCARS-SONGWRITERS _ Grammy-winning producer-songwriter Alexander Shuckburgh should be celebrating as an Oscar nominee since a song he co-wrote, Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack, is competing for best original song at Sunday’s show. But he isn’t. Others, including Beyonce, have been shut out of best original song at the Academy Awards since there is a rule limiting the number of songwriters for each song competing in the category. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT Thursday: 1,400 words, photos.
OSCARS-ROMA PRODUCER _ “Roma” producer Gabriela Rodriguez could make history as the first Latino woman to win a best picture trophy at the Oscars. By Sigal Ratner-Arias. SENT: 770 words, photos.
OSCARS-PRODUCERS _ Days before the 91st Oscars, producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss sit down with The Associated Press to discuss this year’s show, the behind-the-scenes tumult and last minute changes and just how they plan to keep the broadcast to three hours. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 800 words, Thursday.
OSCARS-KENDRICK LAMAR _ Lamar and SZA will still attend the Oscars, but will no longer perform “All the Stars” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack, a person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press. SENT: 140 words, photo.
BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS _ Kelly Rowland hosts the 12th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards, which will honor Jenifer Lewis, KiKi Layne, Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg. By AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody. SENT: 850 words.
Friday Feb. 22
OSCARS-PREVIEW _ The 91st Academy Awards lack a host but not intrigue. Among the questions heading into Sunday’s show are whether Netflix can win its first best picture Oscar. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 900 words, photos.
STILLBIRTHS-ROMA _ A small but haunting scene in the Oscar-nominated film Roma puts a rare spotlight on stillbirths. Nearly half a century after the film’s setting, stillbirths are still surprisingly common, poorly understood and often shunned. By Lindsey Tanner. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photo.
OSCARS-VANITY FAIR WOMEN IN FILM PARTY _ Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones, Ava DuVernay and Zendaya gather at the Soho House for a pre-Oscars celebration celebrating Women in Hollywood. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 325 words, photos.
NAZI RALLY-ANNIVERSARY _ A pro-Hitler rally that took place 80 years ago this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden is the subject of a short documentary that’s up for an Oscar. By Karen Matthews. SENT: 530 words, photo, video.
OSCARS-DIANE VON FURSTENBERG LUNCHEON _ Diane von Furstenberg, Laura Dern, Ava DuVernay and film academy CEO Dawn Hudson took a break from Oscars madness to gather for a relaxed lunch at von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home Thursday to celebrate this year’s class of female Academy Award nominees before Sunday’s ceremony. Attendees included the likes of best actress nominees Melissa McCarthy, Glenn Close and “Roma’s” Yalitza Aparicio. By AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 740 words, photos.
Saturday Feb. 23
OSCARS-STARS IN SNEAKERS _ A behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsals for the 91st Oscars. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 600 words, late Saturday.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS _ Often a relaxed dress rehearsal for Sunday’s Academy Awards, this year’s Independent Spirit Awards will have a largely different set of winners. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. A brief laydown will move in advance of the show, and be updated following the ceremony which concludes at approx. 7 p.m. PST, photos.
OSCARS-FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOMINEES _ The film academy is toasting the foreign language film nominees, including “Roma” and “Cold War,” at a reception with Barry Jenkins. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: Approximately 500 words, photos.
OSCARS-YALITZA APARICIO _ Yalitza Aparicio, the Oscar-nominated, first-time actress in “Roma,” is finding strong support among Mexican-America women who identify with her indigenous roots in Oaxaca, Mexico, despite the racist backlash she is receiving in Mexico. By Russell Contreras. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.
Sunday Feb. 24
_ OSCARS _ Coverage of the 91st annual Academy Awards, being presented Sunday from the Dolby Theatre. By AP Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 1,300 words, photos video.
_ OSCARS-THE LATEST _ Will follow all the evening’s action, both on- and off-camera, from first arrivals around 4:30 p.m. to the post-show Governors Ball around 12:30 a.m. UPCOMING: About 3,000 words, photos.
_ OSCARS-FASHION _ Who’s wearing what and by whom at the world’s most watched fashion show - the Oscar red carpet. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING: About 600 words by 9 p.m., followed by an update around 10 p.m. and a winners and losers list for the overnight cycle. With photos.
_ OSCARS-LIST _ A running list of winners in order of significance. UPCOMING: Updates approximately every five awards throughout the show. About 300 words, photos.
_ ADDITIONAL SEPARATES: Separates of about 300 words are planned throughout the show on winners in the following categories: animated feature, foreign language, documentary feature, actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress, song. Spontaneous separates will be filed on merits.
