Workers place Oscar statues along the red carpet as preparations for the Oscars continue in Los Angeles, California, March 24, 2022.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hopes moviegoers will unite and spark a ratings boost for the 94th Academy Awards.
With the diversity of nominees for this year’s Oscars, audiences are likely to see a number of milestones set, including the first queer black woman to win an acting award and a streaming service taking home the Best Picture trophy.
The academy has often been criticized for its lack of diversity in its nominations, but in recent years nominees have celebrated inclusivity. And while there are clear favorites heading into the 94th Annual Academy Awards, there’s still room for underdogs to be surprised in several categories.
There is also a lot of controversy. This year, the show has come under fire for its decision to hand out awards before the live broadcast begins and then incorporate those winners into the show later.
The trio of Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes will perform hosting duties at Sunday’s ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. For the past three years, the show has not had a host.
The live stream begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.