Even for die-hard fans, the lead-up to the 91st Academy Awards — airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC — has been rife with confusion. Seemingly every week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a controversial new decision about the ceremony — from cutting categories to hiring Kevin Hart as host — only to cave a few days later from the pressure of social media backlash. Amid all that, a bunch of movies were also nominated for awards.
So you’re forgiven for not keeping up. But don’t fret about understanding all the ins and outs: This handy cheat sheet will make you sound like an Oscar expert at your screening party.
Don’t say: “I can’t wait to see what hilarity Kevin Hart has in store!” Nope, after the comedian’s old homophobic jokes resurfaced, he pulled out.
Say: “At least the show will be over before midnight.” The Academy’s decision to go host-less may make the evening drier, but it should also make it shorter.