5 things to know about the 2018 Academy Awards

KC Orcutt

 // Mar 4, 2018

The 2018 Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, have arrived and are slated to take over ABC Sunday evening (March 4).

The 90th Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, beginning with red carpet coverage at 6:30pm ET and the ceremony at 8pm ET. Ahead of the awards, REVOLT TV has put together a guide to save you a Google search, including how to tune in and who made this year's list of nominees.

1. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting again.

Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the festivities once again, with promotional material teasing that he has been haunted by the task at hand ever since the worst flub in Oscars history went down when the wrong film was initially awarded Best Picture.

2. You can watch it online or on live TV.

The ceremony will air live nationwide on ABC. For those without cable, viewers in select markets can catch the broadcast on ABC.com or through the ABC App by signing in with a TV provider. Hulu Live, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV and Playstation Vue will also stream through ABC. Regular Hulu subscribers will also be able to watch the ceremony, albeit the day after, with the stream being made available on Monday.

For pre-show and red carpet coverage, there are a variety of options. PeopleTV will stream PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's Red Carpet Live pre-show for 90 minutes in collaboration with Twitter (via @PeopleTV). The pre-show will also be available for streaming on PEOPLE.com, EW.com, InStyle.com, Time.com, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live. ABC's Red Carpet Pre-Show will begin at 6:30PM Et and will be available on the Academy's page on Facebook. E! will also be hosting their special, Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2018 Academy Awards, followed by Live From the Red Carpet: 2018 Oscars, starting at 5PM ET. More info here.

3. The nominees for Best Original Song are each performing.

Miguel, Gael Garcia Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade, Mary J. Blige, Common, Andra Day, Sufjan Stevens and Keala Settle will each be performing. To revisit the list of nominated songs, please see here.

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4. History could (and should) be made.

The 2018 Academy Awards are poised to make history, with a diverse handful of talented individuals in the running for the first time.

Get Out director Jordan Peele is up for three nominations—Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay—with this year holding much potential for him to add an Oscar (or two, or three) to his trophy case.

Dee Rees, the director of Mudbound, is the first Black woman to be nominated for Writing (Best Adapted Screenplay), a nod she shares with Virgil Williams. Additionally, with Mary J. Blige up for Best Supporting Actress, Rees has become the first Black woman to direct a film for which an actor or actress was also nominated for an Academy Award. Blige is also nominated for Best Original Song, making her the first person ever nominated for an Academy Award for acting and writing an original song in the same year.

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is nominated for Lead Actor, impressively garnering his first Oscar nod at 28 years old. He was previously nominated at the SAG Awards and the 2018 Golden Globes but left both empty-handed. He was, however, awarded a Next Generation MTV Movie Award in 2017 for his work in Get Out, as well as won the BAFTA Rising Star Award and took home an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, among other accolades.

Kumail Nanjiani is up for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, sharing the nomination with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. While he has appeared on a variety of TV shows, including Silicon Valley, Portlandia and voicing Prismo on Adventure Time, this Oscar nomination marks his first official nod.

This year, The Shape of Water is in the lead with 13 nods, including Octavia Spencer being nominated in the Supporting Role category and director Guillermo Del Toro up for Best Directing.

To see the full list of nominees, please see here.

5. Things likely will get political—and rightfully so.

While the Academy decides who wins, stars are in charge of how they use their platform during the nationally televised event. The 2018 Golden Globes and the 2018 Grammy Awards both saw celebrities shining a light on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, with many speeches and red carpet interviews touching on topics such as sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior and inequality found in Hollywood and the music & entertainment industries alike.

Many eyes are on Ryan Seacrest, who is slated to interview arriving stars during E!'s red carpet coverage, due to the famed host being accused of sexual misconduct last month. It was reported that the investigation was completed and insufficient evidence was found to support the claims made against Seacrest. As such, fans are already speculating how actresses, in particular, will approach the situation, with many wondering if the host will be challenged on TV or if the topic will be avoided entirely.

Additionally, it has been reported that in the wake of the recent Parkland shooting, stars will wear pins with the anti-gun violence rallying cry #NeverAgain to show support for those fighting to make a change. With topics such as gun violence, sexual harassment and misconduct, equal pay, Donald Trump and other issues weighing on society, this year's Academy Awards are poised to be especially political—and rightfully so.

While the full list of presenters hasn't been revealed, Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, Sanda Bullock, Mahershala Ali and Dave Chappelle are among those expected to present awards during this year's ceremony.

The Academy Awards, as hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time, will air live on ABC on Sunday (March 4).

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