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Oscars 2019: Everything we know so far about the 91st Academy Awards ceremony

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Although next year’s Oscars might feel like a long way off, speculation has already begun as to which films might be in contention for the top awards.

Always an eventful evening, the Academy Awards never fails to provide talking points, and 2017’s Best Picture mix-up between Moonlight and La La Land remains the high-water mark for soap opera controversy.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming ceremony.

When is the 2019 Academy Awards and how can I watch it?

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on 24 February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The evening will be broadcast live on ABC in the US and on Sky in the UK.

There is no word yet on who will be hosting but late night’s Jimmy Kimmel has done so for the past two years and seems highly likely to be invited back.

Which films will be in contention for the top prizes?

While it is too early to say which films are likely to be in line for the gold statuettes, betting has already begun and we’ve had a go at naming the early front runners ourselves.

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star is Born and Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic First Man have both been widely praised and their respective leads, Lady Gaga and Ryan Gosling, are widely expected to be among the nominees.

A lot could happen in the coming months, however, and the imminent arrival of new films from Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, Adam McKay, Yorgos Lanthimos, Mike Leigh and Karyn Kusama suggests the standard of entries will be high.

The nominations will finally be announced on Tuesday 22 January.

Will there be a Best Popular Film category?

No. The new award was announced in August but withdrawn a month later on the strength of the hostile reception it received.

Critics and fans argued the category would be used as a means of sidelining crowd-pleasing blockbusters like Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, keeping Best Film free for the “prestige” pictures that usually dominate.

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Producer J. Miles Dale (L), director Guillermo del Toro (at microphone) and cast/crew accept Best Picture for ‘The Shape of Water’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

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uillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins take the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” from presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway take the stage to present the Oscar for Best Picture

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Actresses Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Meryl Streep embrace after Frances McDormand’s Best Actress acceptance speech

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Frances McDormand wins the Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Actors Jodie Foster (L) and Jennifer Lawrence speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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British actor Gary Oldman delivers a speech after he won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Darkest Hour” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California

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Actor Emma Stone speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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David Malinowski and Armie Hammer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Composer Alexandre Desplat (R), winner of the Best Original Score award for ‘The Shape of Water,’ motions in the press room to a video feed of director Guillermo del Toro accepting the Best Director award

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Guillermo del Toro accepts the Oscar for Best Director for “The Shape of Water” from presenter Emma Stone (R)

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Alexandre Desplat, winner of Best Original Score for the film The Shape of Water, is congratulated by the film’s stars Sally Hawkins (L) and Octavia Spencer (R)

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Presenter Emma Stone walks on stage

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Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Call Me By Your Name stars Armie Hammer (L) and Timothee Chalamet embrace during the Oscars show

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Greta Gerwig gets touched up during the ad break at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Jordan Peele accepts the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.”

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Best Original Screenplay winner Jordan Peele (R) hugs Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya (L)

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Actress Nicole Kidman arrives on stage to present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

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Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Andra Day and Common sing Best Original Song nominee Stand Up for Something from Marshall

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James Ivory wins the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Call Me by Your Name

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Ashley Judd (L), Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek (R) take the stage

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Tiffany Haddish (L) and Maya Rudolph take the stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject

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Natalia Lafourcade and Gael Garcia Bernal attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Sebastian Lelio with his Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman alongside Rita Moreno in the press room at the 90th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

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Coco wins the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar

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Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill present the Best Animated Short Film Oscar

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Margot Robbie gets emotional watching co-star Allison Janey accept her award

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Allison Janey accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya.”

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Matthew McConaughey talks with Marcus Henderson

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Rita Moreno, wearing the same dress she wore to the ceremony she was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a supporting role

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Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the Oscar for Actor in Supporting Role

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Gael Garcia Bernal performs on stage

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Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade perform a song from Coco

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Presenters Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani

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Kobe Bryant poses with his award for Best Animated Short Film Award for “Dear Basketball”

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Helen Mirren shows of a jet ski on offer to the shortest Oscars speech

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Daniela Vega presents during the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick hold their gongs for Best Makeup and Hair in the ‘Darkest Hour’

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Actor/singer Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

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Actor Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Actress Eva Marie Saint presents the Oscar for Costume Design

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Presenters Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern take the stage to give out the award for Best Documentary

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Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri

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Actor Lakeith Stanfield takes on his Get Out role once again onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

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Viola Davis waits to present the award for best supporting actor

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Daniel Kaluuya and Timothee Chalamet greet photographers on the 90th academy awards red carpet

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Mary J. Blige, the first person to be nominated in both the acting and best song categories, arrives at the 90th academy awards

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Jennifer Lawrence attempts to find her seat in the Dolby Theatre

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The Shape of Waters’ Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones embrace on the Oscars red carpet

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Tiffany Haddish attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards wearing a traditional dress from Eritrea

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Salma Hayek takes the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards

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Diane Warren and Helen Mirren share a laugh at the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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James Ivory arrives at the 90th academy awards in a custom made shirt featuring Call Me By Your Names’ Timothee Chalamet

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Whoopi Goldberg attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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Emma Stone arrives at the Academy Awards

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Andra Day arrives at the Academy Awards

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Solidarity sisters Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Jane Fonda celebrate Times Up on the red carpet

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman arrives on the 90th Annual Academy Awards red carpet

