Oscars 2016: How can I watch in the UK? When are they? Who is nominated?

The year's most controversial awards ceremony is finally here

Jack Shepherd
Tuesday 23 February 2016 16:37
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Alas, awards season is coming to an end. After months of celebrating the best films of 2015, Hollywood is readying itself for the biggest awards ceremony of them all, the Oscars.

This year’s contest has been mired with controversy, the lack of diversity among nominees being discussed countless times by actors and members of the Academy.

Come Sunday night (early Monday morning for us Brits) however, talk of diversity will likely be put on the backburner as the stars adorn the red carpet, eagerly awaiting the results.

Here’s everything you need to know about the ceremony itself, from where is it and what time to who is nominated and where to watch.

This year's Oscars take place on Sunday 28 February at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles

Where will the Oscars take place?

The Oscars take place at the Dolby Theatre - formerly the Kodak theatre - in Los Angeles. The ceremony has taken place there since 2002.

When do things kick off and how long are the awards?

Celebrities will be hitting the red carpet on Sunday 28 February at 4pm (Midnight GMT), with the ceremony scheduled to start at 5.30pm (1.30am GMT). On average, the ceremony lasts around three and a half hours, however, in 2002, they ran on for four hours 23 minutes.

How can I watch the Oscars in the UK?

Sky has set up a special, Oscar-dedicated channel for the occasion called Sky Movies Oscar. It goes live on 22 February and will run until 6 March. You can stream the channel through Now TV with a Sky Movies Month Pass, which can be accessed through almost anything, from a laptop to Playstation 4.

Who is nominated?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Oh, and all these people as well. But most importantly Leo. It is the sixth time he has been nominated for an Oscar (sixth!) having never previously won. Could this be his year? Here’s who our film team thinks should win.

Who is hosting and presenting?

Chris Rock is hosting the awards and has apparently re-written his opening monologue to mention the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Guests presenting awards include Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, JJ Abrams, Tina Fey and Henry Cavil. Meanwhile, Dave Grohl has been booked in for a ‘special performance’.

Who is boycotting the awards?

Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith have all said they will be boycotting the event because of the lack of diversity among nominees in the acting categories. Several others have also spoken out against the Academy, with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending when the nominees were announced.

Anything else I need to know?

In case you were wondering, the Oscars gift bag the actors are given contains over $200,000 worth of goodies, including a trip to Israel, sex toy and a Vampire breast lift.

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