"Every year, the discussion around the awards is less and less who will win, but how many women are nominated, or how many blacks and Asians lost", said Tom O'Neil, founder of awards website GoldDerby.com.
Traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor would present that statuette, but Casey Affleck, who triumphed in 2017 for "Manchester by the Sea", withdrew under a cloud of sexual harassment accusations he denies.
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will (hopefully) bring the amusing again, just as he did at last year's ceremony.
In another nod to the women's movements, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has tapped past winners, Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster, to present the best actress Oscar, according to Variety.
Today, the Oscars roll out, and the Academy decides between a romance between a fish-man and a mute woman, or people in a small town being just completely disgusting to each other.
Organizers are looking to rebound after last year's flubbed announcement by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway of the best picture victor - the trophy was initially given to "La La Land", when the actual victor was "Moonlight".
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Dunkirk was also a favorite in three races - although all technical categories - while Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour and Pixar animation Coco were expected to pick up two statuettes each. Any potential history being made?
Don't be alarmed if you hear glass ceilings shattering at this year's Oscars, with numerous breakthroughs to cheer among the nominees.
Mudbound scored another first, with soul diva Mary J Blige the first person nominated for acting and best original song in the same film. This nine-time Grammy champ will be taking center stage to perform "Mighty River", which she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.
Happy viewing, and may the best Meryl win.
The Time's Up campaign against sexual harassment in the workplace, spearheaded by celebrities including Reese Witherspoon and Ava DuVernay, will be recognized in some form in Sunday's ceremony, organizers say.
The Time's Up initiative is not planning a coordinated protest on Sunday - like the striking red carpet "blackout" at the Golden Globes.
While there is no official repeat planned, some actresses have indicated they will again wear black in support of #MeToo on Sunday.