In the pantheon of award shows that honour cinema the world over, there are few that match up to the Oscars in terms of glamour, hype or scale.
And as the 89th Academy Awards — or the Oscars 2017 — kick off at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (Sunday night, 26 February, in the US and Monday morning, 27 February for us folks in India), there's plenty of excitement over how the ceremony will play out.
Will La La Land pull off a landslide sweep across all the major categories it's been nominated in? Will Emma Stone lift the coveted golden statuette as Best Actress? Will it come down to a Denzel Washington vs Casey Affleck fight for the Best Actor in a Leading Role prize? Will Dennis Villeneuve or Damien Chazelle earn the Best Director honour?
We've got some desi interest in the proceedings as well. Priyanka Chopra will be walking the red carpet; she announced her presence with an Instagram photo along with Sir Mick Jagger, which really had us wondering if they have some sort of joint performance/presentation at the Oscars 2017 ceremony. Then there's Dev Patel, who has a Best Supporting Actor for his role in Lion.
If Patel has many expectations riding on his lean shoulders, so too does first-time host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel follows a tough act in the form of last year's host Chris Rock, who roasted the Academy over the #OscarsSoWhite controversy to great effect. Then there's former host Ellen DeGeneres, who has set the bar pretty high with her pizza-sharing, selfie-snapping ways. Kimmel had a goodish bit of experience with hosting the Emmys this year, which should stand him in good stead on the Oscars stage.
That stage could well be the spot where some pretty blistering anti-Donald Trump speeches are made. Meryl Streep set the tone with her Golden Globes acceptance speech, and Stranger Things star David Harbour and a host of other actors followed it up at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Who will get the loudest applause?
And of course, when talking of applause and approval, we can't leave out the slightly less serious (but no less important) red carpet fashion. There will be some beautiful gowns, natty tuxedos and several bizarre sartorial statements made — there's no doubt.
And we'll be keeping you posted on every little detail, minute-by-minute.
Stay tuned. We're live blogging the 89th Academy Awards, aka the Oscars 2017, right here.
Published Date: Feb 27, 2017 12:10 pm | Updated Date: Feb 27, 2017 12:18 pm