The Oscars return to honor movies released in 2021

Paul Wernes, travel editor

The 94th academy awards take place at Dolby Theaters at the Hollywood and Highland Center. On Sunday, March 27, the Oscars will be honoring movies released in 2021.
There are 23 categories with five nominies per category. “Good Morning America’’ revealed on February 15, that the 2022 Oscars will be hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. The trio will be the first to host the Academy Awards since Jimmy Kimmel emceed the 2018 ceremony. The Oscars went without hosts in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Shortlists of films to compete for nominations in ten categories were announced on December 21, 2021. The nominations were announced on February 8, 2022, by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan.
While an ever-dwindling audience watches mostly big-name actors, writers and directors give breathless speeches, the following categories will be relegated to snippets taped while the commercials run: sound, editing, production design, hair and makeup, original score, live-action shorts, documentary shorts and animated shorts.
The aim was to bring the show in at a tight three hours, which directly contradicts the addition of more padding. This year’s Oscars will get more audience engagement all right, most likely in howls of disapproval at tacky production numbers or overlong monologues and montages.