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Oscars 2018 Start time, Oscars live stream, favourites, records — all you need to know about 90th Academy Awards
Hollywood’s awards season reaches its glittering climax on Sunday at the Oscars, with fairy tale romance The Shape of Water and dark crime comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri neck-and-neck in the race for the major statuettes.
The ceremony caps a difficult few months during which the industry has declared war on the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct brought to light by the downfall of movie mogul and alleged serial sex attacker Harvey Weinstein.
As with the Golden Globes in January, the mood in Tinseltown on Sunday is expected to be celebratory but defiant as the film world’s A-listers speak out against dozens of showbiz people called out for predatory behavior since October.
Here’s all you need to know about the 90th Academy Awards to help you best prepare for a historic night.
Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will preside over the Oscars for the second consecutive time, with critics tuning in to see how he navigates the tricky balancing act of being funny without making light of the #MeToo victims.
Keeping the more than three-hour show — usually the most-watched non-sports telecast each year in the United States — upbeat in a year overshadowed by allegations of sexual assault will also be a tough challenge.
It may have been the most embarrassing flub in Oscars history, but don’t expect Kimmel to shy away from mining “Envelopegate” for comedy gold at the Academy’s expense.
The embarrassing mix-up at last year’s show saw the best picture Oscar incorrectly given to musical La La Land before the actual winner, coming-of-age drama Moonlight, was finally handed the prize.
Oscar watchers expect the mistake, which made for a chaotic end to the film industry’s biggest night, to be fodder for both Kimmel’s opening monologue and jokes from the presenters.
Where is the Oscars ceremony taking place?
The 90th Academy Awards Live will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on 4 March, 2018.
What time does the Oscars ceremony start?
The Oscars awards show telecast begins at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on 4 March in the US. But you’ll be able to catch all the live action at 6.30 am IST in India on 5 March on Star Movies, Star Movies HD and Star Movies Premiere HD in India.
Can I also watch the red carpet and pre-shows?
Yes, the red carpet show begins at 5.30am IST and the main awards ceremony will take place at 6.30am IST.
Viewers in India can livestream the ceremony on Hotstar. American viewers can of course watch it live on ABC’s website or app.
Who are the favourites in the main categories?
From a quirky fairy tale romance to a dark comedy about a murder investigation, via a couple of coming-of-age tales and a horror satire, the contenders for the best picture Oscar offer audiences an array of genres and themes.
The Shape of Water, a Cold War-set story of love between a mute cleaning woman and a mystery merman-like creature, tops the nominations with 13, one shy of the record.
It is vying for best picture, best director and best actress for its star Sally Hawkins, while Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer are in the running for supporting actor and actress.
Tense World War II epic Dunkirk heads into Sunday’s gala in second place with eight nods, while Three Billboards picked up seven nods.
Buoyed by strong showings at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Martin McDonagh’s film made a late charge to move back into pole position for the coveted best picture statuette.
Dunkirk was also a favorite in three races — although all technical categories — while Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour and Pixar animation Coco were expected to pick up two statuettes each.
The Shape of Water and Three Billboards will vie for best picture honors with seven other films, including Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, and coming-of-age movies Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird.
Others in the coveted top category are dark satire Get Out, Daniel Day-Lewis’s apparent final film Phantom Thread — he has announced his retirement — and Pentagon Papers thriller The Post.
McDormand, who has dominated the awards season, is expected to bag her second best actress statuette with no serious challenge from Hawkins, Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) or Meryl Streep (The Post), who notched her record 21st nomination.
For best actor, Gary Oldman is one of the surest bets of the night for his acclaimed performance as Churchill in Darkest Hour.
Are there any records that could be broken? Any potential history being made?
Don’t be alarmed if you hear glass ceilings shattering at this year’s Oscars, with numerous breakthroughs to cheer among the nominees.
Mudbound director Dee Rees is the first black woman nominated for best adapted screenplay, while her director of photography Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for best cinematography.
Mudbound scored another first, with soul diva Mary J Blige the first person nominated for acting and best original song in the same film.
Yance Ford (Strong Island) is the first openly transgender director ever nominated, and Jordan Peele (Get Out) is the first black filmmaker nominated for directing, writing, and producing.
He is also only the fifth black person ever nominated for best director — after John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen and Barry Jenkins — and could be the first to win.
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is the fifth woman in history nominated for best director” and the first to land the nod for a directorial debut.
Other firsts include a superhero film nominated for best adapted screenplay (Logan) and the first person over the age of 87 to be nominated for an acting award — Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World.
Will we see another sea of black in support of #MeToo and Time’s Up?
The Oscars ceremony on Sunday will give the Time’s Up campaign its biggest public moment, reaching an audience of A-list celebrities and millions watching on television worldwide.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements — against sexual misconduct and gender inequality, respectively — have featured prominently in the awards season, inspiring many powerful speeches and turning the red carpet into a sea of symbolic black dresses at the Golden Globes and the Baftas.
While there is no official repeat planned, some actresses have indicated they will again wear black in support of #MeToo on Sunday.
How to watch the 90th Academy Awards
The 90th Academy Awards Sunday night marks the end of the 2018 awards season. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood’s biggest awards show is officially scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. ET, but CBS News will bring you red carpet coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.
- What: 90th Academy Awards
- Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
- Time: 8:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. PT)
- Host: Jimmy Kimmel
- On TV: Your local ABC affiliate
- Online stream: ABC.com and the ABC app (subscription required)
CBS News Oscars live blog
CBS News will have live coverage of all the red carpet activity starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. The live blog will continue through the entire Academy Awards show, keeping you updated with all the winners, speeches, snubs and everything Oscars.
