Stage set for Os­cars af­ter dif­fi­cult months

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS -

HOL­LY­WOOD'S awards sea­son reaches its glit­ter­ing cli­max to­mor­row at the Os­cars, with fairy­tale ro­mance The Shape of Wa­ter and dark crime com­edy Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri neckand-neck in the race for the ma­jor stat­uettes.

The cer­e­mony caps a dif­fi­cult few months dur­ing which the in­dus­try has de­clared war on the per­va­sive cul­ture of sex­ual mis­con­duct brought to light by the down­fall of movie mogul and al­leged se­rial sex at­tacker Har­vey We­in­stein.

As with the Golden Globes in Jan­uary, the mood in Tin­sel­town to­mor­row is ex­pected to be cel­e­bra­tory but de­fi­ant as the film world's Alis­ters speak out against dozens of showbiz peo­ple called out for preda­tory be­hav­iour since Oc­to­ber.

Peter De­bruge, the chief film critic for Hol­ly­wood trade pub­li­ca­tion Va­ri­ety, said he ex­pected this year's cel­e­bra­tions would place front and cen­tre an is­sue ac­knowl­edged for a long time as an "open se­cret"– but never be­fore han­dled.

"I think we can ex­pect jokes, po­lit­i­cal state­ments. We can ex­pect any of the women who win to take that op­por­tu­nity to kind of speak their minds," De­bruge said.

The 90th Academy Awards – hosted by latenight fun­ny­man Jimmy Kim­mel – will be beamed live around the world by ABC from Hol­ly­wood's Dolby Theatre.

The Shape of Wa­ter, a Cold War-set story of love be­tween a mute clean­ing woman and a mys­tery mer­man-like crea­ture, tops the nom­i­na­tions with 13, one shy of the record. – AFP

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