Watch the Oscar nominations live here on Tuesday — and get answers to these burning questions
If you’re an early bird Oscars fanatic, the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday, starting at 5:22 a.m. PST.
At 5:22 a.m., the nominees will be announced in the mostly technical and design categories, including cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score, sound editing, visual effects and animated short film and live action short film.
At 5:38 a.m. the nominees will be announced in the major categories, including for documentary feature, foreign language film, adapted and original screenplay awards, the supporting and leading acting awards, directing and best picture.
So, with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announcing its nominations for achievement in 2017 films, we should finally get a sense of how the establishment entertainment industry see itself as responding — or not — to growing concerns around race, sexual harassment and gender inequality in American society.
Who gets nominated for certain awards, and who gets snubbed tends to signal a lot about the industry’s mindset. With that and other issues in mind, here are questions looming over the nominations being announced in fewer than 24 hours:
— Will Palo Alto native James Franco get a best actor Oscar nomination Tuesday, despite being mired in a sexual harassment scandal? He won Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards just as the allegations against him broke online and in the Los Angeles Times — and after many Academy members may have already cast their ballots in time for the Jan. 12 deadline.
— Will the directors branch — known to be made up of mostly white, older males — heed to the well-timed quip of actress Natalie Portman at the Golden Globes and offer a nomination — or two — to female directors?
Portman’s comment came at an awards ceremony marked by female stars voicing support for the Time’s Up initiative, launched to fight sexual harassment and gender inequality in entertainment and other professions. Five white males were nominated for directing awards at the Golden Globes, and Portman couldn’t let that fact slide when she announced the men’s names: “And here are the all-male nominees.
The GoldDerby awards prediction website shows that “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig is favored to get a nomination, but there has also been talk about Dee Rees of “Mudbound” getting a nod.
Others hope the Academy will avoid an #OscarsSoWhite slate of nominees in the directing category by giving a nomination to African-America directors Rees or, more likely, to Jordan Peele for “Get Out.”
— Speaking of #OscarsSoWhite, will actors of color be nominated this year so that the Academy won’t have a repeat of the 2016 awards scandal?
For the second year in a row, all 20 actors nominated in the lead and supporting acting categories in 2016 were white. As far as predictions go for this year, so far so good, with Daniel Kaluuya considered a likely nominee for best actor for “Get Out.” For best supporting actress, Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing’) are top contenders.
— Will any one film emerge as the frontrunner for best picture? The year has been marked by a glut of quality films from a number of new and diverse voices. Along similar lines, will there be a 10-movie field of best picture nominees this year, the first time since 2011? Vanity Fair and GoldDerby lists these films as sure things for nominations: “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other burning question, therefore, is which other films will round out that field.
— Will these locals get nominations? Aside from Franco, other local stars who have been talked about as potential nominees include Daly City-born Sam Rockwell for best supporting actor for “Three Billboards,” as well as Frances McDormand, known to be a part-time resident of Bolinas, for best actress for “Three Billboards.” The leading contender for best animated feature is “Coco,” described as “a love letter to Mexico,” from animation powerhouse, Emeryville-based Pixar.
Then there is the Sacramento-reared Gerwig, whose coming-of-age film “Lady Bird” also comes across as a love letter to our state capital, which we’ll claim as “local,” given that Sacramento is only a little over an hour away from many Bay Area locations.