Oscar Telecast to Juggle Awards Order, Start With Screenplay Categories

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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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  1. The 1986 Oscars led off with screenplay. Woody Allen (HANNAH AND HER SISTERS) upset Oliver Stone (PLATOON), who had been favored, setting off some suspense early in the evening, which continued when HANNAH’s Michael Caine unexpectedly won over Dennis Hopper (HOOSIERS)–the infamous night when Caine missed the ceremony because he was making JAWS 4. It wasn’t long after this, BTW, that the Academy started to ban the practice of Oscars being accepted by others.

  2. Wesley Lovell says:

    Production Design was née Interior Decoration at the 1st (1927/28) Oscars and didn’t become Art Direction & Set Decoration until the 20th (1947) Oscars.

  3. Doesn’t matter, it’s still just rearranging deck chairs on this Titanic. They turned down the opportunity to be seen by tens of millions of more viewers with their criminal snub of The Force Awakens. $925M domestic, 92 Rotten Tomatoes, and Oscar still snubs them.

    • Mark Martin says:

      Lol box office and popular rating don’t matter.
      You’re saying The Avengers should’ve won an Oscar?
      TFA was an above average movie but nothing exceptionally special to remember about.
      No stand out performance(actually think acting was poor from the leads) or any thing else like a good story to make it Oscar worthy.Another suck up to the masses type of movie which thankfully didn’t fool critics.
      The Revenant is a real high quality movie with great directing,story and lead acting.

    • propecia says:

      Sorry Pauly, I don’t recall there being a “Best Remake” category. Even if there were, your awful little box checking cash grab of a Star Wars fan-film wouldn’t be on it. Hope you enjoy the next one, especially the new character Raj-Raj Khan.

  4. Jake says:

    Thanks for this

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