Expect the unexpected at 90th Academy Awards

March 3, 2018 GMT

With the approach of the 90th Academy Awards, airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Holllywood at 8 p.m., Sunday on ABC, movie buffs can’t help but hearken back to the jaw-dropping conclusion of last year’s Oscars, when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, his “Bonnie and Clyde” co-star, incorrectly announced “La La Land” as winner of the Best Picture Oscar. Moments later, “La La Land” producer, Jordan Horowitz, announced that “Moonlight” was indeed the winner. Although none of this was his fault, Jimmy Kimmel, who returns as host, is currently being featured in an amusing spoof promoting this year’s Oscar broadcast.

“If you think we screwed up the ending last year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!” Kimmel said in a statement released by ABC. Getting serious, he added, “Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career.”

“Hollywood’s Biggest Night” will begin at 7 p.m., with the traditional hour-long Red Carpet arrival pre-show, hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Michael Strahan, Wendi McLendon-Covey of “The Goldbergs,” Sara Haines of “The View,” Krista Smith, executive West Coast Editor of Vanity Fair, and Dave Karger, special correspondent for IMDb. Noteworthy nominations in the major categories include:


Performance by an actor in a leading role

Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out”

Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound”

Octavia Spencer in “The Shape of Water”

Achievement in Directing

“Get Out” — Jordan Peele

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound”

Music and Lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and and Taura Stinson

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”

Music by Diane Warren

Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (Common) and Diane Warren

Best Motion Picture of the Year

“Get Out”

Adapted screenplay

“Mudbound” — screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original screenplay

“Get Out” — written by Jordan Peele

In what promises to be an entertaining evening, Oscar winner Common, Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige, Gael Garcia Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens will perform this year’s nominated songs.

Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”; Blige will perform “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”; Bernal, LaFourcade and Miguel will peform “Remember Me” from Coco”; Settle will perform “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and Stevens will perform “Mystery of Love” written for “Call Me by Your Name.”

Follwoing a year of surprises, awakening, and controversy in Hollywood, the eclectic list of presenters includes Mahershala Ali, Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, Greta Gerwig, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiami, Margot Robbie, Daniela Vega, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran, Zendaya, Emily Blunnt, Sandra Bullock, Eugenio Derbez, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Eiza Gonzalez, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken, as well as the brilliant and unpredictable Dave Chappelle, who will undoubtedly have something interesting to add to the evening’s commentary.