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Alexandra Eydenberg, Staff Reporter

Once a year, all the glitz and glam of Hollywood is wrapped up into one night of extravagant ceremony. The biggest names come to receive awards for the year’s best movies. Since 1929, the Oscars have dazzled the production world with fancy dresses and the iconic gold statuette. 

On Feb. 8, the nominees were announced including best picture nominees “The Power of the Dog”, “Belfast, King Richard”, “West Side Story”, “Licorice Pizza”, “CODA”, “Nightmare Alley”, “Don’t Look Up”, “Dune” and “Drive my Car.”

After three years without a host, the 94th Oscars will be emced by first-time hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes on March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. 

“This year’s show is all about uniting movie lovers,” show producer Will Packer said. “It’s apropos that we’ve lined up three of the most dynamic, hilarious women with very different comedic styles. I know the fun Regina, Amy and Wanda will be having will translate to our audience as well. Expect the unexpected.” 

Last year, the pre-show Red Carpet was scaled down because of the pandemic, and the awards telecast was done remotely   However, this year’s Oscars will have a full-scale Red Carpet and an in-person ceremony.

Also new this year, eight categories including Best Film Editing and Best Original Score will be announced prior to the actual event and then broadcast later during the live awards ceremony. This is similar to the traditional Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards event held prior to the Oscars telecast.

According to Academy President David Rubin “In order to provide more time and opportunity for audience entertainment and engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and movie tributes, a change in the show’s production will take place.”

During the 94th Oscars, performances from nominated artists like Lin Manuel Miranda (“Encanto”) and Billie Eilish (“No Time to Die”) will take the stage.  This is Miranda’s second nomination For Best Original Song and Eilish’s first.  Miranda is also the director of the nominated musical “Tick,… Tick…BOOM!

“So many times I happy screamed for friends this morning, but I woke up all of Washington Heights for Germaine Franco and Andrew Garfield and our Tick,… Tick … BOOM! editors Myron Kerstein and Andy Weisblum,” said Miranda in response to receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

The Academy Awards airs on ABC on March 27 at 7 P.M.