Oscars 2017: The politics of dancing around the hard truths

But, hey, "La La Land" is going to win at the Oscars, and it's going to win big.

And if you stick with it, the grand finale will be the reunion of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to mark 50 years since the release of their classic Bonnie & Clyde.

The Oscars are finally upon us and the dream onscreen couple who wowed us with their chemistry in the musical La La Land - Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have descended the red carpet.

Expecting plenty of political commentary at Sunday's Academy Awards, as Hollywood seems obsessed and upset about Donald Trump being the President of the United States.

Streep's red carpet selection came under fire leading up to the Oscars, after Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, put the actress on blast after her team allegedly scrapped plans to wear a couture number from the French fashion house.

Moonlight's win does reflect what we discussed for a while now, that on a preferential ballot a movie like that has a better chance than a film that divides audiences. In other words, Hidden Figures, Fences, Hell or High Water, Hacksaw Ridge - those votes tended to go to Moonlight over La La Land.

He welcomed his first child Bari Najma on February 22 and thanked his wife Amatus Sami-Karim saying: "My wife was in her third trimester doing awards seasons, we just had a daughter four days ago". Moonlight, you guys won best picture. While Casey Affleck was voted for best actor, Emma Stone garnered almost half of the votes for best actress.

Would you believe it - could you believe it - if I told you Karl Lagerfeld has incited a war with the majesty our queen, Meryl Streep?

Many elements of film are explored and evaluated by the Academy, with longstanding awards given for best score, makeup, special effects and costumes, in addition to awards for directors, actors and actresses.

However, Meryl has since hit back against his comments, revealing the accusations ruined her Oscars experience. Yet who remembers that year's Best Picture victor, Cavalcade?

Commenting on the market, Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis stated that La La Land was "red hot favourite in almost all the Oscar 2017 markets, it remains to be seen whether Damien Chazelle can rewrite the Academy's history books". In this first installment of our By the Numbers feature, we'll be taking a deeper dive into the past 25 years of the Oscars (few will be expecting your hot takes on How Green Was My Valley, and we wanted to keep things at least a little simpler). A representative read a statement to a rousing round of applause from the non-attending filmmaker after his film won the award.

Best Supporting ActressViola Davis is widely predicted to take home this award for her role as Rose Lee Maxson in Fences.

  • Salvatore Jensen