Academy Awards: This Year's Show by the Numbers


Academy Awards: This Year's Show by the Numbers

Rock, 51, has kept silent during the uproar over the 20 all-white actors nominated for a second year in a row. For best actor, analysts say it is definitely Leonardo DiCaprio's year.

As a result, we're left with one of the least populist, most awards-bait-stuffed Best Picture fields in years. If so, it'll be his first.

In my column from a few weeks ago, I mentioned that the Best Director statue will probably go to Alejandro G. Iñárritu for "The Revenant". Sylvester Stallone is the favorite to take home Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

Whatever the case may be for watching, it seems as if it will be an interesting night at the 88th Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center.

Last year, the Oscars was the most popular novelty betting event on PlayNow.com, where B.C. residents can submit their bets online.

The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road is right behind with 10 nods.

The actresses will compete against former Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, who is nominated for Carol, and Jennifer Lawrence, for Joy, as well as Golden Globe and Bafta victor Brie Larson, who is nominated for Room. The real reason he has never won an Oscar before is not because he was snubbed but because the other nominees were better than him in that particular year.

Hunk Tom Hardy gained nearly 50 per cent of the vote for best supporting actor for his appearance in The Revenant.

So if you're going to watch the whole thing, prepare yourself for an all-nighter.

In the original song category, the nominees are "Earned It" (from "Fifty Shades of Grey"), "Manta Ray" ("Racing Extinction"), "Simple Song 3" ("Youth"), "Til It Happens to You" ("The Hunting Ground") and "Writing's On the Wall" ("Spectre"), with music and lyrics by Jimmy Napes and Grammy-winner Sam Smith.

Despite a huge range of films that have been based on ethnic minority actors, filmmakers and writers this year, the nominations did not look very encouraging. That is the sad truth for those who win the most academic of Academy Awards, the Scientific and Technical Awards.

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies - 28%.

Apart from the predictions, the Oscars became the center of negative attention after its #OscarsSoWhite controversy, as Fortune noted.