- 1917 is the favorite for several Oscars
- Sam Mendes' main competitor appears to be Bong Joon-ho
- Bong Joon-ho directed "Parasite"
Hollywood's award season reached its extravagant finale at the Oscars on Sunday with the war epic 1917 tapped to put a brigade of winners on stage for the film industry's biggest night.
Impeccably dressed A-listeners and aspiring documentary filmmakers will roam the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles as months of campaigning for 24 gold statuettes result in a single night.
Sam Mendes 1917 launched a late attack on this year's Academy Awards – it was only shown to voters just two months ago – but experts predict it could overtake any rival.
The First World War odyssey of two soldiers crossing no man's land – filmed to look like an ongoing shot – has captured almost everything in the awards show, which runs until Sunday.
It is the favorite for several Oscars from the best director to the camera and the frontrunner for the best picture, the main prize of the night.
"It's part of traditional Hollywood, like the Oscars," Tim Gray told AFP.
"It's big, epic, but it's hardly a formula film. It's really a knockout. It's just filmmaking at its best."
Best Picture's unique voting system, which uses voter index films, makes it difficult to predict and could open up an unlikely candidate.
Despite the best efforts of star filmmaker Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Quentin Tarantino (Once upon a time in Hollywood), Sam Mendes' main competitor, appears to be Bong Joon-ho.
The charismatic South Korean director has become Hollywood's favorite in recent weeks and has drawn an incomparable audience to campaign events for his black comedy parasite,
The film about a poor family who has entered a wealthy household seems to be an eye catcher for Best International – but could also triumph in some of the top categories.
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The Oscars in the actor categories – usually a subject of painful considerations for industry experts – look sovereign, and the same four stars ensure enthusiastic reviews and awards throughout the season.
Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger are believed to be way ahead of the competition for the best actor and actress.
Joaquin Phoenix underwent a remarkable transformation to portray the title comic book villain in joker – just like Renne Zellweger, who played the legendary Hollywood diva Judy Garland Judy,
Tinseltown's favorites, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern, have their fingers on the acting support awards for their work as a relaxed stuntman (Once upon a time in Hollywood) and a divorce lawyer (Marriage history).
"I don't see a scenario where one of them loses," Deadline Awards columnist Pete Hammond told AFP.
"People will say there is always an Oscars surprise, but I think these four will win," agreed Tim Gray.
The prices for the best screenplay, the best editing and the best visual effects with films from the National Socialist satire are more competitive Jojo Rabbit Drama to time Little woman and even superhero epic Avengers: Endgame everything in the mix.
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The ceremony will continue for a second time in a row without a moderator, after a series of top-class guest moderators caused a trend leap in TV ratings last year.
This year's cast of moderators is also well attended: Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton will perform alongside former winners Brie Larson, Olivia Colman and Rami Malek.
Elton John won the Oscar for best original I will love myself again of rocket Man, will appear, as will the great Grammy winner and upcoming James Bond songstress Billie Eilish.
As a possible indication of the ongoing controversy over the lack of female nominees, Irish maestro Eimear Noone will be the first woman to conduct a music segment during an Oscars show.
Nonetheless, the diversity among hosts and performers is unlikely to ease the anger over this year's nominations.
Cynthia Erivo was the only non-whitening candidate for the anti-slavery biography Harrietand no woman was voted best director.
"I wouldn't call it #OscarsSoWhite, but I would say it's #OscarsAsUsual," said Pete Hammond.
"A British picture comes up and wins a traditional way of winning, four white actors again. It looks like the Oscars could have been 30 years ago."