Deadline’s Oscars Live Blog

Hollywood, and Deadline’s live blog, returned for the 96th Academy Awards. The sunny skies, and the fact that the 10 Best Picture nominees include several that audiences have actually seen, bodes well for the festivities. Jimmy Kimmel was back as host, and because Donald Trump remains former president, there is every chance that the Red States won’t consider the event polarized and worth watching … all signs point to a ratings rebound.

Joining Mike Fleming Jr on the live blog was his usual sparring partner Joe Utichi, who turned his Oppenheimer AwardsLine cover story into English (“Thank you Joe and AwardsLine team for the grammatical triage,” says Mike). We also had cameos from our awards expert, Pete Hammond, and Baz Bamigboye, who are both in the room at the Dolby Theatre.

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