Hollywood’s most glamorous party is almost here. The 94th Academy Awards, originally delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, is set to air on Sunday, March 27.
The nominees were released in February, giving moviegoers over a month to catch up with the nominees in 23 categories (there’s still time to stream the Oscar-nominated movies, or just the best picture run), and simmer on all the snubs.
On Oscar night, prepare for red carpet stares and jokes from the charming trio that hosts the show — as well as discovering the winners, of course. “Power of the Dog” and “CODA” are favorites to win Best Picture.
Whether you’re hosting your own Oscars party or just having a cozy night in, here’s how to prepare to watch the Oscars, including details on watching the ceremony.
When are the Oscars this year?
The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27. The ceremony itself will begin airing on ABC at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.
If dresses are your favorite part of the ceremony, listen early. Red carpet programming will begin on ABC at 4:30 p.m. PT / 6:30 p.m. ET, an hour and a half before showtime.
Where will the Oscars take place?
Broadcast live from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony will be a return to the familiar after last year’s low-key ceremony.
Held at Union Station Los Angeles, the Oscars production team opted for a more intimate event in 2021, scrapping many ceremony traditions like montages, musical numbers and comedic moments from hosts and presenters.
How can I watch the Oscars, with or without cable?
The Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC. Cable subscribers can also stream the ceremony on abc.com or through the ABC app by connecting through a cable company.
Cord cutters, or those without a cable subscription, can also access the ceremony through subscription services such as Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV and FuboTV. Many offer a free trial.
Who organizes the Oscars?
After three straight years without a host, the Oscars will have three hosts in 2022. This year, Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes will split hosting duties. This is the first time in the history of the Oscars that the ceremony will be hosted by three women.
Who are the Oscar nominees?
The nominees were announced on February 8. With 12 nominations, “The Power of the Dog” leads the pack (pun intended). Next, sci-fi epic “Dune” scored 10, and “West Side Story” and “Belfast” received seven nods apiece.
Read on for a full list of nominees in all 23 categories.
Expect a Slightly Different Oscars Ceremony
The 94th Academy Awards will bring a few changes to the ceremony, which regular Oscars viewers are sure to notice.
The first up? A brand new reward. Instead of being chosen by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars new Fan-Favorite award will be decided by a popular vote organized on Twitter. The award highlights films from 2021 that were critically acclaimed box office hits but were largely overlooked in the nominations, like “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and “No Time To Die.”
The rewards will also be presented in a slightly different way. Eight categories will be recorded one hour before the start of the broadcast, with images incorporated into the broadcast itself.