As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gears up for the 90th annual presentation of the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, on ABC, Parade polls readers on the awards show’s most memorable moments, and host Jimmy Kimmel provides a sneak peek into his big-night preparations.
Host With the Most. This year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, will be the first person to host back-to-back Academy Awards telecasts since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998. How long does he spend in the makeup chair before the ceremony? “A maximum of 14 minutes,” he says. “They really just need to paint in my bald spot and color the dark circles under my eyes. If we could just put the dark circles on my bald spot, it would save a lot of time.”
Most Memorable Moments Last year’s backstage snafu that resulted in the night’s top honor being mistakenly awarded, temporarily, to the wrong movie (La La Land instead of Moonlight) was certainly memorable. “After the Best Picture envelope mix-up last year, there’s built-in interest because we ended on a cliffhanger!” says Jimmy Kimmel. But in a Parade poll of the 10 most memorable moments, it was 1974’s peace-loving streaker and Jack Palance’s one-armed push-ups in 1992 that got top honors. Other moments frozen in time include singer Björk’s swan dress, Sally Field’s infamous speech and Adrien Brody’s big, hot, unscripted kiss with Halle Berry.
Record-Breakers & Firsts Could Greta Gerwig, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Lady Bird, be the second female in the history of the Oscars to win in the Best Director category? Will Timothée Chalamet, 22, nominated this year for Best Actor for his role as a lovestruck teen in Call Me by Your Name, become the youngest winner ever in that category? Will Meryl Streep (the most nominated actress in Academy history) catch up to Katharine Hepburn’s four wins?
Forget That Annoying “Time Is Up” Music. The host has an idea for cutting off those long-winded acceptance speeches. “A trap door in the floor,” says Kimmel. “But this was deemed impossible by the engineers at the Dolby Theatre.”
For more about the Oscars, see Sunday’s Parade or go to https://parade.com/646596/maramovies/oscars-2018-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-most-memorable-moments-in-the-first-90-years/