I don't think we'll go sixty seconds into Chris Rock's opening monologue without a mention of #OscarsSoWhite, do you? And take a drink anytime someone disses Donald Trump.
Some actors and filmmakers are boycotting the show in response to its repeated failure to recognize the work of non-white artists, but you should still expect most of the nominees to drag themselves out to the Kodak Theatre to be feted by their peers. Chris Rock is hosting, and there will be performances from Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and — why not? — Dave Grohl. And who would want to miss Leonardo DiCaprio (probably) winning his first Oscar? Finally, that bear fight will pay off.
The show starts at 7PM ET / 4PM PT and is airing on ABC
Oscars open thread below....
UPDATE: John Amato
Outside of the controversy, this was a great year in films.
All the Best Picture nominees were great, but Straight out of Compton should have been nominated too. Spotlight is my choice, but Room or Mad Max would be worthy winners as well.
The Revenant was overrated in my opinion. "The bear" was amazing, but the story was kind of monotonous. DiCaprio wins the Oscar just because he endured the elements, but Fassbender should win.
All the actresses were truly amazing, but I'm picking Brie Larson.
I love Tom Hardy, but he mumbled through most of his scenes so I think Sly Stallone wins. Mark Rylance and Christian Bale were very good too.
Jennifer Jason Leigh made the most out of almost no dialogue, but I think this is Alicia Vikander's year. Oh, and Kate WInslet was unrecognizable in Jobs.
I'm rooting for George Miller to win the Best Director Oscar.