Hollywood’s big night is this coming Sunday, February 26 at the newly renamed Hollywood and Highland Center. This will be the 84th year of the Academy Awards, broadcasted live starting at 4pm PT and 7pm ET, starting with the Oscars Red Carpet Live. This is arguably the biggest night for actors, actresses and the entertainment industry. This year’s event will be hosted by long-standing Oscar host and actor Billy Crystal.
The Academy awards will celebrate the outstanding film achievements of 2011, televised live by ABC in more than 225 countries worldwide. Actors Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone, and the cast of Oscar-nominated film “Bridesmaids” are among the night’s presenters. The ceremony will broadcast live at 5:30pm PT, 8:30pm ET.
This year, the Academy Awards tried something different in nominating for their awards: they did not set a minimum number of nominees for each category. Therefore, each nominee had to receive an average high school in order to even be nominated. The Best Original Song category, only had two nominees, “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and “Real in Rio from Rio.
There are nine nominees for Best Picture: Hugo, The Descendents, Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, War Horse, and Moneyball. On the acting side, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt and Viola Davis are among the top performers to receive the nominations. Hugo, Martin Scorsese’s ode to filmmaking, earned the most nominations this year with 11, including best picture, best director, and best screenplay and several awards for its technical revolutions. The Artist, a low budget black-and-white silent movie reminiscent of Hollywood’s olden days before the “talkies,” earned 10 nods, including best picture, best director, screenplay, actor and supporting actress.
If you’re looking for a public viewing of the Oscars, head over to the W Hollywood Hotel for a VIP Red Carpet Cocktail Reception, viewing party and after party inside Station Hollywood. For $25, you can view the Academy Awards Telecast from 3pm to 8:30pm with beverage samples, live jazz music, raffle tickets and much more. You can also attend the Oscars after-party for free by signing up to get on the list.
Who or what movie do you think will take home the gold? Feel free to share in the comments!