Who will be presenting?
Last year’s acting winners — Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Renée Zellweger — as well as Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya.
Are the Oscars the same thing as the Academy Awards?
What should you watch for?
This year could be the first time all four acting categories are won by nominees of color. That’s what happened at the SAG Awards this month, and Oscar voters have followed suit five of the last 10 years.
When it comes to the films themselves, David Fincher’s black-and-white Old Hollywood biopic, “Mank,” about the making of “Citizen Kane,” leads all films with 10 nominations, including best picture and best director. But it’s a crowded race in second place, with six nominations each for “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — all of them up for best picture, along with Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.”
Who do we think will win?
Our Projectionist columnist, Kyle Buchanan, has some guesses, but this year may well feature a number of wild-card winners.
Chadwick Boseman, who died from colon cancer in August at age 43, looks to be a lock to take home another posthumous best actor win for his final film role as a trumpeter in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” “Nomadland” has the inside track for best picture after victories at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards (and best director wins for Chloé Zhao at each event), but a sleeper pick like “The Trial of the Chicago 7” or “Minari,” which was relegated to a best foreign language film win at the Globes, could surprise us.