MATTHEW LIEDKE COLUMN: 'Shaping' up to be a big night

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An award season that began in in November ends Sunday, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates film and announces its selection for Best Picture. Gary Oldman won for his Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour", Allison Janney ("I, Tonya") took best supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") won best supporting actor.

But frankly, after last year's orgy of self-appreciation drew the second lowest numbers since Nielsen started tracking in 1974, ABC needs every viewer it can get. Oscar nominations 2018: the complete list. In total, Crystal hosted nine Academy Awards between 1989 and 2012.

Kathryn Newton played Angela in "Three Billboards" and starred as Darlene Bell in "Lady Bird". As a consistent victor during awards season, it seems like the safe bet.

This was the first Oscar nomination for Paul Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau.

"I remember a time when the major studios didn't believe a woman or a minority could open a superhero movie — and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of a year ago", said Kimmel.

735 - The number of bleacher seats lining the red carpet packed with excited fans - mainly competition winners - who come to watch the stars walk down the red carpet and into the Dolby Theatre. Though unconfirmed, the popular tale behind the origin of the name holds that academy librarian Margaret Herrick said the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. However, I see it as unlikely at this point. Handing in a breathtaking leading turn, he should take the gold.

Will Win: Oldman has this one in the bag. All his films become so imaginative and so immersive that it's a shock that he hasn't won an Oscar already.

D'Imperio said of McDormand, "Her performance of a revenge-seeking, still-grieving mother of a murdered teenage daughter, is taut, edgy and explosive". Sally Hawkins and Margot Robbie were great in their respective films but no one came close to McDormand for me.

Last year was a big win for an incredible film, but can we expect the same for this year? His role as a racist, alcoholic sheriff in Three Billboards was absorbing. And while I hope the best of the lot wins, I still wouldn't know which one it is.

Should Win: It is Willem Dafoe who gives "The Florida Project" its beating heart. James Ivory, 89, won best adapted screenplay for his script to the coming-of-age drama "Call Me By Your Name", becoming the oldest victor ever.

Others have tried the stunt as well, with an artist named Sabo putting up three billboards against sexual misconduct in Hollywood with sings that read: "And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to..." and "We all knew and still no arrests" and "Name names on stage or shut the hell up!" A must-win for her surely?

Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies. You get 17 right this year, and you should be in the hunt to win your pool this year.

Will Win: There are five movies with a legitimate shot to win, which makes this year more hard than usual to call. Even he wasn't a particularly long shot there, particularly since it's not uncommon for screenplay awards to be consolation prizes for films that don't win for picture or director. It would also be fantastic to see such an indie-gem get the limelight. Perhaps his most memorable joke was in 1968: "I've never seen six hours whiz by so fast".

The studios behind movies nominated for Oscars are doing a better job these days of making them available in wide release, which typically gets them here.

The Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center is now home to the Oscars, but that wasn't always the case.

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