How 'Oscars' Screens The Salty Moments

Feb 27, 2016
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For decades, publicist Peggy Siegal has worked behind the scenes to turn Oscar nominees into Oscar winners. She puts on exclusive screening events for actors, directors and other Hollywood players ahead of each awards season – and she has the stories to prove it.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks to Siegal about planning an event, who attends and who she thinks is going to win the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday night.

This story was inspired by a question at an insanely hard Oscars trivia night in Los Angeles last year: Which family has the most Oscar nominations?

What was behind the decision not to invite the artists behind two tunes nominated for Best Original Song to perform on Sunday night's Academy Awards broadcast?

Spotlight (upper left), The Martian (upper right), Room (bottom left), and The Big Short (bottom right)

The 88th Academy Awards will go down in history for a few reasons: #OscarsSoWhite criticized the lack of diversity in this year's nominees. It will also go down as a year with several very good movies vying for the top prizes. Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short, Room and more, all great movies with exceptional performances.