91st Academy Awards

The 91st Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2018. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States by American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, with Weiss also serving as director. It will be the first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, to be conducted with no host.

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91st Academy Awards
Official poster
DateFebruary 24, 2019
Site
Directed byGlenn Weiss
Highlights
Most nominationsThe Favourite and Roma (10)
TV in the United States
NetworkABC

The 91st Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2018. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States by American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, with Weiss also serving as director.[1] It will be the first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, to be conducted with no host.

In related events, the Academy held its 10th Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 18, 2018.[2]

Schedule

Date[3] Event
Sunday, February 24, 2019 91st Annual Academy Awards presentation

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on January 22, 2019, at 5:20 a.m. PST (13:20 UTC), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by actors Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross.[4][5]

Awards

Governors Awards

The Academy held its 10th annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 18, 2018, where the following awards were presented:[6]

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Films with multiple nominations

Presenters and performers

AMPAS has announced that the following individuals will present awards or perform musical numbers:[12][13][14][15][16][17][18]

Presenters

Performers

Name(s)RoleTo perform
Queen + Adam LambertPerformersTBA
Jennifer HudsonPerformer"I'll Fight" from RBG
Bette MidlerPerformer"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
Bradley Cooper
Lady Gaga
Performers"Shallow" from A Star Is Born
David Rawlings
Gillian Welch
Performers"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Gustavo Dudamel
Los Angeles Philharmonic
PerformersDuring the annual In Memoriam tribute

Ceremony details and controversies

Due to the last two ceremonies's mixed receptions and declining ratings, producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd declined to helm the 2019 awards, and were replaced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss.[19][20] Further controversies around the ceremonies have also occurred.

On August 8, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the creation of a brand new category, Best Popular Film, to reward the best popular films of the year.[21] The category was met with exceedingly negative reception. The following month, the Academy announced that the category will be delayed to "examine and seek additional input regarding the new category".[22]

Host selection

On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Kevin Hart would host the ceremony.[23] Hart expressed that it was truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host the Academy Awards, commenting, "For years I have been asked if I would ever host the Oscars and my answer was always the same... I said that it would be the opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it will happen when it's supposed to. I am so happy to say that the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars. I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time.... To be able to join the legendary list of hosts that have graced that stage is unbelievable."[24] A controversy emerged when past jokes and comments made by Hart were found to contain anti-gay slurs and language; Hart withdrew from hosting duties on December 6, saying he did not want to be a "distraction" to the ceremony.[25][26] Previous Oscar hosts such as Seth MacFarlane, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Rock, and Jimmy Kimmel expressed no interest in hosting the show.[27]

On January 9, 2019, it was reported that the Academy planned to hold the ceremony without a host, instead having selected presenters introduce segments and awards; it is set to be the first ceremony without a designated host since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.[28]

Proposed exclusion of Best Original Song performances

In order to shorten the ceremony broadcast, it was reported on January 25, 2019 that only two ("All the Stars" and "Shallow") of the five songs nominated for Best Original Song would be performed live.[29] The decision received backlash from audiences and industry musicians, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and members of the music branch.[30] Six days later, the Academy announced that all five song nominees would be performed,[31] though it was ultimately reported that one of the songs, "All the Stars", would not be performed.[32]

Proposed presentation of awards during commercial breaks

In another attempt to shorten the broadcast, the Academy stated on February 11, 2019 that awards in four categories—Best Cinematography, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Film Editing, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling—would be presented during commercial breaks. They said that these presentations would be streamed so viewers could watch them live online, and that the winners' acceptance speeches would be replayed later in the broadcast. The decision received extensive backlash from audiences, and from filmmakers including Guillermo del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Damien Chazelle, Spike Lee and Alfonso Cuarón (the latter of whom is nominated in one of the aforementioned categories).[33][34] Four days later, the Academy reversed the decision and announced that all 24 categories would be presented live.[35]

Box office performance of nominated films

North American box office gross for Best Picture nominees[36]
Film Pre-nomination
(before Jan. 22)
Post-nomination
(Jan. 22 – Feb. 24)
Post-awards
(after Feb. 24)
Total
Black Panther $700.1 million $700.1 million
Bohemian Rhapsody $202.5 million $9.4 million $211.9 million
A Star Is Born $204.8 million $5 million $209.8 million
Green Book $42.5 million $23.3 million $65.8 million
BlacKkKlansman $48.5 million $217,855 $48.7 million
Vice $39.5 million $6.5 million $46.1 million
The Favourite $23 million $8.1 million $31.1 million
Roma N/A[lower-alpha 1]
Total $1.278 billion $52.6 million $1.313 billion
Average $157.6 million $7.5 million $187.6 million

At the time of the nominations announcement on January 22, 2019, the combined North American box office gross of seven of the eight[lower-alpha 1] Best Picture nominees was $1.261 billion, the highest total for Best Picture nominees since the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.[37][38] The average per-film gross was $157 million, although only three films (Black Panther, A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody) had actually made over $50 million before the announcement.

Thirty-two nominations went to 12 of the year's 50 top-grossing movies. Of those, only 7 films, Black Panther (1st), Incredibles 2 (3rd), Bohemian Rhapsody (12th), A Star Is Born (13th), Ralph Breaks the Internet (14th), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (18th) and Green Book (46th) were nominated for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature or any of the directing, acting or screenwriting awards. The other top 50 box-office hits that earned nominations were Avengers: Infinity War (1st), Solo: A Star Wars Story (10th), A Quiet Place (15th), Mary Poppins Returns (19th), Ready Player One (24th), and Christopher Robin (34th).

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Notes

  1. 1 2 Netflix, which distributed Roma, does not publicly release information on the financial performance of its films.

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