_ OSCARS-MOMENTS _ A collection of show vignettes we’ll be talking about on Monday morning. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. UPCOMING: About 700 words by 1 a.m., photos.
_ OSCARS-PARTIES _ A roundup of colorful, celeb-driven reports from the engraving table, Governors Ball, and the Elton John and Vanity Fair after-parties. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 4 a.m., photos.
_ OSCARS-BACKSTAGE NOTEBOOK _ A chunky, notebook-style collection of colorful fly-on-the wall blurbs from backstage at the Oscars - moments you won’t see on TV. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 4 a.m., photos.
Monday March 5
_ OSCARS-(KEYWORD HERE) _ Story or stories on merits about any ongoing buzz about the show.
_ OSCARS-TV RATINGS: UPCOMING: About 300 words
Contact: If you have questions about AP’s Oscars text coverage, please contact West Coast Entertainment Editor Anthony McCartney at firstname.lastname@example.org, 323-552-6465 (cell).
_ Oscars-Untelevised Categories
_ Oscars-Regina King (with Regina King-Outakes)
_ Oscars-Sports Betting
_ Oscar-Nominees Luncheon (with Nominees Luncheon-Watch)
_ Oscars-Bohemian Rhapsody-Bryan Singer
_ Oscar Nominations
_ Oscar Nominations-Foreign Film
_ Oscar Nominations-Original Song
_ Oscar Nominations-Spike Lee
_ Oscar Nominations-Black Panther
_ Oscar Nominations-Facts and Figures
_ Oscar Nominations-Music
_ Oscars Kevin Hart
_ Oscars-Governors Awards
_ Film-Richard E Grant
_ Film-Glenn Close
_ LT-Mexico-Roma Reacts
_ ML-Lebanon-Oscar Contender
Photos will cover selected pre-Oscar activities plus rehearsals and the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday as Hollywood prepares for its big night.
Invision will have a team of photographers covering the Academy Awards from all angles, including the red carpet, press room, the Oscar ceremony, Governors Ball, Elton John party and Vanity Fair party. Arrival photos will begin moving by 4:30 pm.
Contact: Invision Director of Operations and Production, Ali Kaufman, 323-286-9677
AP will fast file video from the carpet at the following times:
SUNDAY 24 FEB
LOS ANGELES_ Set up and preparations at the Oscars red carpet.
MONDAY 25 FEB
LOS ANGELES_ The fabulous fashion on the most famous carpet in the world - the Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES_ The biggest stars of film arrive at the Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES_ Show highlights from the Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES _ Backstage reaction from Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES_ The stars celebrate the winners at the official post-Oscar party, the Governor’s Ball.
LOS ANGELES_ Hollywood stars attend the annual Vanity Fair Oscar party.
The following restrictions, imposed by the Academy, will apply to all AP video customers.
Red Carpet and Backstage Footage
_ You may use up to 5 minutes of red carpet footage until 3:30pm PT (2330 GMT)
_ You may use up to 3 minutes of red carpet footage in each 30 minute period after 3:30pm PT (2330 GMT)
_ After your local territory’s exclusive broadcaster has finished airing the show, you may use unlimited red carpet and backstage material
_ Any red carpet video used in the U.S. before or during the Oscar broadcast must also contain the screen message: “Tune in to ABC for the full show”
_ Oscars clips can only be used in reference to the Oscars and only in news programming
_ Mandatory courtesy credit: Clip courtesy A.M.P.A.S. © 2019 (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
_ In the US, when the live Oscar show ends (approximately 8:30pm PT) you may use up to 3 minutes of show material for 24 hours.
After that you may use 1 minute of show material, taken from the 3 minute selection above until Sunday 3 March inclusive.
_ In the Americas excluding the US, show highlights are embargoed until the show is aired in full in your territory, or until 12:01 (midnight) local time, Tuesday 26 February, whichever is earlier. Then you may use up to 3 minutes of show material for 24 hours.
Then from Wednesday 27 February until Sunday 3 March inclusive, 1 minute of show material may be used, but must be taken from the 3 minute selection above.
_ Outside of the Americas, show highlights are embargoed until the show is aired in full in your territory, or until 12:01 (midnight) local time, Wednesday 27 February, whichever is earlier. Then you may use up to 3 minutes of show material for 24 hours.
Then from Thursday 27 February until Sunday 3 March inclusive, 1 minute of show material may be used, but must be taken from the 3 minute selection above.
The AP Broadcast News Center will monitor the Oscars broadcast and will provide voice reports and actualities to AP Radio affiliate on our Monday morning cut feeds. There will also be Oscars coverage in the AM Prep-Segue script for AP Broadcast Wire members.
Contact: AP BNC 1-800-243-3375.
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