Oscars 2019 Preview: Academy Awards Date, Host & Nominations

By: Dave Taylor | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 11:53 AM, Feb 22, 2019 Updated: 11:55 AM, Feb 22, 2019

The Oscars are this Sunday, February 24, on ABC. Here’s everything you need to know before you watch, including all the major nominations and that hosting situation…


1. Who’s Hosting the 2019 Oscars?

The first thing to know before watching the 91st annual Academy Awards this Sunday night on ABC? For the first time in 30 years, there won’t be a host! Since Kevin Hart stepped down from the host spot in December, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is having performances, skits and presenters lead the show rather than an emcee. This kinda makes sense. As Saturday Night Live pointed out, the host doesn’t always get a lot out of the deal.


2. Most Oscar-Nominated Movies

The second thing you need to know: the movies with the most nominations! The Favorite and Roma have 10 nominations each, followed by A Star is Born and Vice with eight each.


3. Best Actress Nominations

At number three? The stand-out female nominees. There’s a record number of women nominated this year, including Lady Gaga who’s known for her pipes but apparently has some awesome acting chops, too!  She’s up for Best Actress and Best Original Song for A Star is Born. And the star of Roma, Yalitza Aparicio, is nominated for Best Actress in her first-ever acting job!  What a natural.


4. Best Picture & Director Nominations

And continuing to highlight the growing minority influence in Hollywood is at number four. Not only is Black Panther the highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time – it’s is also the first ever superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. And with his first directing nomination, Spike Lee could become the first black director to win the Best Director award for his work on BlacKkKlansman. Woot woot!


Now you’re all ready to watch the Oscars!


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