Oscar predictions 2017: Who will win best actress, best picture and more?

The Hollywood awards season reaches its glittering climax at the Oscars on Sunday with "La La Land", a starry-eyed love letter to the glamour of Old Hollywood, tipped for glory.

No matter what movie wins Best Picture each year, there will always be disagreements among filmmakers, critics and audiences as to which film truly deserved the top honor from the Academy Awards. The record for the biggest sweep was set in 2004, when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was nominated for and won 11 Oscars.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC, after the network extended its contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences through 2020.

In previous years, the awards have overlooked films of a more political nature or social relevance, like the Martin Luther King drama Selma and Carol with Cate Blanchett, in favour of the artist, Argo and Birdman movies that speak specifically about the film industry. That aside, La La Land is expected to take home several of the 14 awards its nominated for, with Fences and Jackie expected to receive nods.

The question of the evening isn't so much whether Damien Chazelle's musical love letter to cinema will take home Best Picture, but how much hardware it'll take with it? The more recent list can be found here. Just about everything in "Moonlight" - the moody visuals, the sensitive performances, the evocative soundtrack - points back to Jenkins' personal vision. The last award in this category was presented in 1984 for "Purple Rain".

Surprise, stunner, upset - those are three words you probably won't hear much at this year's Oscars.

Former Academy Award's telecast host Ellen DeGeneres best put what's wrong with the telecast in 2014 when she said, "Anything could happen tonight!"

This is the 16th year the Oscars will be held in the Dolby Theater (previously named the Kodak Theater).

This year's nominees reflected a push by the Academy to reward diversity after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of the past two years that prompted calls for a boycott of the annual bash. The movement was started by Spike Lee and echoed by actors such as Jada Pinkett Smith.

The Academy is made up of 6,000 members separated into 16 branches. Currently, the AMPAS consists of predominantly white men over the age of 50.

Additionally, this year, there are multiple racially diverse nominations.

If you want some music with your Oscars, the best original song nominees will be performed by, respectively, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli'i Cravalho, who will sing "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana"; Sting, who performs "The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story"; Justin Timberlake, who'll sing "Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls"; and John Legend, who will perform both "La La Land" nominated songs, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars".

  • Salvatore Jensen