What You Need to Know About the 2016 Oscars
What You Need to Know About the 2016 Oscars

The Hollywood party is back again! You’ve been waiting all year—it’s like Christmas. Chris Rock will host, there’s some controversy; Chris Rock + controversy = guaranteed funniness. Here are some helpful tips on how to watch, and an overview of the activities.

Where and When to Watch

Red carpet coverage begins at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 pm Pacific, followed directly by the awards ceremony at 8:30 EST, 5:30 Pacific. Watch the Oscars on ABC on television, or live stream at ABC.com, or use the app: WATCH ABC app.

Fun Stuff

Workers lay carpet on Hollywood Boulevard during the ceremonial red carpet rollout in preparation for the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
Workers lay carpet on Hollywood Boulevard during the ceremonial red carpet rollout in preparation for the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)

On your second screen, you’ll want to have open the Oscars Backstage cam. U.S.-based fans get exclusive access to cameras that cover the red carpet, backstage moments, and audience close-ups via the Oscars official website.

But before the show, make sure to play The Official Oscars Challenge for free, for a shot at exclusive prizes, like a trip to next year’s red carpet event—make your Oscar picks, play your friends!

What’s New This Year

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and actress Kate Winslet attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Charley Gallay/Getty Images/Turner)
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and actress Kate Winslet attend The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.(Charley Gallay/Getty Images/Turner)

Here’s a major change: rather than having winners recite long thank-you lists, those names will now scroll at the bottom of your TV screen.

Lady Gaga, such a hit last year performing songs from “The Sound of Music,” will perform her ‘Til It Happens to You’ from the documentary “The Hunting Ground.”

The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th-century hunter-trapper, has the most nominations this year with 12. Here’s why Leonardo should win his first Oscar …

‪Full List of 2016 Oscar Nominations‬

The #OscarsSoWhite Controversy

Actor Idris Elba, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images/Turner)

The Academy Awards generally plays its cards close to the vest, but one thing’s for sure: since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy has intensified, due to this being the 2nd year in a row of no black nominees, those Oscar cards are now glued straight onto the Academy’s vest.

After it was suggested Chris Rock was writing new material to address the situation, the only thing Rock would say is, “All will be revealed on February 28th.”

Academy President Releases Statement on Lack of Diversity‬

Once Again:

The red carpet Oscar fashion fiesta begins at 7:00 pm EST, 4:00 pm Pacific; Oscars ceremony at 8:30pm EST, 5:30 Pacific. Watch it on ABC television, live stream at ABC.com. The app: WATCH ABC app.

Enjoy!

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