Hollywood, CA (CBS News) – The 88th Academy Awards begin Sunday night in Los Angeles. Fans lined the red carpet, stars are making their way to the Dolby Theater and protesters are expressing their disgust over the all-white list of nominees.
Hundreds of fans waited for hours along the red carpet to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars.
At this year’s Academy Awards, the best picture prize appears to be the most hard-to-call category.
The Revenant, The Big Short, and Spotlight have each won a big award but The Revenant has the best odds in Las Vegas.
Its star, Leonardo DiCaprio appears poised to win his first Academy Award.
For the second straight year, all of the acting nominees are white and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has dominated the headlines.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announced they will not attend tonight’s ceremony.
Several top African American directors are also staying away, choosing instead to host a live benefit for Flint, Michigan, where the water is contaminated with lead.
Comedian Chris Rock is hosting but he hasn’t given any standard pre-show interviews.
Instead, he tweeted a television blackout screen with the hashtags blackout and Oscars.
At First AME Church in Los Angeles earlier Sunday, the Reverend Al Sharpton put advertisers for next year’s Oscars on notice.
“If they want to have a whites-only awards you don’t need no black dollars in your pocket,” said Sharpton.
Sharpton will lead an anti-Oscars rally before the show and his organization is organizing other protests around the country.
The Academy has recently taken several steps to diversify its membership, which is mostly white men.