What to expect at the Academy Awards

Stone is also set to present but, in a break with tradition, she won't be handing out Best Actor at the 90th Academy Awards. Two others past Best Actress winners, Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence have been tapped to present that prize this year (last year's victor of Best Actor, Casey Affleck, would have traditionally done that but he bowed out of appearing in the wake of the #MeToo movement).

How do I watch the ceremony online?

The official ABC red carpet live show will begin at 6:30PM ET and can be viewed on ABC, ABC.com or on the ABC app, for subscribers.

Organizers are looking to rebound after last year's flubbed announcement by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway of the best picture victor - the trophy was initially given to "La La Land", when the actual victor was "Moonlight".

Dunkirk was also a favorite in three races - although all technical categories - while Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour and Pixar animation Coco were expected to pick up two statuettes each.

"Every year, the discussion around the awards is less and less who will win, but how many women are nominated, or how many blacks and Asians lost", said Tom O'Neil, founder of awards website GoldDerby.com.

Are there any records that could be broken?

An Oscar statue is seen outside the Dolby Theatre during preparations for the Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 3, 2018.

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The songs you will hear, the host you will see, the leading nominees, the presenters - it's all here. She's breaking her own record this year with her 21st Oscar nomination.

And "A Fantastic Woman" - a love story from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio with a much-praised star turn from transgender actress Daniela Vega - is tipped to win best foreign-language film honours.

"Lady Bird" director Greta Gerwig could become only the second female to take home that prize when the decision of the 8,000 Academy members is announced.

Other firsts include a superhero film nominated for best adapted screenplay (Logan) and the first person over the age of 87 to be nominated for an acting award - Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World.

Black-tie attire is recommended, but black gowns are optional this time around.

The Oscars ceremony on Sunday will give the Time's Up campaign its biggest public moment, reaching an audience of A-list celebrities and millions watching on television worldwide.

The Time's Up initiative is not planning a coordinated protest on Sunday - like the striking red carpet "blackout" at the Golden Globes.

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