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posted Friday, March 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 09
OSCARS 2018: Telecast begins a half-hour earlier, Jimmy Kimmel returns as host, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common performing nominated songs - Gaysha Starr at Purr Cocktail Lounge for Oscar Party
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OSCARS 2018: Telecast begins a half-hour earlier, Jimmy Kimmel returns as host, Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens, Common performing nominated songs - Gaysha Starr at Purr Cocktail Lounge for Oscar Party

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

90TH ACADEMY AWARDS
DOLBY THEATRE
ABC TV
Sunday, March 4
3:30pm Red Carpet
5pm Awards Ceremony


If you don't want to miss a second of Sunday evening's Academy Awards, then be sure to have dinner made early, or better yet, plan on eating somewhere that'll be showing the three-hour ceremony. The Oscars will begin at 5pm this time, following a pre-show with red carpet arrivals that begins at 3:30pm.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel returns as host for the second consecutive year and you can expect his monologue will include mentions of President Trump and current politics, just as it did in 2017. But a mystery is whether the name Harvey Weinstein, a fixture at the Oscars, or the whole topic of sexual harassment will resurface from last month's Golden Globes, where top celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Natalie Portman used the stage as a platform to voice their bold opinions on the pandemic, which exposed Hollywood as a not-so-glamorous and classy place on the inside as we see it on the outside. Considering protesters took to the red carpet at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards just two weekends ago, it's quite possible it'll come up again.

Mary J. Blige, a rare acting and music nominee this year, Sufjan Stevens, Keala Settle, Common with Andra Day and Gael Garcia Bernal with Natalia LaFourcade and Miguel will perform the nominated Best Original Song numbers. Blige will sing 'Mighty River' from Mudbound, Stevens will play 'Mystery of Love' from Call Me By Your Name, Settle will belt out 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman, Common and Day will duet on 'Stand Up for Something' from Marshall and Garcia Bernal will join forces with LaFourcade and Miguel on 'Remember Me' from Coco.

As of February 26, no new presenters had been added to the list that already includes Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Armie Hammer, Greta Gerwig, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Gina Rodriguez, Zendaya, Kumail Nanjiani, Eva Marie Saint, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Margot Robbie, Gal Gadot, Oscar Issac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Wes Studi and Kelly Marie Tran. Additionally, Daniela Vega, the lead star of Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Fantastic Woman (from Chile) will make history when she becomes the first ever transgender presenter at the Academy Awards. Expect a final wave of presenters to be added to the roster down the homestretch.

For the 75th Oscars, back in 2003, a reunion of 59 previous acting winners were collected on stage near the finale to commemorate the occasion. No word yet on whether show organizers are attempting another reunion, or waiting for the centennial celebration in 2028. What we do know is that the stage itself will be dazzling with 45 million Swarovski crystals, in the form of a new custom-built proscenium that can be viewed in the background; the previous proscenium featured a mere 27,120 crystals.

ABC will televise the Oscars ceremony and the pre-show, which will include interviews with many of the nominees and presenters, and a first look at what everyone is wearing. The Academy Awards will be seen in 225 countries and US territories around the world.

Purr Cocktail Lounge will host a free Oscars viewing party at their new digs in the Montlake district. Their address is 2307 24th Ave. E., Seattle WA 98112. Besides watching the telecast on multiple screens with emcee Gaysha Starr, guests can enjoy drink specials and delicious food, plus prizes. Arrive early to fill out a ballot and to stake out a good seat. Remember that the red carpet arrivals begin at 3:30pm with the ceremony starting at 5pm.

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