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Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell display their Times Up pins

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Get Out’s Allison Williams glides down the Oscars carpet

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Producer J. Miles Dale (L), director Guillermo del Toro (at microphone) and cast/crew accept Best Picture for ‘The Shape of Water’ onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

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uillermo del Toro and Sally Hawkins take the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” from presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway take the stage to present the Oscar for Best Picture

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Actresses Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Meryl Streep embrace after Frances McDormand’s Best Actress acceptance speech

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Frances McDormand wins the Best Actress Oscar for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Actors Jodie Foster (L) and Jennifer Lawrence speak onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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British actor Gary Oldman delivers a speech after he won the Oscar for Best Actor in “Darkest Hour” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California

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Actor Emma Stone speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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David Malinowski and Armie Hammer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Composer Alexandre Desplat (R), winner of the Best Original Score award for ‘The Shape of Water,’ motions in the press room to a video feed of director Guillermo del Toro accepting the Best Director award

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Guillermo del Toro accepts the Oscar for Best Director for “The Shape of Water” from presenter Emma Stone (R)

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Alexandre Desplat, winner of Best Original Score for the film The Shape of Water, is congratulated by the film’s stars Sally Hawkins (L) and Octavia Spencer (R)

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Presenter Emma Stone walks on stage

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Jimmy Kimmel and Molly McNearney attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Call Me By Your Name stars Armie Hammer (L) and Timothee Chalamet embrace during the Oscars show

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Greta Gerwig gets touched up during the ad break at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Jordan Peele accepts the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out.”

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Best Original Screenplay winner Jordan Peele (R) hugs Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya (L)

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Actress Nicole Kidman arrives on stage to present the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

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Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Andra Day and Common sing Best Original Song nominee Stand Up for Something from Marshall

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James Ivory wins the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Call Me by Your Name

REUTERS

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Ashley Judd (L), Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek (R) take the stage

REUTERS

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Tiffany Haddish (L) and Maya Rudolph take the stage to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject

REUTERS

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Natalia Lafourcade and Gael Garcia Bernal attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Sebastian Lelio with his Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman alongside Rita Moreno in the press room at the 90th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

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Coco wins the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar

REUTERS

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Kelly Marie Tran, Oscar Isaac and Mark Hamill present the Best Animated Short Film Oscar

REUTERS

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Margot Robbie gets emotional watching co-star Allison Janey accept her award

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Allison Janey accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “I, Tonya.”

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Matthew McConaughey talks with Marcus Henderson

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Rita Moreno, wearing the same dress she wore to the ceremony she was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a supporting role

REUTERS

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Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the Oscar for Actor in Supporting Role

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Gael Garcia Bernal performs on stage

Rex Features

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Miguel and Natalia LaFourcade perform a song from Coco

REUTERS

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Presenters Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani

REUTERS

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Kobe Bryant poses with his award for Best Animated Short Film Award for “Dear Basketball”

REUTERS

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Helen Mirren shows of a jet ski on offer to the shortest Oscars speech

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Daniela Vega presents during the 90th Annual Academy Awards

Rex Features

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Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick hold their gongs for Best Makeup and Hair in the ‘Darkest Hour’

Rex Features

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Actor/singer Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

Getty Images

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Actor Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

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Actress Eva Marie Saint presents the Oscar for Costume Design

REUTERS

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Presenters Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern take the stage to give out the award for Best Documentary

REUTERS

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Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri

AFP/Getty Images

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Actor Lakeith Stanfield takes on his Get Out role once again onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood

Getty Images

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Viola Davis waits to present the award for best supporting actor

Getty Images

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Daniel Kaluuya and Timothee Chalamet greet photographers on the 90th academy awards red carpet

Rex Features

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Mary J. Blige, the first person to be nominated in both the acting and best song categories, arrives at the 90th academy awards

REUTERS

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Jennifer Lawrence attempts to find her seat in the Dolby Theatre

Getty Images

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The Shape of Waters’ Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones embrace on the Oscars red carpet

Rex Features

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Tiffany Haddish attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards wearing a traditional dress from Eritrea

Getty Images

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Salma Hayek takes the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards

REUTERS

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Diane Warren and Helen Mirren share a laugh at the 90th Annual Academy Awards

Rex Features

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James Ivory arrives at the 90th academy awards in a custom made shirt featuring Call Me By Your Names’ Timothee Chalamet

REUTERS

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Whoopi Goldberg attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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Emma Stone arrives at the Academy Awards

REUTERS

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Andra Day arrives at the Academy Awards

Rex Features

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Solidarity sisters Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino and Jane Fonda celebrate Times Up on the red carpet

Rex Features

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman arrives on the 90th Annual Academy Awards red carpet

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Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell display their Times Up pins

REUTERS

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Get Out’s Allison Williams glides down the Oscars carpet

REUTERS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said it “will examine and seek additional input regarding the new category” and has not ruled out its future revival.

How has Academy membership changed?

The Academy announced in June it had invited 928 new members of the filmmaking profession to join its ranks.

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Part of a new initiative commenced under former Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the measure is intended to address the shocking revelation in 2016 that 92 per cent of membership was white and 75 per cent male.

Invitations were extended to actors including Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Chappelle, Sarah Silverman and Jada Pinkett Smith as well as a host technicians, directors and executives in a bid to improve diversity and offer a broader representation of opinion.

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