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'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards' promise to bring Oscar night drama

'Shape of Water,' 'Three Billboards' promise to bring Oscar night drama

In the end, the 90th Academy Awards might find itself on a familiar collision course where it would try to balance what films were and what they yearn to be, but for a change, it could also seamlessly compliment the present without much effort.

The 90th annual telecast of the Academy Awards airs live on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on CTV.

The Academy, which is made up of various members of the filmmaking industry, is responsible for voting for each year's nominees and winners.

Guillermo del Toro is tipped to take the best director prize for his otherworldly romance The Shape of Water, starring British actress Sally Hawkins as a mute janitor who falls in love with an amphibious man. I just think good sense will prevail and Dafoe will win his first Oscar.

Who will win: This category is made a little easier to predict as "Get Out" picked up the Best Original Screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America.

Others nominees include Get Out, the horror film starring Skins' actor Daniel Kaluuya, and Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk.

1953 - The Oscars are televised for the first time. Last year, Washington also was the public's Best Actor favorite for Fences, when Casey Affleck won for Manchester by the Sea.

3,300 - Seating capacity of the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night - there's a lot of luvvies in that room.

It wasn't amusing at the time when the incorrect envelope was handed to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for 2017's best picture award. Just under 33 million watched a year ago when Moonlight took top honors.

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney are also heavy favorites for their supporting roles - Rockwell as a police officer in "Three Billboards" and Janney as figure skater Tonya Harding's abusive mother in "I, Tonya". "Octavia Spencer, an Oscar victor and without a doubt a great actress, was nominated for a rather pedestrian performance in "The Shape of Water.' I would have substituted her for unknown actress Beanie Feldstein, who portrayed the world's BFF in the movie 'Lady Bird" to high praise from the critics".

21 - Meryl Streep has beaten her own record to have the most ever Oscar nominations with 21. Officials noted that Cullinan was frequently on his cell phone backstage, even snapping a photo of best-actress victor Emma Stone as she walked off stage - around the time he should have been handing the best-picture envelope to Beatty. In this year's Oscars poll, that percentage rose again - to 49%. Yes, fans who want to watch those streams will need to have a cable TV provider login.

400 - The number of dollars it costs to make a gold-plated Oscars statue.

48 - The number of statues handed out a year ago. The woman's activist group has raised over $21 million for their legal fund since it's inception.

The #MeToo and Time's Up movements - against sexual misconduct and gender inequality, respectively - have featured prominently in the awards season, inspiring many powerful speeches and turning the red carpet into a sea of symbolic black dresses at the Golden Globes and the Baftas.

Sure, the Academy would like to be on the right side of history after several years of embarrassing #OscarsSoWhite protests about the underrepresentation of people of colour in major categories.


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