“The Shape of Water” leads the 2018 Oscar nominations list with 13. Here are some of the most closely-watched categories. But you can get the full list of 2018 Oscar nominations here.
- “Call Me By Your Name”
- “Darkest Hour”
- “Get Out”
- “Lady Bird”
- “Phantom Thread”
- “The Post”
- “The Shape of Water”
- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
- Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
- Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
- Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
- Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
- Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
- Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
- Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
- Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
- Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
- Meryl Streep, “The Post”
The red carpet at the Oscars is always a source of glamour and sometimes drama. This year, controversy is buzzing about E!’s red carpet coverage with Ryan Seacrest. The “American Idol” and daytime TV host was recently accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee; he denies the charges and an E! investigation found “insufficient evidence to substantiate” the allegations. Jennifer Lawrence has already expressed that she is not sure if she will pause to talk with Seacrest on the red carpet.
The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are expected to have a big presence at the Oscars, potentially creating some “awkwardness” around Hollywood’s biggest night, but unlike the recent Golden Globes, there is no organized effort to have attendees as a sign of protest.
The list of presenters for the Academy Awards Sunday is a diverse group that includes “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, “Girls Trip” breakout star Tiffany Haddish, “Lady Bird” writer/director Greta Gerwig and “The Big Sick” co-writer and star Kumail Nanjiani.
Casey Affleck, last year’s winner for Best Actor, has bowed out of presenting after sexual harassment allegations resurfaced after he won last year.
Oscars 2018: What time, channel do 90th Academy Awards start? How to watch Oscars2018 live stream online, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty return
The 2018 Oscars — or the 90th Academy Awards, if you’d prefer — are headed our way on Sunday, March 4, bringing glitz, glamour and maybe even a headline-grabbing mix-up or two, like the 2017 snafu that was the “La La Land”-“Moonlight” debacle (as documented in the photo above). This year, nine films are up for best picture, just one of 24 award categories that will be featured in the Oscars broadcast.
Hollywood’s biggest night not only promises a cavalcade of A-list actors and designer dresses, but also tends to mint a selection of memes and awkward moments to delight everyone watching along on social media.
Here’s all you need to know to tune in for the show.
The 2018 Oscars start at 8 p.m. March 4 on ABC. The network’s pre-show, “Live From the Red Carpet,” featuring interviews with nominees and presenters, starts at 6:30 p.m. with hosts Michael Strahan (“Good Morning America”) and Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”).
But maybe you’re the type who likes to really revel in the all the Oscars grandeur.
If you’re a fashion plate or just interested in what everyone’s wearing — and want to get a good look at all the gowns — you can head over to E! starting at 1 p.m. for two hours of “Countdown to the Red Carpet” and, starting at 5 p.m., three hours of “Live From the Red Carpet” with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic — that is, if Seacrest is still hosting (E! says that he is).
Seacrest has been making headlines of his own lately after Suzie Hardy, a former E! News stylist, went public with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault. The multi-hyphenate TV host has denied Hardy’s claims. Yet some publicists, citing the allegations, reportedly plan to steer their clients away from Seacrest on the red carpet. “Scandal” actress Bellamy Young spoke out against Seacrest hosting the red carpet show at the Oscars, but later apologized to him when she learned that he had already been cleared by an independent investigation at E!
Still, speculation abounds about how stars — including actresses who have shared their own #MeToo stories of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct — will react to Seacrest on the red carpet.
The Academy Awards always end with the winner for best picture, but there are a lot of categories to cover before then, from best actress to best supporting actress to cinematography, documentary feature, makeup and hairstyling, costume design and film editing.
The nine best picture nominees are “Call Me By Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Here are the rest of the 2018 Oscar nominees, including New Jersey’s own Meryl Streep (“The Post”).
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, the Oscar presenters partially responsible for last year’s mix-up, when “La La Land” was announced as best picture instead of “Moonlight” — the actual winner — are slated to return. Yes, to present the biggest award of the night: best picture. One would think they’ll be careful to get it right this time, but could an award go to the wrong person at the 2018 Oscars, considering what happened at last year’s show?
PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm tasked with tabulating the winners of the awards, has instituted several new rules as a precaution after “La La Land” was accidentally named best picture because a partner from the firm handed the wrong envelope to Beatty and Dunaway. The firm told the Associated Press that presenters will now have to confirm they’ve received the right envelope before they walk onstage to present the award.
There will also be a third partner sitting in the control booth at the awards show who will have a set of winner’s envelopes and have all the winners committed to memory. All three balloting partners will have to attend rehearsals for the show. Finally, the two PwC partners who staffed the Oscars last year will not be a part of this year’s show.
Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars for 2018, even after the “Moonlight” morass he found himself in last year. In a promo for ABC, Kimmel made light of being traumatized by the events of last year’s awards show.
“You know I dream about it every night,” he says in the video, which features a guest appearance from Beatty. “I can’t even open the mail because of, you know, all the envelopes — it just piles up.”
Kimmel will be the first person to host the awards show in consecutive years since Billy Crystal in 1997 and 1998.
The 2018 Oscars boast a series of nominees, actors from nominated films and other popular entertainers who will hit the stage as presenters.
They include: Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Moana”), Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”), Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation” and “Ferdinand”), Newark native Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”), Wes Studi (“Hostiles”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”), Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”), Chadwick Boseman (“Black Panther”), Laura Dern (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) — who also announced the nominations — Jennifer Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya”), Viola Davis (“Fences”), Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) and Emma Stone (“La La Land”).
Daniela Vega, who stars in Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” which is nominated for best foreign language film, will make history as the first openly transgender performer to walk the stage as a presenter at the Oscars 2018.