Believe it or not, the 88th Academy Awards will be handed out tonight. That means the long, long awards season is finally at an end. It’s been a weird stretch of months, one in which the the top contenders in several categories has seldom been in doubt — Best Actor, Best Actress, etc. — while the Best Picture frontrunner has seemed to have shifted from week to week. It’s also been one in which the question of “Who will win?” has taken a backseat to “Why are virtually all the nominees white and what needs to be done to change that?”
That’s not a question that tonight’s ceremony will answer, but don’t expect it to remain unaddressed, especially with Chris Rock as the host. We’ll be hanging out here, talking over who wins, who loses, and what they say about it. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, but we’ll be starting a bit earlier, watching the red-carpet lead-up. We hope you’ll join us. It should be an interesting night.
In the meantime, why not enjoy a few related Uproxx pieces?
• Jen Chaney covered the twists and turns of the race, while providing some historical context with her column, The Nod.
• Film writers Vince Mancini, Mike Ryan, and I talked about who we wanted to win, and who we thought would win.
• Dariel Figueroa wrote about the (extremely) short history of Latino actors at the Oscars.
Okay, ready? Let’s talk Oscars.