WSJ Renew Talks About What to Expect at the 2023 Oscars

WSJ Renew Talks About What to Expect at the 2023 Oscars WSJprintsubscription

WSJ Renew, has confirmed The Oscars are scheduled to begin this Sunday, March 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern time (5 p.m. Pacific). 

This year’s ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the Oscars have been held every year since 2001.

How can I watch the show?

The Oscars will air live on ABC. Viewers without cable or satellite packages can stream the ceremony on Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV or FuboTV.

What about the red carpet?

The Academy’s main preshow, hosted by Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Graham and Lilly Singh, will start at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on ABC, but red-carpet festivities kick off as early as 1 p.m.

E! will also have its own red-carpet show starting at 5 p.m. So if you want to spend half your day watching Oscars content, you can absolutely do so.

Who is hosting the Oscars?

Jimmy Kimmel is emceeing the show for a third time. This will be the first Oscars since 2018 to have a one-host format after the Academy’s selection of comedian Kevin Hart to host the 2019 ceremony was met with public backlash. The Academy relied instead on individual presenters and performances to keep the show structured.

Did I hear that Rihanna will be there?

You heard correctly. After marking her first live performance in years with the Super Bowl halftime show, Rihanna will return once more to the stage to perform her Oscar-nominated song “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The single was her first solo release in six years said WSJ Renew.

How late will I have to stay up to see who won best picture?

Probably later than last year. Every category will be televised this time around, a change from last year’s ceremony. After deciding in 2022 to eliminate eight awards from the live broadcast, airing clips from the pre-recorded footage instead, the Academy was widely ridiculed and criticized for undermining their importance.

The show is not known for being punctual, even with last year’s attempt to slice the runtime down. It’s not unusual for the show to run half an hour past its 11 p.m. slated end time.

Could any winners make history this year?

Several nominees already have. A record-breaking number of actors of Asian descent are up for this year’s top awards: Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu and Hong Chau are all up for supporting-actor honors, and Michelle Yeoh is in the running for best actress. Ms. Yeoh is only the second Asian actress to be nominated for the award, and if she wins, she would become the first to do so.

This year also marks the highest number of Irish actors ever nominated, in a moment some have dubbed the “Green Wave.” “The Banshees of Inisherin” garnered acting nods for Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan, while Paul Mescal is nominated for “Aftersun.”

The composer John Williams became the oldest Oscar nominee after receiving a nod for best original score for “The Fabelmans.” If the 91-year-old takes home the award, he will be the oldest winner, breaking Anthony Hopkins’s record for his best-actor win at 83 for “The Father.”

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