What to expect at the Academy Awards

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Alexa users can also enable skills for Oscar trivia and challenge each other on past Oscar winners by asking, "Alexa, play Best Picture Oscars".

"Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird") is the fifth woman in history nominated for best director" and the first to land the nod for a directorial debut.

Through its website BCLC has been taking bets on the Oscars since 2015.

CNN will have complete coverage of the red carpet, the show's best moments and the night's big wins.

"Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet", 3:30 p.m. (KOMO): Interviews with nominees, presenters and performers arriving for the Oscars. You'll be best off with a live TV service like Hulu or Sling, which streams ABC directly, and which offer free trials you can sign up for. With recent strides forward tackling diversity and representation, The Oscars may decide to make a statement of intent this year. That is, at least, a fairly large list, but you'll likely want to double-check that you're covered before downloading the app.

This story was first published on CNN.com, "Your 2018 Oscars viewing guide".

Over in Canada, CTV will air the 2018 Oscars starting 5pm PT/8pm ET. It does not include a stream of the ceremony.

But for the avid Oscar viewer (and I consider myself in this bunch), surprise is the reason to watch the ceremony in the first place; we like unpredictability, we like being wrong.

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Preceded and followed by red-carpet shows, Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th edition of the Academy Awards show. Though there's no blame on his end for Envelopegate, he didn't hold back from being cheeky about it: "If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show".

Nominees for some of this year's biggest awards will also present.

Like previous year, there are a total of nine films in the running for the biggest award of the night.

Will "The Shape of Water, '" (13 nominations) or "Dunkirk", (eight nominations) win the most Oscars? It even includes ways on how you watch all nine movies - go check it out. On the other hand, "Shape" was far less divisive, and, unlike "Three Billboards", landed a directing nomination.

However, with a Directors Guild of America award, along with the BAFTA, I think Guillermo del Toro will win for "The Shape of Water".

The best original screenplay category is extremely competitive with the slight favorite going to Martin McDonagh's script for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri". Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran from "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will reveal awards.

Also nominated is the animated film "The Breadwinner", which is a Canadian co-production.

Yance Ford ("Strong Island") is the first openly transgender director ever nominated, and Jordan Peele ("Get Out") is the first black filmmaker nominated for directing, writing, and producing.

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Actress Emma Stone accepts Best Actress for "La La Land" onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

There is an exceptional amount of excitement for the film "Call Me by Your Name", and for good reason, it was a really good movie. The Oscars will be broadcast live exclusively on Sky Cinema in the UK.

And of course, you can followalong with the Oscars on social media, though the official Oscars Twitter account and #Oscars. However, I see it as unlikely at this point. What can I tweet to sound knowledgeable?

An actor's actor, Gary Oldman, 59, is known for his versatility and wholesale, sometimes hammy, immersion into roles that have included Dracula, Beethoven, Sid Vicious, George Smiley, the devil, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rosencrantz and Commissioner Gordon. The only other person in her category who comes close to having the emotional impact, while remaining nearly drastically human, is Laurie Metcalf in "Lady Bird".

That leaves Best Picture, the most important award of all.

One of the most common questions put to Frances McDormand's co-stars from "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is whether they were intimidated working with her. (Sam Rockwell said no; Caleb Landry Jones said yes.) As Mildred, a mother whose grief over her daughter's unsolved murder hardens into vengeance and rage, McDormand is fearsome and unrelenting, and as mighty a woman as anyone could hope for in the age of #MeToo.

Be sure to join us here at FanSided.com on Sunday night for full Oscars 2018 highlights, analysis, fan opinion an much more.

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