Here come the Oscars

Representatives from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards on Tuesday.

The Academy Awards represent the industry’s top honors, and is the biggest award show event of the year, being broadcast all over the world.

The award season kicked off with the Golden Globes earlier this month, serving as a sort of preview to which actors and films might be honored with Academy Awards.

The New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations have also already given out their awards. The Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Awards will both be presented before the Oscars.

Hollywood A-listers Heath Ledger, George Clooney and Reese Witherspoon have proven themselves to be strong contenders, having been nominated for several awards in their respective categories.

With the Golden Globes already given out, it seemed as though the usual suspects will bump into each other again at the Academy Awards.

Every November, filmmakers, producers and actors start campaigning for their films, in what could be compared to a presidential election.

They do press junkets and TV appearances galore trying to promote their films, in hopes that they get one of the five prestigious nominations.

The deadline for voting members of the Academy to turn in all their nomination ballots was last Saturday. Films and actors with the most votes receive the coveted nominations.

Previous Oscar winners Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx have all committed to being presenters for the ceremony.

Last year, Swank won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as the female 2006 boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.” This was her second Oscar win. Freeman won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the same film. Foxx won the Best Actor Academy Award for “Ray.” Luke Wilson, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks have also committed to being presenters.

It was also announced earlier this week that the award ceremony pre-show will start an hour earlier than normal. In a statement released on Tuesday, Academy President Sid Ganis said that the decision to move the awards show up will give it a start time more familiar to viewers.

“That will make it easier for viewers to find the show, get tuned in, and get settled, so they’ll be more likely to stick with it,” Ganis said.

Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been tapped to host the show, which airs on March 5 on KITV4.

Be sure to check out next week’s Life and Style section of The Garden Island for a list of the nominations and predictions.

Lanaly Cabalo, lifestyle writer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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