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Your guide to the 2019 Oscars: Here’s everything you need to know before tonight’s show

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out their annual awards during the 91st Oscars ceremony tonight and we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know before the biggest show in Hollywood, including where to watch, who is nominated, who will be presenting, who will be performing, and more.

Where can I watch the Oscars?

The 91st Oscars will take place tonight at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will air live on the ABC Television Network starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. You can also stream the live broadcast online on ABC.com and the ABC app by logging in with your TV provider account.

Who will be hosting the Oscars?

The 91st Oscars will be the first Oscars to go without a host since 1989. Kevin Hart, who was originally slated to host, stepped down from the role after his past homophobic tweets, which he initially refused to apologize for, resurfaced on social media, creating a wave of controversy and backlash.

Who is nominated for an Oscar?

Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice are among the eight nominees for Best Picture, while Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuarón, and Adam McKay are up for Best Director.

Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Willem Dafoe, Rami Malek, and Viggo Mortensen are nominated in the Best Actor category, and Mahershala Ali, Adam Driver, Sam Elliott, Richard E. Grant, and Sam Rockwell are all nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

For Best Actress, Glenn Close is nominated along with Lady Gaga, Yalitz Aparicio, Olivia Colman, and Melissa McCarthy, while Regina King, Amy Adams, Marina de Tavira, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz are all nominated together in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Who will be presenting the awards?

Chris Evans, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Jason Momoa, Sarah Paulson, Paul Rudd, Laura Dern, John Mulaney, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, KiKi Layne, Tessa Thompson, Tina Fey, Brie Larson, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Elsie Fisher, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Tyree Henry, and Charlize Theron are among those who will be presenting tonight.

Who will be performing at the Oscars?

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will perform “Shallow” from A Star Is Born; Jennifer Hudson will perform “I’ll Fight” from RBG; Bette Midler will perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns; Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; and Queen and Adam Lambert, who have not yet announced what they will be performing.

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John David Washington lands lead role in Christopher Nolan’s secretive next film

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Let the hype begin: Variety is reporting that Oscar-nominated BlacKkKlansman star John David Washington has been tapped to star in Christopher Nolan’s secretive new film, with production on the project expected to get underway in the coming months.

According to the story, “Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020,” but, as you can imagine, with this being a Nolan film and all, plot details are being kept very tightly under wraps at the moment.

What we do know is that the film is being described “as a massive, innovative action blockbuster,” which puts to rest those rumors we heard in recent weeks about it being some romantic thriller of sorts. Oh, and did we mention this thing is going to be shown in IMAX? Because this thing is going to be shown in IMAX.

As for Washington’s role, well, we don’t really know much about that either, but Variety does mention that “the gig has become one of the more highly coveted in town,” which makes me so very happy for John David Washington. The dude absolutely killed it in BlacKkKlansman and deserves this opportunity 100%.

That’s all we have for you right now regarding Nolan’s latest, but be sure to stay tuned for any future developments that might come across our desk. You definitely don’t want to be in the dark when it comes to this one.

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Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox will become effective at midnight tonight

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It’s officially official: The Walt Disney Company announced today that their massive $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox will become effective at 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time tomorrow, March 20, 2019.

Disney’s acquisition of the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios has all of the comic book fanboys giddy about the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool finally being under Marvel control because now they’ll get all of those crossovers they’ve been waiting so desperately for in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What the fanboys fail to see, however, is that this acquisition brings us one step closer to a media monopoly and will come at the expense of thousands and thousands of jobs being lost. Actually, more than 4,000 to be exact, according to THR.

“It’s harder to predict potential layoffs within the Fox film studio itself, which has about 3,200 employees, but cuts are expected to be especially deep, particularly in overlapping divisions such as marketing, distribution and home entertainment,” the report says.

Media analyst Rich Greenfield thinks there will be much more than just 4,000 layoffs. “There will be bloodshed over time,” he said, estimating that there will be roughly 5,000 to 10,000 jobs lost over the course of the next few years.

Maybe I’m crazy, but I fail to see how one could possibly be excited about the X-Men or Deadpool or whoever the fuck crossing over to the MCU when you really put the human cost of this acquisition into perspective. It’s simply not worth it.

But, hey, hooray for capitalism and Marvel movies, I guess?

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The first full-length trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ reveals the adventures of Woody and Forky

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If you had told me a couple years ago that a fourth Toy Story movie following the adventures of a Woody stuck in an existential crisis and a depressed, suicidal spork was coming out, I probably would’ve laughed in your face. Wait, no. I definitely would’ve laughed in your face!

However, as evidenced by the first full-length trailer for Toy Story 4, that’s exactly the case here, and I can’t believe just how fucking weird and emotional this thing looks. Like, Toy Story 3 was already weird and emotional enough with the whole “toys making peace with death” trope. I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle whatever the hell Pixar has in store with this sequel.

Toy Story 4 seems to pick up shortly after the events of the previous film follows the gang (including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale) as they embark on a road trip adventure with Bonnie and her family. However, things take a turn for the worst when Woody and Forky end up on an unexpected detour, leading them down a shocking path of surprises.

Look, I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not excited for Toy Story 4, because I am, but I also can’t help but continue to question the necessity for this sequel, especially when it seems to be recycling the same narrative arcs from both the second and third films. Plus, we can all pretty much agree that Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect ending to this trilogy, right?

I guess we’ll find out if Toy Story 4 can do the rest of the trilogy justice when it opens in theaters on June 21.

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