Well, movie buffs, the biggest night in the film industry has arrived. The 94th Academy Awards ceremony is happening today, where we’ll find out which 2021 films are worthy of Oscar gold.
If you’re keen on keeping up to date on all the latest from this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, we’ll do our best to keep you posted right here with a list of all the most important details regarding the event.
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When will the Oscars take place and where can you watch them?
The Oscars are once again being held slightly later in the year and are scheduled to take place on March 27 in the U.S. That makes it Monday, March 28 in Australia.
The event begins at 11:00 am AEDT with a couple of hours of red carpet arrivals beforehand.
As has been the case in years prior, you’ll be able to watch all the Oscars action live on Channel 7 or stream it on 7plus. An encore will be held on Channel 7 at 9:40 pm AEDT on March 28.
Some cinemas also hold special screenings of the Oscars that you can attend in-person so check your local theatre to see if they’re holding any events.
Where will the Oscars be held?
Last year, the Oscars were split across two locations but in 2022 it’s scheduled to take place at the usual venue of the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Will the Oscars be live?
Yes, the Oscars ceremony will be broadcast live. ABC holds the rights in the U.S. and will be broadcasting and streaming all the action as it happens, as will hundreds of other territories around the world.
In the past, some awards shows have made use of pre-recorded segments due to COVID-19 complications. It looks like the 2022 Oscars will follow this plan, too. It’s been confirmed that eight of the 23 awards running for the night will be pre-taped.
Two new awards will also be introduced this year – the Oscars Fan Favourite and Oscars Cheer Moment awards – which are voted upon by the general public.
Who is this year’s Oscars host?
Big names were thrown around including The Rock, Tiffany Haddish, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Tom Holland and Zendaya and the Only Murders in the Building trio Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez.
And while none of our guests were correct, we did get a pretty incredible trio, in the end. Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall have all been confirmed to host the 2022 Oscars.
Who is performing at the Oscars?
The Academy Awards has a longstanding tradition of having the Best Song nominees perform their nominated tunes on stage.
Most recently, it’s been confirmed that Beyonce will be performing her nominated song from King Richard, ‘Be Alive’, along with Billie Eilish and Finneas with ‘No Time To Die’, Reba McEntire with ‘Somehow You Do’ from Four Good Days, and Sebastian Yatra with ‘Dos Qruguitas’ from Encanto.
Performers also include Travis Barker, Sheila E., Robert Glasper, DJ D-Nice and The Samples.
It’s also been confirmed that Encanto’s hit song ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ will get a live performance at the Oscars.
There’s also an all-star lineup of presenters showing up at the Oscars this year which includes the likes of Halle Bailey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry, Anthony Hopkins, Lily James, Daniel Kaluuya, Zoë Kravitz, Mila Kunis, Lady Gaga, Simu Liu, Rami Malek, Lupita Nyong’o, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, Naomi Scott, Wesley Snipes, Uma Thurman and John Travolta – just to name a few.
What can we expect from the red carpet?
From some truly chic styles to truly outrageous looks, the Oscars red carpet is a sight to behold each and every year.
At this stage, we know celebrities will walk a red carpet prior to the Oscars ceremony, although how it will take place is still to be determined.
When it does come time for the red carpet, you’ll be able to watch all the action along with some expert commentary on E!’s live Oscar coverage. Laverne Cox is just one of the superstar panellists who will be breaking down all the outfits on the Oscars red carpet.
E!’s red carpet coverage will begin at 8 am AEDT on Monday the 28th on the E! channel over on Foxtel (aka channel 121).
Who is nominated for an Oscar in 2022?
The Oscar nominations were announced on Wednesday, February 9 here in Australia.
Leading the pack with the highest number of nominations is The Power of the Dog, which managed to snag four acting nominations as well as one for best director. Dune and Belfast followed with multiple nominations, but some favourites like House of Gucci were snubbed.
You can check out the full list of nominees but here’s who is in the running for the big award of the night, Best Picture:
- Don’t Look Up
- Drive My Car
- King Richard
- Licorice Pizza
- Nightmare Alley
- The Power of the Dog
- West Side Story
Oscar predictions: who’s gonna win?
Isn’t that the million-dollar question?
While we won’t know who has officially won the race until March 28, there are a few frontrunners.
Belfast, The Power of the Dog and Coda are favourites for the Best Picture award, but it’s a tough race.
The acting categories are even more heated. Both Denzel Washington and Will Smith are competing in the lead actor race and should Smith win he’ll be only the fifth black man to win Best Actor. Similarly, the Best Actress competition is appearing quite close.
Best Animated Film is another tough category crowded with Disney favourites, but if the success of ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ is anything to go by, Encanto may have this one in the bag.
Stay tuned to Lifehacker Australia for more information about the 94th Academy Awards.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.