Oscars 2021: Here’s what to know about Sunday’s potentially historic ceremony


After a two-month post ponement , the 93rd Academy Awards is almost here. The Oscars ceremony Sunday is set to be historic, with its the majority of different nominations to date and an in-person ceremony that will not permit a Zoom option for nominees.

The road to the 2021 Oscars has been tested by a pandemic that has shaken Showmanship. Amid closures of beloved movies building and the rise of streaming solutions, the tradition-bound Academy of Motion Picture Artistry and Sciences had to embrace change for the show to go on.

With the show only days away, it’s the last opportunity to view as much groundbreaking nominees as possible and develop exhilaration for your show.

The following is everything you need to know about the Oscars, coming this weekend.


Where can I watch?

Union Station's empty lobby with intricate art on the ceiling

Partnership Station will be in the Oscars spotlight Sunday after a good eight-year restoration project.

(Christina House and Los Angeles Times)

The particular host-less ceremony will be held at Union Station La (where preparations are underway to make the area picture perfect for the grand event) and at the show’s usual home, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Visitors will not be required to wear encounter masks during the live telecast.

But for those who didn’t get an invitation to go to in person, the show goes live on ABC at 5 p. m. Pacific / 8 p. m. Eastern. Pacific. The pre-show, “Oscars: Into the Spotlight, ” may air on ABC too, at 3: 30 p. m. Pacific / six: 30 p. m. Eastern, and will give viewers a behind-the-curtains look at the big night time.

For those who prefer a livestream option , the show can be seen on Hulu and YouTube TV, as well as ABC. com (with a TV provider login).

Recently, the ceremony has been about three hours long, which this year’s producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher said wasn’t because of speeches. The particular trio has encouraged possible winners to “tell the story” and “read the particular room” when accepting their particular golden statues.

“Oscars: After Dark, ” organised by actors Colman Domingo (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Andrew Rannells (“The Prom”), will close the night, airing on ABC just after the ceremony ends. It can go over the night’s greatest moments, with interviews carried out by film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Who’s nominated?

Steven Yeun is looking up at someone, his face blank. There is a patterned wallpaper behind him.

Steven Yeun (“Minari”) is the first Cookware American to receive a candidate selection for best actor.



Netflix still hasn’t had a best picture champion, but with “Mank” and “Trial of the Chicago 7” nominated for the top prize, this might just be the streaming giant’s year.

With 36 nominations, Netflix has got the chance to come away with the most awards of the night. The nominations range from best image for “Mank” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7″ to actress in a supporting role for Glenn Close’s performance within the critically-panned drama “Hillbilly Elegy. ”

Following Netflix, rival Amazon Studios has 12 nominations for movies such as “Sound of Metal, ” “One Night in Ohio… ” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. ”

The nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards are the many diverse group ever. Using market reckonings in recent years over a preponderance associated with white and male-led nominations, a lot of “first ever” nods this year pleasantly surprised many movie watchers.


Two ladies — Chloé Zhao designed for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman” — are nominated for achievement in directing, the 1st time that category has had several female nominee. Zhao can also be the first Asian woman, and first woman of color, nominated for best director.

“Judas as well as the Black Messiah, ” nominated for best picture, is making Oscars history as the just nominated film ever to have an all-Black producing team. The 2 leads, LaKeith Stanfield plus Daniel Kaluuya, are both up for awards for acting in a supporting role.

For the first time, non-white nominees outnumber white nominees in the ideal actor category. “Minari’s” Steven Yeun is the first Asian American to land the nomination in the category. Riz Ahmed from “Sound associated with Metal” also made history as the first Muslim to be nominated for best actor as well as the first person of Pakistaner descent to be named in any acting category. “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, who also died associated with colon cancer last August, is selected for “Ma Rainey’s Dark Bottom. ”


Viola Davis is also a record breaker, holding the most lifetime Oscar nominations — four — for a Black actress. The 2017 supporting actress champion for “Fences” is selected this year for lead celebrity for her work in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. ”

So … that is going to win?

A distant shot of Frances McDormand at sunset in "Nomadland"

“Nomadland, ” starring Frances McDormand, is definitely an Oscars front-runner.


Filling out those Oscar ballots is a rough job, even for people doing the work at home.


“Nomadland” has become a front-runner all awards time of year, locking up best picture wins at the Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards and the BAFTA Awards. Nothing is assured, though, and the academy has already established its fair share of upsets .

The Times’ film specialists have predicted which movies will walk away with best prizes, with a lot of hype around a potential win pertaining to Zhao for achievement inside directing and Carey Mulligan for actress in a leading role. Read more of their analysis here . And columnist Glenn Whipp’s predictions for winners in all 23 categories .

For an inside consider the voting process, click here to read the ballot picks of three anonymous academy members.


Who might be performing?

Leslie Odom Jr. sings in a scene from "One Night in Miami ..."

Leslie Odom Jr. will perform “Speak Now” from “One Night inside Miami… ” during the Oscars pre-show.

(Patti Perret / Amazon Studios)

Although there won’t be another Woman Gaga and Bradley Cooper moment , this year’s five nominated original music will be performed during the “Oscars: Into the Spotlight” pre-show.

Celeste and Daniel Pemberton will perform “Hear My Voice” from “Chicago 7, ” H. E. R. will sing “Fight for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah, ” Leslie Odom Jr. may perform “Speak Now” through “One Night in Ohio …, ” Laura Pausini and Dianne Warren may perform “Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” and Molly Sandén can perform “Húsavík” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. ”

Sandén’s performance is going to be recorded in Húsavík, Iceland, while the other four performances will happen on the Dolby Family members Terrace of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.


No songs is going to be performed during the main ceremony, a break from recent Oscars tradition.

Who is presenting?

Bong Joon Ho with his 2020 Oscar for best director

Bong Joon Ho won the Oscar for the purpose of achievement in directing inside 2020.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

This year, the presenters are an “ensemble cast” to go along with what the show producers said was their “awards-show-as-a-movie approach. ”

The 2020 winner intended for achievement in directing, Bong Joon Ho, will return to the Oscars stage to present an award, as well as the winners from the 2020 acting groups — Joaquin Phoenix, Lady gaga, Reese Witherspoon and Renée Zellweger.

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Here’s all of those other star-studded cast:

  • Riz Ahmed
  • Angela Bassett
  • Halle Berry
  • Don Cheadle
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Viola Davis
  • Laura Dern
  • Harrison Ford
  • Regina King
  • Marlee Matlin
  • Rita Moreno
  • Zendaya

Is that it?

The Times has been following Oscars buzz all awards period, so stay tuned for our live coverage Sunday night. Keep an eye out for notable speeches and adorable Alan Kim moments.