Night of the Oscars – The “Red carpet” most famous in the world, which however this year is champagne colored, is unpacked and unrolled to welcome the stars of the 95th Academy Awardscomplete with world-class clothes, hairstyles and jewels.
Everything is ready at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles for the ceremony (live tonight from 11.15 pm on Sky Cinema Oscar, Sky channel 303 and streaming on NOW, Sky Uno and free-to-air on TV8) for the delivery of the statuettes.
To present the evening-marathon, which will end with the crowning of the winner (“Everything Everywhere All At Once” is still the favorite film), Jimmy Kimmel, for the third in command. The same comedian, American, who hosted the “memorable” evening of 2017, when the wrong Best Picture winner was erroneously announced: an envelope exchange credited ‘La La Land’ with the win, only to discover, a moment later, that the statuette had actually been awarded to ‘Moonlight’. Ready for a joke, during the press conference at the Dolby Theater, Kimmel joked about the “revolution” of the red carpet: for the first time since 1960, the carpet is champagne-coloured. «Many have wondered if there will be problems this year. I hope not. And I think the decision to put a champagne carpet rather than red you show how confident we are that no blood will be shed,” he said, referring to Will Smith who slapped Chris Rock live last year.
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Blood, no. Controversies, perhaps. Apart from the “Yeoh case” now defused, and the Academy’s decision to reject, for the second consecutive year, the video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (which provoked the indignant reaction of the Foreign Minister of Ukraine), risks mounting the #OscarSoMale protest“Oscar too male” due to the absence of female directors in the final. Demonstrative actions on the “champagne carpet” or on the Dolby stage itself during the ceremony with its futuristic scenography dotted with screens (for the benefit of the younger audience) cannot be excluded. Once the jokes are over, the countdown begins, while everything around is already partying. In the most exclusive hotels in the city, from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills, highly reserved social events overlap the catwalk on which the VIPs will parade is all abuzz of insiders and onlookers taking selfies.
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In a few hours, after the deluge of Dga, Pga, Sag, Wga, the pre-Oscar awards assigned by film professionals, the new divines will be announced. And all bettors agree on the same “horse”: to triumph will almost certainly be the craziest film of the year, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, a story halfway between reality and multiverse told in an adernalino style that mixes video games and fantasy, kung fu and family drama, comedy and cape and Chinese sword. The eccentric adventure in a visionary world that reaches the final with 11 nominationswill still have to deal with Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”)the irresistible black comedy “Island Spirits”, the pacifist manifesto “All Quiet on the Western Front” (which could, however, make a comeback as best international film), and with the rousing musical “Elvis” by Baz Luhrman which in the ranking of bookies it is even last, given at 151 as the Swedish “Triangle of Sadness”.
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Italy is a candidate with Alice Rohrwacher’s short “Le Pupille” co-produced by Alfonso Cuaròn, a Christmas parable set in wartime in a boarding school for orphan girls run by the terrible mother superior Alba Rohrwacher, and with Aldo Sigoretti make-up artist of “Elvis”. But according to bettors, only the latter would have any chance of winning, albeit undermined by the rivals of “The Whale”: the Italian director risks giving the statuette to the Irishman “An Irish Goodbye”story of two separated brothers who are reunited after the death of their mother.
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To deliver the prizes, according to the tradition of the Academy, the previous year’s four Academy Award winners for Best Actor and Best Actress. This year, however, only three of the 2022 winners will be on stage – Jessica Chastain, Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur – because the fourth, Will Smith, was banned for ten years from the Oscar ceremony after the worldwide slap to Chris Rock. The other stars involved in awarding the winners of the other categories will be Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, John Travolta, Emily Blunt, Glenn Close, Jennifer Connelly, Florence Pugh and Halle Berry. They will be joined by Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Bailey, Janelle Monáe, Questlove, Elizabeth Olsen and Pedro Pascal.
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Meanwhile, “Everything Everywhere All At Once” could win in the main categories: best film (for which it is given 1.05), best direction of The Daniels (pseudonym of Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert, not even 70 years old), best actress Michelle Yeoh who could beat the immense Cate Blanchett of “Tar”, thus becoming the first Asian to establish herself as a protagonist. But the 60-year-old star of “Everything Everywhere” risked losing the nomination: she had in fact posted an article which stressed that for two decades only white actresses have won, an indirect boycott of Blanchett. Post deleted, disqualification foiled.
As for the male protagonists, the excellent anti-hero Colin Farrell of “The Spirits of the Island” and the revelation Austin Butler “Elvis” seem destined to succumb in front of Brendan Fraser who weighs 150 kilos in “The Whale” thanks to the prosthetic make-up: the Academy jurors are sensitive to physical transformations especially since the very dramatic film by Darren Aronofsky talks about obesity, a deeply felt topic in America.
Among the artists who will perform at the ceremony stands out Rihanna, whose show at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles comes exactly one month after his electrifying performance at the Super Bowl. Rihanna will sing “Lift me up” (from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), nominated for Best Original Song. However, the most accredited Oscar candidate in this category is “Naatu Naatu”, soundtrack of the Indian film “RRR”, which will be performed at the ceremony by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava. David Byrne, Son Lux and Stephanie Hsu will perform “This Is A Life” (from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”), while Diane Warren and Sofia Carson will sing “Applause” (from the film “Tell It Like a Woman”). Absent Lady Gaga, despite her song “Hold My Hand” (from the film “Top Gun: Maverick”) is the fifth candidate in the category. But since hope dies last, fans are convinced that she can give a surprise performance. Finally, Lenny Kravitz will perform during the “In Memoriam” section, which pays homage to cinema characters who died in the last year.
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