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Oscars 2018: The leadup and the rundown on the 90th annual Academy Awards

In the year of Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, and Time’s Up, politics is likely to edge into the ceremony

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The Oscar is the biggest prize in Hollywood, and the Academy Awards ceremony is Hollywood’s annual opportunity to get dressed up, tout projects, support causes, and hope the host won’t puncture the fun with endless “This is so long and boring, why are we here?” jokes. This year, the awards will be given out on March 4th, and once again, they’ll be shadowed by controversy: not just the diversity struggle highlighted by the #OscarsSoWhite movement, but the lingering effects of the Harvey Weinstein scandals and the seemingly endless sex-abuse stories that followed. Comedian and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel will once again be hosting, and if other recent award shows are any indication, there will probably be some serious political messaging mixed in with the “I’d like to thank…” speeches and the musical performances. Follow The Verge’s coverage here for news, play-by-play on the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, and thoughts on the winners and losers.