Here's a guide to Oscar night


If you scroll down one, you'll find a fun look at Jimmy Kimmel, the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 4) and the tricky matter of having movies that people have actually seen. Here's a sidebar that goes with it, offering lots of specifics:

 
Here's a round-up of
this year's Academy Awards:

When (all live,
three hours earlier PT):

-- 8 p.m. ET Sunday,
ABC.

-- That's a
half-hour earlier than usual, but, don't expect an early bedtime.
ABC's estimate of an 11 p.m. finish is optimistic.

Before and afterward

-- “Countdown to
Red Carpet,” 1-5 p.m. ET, E.

-- Red-carpet
coverage, 5-7 p.m., E; and 6:30-8 p.m., ABC.

-- “After party,”
11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., E.

Who's there

-- Host: Jimmy
Kimmel

-- Music: Performing
the nominated songs are: Mary J. Blige, “Mighty River” (from
“Mudbound”); Common and Andra Day, “Stand Up For Something”
(“Marshall”); Keala Settle, “This is Me” (“The Greatest
Showman”); Sifjan Stevens, “Mystery of Love” (“Call Me By
Your Name”); Gael Garcia Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade and Miguel,
“Remember Me” (“Coco”).

-- Presenters: They
range from Zendaya, 21, to Rita Moreno, 86, and Eva Marie Saint, 93.
The list is strong on diversity, but weak on people who have brought
comedy to past years. Hope for something from Dave Chapelle, Tiffany
Haddish, Kumail Nanjiani or Lin-Manuel Miranda. Others include the
stars of superhero movies (Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Tom Holland,
Chadwick Boseman), outspoken people (Jane Fonda, Ashley Judd, Jodie
Foster) and more, including Jennifer Garner, Viola Davis, Armie
Hammer, Emma Stone, Emily Blunt, Margot Robbie, Greta Gerwig, Wes
Studi, Gina Rodriquez, Helen Mirren Daniela Vega, Kelly Marie Tran
and many more.

Some TV preparation

-- Turner Classic
Movies continues to have best-picture winners at 8 p.m. ET nightly --
“An American in Paris” (1951) Thursday, “Annie Hall” (1977)
Friday and “Gandhi” (1982) Saturday.

-- The Independent
Spirit Awards are 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday on IFC, rerunning at 10 p.m.,
then at 6:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney
returning as hosts. It honors modest-budget films ... and this year
has much in common with the Oscars. Its best-picture nominees are
“Get Out,” “Lady Bird” and “Call Me By Your Name,” plus
“The Florida Project” and “The Rider.” Surprisingly, “Three
Billboards” and “I, Tonya,” nominated in acting categories, are
omitted for best-picture; “The Big Sick” is nominated only for
best first script.

The key categories

-- Best picture:
“Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” “Lady Bird,”
“Darkest Hour,” “The Shape of Water.” “Phantom Thread,”
“Call Me By Your Name,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
Missouri.”

-- Best animated
feature: “Coco,” “Ferdinand,” “The Boss Baby,” “The
Breadwinner,” “Loving Vincent.”

-- Actress: Sally
Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand,” Three
Billboards,” Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady
Bird”; Meryl Streep, “The Post.”

-- Actor: Timothee
Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”; Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom
Thread”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”; Gary Oldman, “Darkest
Hour”; Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

-- Supporting
actress: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”;
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”;
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”

-- Supporting actor:
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”; Woody Harrelson and Sam
Rockwell, “Three Billboards”; Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of
Water”; Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World.”

-- Director:
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”; Jordan Peele, “Get Out”; Greta
Gerwig, “Lady Bird”; Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”;
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water.”

-- Original script:
“The Big Sick,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” “Get
Out,” “Three Billboards.”

-- Adapted script:
“Call Me By Your Name,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Molly's
Game,” “Logan,” “Mudbound.”