What to expect from the 2022 Oscars

An Oscar statue is seen in the window of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in March. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
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It’s safe to assume many movie lovers will watch the 94th Academy Awards this Sunday with clenched fists. Because while there are numerous opportunities for folks to become upset — major changes to the telecast and a surprisingly neck-and-neck best picture race, in addition to the usual ceremony complaints — the Oscars are still the Oscars, and a certain type of person will watch them no matter what.

That’s the hope, anyway, as the Oscars producers seem to be relying on that loyal audience to stick around while they make drastic changes to the show in an attempt to lure in new viewers.

How far will they go? How successful will they be? The results will likely influence Oscars ceremonies for years to come. In the meantime, though, here’s what we do know about this one.

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