Order in Which the Categories Are Announced

Based on previous Oscar ceremonies, predicting the order in which the Academy Awards will be distributed has become a simple science. If this year is anything like the previous years, the Academy Awards will start with a pretty major category, but not one that viewers are most anticipating.

The ceremony will likely begin by revealing this year’s Best Supporting Actor or Actress, as has been the case in the past, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The Oscars often start with a major reveal to hook everyday viewers – those who are just waiting to see whether Lady Gaga or Glenn Close wins Best Actress in a Leading Role.

If you’re trying to predict when you should tune in to the biggest night of the year in Hollywood, the list below reveals the order in which the awards are likely to be announced.

There may be a little variation; however, one thing is for sure: You won’t miss Best Picture or Best Director if you skip the first half of the show.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sam Elliott, ‘A Star Is Born’
  • Mahershala Ali, ‘Green Book’
  • Richard E. Grant, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
  • Adam Driver, ‘BlacKkKlansman’
  • Sam Rockwell, ‘Vice’

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • ‘Border,’ Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer, ‘Border’
  • ‘Maey Queen of Scots,’ Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks,
  • ‘Vice,’ Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney,

Costume Design

  • ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Mary Zophres
  • ‘Black Panther,’ Ruth E. Carter
  • ‘The Favourite,’ Sandy Powell
  • ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Sandy Powell
  • ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ Alexandra Byrne

Documentary Feature

  • ‘Free Solo,’ Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes, and Shannon Dill
  • ‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening,’ RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, and Su Kim
  • ‘Minding the Gap,’ Bing Liu and Diane Quon
  • ‘Of Fathers and Sons,’ Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, and Tobias N. Siebert
  • ‘RBG,’ Betsy West and Julie Cohen

Sound Editing

  • ‘Black Panther,’ Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
  • ‘First Man,’ Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • ‘A Quiet Place,’ Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • ‘Roma,’ Sergio Diaz and Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing

  • ‘Black Panther,’ Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin
  • ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
  • ‘First Man,’ Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis
  • ‘Roma,’ Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García
  • ‘A Star Is Born,’ Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, and Steve Morrow

Production Design

  • Black Panther,’ Hannah Beachler with Set Decoration by Jay Hart
  • ‘First Man,’ Nathan Crowley with Set Decoration by Kathy Lucas
  • ‘The Favourite,’ Fiona Crombie with Set Decoration by Alice Felton
  • ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ John Myhre with Set Decoration by Gordon Sim
  • ‘Roma,’ Eugenio Caballero with Set Decoration by Bárbara Enrı́quez

Foreign-Language Film

  • ‘Capernaum’ (Lebanon)
  • ‘Cold War’ (Poland)
  • ‘Never Look Away’ (Germany)
  • ‘Roma’ (Mexico)
  • ‘Shoplifters’ (Japan)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams, ‘Vice’
  • Marina de Tavira, ‘Roma’
  • Regina King, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
  • Emma Stone, ‘The Favourite’
  • Rachel Weisz, ‘The Favourite’

Animated Short Film

  • ‘Animal Behaviour,’ Alison Snowden and David Fine
  • ‘Bao,’ Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
  • ‘Late Afternoon,’ Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco
  • ‘One Small Step,’ Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas
  • ‘Weekends,’ Trevor Jimenez

Animated Feature Film

  • ‘Incredibles 2,’ Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • ‘Isle of Dogs,’Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • ‘Mirai,’ Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet,’ Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer
  • ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller

Visual Effects

  • ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick
  • ‘Christopher Robin,’ Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould
  • ‘First Man,’ Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
  • ‘Ready Player One,’ Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk
  • ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy

Film Editing

  • ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Barry Alexander Brown
  • ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ John Ottman
  • ‘Green Book,’ Patrick J. Don Vito
  • ‘The Favourite,’ Yorgos Mavropsaridis
  • ‘Vice,’ Hank Corwin

Documentary Short Subject

  • ‘Black Sheep,’ Ed Perkins and Jonathin Chinn
  • ‘End Game,’ Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
  • ‘Lifeboat,’ Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser
  • ‘A Night at the Garden,’ Marshall Curry
  • ‘Period. End of Sentence.,’ Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton

Live Action Short Film

  • ‘Detainment,’ Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon
  • ‘Fauve,’ Jeremy Comte and Marcia Gracia Turgeon
  • ‘Marguerite,’ Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset
  • ‘Mother,’ Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado
  • ‘Skin,’ Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman

Adapted Screenplay

  • ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Spike Lee
  • ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Barry Jenkins
  • ‘A Star Is Born,’ Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, and Will Fetters

Original Screenplay

  • ‘The Favourite,’ Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara
  • ‘First Reformed,’ Paul Schrader
  • ‘Green Book,’ Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly
  • ‘Roma,’ Alfonso Cuarón
  • ‘Vice,’ Adam McKay


  • ‘Cold War,’ Lukasz Zal
  • ‘The Favourite,’ Robbie Ryan
  • ‘Never Look Away,’ Caleb Deschanel
  • ‘Roma,’ Alfonso Cuarón
  • ‘A Star Is Born,’ Matthew Libatique

Original Score

  • ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Terence Blanchard
  • ‘Black Panther,’ Ludwig Goransson
  • ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Nicholas Britell
  • ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Alexandre Desplat
  • ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song

  • ‘All The Stars’ from ‘Black Panther’ by Kendrick Lamar and SZA
  • ‘I’ll Fight’ from ‘RBG’ by Diane Warren
  • ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
  • ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, and Benjamin Rice
  • ‘When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings’ from ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch


  • Spike Lee, ‘BlacKkKlansman’
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, ‘Cold War’
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, ‘The Favourite’
  • Alfonso Cuarón, ‘Roma’
  • Adam McKay, ‘Vice’

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, ‘Vice’
  • Bradley Cooper, ‘A Star Is Born’
  • Willem Dafoe, ‘At Eternity’s Gate’
  • Rami Malek, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
  • Viggo Mortensen, ‘Green Book’

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yalitza Aparicio, ‘Roma’
  • Glenn Close, ‘The Wife’
  • Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’
  • Lady Gaga, ‘A Star Is Born’
  • Melissa McCarthy, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Best Picture

  • ‘Black Panther’
  • ‘BlacKkKlansman’
  • ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
  • ‘The Favourite’
  • ‘Green Book’
  • ‘Roma’
  • ‘A Star Is Born’
  • ‘Vice’


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