Academy Awards: 2019, Live Stream, ON HD Channel

The Academy Awards: has been a series of missteps and backtracks by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. A new best “popular film” category was in, and then it was out . Kevin Hart was host and then he wasn’t. Some categories were removed from the live broadcast, and then they were back.

But if the script this Oscar season has been constantly rewritten, the film academy is hoping for a Hollywood ending (and much better ratings than the all-time low viewership last year .) ABC’s telecast will begin at 8 p.m. EST following the usual red carpet festivities. The show is available for livestream via ABC in some cities to users with a participating TV provider.

After some unlikely Los Angeles weather — to much local fanfare, it snowed in parts of the city on Thursday — sunny skies are expected for red carpet arrivals.

Producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss have pledged that the show will be speedier this year , even though its initial goal of a three-hour broadcast has faded. Kicking things off will be a performance by Queen, featuring Adam Lambert, to celebrate the best picture-nominee Bohemian Rhapsody.

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In the academy’s favour is a popular crop of nominees: Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born and, most of all, Black Panther have all amassed huge sums in ticket sales. Typically, when there are box-office hits (like Titanic), more people watch the Oscars.

But just how many people have seen one of the top nominees and the film favoured to win best picture — Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma — remains unknown. Netflix has declined to give box-office results or steaming viewership. It remains a nominee unlike any other. Should Roma — a black-and-white, Spanish and Mixtec language film about a domestic worker in a Mexican family — win, it will be both the first Netflix movie to win best picture and the first foreign language film to do so.

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Yet this year’s race has been maddeningly unpredictable , with the usual predictive awards being spread across contenders such as Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, a divisive period dramedy about a black pianist (Mahershala Ali) and his white chauffer (Viggo Mortensen); the royal romp The Favourite; and Ryan Coogler’s Marvel sensation Black Panther, which could become the first superhero film ever to win Hollywood’s top award.

Other milestones are possible, too. Though Cuaron is favoured for best director, a win for Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) would make him the first black filmmaker to ever win the award. Lee has said he likes his film’s underdog position as a “dark horse — pun intended.” Lee and his fellow screenwriters are also up for best screenplay, which would give the 61-year-old Lee his first competitive Oscar.

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win one. She’s the front-runner for best actress for her performance in The Wife, a film about the overlooked and under-honoured spouse of an acclaimed novelist. Though Lady Gaga began the season as the favourite, Close has won a string of awards leading up to the Oscars, including at Saturday’s Independent Spirit Awards where she brought her dog, Pip, along as a date.

One virtual lock: Marvel will win its first Oscar. Though Black Panther, up for six awards and could win in a number of categories, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is considered the overwhelming favourite for best animated film.

’s Oscars followed the rise of the #MeToo movement, the launch of the gender equality group Time’s Up and the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. A year after best-actress winner Frances McDormand urged the adoption of an “inclusion rider” (a contractual stipulation for the diversity of a film’s cast and crew), numerous production companies, stars and one studio (Warner Bros.) have made similar pledges.

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How much gender equality will be discussed at this year’s Oscars is unclear. Many have criticized this year’s selections for lacking a female nominee in the best director category (Greta Gerwig was the fifth ever last year) or a best picture nominee directed by a woman. Recent studies have shown that Hollywood improved on many counts in diversity and gender parity in 2018, but remains far from equitable for women and people of colour.

In the last few years, the academy has considerably increased its membership in an effort to diversify its ranks, which have historically been overwhelmingly white and male. In June, the academy invited a record 928 new members.

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Several of this year’s nominees have been affected by sexual misconduct allegations. Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer, who was fired in mid-production, was accused of sexually assaulting minors ; he has denied it. Incredibles 2 producer and Pixar co-founder John acknowledging “missteps” in his behaviour with female employees.He has since been hired by Skydance Media.)

Without a host, the film academy has emphasized its eclectic lineup of presenters. They include: Barbra Streisand, Congressman John Lewis, Serena Williams, Mike Myers, Chadwick Boseman, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Brie Larson, Awkwafina and Samuel L. Jackson.

After initially scaling back performance of best song nominees, four of the five songs will be performed. The exception is Kendrick Lamar and SZA, who will no longer perform “All the Stars” from Black Panther.

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Miss Universe Competition Sparkle, Sweat, Brownies & Butt Glue:

Miss Universe competition was nearly over when the man sitting next to me really started to sweat.

Pageants are still a big deal in the U.S., in their way — Miss America airs on NBC, Miss USA on Fox — but whatever kind of deal they are here, they are double, triple, quadruple, quintuple that important elsewhere in the world, especially in Latin America and Southeast Asia, to judge by the crowd at Sunday’s show.

