The 88th Academy Awards Is Finally Here…And It’s All About Leonardo DiCaprio and Diversity

© Provided by TheWrap Oscars Preview: It’s All About DiCaprio and Diversity
© Provided by TheWrap Oscars Preview: It’s All About DiCaprio and Diversity

After months of campaigning and tens of millions of dollars in advertising, the 88th Academy Awards have finally arrived. 

And that means that hundreds of millions of viewers around the world will finally learn the answers to two burning questions:

Is Leonardo DiCaprio finally going to win an Oscar?

And what’s Chris Rock going to say about all those white nominees?

Oh, sure, there are some other dramas that will play out on the stage of the Dolby Theatre on Sunday evening. For one thing, there’s the closest Best Picture race in more than a decade, with “The Revenant” and “The Big Short” battling down to the wire and “Spotlight” hanging on to a real chance for an upset.

There’s the possibility that Alejandro G. Inarritu could become the first director ever to win back-to-back Best Director and Best Picture awards, should “The Revenant” follow Inarritu’s “Birdman” into the winner’s circle.

And there’s the dramatic narrative of Sylvester Stallone, an Oscar darling 39 years ago for “Rocky,” an action star of no particular credibility for most of the time since then and now a comeback kid ready to grab his first Academy Award at the age of 69 for “Creed.”

(He may have written and starred in “Rocky,” which won Best Picture, but he wasn’t one of the producers, so he didn’t get a statuette.)

But let’s face it: Despite the tight races and the personal stories, this year is all about two “Di”s: DiCaprio and diversity.

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Source: TheWrap | Steve Pond