Ariana DeBose stars as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s new ‘West Side Story’ movie.
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LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s biggest night is Sunday, and there could be a lot of stories.
With the diversity of this year’s Oscar nominees, audiences are likely to see a number of milestones set. The academy is often criticized for its lack of diversity in its appointments. 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 eight awards to be announced before airing relate to Live Action Shorts, Animated Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Editing, Score, Hair and Makeup, Sound and Design the production.
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.
Ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, Steven Spielberg has already become the first director to be nominated in six decades, earning nods for “Encounters of the Third Kind” in the ’70s, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and ” AND the extra-terrestrial”. in the 80s, “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” in the 90s, “Munich” in the 2000s, “Lincoln” in the 10s and now “West Side Story”.
Kenneth Branagh also made history in last month’s nominations, having earned seven nominations in seven different categories throughout his career. His film “Belfast” earned him a nomination for Best Director as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.
Additionally, Lin-Manuel Miranda could become the 17th person to complete an “EGOT” sweep — winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards — if he takes home the trophy for Best Original Song. Miranda has already won two Emmys, three Grammys and three Tony Awards.
Here’s a look at the seven milestones that could be achieved in Sunday’s ceremony:
First streaming service to win Best Picture
Benedict Cumberbatch stars in “The Power of the Dog” on Netflix.
While many predict “Power of the Dog” will win Best Picture, if Spielberg’s “West Side Story” wins the award, it will be the first remake of a previous Best Picture winner to win the award.
The 1961 adaptation of “West Side Story” by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins won the trophy 60 years earlier.
Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” based on the Hong Kong thriller “Infernal Affairs,” and 1959’s “Ben-Hur,” following the 1925 silent epic, are the only remakes to win Best Picture.
Additionally, if “West Side Story” wins, it will be the first musical to win the top prize since 2003, when “Chicago” won Best Picture.
If Ariana DeBose wins Best Supporting Actress on Sunday, as many speculate, she will become the first queer woman of color to win an Oscar for acting.
She would also be the second Latina to win, after co-star Rita Moreno, who won for the same role in the 1961 version of “West Side Story.”
There have only been two other instances in Academy history where actors have won Oscars for playing the same character. Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won awards for portraying Don Vito Corleone, and Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix both won for their portrayal of The Joker.
The race for lead actresses has been tight this awards season. Jessica Chastain, nominated for her starring role in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” is the only one of five nominees to have won more than one statuette in a televised ceremony. One was a Critics Choice award and the other was a SAG award.
Penelope Cruz, nominated for “Parallel Mothers”, is also a serious candidate. However, if Kristen Stewart wins for her role as Princess Diana in “Spencer,” she’ll be the first Best Actress Oscar winner who wasn’t nominated for a BAFTA or SAG award.
Only two actors have made it, and in supporting roles: Marcia Gay Harden for 2001’s “Pollock” and Regina King for 2018’s “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
Kristen Stewart stars as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’.
If Dame Judi Dench wins Best Supporting Actress, she will be the oldest Oscar winner. She was nominated for her role in Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Belfast’.
The current record holder is Anthony Hopkins, who won the 2021 Best Actor award for his role in “The Father.” He was 83 years old. Dench has 87.
The Best Supporting Actor category is a tight race ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. Ciaran Hinds (“Belfast”), Troy Kotsur (“CODA”) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Power of the Dog”) seem to be the three favorites.
If Kotsur wins the award, he will be the first deaf actor to win an Oscar and the second deaf person to win the trophy in any acting category. His co-star, Marlee Matlin, won for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987.
If Smit-McPhee wins, he will be the second-youngest actor to win the award. Timothy Hutton won Best Supporting Actor in 1980 at the age of 18 for “Ordinary People.” Smit-McPhee is 25 years old.
Jane Campion is already the first woman to be nominated twice in the directing category, but has a shot at being the first woman to win Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
She won Best Original Screenplay for ‘The Piano’ in 1994 and could be the first woman to win in both screenplay categories if she wins the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy on Sunday.
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