Five things to watch at this year´s Oscars bash

Here are a few predictions on what Kimmel will probably do for Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

Clean sweep for ´La La Land´? The whimsical musical romance is favored to win the most coveted best picture prize, beating out fellow frontrunners "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea", as well as six other nominees. This could be the most political Academy Awards since the Vietnam War.

Should 32-year-old Damien Chazelle walk away with a statuette, he would be the youngest director ever to win an Oscar. "Place your bets Michael Moore lists plan to "make Trump toast" Puerto Rico towards equality as the first Hispanic state MORE", "Donald", "Trump", or "president" at the ceremony set for Sunday in Los Angeles is pegged at two-and-a-half.

To add to the atmosphere, guests are encouraged to don their best Tinseltown attire; Sue Richardson, the State Theatre's executive director, said people "really do dress up, big time", for the event each year.

The film´s lead actress has also said she would snub the event, even though the travel order is now on ice.

The Oscars are always an exciting night, with some nominees dancing in the clouds a la La La Land and others left a teary mess like they just watched Manchester by the Sea.

There's a fair chance a British actor will walk away from Sunday evening with a golden statuette.

Streep: another win on the cards?

This year Denzel Washington ("Fences") and Ruth Negga ("Loving") received Best Acting in a Lead Role nominations while Mahershala Ali ("Moonlight"), Dev Patel ("Lion"), Naomie Harris ("Moonlight"), Viola Davis ("Fences") and Octavia Spencer ("Hidden Figures") received nods in the supporting category.

It has been a landmark year for diversity at the Oscars with African-American actors nominated in all the top categories.

Ms Stone, who has dominated the awards season, is expected to bag her first statuette despite late momentum for France's Golden Globe victor Isabelle Huppert, nominated for rape-revenge thriller "Elle". She would later win an Emmy for her role as Dorothy Dandridge (who was the first black person to be nominated for Best Actress) in an HBO movie.

Otherwise, Kimmel will be joking about movies that many people haven't seen. I didn't like Fences because they just filmed the play - I wanted to see the guy go into the jazz club and play his music, the girl who's having his baby, his kid on the football field.

  • Salvatore Jensen