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Streaming showdown and a ceremony shakeup set stage for Oscar Sunday

Streaming showdown and a ceremony shakeup set stage for Oscar Sunday
March 27, 2022 Web Desk

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A dark Western, "The Power of the Dog," will battle feel-good deaf family drama "CODA" for the film industry's top honor on Sunday when, free of last year's pandemic restrictions, a large Hollywood crowd gathers for the Academy Awards.

The films are front-runners for the best picture trophy at a red-carpet Oscars ceremony promising a few plot twists. Among them: a win by either movie would mark a milestone by handing the statuette to a streaming service.

Netflix Inc released "Power of the Dog" while "CODA" streamed on Apple TV.

After past complaints about a lack of diversity, two of this year's four acting accolades may go to people of color. Will Smith is likely to earn his first Oscar for "King Richard," awards watchers say, as is Ariana DeBose for "West Side Story."

Comedians Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes will host, and it is the first time three women have guided the ceremony in its 94-year history. Beyonce and Billie Eilish will perform.