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Sure, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst, an attorney and former TV correspondent, drew enthusiastic reactions. But, at least to my ears somewhere in the middle of the crowd, everyone really went wild for Misses Colombia and Puerto Rico, with Miss South Africa, Miss Thailand, Miss Mexico and Miss Peru drawing their own screams and shouts.

As for Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson, who came in second? Her fans must still be hoarse.

They brought flags. They brought bigger flags. They brought biggest flags. They leapt to their feet and stood on chairs and, in the case of the super-fan sitting next to me, they sometimes clutched their hands to their face from the sheer nerves of it all — the anticipation of a whole year dangling from whatever host Steve Harvey was going to read next from his cue card.

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“We love this,” the Miss Puerto Rico fan sitting next to me said at one point, after I congratulated him — it seemed only right, like he had had something to do with her success — as she continued to progress in the pageant. He had only traveled to Atlanta from Philadelphia, but he was with a companion who had come from Puerto Rico proper, bringing hometown zeal. Watch CMA Awards: 2019

Later in the show, his mood had darkened.

“I’m so nervous!” he said to no one and also to everyone, the thousands of other people in a large soundstage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta who knew exactly how he felt.

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CMA Awards – 2019

The Country Music Association’s 53rd annual CMA Awards are poised to make history on Wednesday night, with this year’s show spotlighting a half-century of female artistry and opening with an all-star, all-women collaboration.

Here’s everything you need to know before the CMAs get underway from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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How to watch: The show airs live on November 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC, with multiple digital outlets carrying live red-carpet coverage prior to the ceremonies. Ahead of some 40 female performers and presenters, co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire will set the tone for the night’s festivities with an opening medley built around some legendary country songs. Joining the trio will be Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, and the Highwomen — the group consisting of Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby, and this year’s nominations champ, Maren Morris.

Who’s hosting: With her 12th consecutive appearance, Underwood now ties Vince Gill as host-with-the-most. But instead of her straight-woman role beside comical Brad Paisley, her longtime co-host, she’s teamed up with two Hall of Fame legends in Dolly and Reba. Expect high class, quick wits, and a palpable sense of female empowerment.

Who’s up for awards: Maren Morris leads the field with six nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, for 2019’s Girl. The album’s title track also landed Morris a pair of nods for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. She shares a nomination with Brothers Osborne for “All My Favorite People” in the Musical Event of the Year category, with the duo following close behind her with a total of four nods, including two for the Dierks Bentley collab “Burning Man,” and, of course, a Duo of the Year nomination, an award they’ve claimed for the past three years. Three-time nominees this year are Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, and Underwood, who was previously nominated for the top prize, Entertainer of the Year, and could finally take that one home.

Who will take the stage: Along with the show’s opening, notable performances include Entertainer of the Year nominee Garth Brooks joining Blake Shelton on their nominated hit “Dive Bar”; new Hall of Fame members Brooks & Dunn reprising their smash “Hard Workin’ Man” with Brothers Osborne; and Chris Stapleton, who teamed with Justin Timberlake in 2015 for a star-making collaboration, singing with Pink on her current single “Love Me Anyway,” which she wrote with “The House That Built Me” songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.

Other collabs include Willie Nelson returning to the CMAs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Rainbow Connection” with Kacey Musgraves. A 1979 movie hit for the Muppets’ Kermit the Frog, Nelson previously cut it as the title track of an album in 2001. First-time CMA performer Halsey and Lady Antebellum will deliver a genre-blending mashup, and Dolly Parton teams with For King & Country, Zach Williams, and the local Christ Church choir for a medley of “God Only Knows,” “There Was Jesus,” and “Faith.”

Elsewhere, Entertainer of the Year nominee Church will sing “Some of It,” while Lambert performs “It All Comes Out in the Wash” from her new Wildcard LP. Also performing will be Morris, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett.

Who are the new artists to know: Midland, who released their second album Let It Roll in August, make a return appearance to the New Artist category. They’re joined by four first-timers: Texan Cody Johnson, mullet throwback Morgan Wallen, “Every Little Thing” singer Carly Pearce, and critical favorite Ashley McBryde, who released the new song “One Night Standards” earlier this year. Watch ACM Awards:

Anything special to watch for? Reba McEntire will celebrate this month’s 50th anniversary of the Bobbie Gentry classic “Fancy” by singing the song that became a Top Ten hit — and concert favorite — for her in 1991. She recently teased to The Tennessean that the performance will offer a “big surprise.” See More: