Oscars set for return to normal, except all the changes

For the first time in two years, the Oscars will be held in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Except for the new stuff.

The 94th Academy Awards begin at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. Aside from it, nothing else is customary. 

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An hour before the broadcast, participants will meet in the Dolby for the awarding of eight awards and acceptance speeches.

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This year's changes include tectonic shifts. This year's Oscars will likely see a streaming service win best picture for the first time.

  Despite "Spider-Man: No Way Home," the film industry is still recuperating. The Motion Picture Association reported that overseas movie ticket sales fell by half last year.

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Half of this year's 10 best-picture nominees were streamed within days of their debut. Even the Film Academy has abandoned DVD screenings in favor of streaming.

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A night of Hollywood self-congratulation after two years of pandemic and as Russia's conflict destroys Ukraine are also impediments. 

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Jane Campion's gothic western “The Power of the Dog” has a strong chance of winning the top prize with 12 nominations

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It would be great for Apple TV+, which purchased the film from Sundance last year, would be fantastic.But Denis Villeneuve's epic science fiction picture "Dune" should win.