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All set for the Oscars night

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The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, in Hollywood, and there’s every indication that it’s going to be a near-sweep for World War I drama “1917.”

“1917” won seven trophies at the BAFTA awards (the U.K.’s equivalent of the Oscars), including best film, best British film, best director for Sam Mendes, best cinematography for Roger Deakins, production design, sound and special visual effects.

“1917” previously won the Golden Globe for Best Picture — Drama, the Producers’ Guild award for Best Picture, the AFI Award for Movie of the Year and a slew of awards from critics groups.

Preparations - 92nd Academy Awards
Final preparations on the red carpet for the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in filmmaking in 24 categories. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

But momentum has swung behind Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean thriller “Parasite,” and some believe it has a chance to become the first non-English language film to win best picture.

Brad Pitt’s performance as Cliff Booth in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” a role that now seems a lock to win Pitt his first Oscar for an acting performance. Booth is a WWII veteran who’s scraping together a living as a Hollywood stuntman and personal assistant to Rick Dalton, a fading star played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The official pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on ABC. Among the presenters the academy will lean on in the absence of a host are Tom Hanks, Maya Rudolph, Spike Lee, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Chris Rock, Timothée Chalamet, Will Ferrell, Diane Keaton and Kelly Marie Tran.

The ceremony will come just days after the death of Kirk Douglas, one of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s golden age. Kobe Bryant, a 2018 Oscar winner for the short “Dear Basketball,” is expected to be included in the ceremony’s In Memoriam segment.

Preparations - 92nd Academy Awards
People take photos next to an Oscar statue nearby as workers continue preparations on the red carpet for the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

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