Oscars 2018: Show underway as Kimmel addresses #MeToo movement, last year's gaffe

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Also representing New Zealand in Hollywood is Weta Digital, which has received two nominations for best visual effects for its work on War for the Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

This is the 90th Academy Awards, so you can expect the ceremony to be full of history and nostalgia. Nominated for Best Picture, the Christopher Nolan- directed drama clinched 525.6 million dollars worldwide on a 100 million dollar Budget movie which is double the total of the next highest grossing movie, Get Out. In comparison, 2016 only had 305 eligible films. In 2016, there were 48 statuettes given to winners. And so, the show was moved to March 2018. Oscar nominees, take note! And then we'll be going into the crowd and pulling Oscars from people. But you gain the critical edge in your pool when you know who will win the animated short film Oscar ("Dear Basketball", in this case). Kimmel and the show's producers have even made light of the "Envelopegate" disaster from previous year.

A group of over 7,000 voters are responsible for picking the Oscars 2018 winners.

So far, "Shape" has earned the Critics' Choice Award for Best Picture and the Best Theatrical Motion Picture Award from the Producers Guild of America. The number of active voting members as of December 21, 2017 was 7,258.

Don't be alarmed if you hear glass ceilings shattering at this year's Oscars, with numerous breakthroughs to cheer among the nominees.

There are several firsts in this years award show.

The Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center is now home to the Oscars, but that wasn't always the case. Many predictions for the Oscar winners stem from an overwhelming sense that whatever film dominates previous awards shows (the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, etc.) will more than likely be the victor, though this isn't always the case.

So the contest will be tough but be assured that the best grossing movie will always stand the chance of carting away with the Oscars to hold at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles California at evening 5pm PST. Kimmel hosted a year ago when an envelope mix-up initially (and mistakenly) resulted in "La La Land" being named the best picture victor over "Moonlight" at the 89th Academy Awards. Hope hosted the program a record-breaking 19 times. E! will also be hosting their special, Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2018 Academy Awards followed by Live From the Red Carpet: 2018 Oscars, starting at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

"The Oscar Experience", Circle Cinema's annual Academy Awards party on the big screen, will feature a red carpet, photo ops, food and drinks, Oscar ballots and prize giveaways, with host Erin Christy leading the festivities, beginning with red-carpet introduction at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 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. His other five nods were for original song. All award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 4. Stay tuned to International Business Times for live up-to-the-minute coverage.

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