Obsessed presenter, Lady Gaga’s absence and crisis committee: see what the first Oscars will be like after Will Smith slaps Chris Rock

The biggest event in world cinema takes place this Sunday, the 12th, in Los Angeles, still in the shadow of the episode that shook the film industry in 2022

Al Seib/©AMPAS/Discoverygiant Oscar statues
The Oscar ceremony will be held this Sunday at 22:00 (Brazil time) at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.

End of current award season CINEMA The World Cup takes place this Sunday, the 12th, with the ceremony of Oscar 2023. The event will be held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, United States, starting at 10:00 PM (Brazil time). In total, 23 awards and functions will be distributed Everything everywhere at the same time should grab a few – comes out as the big favorite of the night. In addition to recognizing the best films of the year, the ceremony tries to correct recent mistakes Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, avoid controversy and boost audiences, which recorded the worst indexes in history in 2021. Last year, the numbers improved, but not for the reason the Academy would like. the buffet Will Smith IN Chris Rock because of a joke about the hair of Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of the star of “King Richard”, attracted public attention, but tarnished the 94th Oscar ceremony. The buzz caused by Smith’s hit still reverberates to this day and will surely affect tonight’s event.

Just a stage host

The host of the Oscars 2023 will be Jimmy Kimmel, who already hosted the ceremony in 2017 and 2018. His selection represents a return to the tradition of only one “host”. In 2019, 2020 and 2021, organizers opted for a format without a master of ceremonies. Last year, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes shared the role. The idea of ​​the Academy is for the figure of a leader known to the public to engage the audience. Kimmel is not a household name among the Brazilian public, but Americans love him. There, he is successful with his talk show. Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “It’s really important to have a presenter who knows how to handle live television and a live audience,” noted Academy CEO Bill Kramer. While Kimmel will host the ceremony, an array of top movie stars will present the awards. Among them are Antonio Banderas, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Danai Gurira, Florence Pugh, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L Jackson and Michael B. Jordan.

And if another slap happens?

The last editions of the Oscars were characterized by problems and controversies at the ceremony. The most famous cartoon is from 2017, when the envelopes were turned upside down and La La Land – singing seasons ended up being named best picture. In fact, the winner was moonlight. In that edition, Jan Chapman, who was alive, was also honored during “In Memoriam”, an Oscar painting for personalities who have died. During the 2021 ceremony, the Academy controversially changed the order of the awards and announced the Best Picture Oscar ahead of the acting categories. Finally, Antony Hopkins, who won the award that year, was not present at the ceremony and therefore did not speak. Already in 2022, the Oscar was marked by Will Smith’s slap at Chris Rock, which opened a wound in the Academy. An anti-crisis committee was created for this year (read below). However, host Jimmy Kimmel admits the topic worries him. “A billion things have been said about him, but I just have to squeeze a few more drops out of the lemon. I think I have an opinion that no one has heard yet. We won’t go any further, but of course it will be addressed,” said the “host” of the Oscars 2023. “Of course I don’t want to do the whole monologue on this topic, but it would be funny. not to mention that.”

the anti-crisis commission

After Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the last edition of the Oscars, the Academy decided to take precautions and created a crisis committee to solve problems that can occur during the awards. The creation was confirmed by Bill Kramer, for the magazine Team. It was not revealed how many people are part of the response team or who will be responsible for coordinating the group. The idea is to avoid the delay that has tarnished the reputation of the biggest film award on the planet. “As I’m sure everyone remembers, we experienced an unprecedented event at the Oscars. What happened on the scene was completely unacceptable and our organization’s response was inadequate. From this we learned that the Academy must be fully transparent and accountable in its actions, especially in times of crisis. We must act quickly, compassionately and decisively for ourselves and our industry. You should and can expect nothing less from us moving forward,” said Janet Yang, president of the Academy.

A year after Smith slapped his rival, allegedly to defend his wife’s honor — a Rock joke about Jada Pinkett’s bald head, who has alopecia, motivated the dispute — the episode still roils the entertainment world. Even more so after Chris decided to open his heart in a stand up show broadcast live on Netflix last Saturday, the 4th, eight days away from the Oscars. The comedian recalled Jada’s extramarital affair. “Everybody called him a puss and who does he hit? On me,” said Chris Rock. At least those involved will not meet. Smith was expelled from the Academy and suspended from the Oscar ceremonies for ten years. Chris Rock is also not expected to attend The Dolby Theatre.

Will Smith punching Chris Rock in the face

Will Smith’s slap to Chris Roch rocked last year’s Oscars (Robyn Beck/AFP)

musical performance

Following the tradition of recent years, artists nominated for the award for the best original song will perform at this ceremony. One of the most anticipated shows is that of Rihannacompeting for the statue with the song lift me upIN Black Panther: Wakanda Forever After. They will also perform songs by nominees Diane Warren and Sofia Carson. (applauded, IN Say it like a woman), David Byrne, Stephanie Hsu and Son Lux (This is a lifeIN Everything everywhere at the same time) and Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava (Naatu NaatuIN RRR – Revolt, rebellion and revolution). Rocker Lenny Kravitz will perform live during “In Memoriam”. However, Lady Gaga will leave a void at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony. Nominated for the award by hold my handIN Top Gun: Maverick, the pop diva will not be in Los Angeles due to a scheduling conflict. “We have a great relationship with Gaga and her team, but she’s in the middle of filming. And here we’re honoring the film industry and what it takes to make a movie,” said Oscar producer Glenn Weiss. “It didn’t look like she was going to put on a performance of the caliber that we’re used to, that she’s used to… So she’s not going to perform. From our perspective, we fully understand that making a movie is a priority in this business, especially when we honor movies.”

audience growth

The estimate is that 15.3 million people watched the 2022 Oscar ceremony in the US alone, which shows an increase compared to 2021, at the height of the pandemic, when only 9.85 million viewers were counted. In both cases, a significant decrease was observed compared to 2020. At the height of the success of “Parasite”, the Oscars reached 23.6 million viewers. But even this number was considered low by the organizers. The expectation is that this year, with the return of a fixed “host” and other items requested by the public (such as greater recognition of popular films), the audience will grow.

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