Well, ladies and gentleman, we made it to the 2017 Oscars.
The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles will house anyone who’s anybody in show biz later tonight, as the 89th Annual Academy Awards prepares to celebrate the absolute best in filmmaking from over the past year.
Whether you can recite every line to La La Land in your sleep, had your Oscars ballot prepped the moment Hidden Figures hit theaters, or itching to see whether or not Lin Manuel-Miranda reaches EGOT status, there’s something for every type of pop culture lover to enjoy. Not to mention the drop dead gorgeous looks about to hit the red carpet, which is any fashion maven’s version of Heaven.
But before the curtain rises and the show officially commences, let’s take a look at five need-to-know facts ahead of the 2017 Oscars:
Outwardly, his plan is still mostly up in the air, as he told The New York Times, “There definitely is a point at which [politics] becomes too much. There’s also a point at which it becomes too little. And finding that balance is, for me, the most difficult hurdle, when it comes to this broadcast.” One thing audience members can expect from their host? Snacks! After his PB&J hit at the Emmys, Kimmel promised food will be incorporated “in some way again.”
Not so fast, though. La La Land faces its stiffest competitor in Moonlight, a Barry Jenkins-directed drama with a plot that couldn’t be further from its rivals cheery song and dance numbers. Moonlight most recently bested La La Land at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, and if the Academy dubs the latter’s hype overexposed at this point, it’s really anyone’s game.
Four of the nine films up for Best Picture (Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion and Fences) star predominantly diverse casts and each have been honored with several accolades across the 2017 award season. Get ready for more than a handful surprises later this evening.
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Don’t even get us started on dessert, which includes 20 gallons of homemade gelato, 1,050 handmade waffle clones and 7,000 mini-chocolate Oscar statues. Treat. Yo. Self.
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Rounding out the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song category is Sting, who will perform “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story and Lin Manuel-Miranda, who will perform “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana alongside Auli’i Cravalho. If Miranda wins, he’ll join an elite group of fellow EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners and become the youngest to do so.