The announcements of all 24 categories will come in two parts, with the first starting at 8:18 a.m. ET/5:18 a.m. PT. The first categories to be announced (though not necessarily in this order) are: Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
At 8:30:30 a.m. ET/5:30:30 a.m. PT, the second batch — Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Screenplay — will be announced.
In addition to the livestream, the Oscar announcements will be aired simultaneously on “Good Morning America” on ABC.
Among the films expected to lead the field are Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” either of which could land Netflix their first Best Picture Oscar after “Roma” failed to do so last year despite winning three other Oscars.
And a year after Marvel’s “Black Panther” became the first comic book movie to get a Best Picture nomination, DC could bring the second with Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” which heads into Oscar season with the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival and the distinction of being the first R-rated film to gross over $1 billion at the box office. Joaquin Phoenix, who plays the Gotham City villain, is expected to be the odds-on favorite to win Best Actor.
Sam Mendes’ “1917,” fresh off a surprise Golden Globe victory and a No. 1 box office opening, will hope to keep riding its late surge to a big Oscar Sunday. With critical acclaim for its technical mastery — particularly for Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins — the WWI film could end up having the most nominations of any film.
Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” is also expected to yield multiple Oscar nominations for its screenplay and cast, though it remains to be seen whether Gerwig will earn a Best Director nomination or if the field will remain all male as Hollywood gender parity advocates have feared.
Quentin Tarantino is also back with his acclaimed “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” which is expected to land him his fourth Best Picture nomination and acting nominations for stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Tarantino has won two Oscars for his screenplays for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained,” but has never won Best Picture or Best Director.
Finally, there’s the arthouse champion, “Parasite,” which has turned director Bong Joon-ho into a globally-known filmmaker and the movie itself into the first Korean film to win the Palme D’Or last year. The socially conscious thriller is seen as a lock to win the freshly renamed Best International Film category, but with its acclaim and crossover success, it also has a chance to become the first non-English film to win Best Picture.
Other outside contenders that could surprise today are Taika Waititi’s self-described anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit,” James Mangold’s racing biopic “Ford v Ferrari” and Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out.” Acting contenders that could take a nomination include Taron Egerton’s turn as Elton John in “Rocketman,” Charlize Theron’s take on Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell,” Antonio Banderas’ Spanish-speaking performance in “Pain and Glory,” Lupita Nyong’o’s double duty performance as horror heroine and villain in “Us,” and Awkwafina’s dramatic turn in “The Farewell.”