Oscars 2018: How to watch the Academy Awards livestream

Remember a year ago, when Oscar experts were certain that "La La Land" was the slam-dunk best picture victor, and when they were proven right, until that envelope snafu proved that they had been very wrong?

The biggest names in Hollywood will attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards Sunday at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California.

No Golden Globes-style fashion protest is planned by organizers of Time's Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment.

The 50-year-old TV star is set to host the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (04.03.18), and although he's known for speaking out on issues such as health care and gun laws, producers of the ceremony have insisted his speech won't be "issue-oriented".

But the #MeToo movement is sure to have a prominent place in the ceremony.

Miles Dale is co-nominated with director Guillermo del Toro for best picture. Logan, the final film for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Keeping the more than three-hour show - usually the most-watched non-sports telecast each year in the United States - upbeat in a year overshadowed by allegations of sexual assault will also be a tough challenge.

The night for Hollywood to celebrate the best in the movies for another year has arrived. In December, the film academy unveiled its first code of conduct.

Then, there's "Get Out", the horror film that has earned plenty of recognition this award season and could shock the world.

As awards season draws to a close, the favourites are slightly harder to predict this year.

"The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" - two very different love stories of sorts - are somewhat favored.

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"Mudbound" scored another first, with soul diva Mary J. Blige the first person nominated for acting and best original song in the same film.

Don't be alarmed if you hear glass ceilings shattering at this year's Oscars, with numerous breakthroughs to cheer among the nominees. But ratings have recently been declining. Even more worrisome was a slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 per cent from 2016.

Both Meryl Streep and composer John Williams broke their own records, garnering the 21st and 51st Oscar nomination for The Post and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, respectively. The film's star, Chadwick Boseman, will be a presenter Sunday.

Yes, indeed. If you type #Oscars on Twitter, an Oscars statuette will appear next to the hashtag. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap a year ago, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

In a surprise turn of events, Beatty and Dunaway have been tapped to present the same prize this time around, according to The Hollywood Reporter, although the Academy did not respond to AFP's request for confirmation.

Cinephiles, can you put your money where your mouth is?

Who's going to win the Academy Award for best picture?

So, today's the big day, Hollywood's Super Bowl.

For the 2018 Oscars, voters were asked to rank the nine Best Picture nominees. As a consistent victor during awards season, it seems like the safe bet.

Will "The Shape of Water, '" (13 nominations) or "Dunkirk", (eight nominations) win the most Oscars?

Through its website BCLC has been taking bets on the Oscars since 2015.

  • Carlos Nash