Oscar-viewing guide: What to watch for at Sunday’s Academy Awards
Are you ready to watch Sunday’s Oscars? You will be once you’ve surveyed our Academy Award viewing guide.
The songs you will hear, the host you will see, the leading nominees, the presenters — it’s all here.
Your host: Jimmy Kimmel
ABC picked its own late-night TV host to lead this year’s ceremony, and you can bet that he’ll be reigniting his long-running gag feud with Matt Damon, who’s attending as an Oscar nominee for producing best-picture candidate “Manchester By the Sea.” It’s his first time to host, and while he’s not likely to be edgy, he is expected to be funny.
How to watch
The 89th Annual Academy Awards are being presented at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on ABC, channel 8, cable 1008, and you can watch online at abc.com. Red-carpet coverage begins on ABC exclusively at 6 p.m., and immediately following the ceremony’s conclusion is “Live from Hollywood: The After Party,” hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson and featuring interviews with celebrities outside the Governor’s Ball and backstage interviews with some Oscar winners.
“The Oscar Experience,” Circle Cinema’s annual Academy Awards party on the big screen, will feature a red carpet, photo ops, food and drinks, Oscar ballots and prize giveaways, with hosts Erin Christy and Barry Friedman leading the festivities, beginning with red-carpet introduction at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at circlecinema.com and at the theater.
Some of the biggest names in music will perform their best song-nominated works Sunday. They include:
• Justin Timberlake will sing “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated movie “Trolls.”
• Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana.” The “Hamilton” playwrght will be joined by Auli’i Cravalho, the teen who voiced Moana in the film.
• Sting will sing “The Empty Chair” from the documentary “Jim: The James Foley Story.”
• John Legend will perform “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from “La La Land.”
A record-setting evening?
As far as Oscar records go, there are two big ones to watch closely. “La La Land” is nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscars; the record for wins is 11 by “Titanic,” “Ben-Hur” and “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” A clean sweep for “La La Land” would result in 13 wins, as the film has two of the five best song nominees. Meanwhile, the best actor race is tight, with Denzel Washington (“Fences”) a potential winner. If that happens, he’ll have three Academy Awards for acting (“Glory” in 1989, “Training Day” in 2001), tying him with Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Ingrid Bergman and Walter Brennan, and surpassed only by the four Oscars for Katharine Hepburn.
The nine best-picture nominees are led by “La La Land” with 14 nominations. The others are: “Moonlight” and “Arrival” with eight; “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester By the Sea” with six; “Fences” and “Hell or High Water” with four; and “Hidden Figures” with three.
Watch for Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Felicity Jones, Javier Bardem, Dwayne Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, Mark Rylance, Halle Berry, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael Garcia Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Kate McKinnon, Shirley MacLaine and Hailee Steinfeld.
Leslie Mann and John Cho co-hosted these awards Feb. 11 and will take the stage Sunday to recap the winners.
Four people received honorary Academy Awards in November at the Academy’s Governors Awards and will be recognized Sunday night — Hong Kong actor/producer Jackie Chan (“Rush Hour”); editor Anne V. Coates (“Lawrence of Arabia”); casting director Lynn Stalmaster (50-year career in film and TV); and documentary maker Frederick Wiseman (50-year career).