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Typically the Academy Awards kicks off with one of the supporting acting categories to get the engines revving with a celebrity or an oft-covered star from the circuit. Other times design categories like Production Design (formerly Art Direction) or makeup have started off the night. For the 88th annual ceremony, Oscar producers have put perhaps two of the easiest calls of the night at the top: best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay, which are expected to go to “Spotlight” and “The Big Short,” respectively.

The screenplay categories are usually closer to the middle or end of the show, among other high-profile above-the-line fields. The closest they came in recent memory to the top of the rundown was the 2009 show, produced by Laurence Mark and directed by Bill Condon, where they followed the night’s first award, best supporting actress.


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Here is the full rundown of tonight’s awards, in order of presentation:

Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Actress in a Supporting Role
Costume Design
Production Design
Makeup and Hairstyling
Film Editing
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Visual Effects
Animated Short Film
Animated Feature Film
Actor in a Supporting Role
Documentary Short Subject
Documentary Feature
Live Action Short Film
Foreign Language Film
Original Song
Original Score
Actress in a Leading Role
Actor in a Leading Role
Best Picture

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