One of the most anticipated Oscar broadcasts in years is Sunday night.
Typically long and drawn out, this year’s broadcast may have some elements that will keep viewers engaged for three hours plus.
Here are a few things of peak interest:
1.) The nomination race is led by “The Revenant”, with twelve, including best picture and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is next with 10 nominations, including best picture.
2.) A second straight year of all-white acting nominees has created scrutiny among viewers and stars alike. Protests are planned for the red carpet with the Reverend Al Sharpton leading the pack. Chris Rock, who hosts this years awards, is likely to address the issue in his monologue.
3.) There will be many Canadians at tonight’s ceremony. Canadians are nominated in several major categories including best song, best adapted screenplay and best picture.
Rachel McAdams is nominated for the best supporting actress in “Spotlight”, while the Weeknd is up for best song, and author Emma Donoghue is nominated for best adapted screenplay for “Room,” a Canada-Ireland co-production, up for best picture.
4.) This years nominee gift bags have an estimated value of more than $200,000. It includes a 10-day, first-class trip to Israel, unlimited Audi car rentals for a year, free stays at hotels in Italy and a $900 toilet paper dispenser.
The company that hands out the bags say there’s always a line up of companies willing to give expensive products to stars in the hopes of some free plugs. The value of an actual Oscar trophy kind of pales in comparison, it’s estimated value is between $500 and $900 depending on the price of gold.
5.) An technological innovation for tonight’s ceremony will hopefully cut down those long acceptance speeches. Producers will introduce a crawl at the bottom of the broadcast with a list of pre-written thank you’s and acknowledgements from potential winners.
This year’s ceremony is at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and begins at 8:30 p.m. ET