I don’t know how they pick who’s going to wake up at the crack of dawn and announce the Oscar nominations. I wonder if the people have to “apply” to do it, or whether they’re nominated to do it, or perhaps there’s a big publicity campaign involved.
And you’d think they would have at least one male and one female doing the announcing, to mix it up a little. But that’s not the case this year.
The Academy sent out a notice today that they’ve found their announcers. Guillermo del Toro, John Krasinski (whose film “13 Hours” hits theaters this week, so perhaps his publicity team got him onto the announcement stage), and Ang Lee will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs for nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. “The Oscars” will air Sunday, Feb. 28, live on ABC.
At 5:30 a.m. PST, del Toro and Lee will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
At 5:38 a.m. PST, Krasinski and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.
The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered. The event will be broadcast and streamed live on www.oscars.org/live.
Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.
A director, writer and producer, del Toro’s films include “The Devil’s Backbone,” the “Hellboy” films, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay, and 2015’s “Crimson Peak.” He also is the creator of the television series “The Strain.”
Krasinski’s role in the Emmy-winning series “The Office” launched him into the public eye in 2005. His feature credits include Paramount’s aforementioned “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” and “Promised Land,” which he also co-wrote and produced. He directed and stars in “The Hollars,” premiering at Sundance this month.
Lee, a two-time Oscar winner, directed and produced the 2000 Best Foreign Language Film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and earned Directing Oscars for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.” His latest film, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” is currently in post-production.
The 88th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.