How to watch the Academy Awards ceremony

How to watch the Academy Awards ceremony

It’s the glitziest night of the film calendar – the Oscars! Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s award ceremony.

Where and when are the Oscars?

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Sunday February 24, at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

How can I watch the Oscars on TV in the UK?

In the UK, the ceremony will be broadcast on Sky, with red carpet coverage beginning at midnight, and the ceremony itself starting around 1.30am GMT. If you do not subscribe to Sky, it is possible to sign up with NOW TV for a free 14 day trial of their Sky Cinema pass.

This year, however, you won’t be able to watch the full ceremony live on TV. In an attempt to cut down the event’s running-time, four awards will be presented during commercial breaks: Makeup and Hair, Cinematography, Editing, and Live Action Short.

The move has prompted widespread criticism. Russell Crowe, the actor, called it “a fundamentally stupid decision” and “just too f—ing dumb for words”, while The Exorcist director William Friedkin wrote on Twitter: “What an insult to award two of the most essential qualities of film making [editing and cinematography] in the commercial breaks. This is a misguided act that robs the awards of whatever relevance remains. It’s now just a platform for commercials.”

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