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No. The new award was announced in August but withdrawn a month later on the strength of the hostile reception it received.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