Oscars 2019 show nets Brie Larson, Daniel Craig as presenters

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The Oscars will take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co televises the Oscars ceremony annually and is closely involved in planning the telecast.

Burke's worries about the host-less February 24 ceremony have vanished as it comes together with a "phenomenal" line-up of presenters, she told a TV critics meeting.

Despite the unconventional setup this year, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson called it an "important moment in Oscar history". "The producers, I think, wisely made a decision to not have the host and just have presenters and let the movies be the stars".

Burke also admitted going host-less for the Oscars made her nervous but said, "It no longer does".

"Producers wisely chose to not have a host and to go back to having the presenters and movies be the stars, and that be the best way to keep the show at a brisk three hours". "After that, it was pretty clear that we were going to stay the course. there was an idea that we were just going to just have presenters host the Oscars and we all got on board with that pretty quickly", Burke explained.

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"I, ironically, have found that the lack of clarity around the Oscars has kept the Oscars really in the conversation", she said. Audiences have dropped in recent years with the 2018 show attracting just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest number ever. "It's really compelling. People really care".

The nominees took part in the annual Oscars luncheon and group photo on Monday.

The Favourite and Roma lead the nominations with 10 nods apiece.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a big presence at this year's Oscars, with Black Panther among the nominees for Best Picture and six other awards (here's our guide to watching all the contenders).

It's a pretty big question, which is why over the next three weeks we will be asking you to vote for your favorites as the top films battle it out to see which movie is actually the best picture ever.

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