Hollywood’s most important night has arrived once again, and its luminaries are eager to celebrate after a year that totally upended the film industry.
Here’s what you need to know:
● The 2021 Oscars start tonight at 5 p.m. on ABC. The show is expected to wrap up around 8 p.m.
● There will be no host, no audience, nor face masks for nominees attending the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Union Station.
● The Prizes: Netflix dominated this year with 36 nominations, including the lead-nominee “Mank,” David Fincher’s black-and-white drama about “Citizen Kane” co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz. The streamer is still pursuing its first best-picture win; this year, its best shot may be Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” But the night’s top prize, best picture, is widely expected to go to Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a contemplative character study about an itinerant woman (Frances McDormand) in the American West. Should it be victorious, it will be one of the lowest budget best-picture winners ever. Zhao’s film, populated by nonprofessional actors, was made for less than $5 million. (Her next film, Marvel’s “Eternals,” has a budget of at least $200 million.) — from The Associated Press
● Spectrum News has assembled this fun list of Oscar-related events being held today.