Everything You Need To Know About The Oscars 2019

By GQ Staff
24 February 2019
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For the greater part of the year, all anyone can talk about is the Oscars. "Oscar buzz" is the phrase tossed around to describe any performance that is memorable, or any script that is good. And when the new year rolls around, Hollywood becomes a pressure-cooker for the talents in film that deserve to be recognised, but often fall-short.

Celebrating the films, actors, directors, costume designers, script writers and numerous other talents that go into the film-making process, the Annual Awards ceremony is the biggest  - and most stylish - night in the Hollywood calendar. 

That said, the 2019 ceremony hasn't been without its controversy when it comes to naming a host for the proceedings and recent announcements that sought to broadcast only a small portion of the awards speeches, consequently ignoring those categories the Academy deemed to be "less important."

It can be hard to keep track of everything, but with the awards ceremony just around the corner, we've rounded up all the information you need to know.

When are the Oscars?

The 2019 Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on February 24, 2019. The event will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, the same location it has been hosted at since 2002.

Who is performing?

Queen will perform at the Academy Awards in a move that comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the band and its late singer, Freddie Mercury.

The band now performs under the name Queen + Adam Lambert, with two of the four original members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, fronted by former “American Idol” star Adam Lambert, who has won critical applause in his role as the group’s frontman over the past few years.

The addition of Queen + Lambert does have the effect of loading more music into a show that had been trying to rid itself of too much of it. The Academy recently relented and acceded to a popular outcry in allowing performances of all five best original song nominees on the telecast, after word slipped out that they’d planned to only include Lady Gaga’s and Kendric Lamar’s numbers.

However, Variety has since revealed that Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not perform their single "All the Stars," making it the only Best Original song nominee that won't be performed.

Despite the Academy's efforts to secure Kendrick Lamar and SZA for a performance of the Oscar-nominated song from Black Panther, the duo won't take part. The reason, according to a source close to the situation, is logistics and timing. Lamar was notably absent from the Grammys this year, too.

All four other nominated songs will be performed: "When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, "The Palace Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns, "I'll Fight" from RBG, and "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.

Who will be presenting?

Breaking from tradition, the 2019 Oscars will not have a host, but instead see multiple presenters take to the stage throughout the course of the evening.

Instead of enlisting the help of the previous year’s winners alone, the Academy asked the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tessa Thompson, Charlize Theron, Brie Larson, Whoopi Goldberg, Maya Rudolph, and many more to take to the stage to introduce the ceremony’s various segments and present the evening’s winners with their trophies.

Who will host the Oscars?

Comedian Kevin Hart was originally touted to be the host for the ceremony, but stepped down after homophobic tweets of his surfaced following the announcement. Hard refused to apologise for the tweets, but it was only until the Academy gave him an ultimatum of apologising or stepping down that he did both.

Dwayne Johnson revealed he was the Academy’s first choice but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Both the 2017 and 2018 Oscars were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and whilst many suspected the comedian and talk-show host to be the fall-back option for the Academy post Kevin Hart, they instead opted to go without a host. According to multiple sources, various celebrities as opposed to one single individual will introduce each segment.

Which actor has won the most Oscars?

Katherine Hepburn leads the charge when it comes to most Oscars won. The actress won four Oscars and was nominated 12 times, with wins for Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. Not surprisingly, Meryl Streep comes in at second. Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times.

When it comes to leading men, Jack Nicholson is a three-time Academy Award winner (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, As Good as it Gets, Terms of Endearment), with Daniel Day-Lewis coming in second with three wins for Me Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown, There Will Be Blood, and Lincoln, and five nominations to his name.

Who won the Oscars 2018?

Best picture for the 2018 Oscars went to The Shape of Water, beating out other favourites like Get Out, Phantom Thread, Dunkirk and Call Me By Your Name. Gary Oldman won the best actor award for his role in Darkest Hour, while Frances McDormand won for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Who are the 2019 Oscar nominees?

The nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards, which are set to honour the accomplishments of actors and films from 2018, were announced on January 22, 2019. While the likes of Lady Gaga, Olivia Coleman and Emma Stone are in the running for an Oscar, this year’s most surprising snubs include Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Timothée Chalamet.

See the full list of nominations, here.

Via GQ Australia