The Sunday evening's Oscars – or the 90th Academy Awards – which will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre, will be the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.
While there have been widespread reports of a lack of Golden Globes-style fashion protest planned by organizers of Time’s Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment, many stars will be spotted with "Wear Orange to Prevent Gun Violence" pins from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in an effort to raise awareness of gun safety. The Oscars come just two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which saw 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed by a former student.
The #MeToo movement is also expected to have a prominent place during the ceremony thanks to a handful of milestones. For instance, Greta Gerwig, of “Lady Bird," is just the fifth woman nominated for best director. Rachel Morrison of “Mudbound” is the first woman nominated for best cinematography. Ashley Judd, the first big-name actress to go on the record with allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, is among the scheduled presenters.
As noted by the AP, "While the night’s acting categories are widely expected to go to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”), the lengthy season hasn’t produced a clear best-picture favorite."
Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable “The Shape of Water” comes in with leading 13 nominations, but many peg Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic revenge drama “Three Billboards” as the front-runner despite the film’s divisiveness among critics. And still, many aren’t counting out Jordan Peele’s horror sensation “Get Out” or Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk,” which is expected to dominate the technical categories.
The field is made up largely of modest independent film successes except for the box-office phenomenon “Get Out” ($255 million worldwide after opening on Oscar weekend 2017) and “Dunkirk” ($255 million).