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What to Expect for the 96th Oscars’ “Big Five” Awards

What to Expect for the 96th Oscars’ “Big Five” Awards

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If you’ve caught up on the BAFTA, SAG and Golden Globe awards, you might be strapped and prepared for the winners of this year’s 96th Oscars. For those who haven’t caught up on this year’s awards season- fear not, as the Oscar’s will sum it all up this Sunday.

Even better- we’ve got you covered on the quick rundown of the Oscar’s “Big five” category predictions, so you’ll know whose in line to win for best actor, actress, director, film and screenplay. We’ll also give you a peek at some of the exciting presenters this year!

Oscar’s Presenters

Hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, the 96th Oscars will also feature a diverse array of celebrity presenters such as Mahershala Ali, Ariana Grande, Ryan Gosling and Lupita Nyong’o. Classic film icons such as Rita Moreno, Steven Spielberg and Al Pacino will take some spotlight as well. You can view more presenters here.

Many are also excited for Gosling’s expected performance of his comedic “I’m Just Ken” number from Barbie, which also won a BAFTA award, leaving many confused due to it’s frivolous nature. Still, we’re excited to see Gosling harness his inner Barbie live this weekend.

Best Actress/Actor

The winner for best actor seems to be pretty straightforward, with Oppenheimer lead Cillian Murphy claiming the title during the SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globe awards. This year seems to be THE year for the actor, who added major awards to his list of accolades. He’ll be competing against Paul Giamatti, Bradley Cooper, Colman Domingo and Jeffrey Wright.

Actor Cillian Murphy, Oscar nominee, poses with SAG awards
Oppenheimer lead Cillian Murphy looked dapper posing with his top prizes at the SAG awards. This year marks the actor’s first SAG and BAFTA wins, and perhaps an Oscars as well.

Killers of the Flower Moon actress Lily Gladstone, whose made waves for being the first Indigenous winner of a SAG and Golden Globe Award in the best/outstanding actress category, is also the first Indigenous actor from the U.S. to be nominated for an Oscar. Alongside her, actresses Emma Stone, Annette Bening, Sandra Huller and Carey Mulligan have been nominated, with Stone being her primary competition.

Actress Lily Gladstone, Oscar Nominee, gives an acceptance speech at the SAG awards
Actress Lily Gladstone has been making huge waves this year as one of the few Indigenous actors to formally be recognized by various awards academies. She is now the first Indigenous actress to win a SAG award- let’s see if she will make the same history at the Oscars.

Gladstone was snubbed without a nomination at the BAFTAs, with the best actress award going to Stone for Poor Things. The Oscar for best actress remains up for grabs, though Gladstone certainly has a very strong chance of taking home the win and we’re rooting for her!

Best Film and Director

Once again, this will most likely go to Christopher Nolan and his war biopic, Oppenheimer, both of which snagged best film and director at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes. The cast of Oppenheimer took home the top prize at the SAG awards for best cast ensemble as well.

The cast of Oppenheimer, Oscar nominee, pose with their SAG awards
The cast of Oppenheimer truly outdid themselves during the SAG awards with wins for best actor and supporting actor as well as a nomination for supporting actress from actress Emily Blunt. They will be a force to be reckoned with at the Oscars.

Nolan has a pretty impressive track record when it comes to the Oscars as well, having been nominated in 2018 for best film and director for his WW2 film Dunkirk, which won Oscars for sound and film editing instead.

Killers of the Flower Moon is one of Oppenheimer‘s competitors for best film and director (Martin Scorsese), though it will most likely take home awards in the other eight Oscar categories it has been nominated for. Now that’s some talent.

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Best Screenplay

Though a bit more obscure than the other four categories, the Oscar for best screenplay marks the fifth and final list of its “Big Five” awards. Neither Oppenheimer nor Killers of the Flower Moon were nominated, but Anatomy of a Fall,The Holdovers, Maestro, May December and Past Lives were.

Anatomy of a Fall won in this category during both the BAFTA and Golden Globes, but word on the street is that May December is also a strong contender. Anatomy of a Fall follows a chilling murder-mystery, while May December tells the unsettling story of an illegal age-gap relationship loosely based off of the real-life court case of Mary Kay Letourneau.

Aside from the shiny trophies and long acceptance speeches, we also hope to see some gorgeous looks on the red carpet. We’ve already covered some jaw-dropping looks from the SAG awards, so let’s see if the Oscars turns up the heat even more!

Official press release photo of Jimmy Kimmel hosting the Oscar's awards
The iconic Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting this year’s Oscars, so make sure you tune in for some laughs!

You can watch this year’s Oscars this Sunday at 7PM ET on ABC.

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