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The Oscars are Sunday, and change is in the air

The Oscars are Sunday, with every one other accompanied by alter is inside the air

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the earliest hour dated inside set of two years, the Academy Awards are rolling not here the scarlet rug at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre for what the film academy hopes will exist a back-to-normal Oscars. Except for all the stuff that's changed.

The telecast for the 94th Academy Awards will begin, while usual, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. But little else concerning how this year's Oscars will obtain underway is traditional. An hour earlier to the transmit begins, attendees will assemble inside the Dolby for the awarding of eight awards with every one other accompanied by acceptance speeches that will exist edited into a transmit that manufacturer Will Packer has promised will exist a firm trio hours.

It's one of numerous shifts, both slight with every one other accompanied by tectonic, around this year's ceremony. After set of two years of pandemic — with every one other accompanied by a socially distanced 2021 edition accompanied by record-low ratings — the Academy Awards will try to recapture their exalted place inside go bang the arts accompanied by a revamped telecast that's expected to see a streaming work come first in finest painting for the earliest time.

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It won't exist easy. The film manufacturing recovered significantly from the pandemic inside 2021, nevertheless in malice of one of the biggest hits inside years inside "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the rebound has been fitful. The worldwide movie manufacturing sold concerning fifty per cent of the tickets last year while it did set of two years ago, $21.3 billion inside 2021 compared to $42.3 billion inside 2019, according to the Motion Picture Association. Hollywood pushed additional of its top films straight into homes than at some time before; fifty per cent of of this year's 10 best-picture nominees were streamed at or extremely near release. Even the film academy shifted entirely to a streaming platform for voters, by preference than DVD screeners.

Then there are the challenges of commanding worldwide observation for a darkness of Hollywood self-congratulation following set of two years of pandemic with every one other accompanied by while Russia's war ravages Ukraine. Packer has said the war inside Ukraine will exist respectfully acknowledged throughout the broadcast.

Netflix's "The Power of the Dog," Jane Campion's gothic western, comes inside accompanied by a leading 12 nominations with every one other accompanied by a good chance of snagging the top award. But all the momentum is accompanied by Sian Heder's deaf family drama "CODA," which, in malice of boasting fair trio nods, is considered the favorite. A come first in would exist a triumph for Apple TV+, which acquired the movie not here of the Sundance Film Festival last year with every one other accompanied by has spent large promoting it to academy members.

But expect the most awards on the darkness to go to "Dune," Denis Villeneuve's sweeping science novels epic. It's the odds-on-favorite to clean up inside the technical categories.

After some years sans-host, the Oscars will turn to the trio of Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes with every one other accompanied by Regina Hall to emcee the broadcast, which is too streaming on platforms including Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV with every one other accompanied by on ABC.com accompanied by provider authentication. Producers have too lined up a star-studded category of performers including Billie Eilish with every one other accompanied by Beyoncé to chant nominated songs, while the "Encanto" cast will perform Lin-Manuel Miranda's breakout hit "We Don't Talk About Bruno."

It will exist a staggered start, accompanied by stars making their way into the Dolby at different times. ABC's scarlet rug preshow will sprint 6:30 to 8 p.m., accompanied by the earliest hour of awards happening inside the theater in the centre of 7-8 p.m. News of those winners will spread earliest on communal media with every one other accompanied by subsequent exist woven into the telecast. To accommodate the shift, the scarlet rug will too not shut an hour earlier than usual, at 4 p.m. Eastern.

The rejiggered approach, which has been greatly unpopular accompanied by some academy members, should build for some complicated red-carpet logistics. The academy, wanted to present with every one winner an uncompromised moment, is urging attendees to exist inside their seats by 7 p.m. Some stars, exist fond of "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" nominee Jessica Chastain, have said they won't do scarlet rug interviews if it means lost the awarding of awards exist fond of finest hair with every one other accompanied by makeup, for which the artists of "Tammy Faye" are nominated.

That's one of the eight pre-show categories to exist handed not here throughout what producers are calling the "golden hour." The others are: film editing, sound, first score, manufacture design, live-action short, animated short with every one other accompanied by documentary short.

Earlier this month, additional than 70 Oscar winners, including James Cameron, Kathleen Kennedy with every one other accompanied by Guillermo del Toro, warned that the alter would turn some nominees into "second-class citizens."

Behind the alter is terror over the Oscars fast-falling ratings. While drops have been ordinary to all greatest web award shows, last year's show attracted only concerning 10 million viewers, less than fifty per cent of of the 23.6 million the year before. A decade ago, it was closer to 40 million.

To assist reinstate the Oscars' position, some argued inside the lead-up to this year's awards that a blockbuster exist fond of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" should have been nominated for finest picture. It's up for fair optical effects.

Instead, a wide gamut of films are inside the hunt, ranging from the much-watched Netflix apocalyptic comedy "Don't Look Up" with every one other accompanied by the roundly acclaimed three-hour Japanese drama "Drive My Car."

One thing producers have promised: the night's final award will exist finest picture. Last year's show concluded awkwardly accompanied by the unexpected awarding of finest performer to a not-present Anthony Hopkins.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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