Oscars 2018: Here’s how to watch and what to watch for

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, “Get Out.”
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On Sunday evening, movie lovers will turn their eyes to the 90th Academy Awards to see if their favorite stars and filmmakers will take home an “Oscar” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The best films from 2017 will be honored in categories such as directing, acting, visual effects and production design during an Oscars ceremony hosted for the second year in a row by Jimmy Kimmel.

How can you tune in? What else do you need to know?

We’ve got you covered.

When are the Oscars happening?

The Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The show begins at 8 p.m. EST and 5 p.m. PST.

If you’re interested in red carpet arrivals and interviews — depending on which channel you’re watching — be ready to tune in around 5 p.m. EST and 2 p.m. PST.

Which channel is carrying the Oscars?

The Academy Awards will be shown exclusively on ABC.

What are the live streaming options?

For those signed up with a TV provider, watching on is an option if you sign in with the provider. The same goes for the ABC app.

Watch at or select ‘live TV’ in the ABC app. The ABC app can be accessed on iOS and Android though your app store or on streaming services like Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

Subscription-based service including YouTube TV and Sling TV will be streaming the show through ABC as well.

The live stream isn’t available in every market, so click here to check out your location.

Hulu subscribers will be able to watch on Hulu on Monday.

What should viewers watch for?

Here are four things to keep an eye on throughout the night.

1. The Best Picture category is an extremely close race.

These are the nominees: “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.”

Five of these films are legitimate contenders for the award, according to AP film critic Jake Coyle. They are “The Shape of Water,” ″Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” ″Get Out,” ″Dunkirk” and “Lady Bird.”

2. Will the #MeToo movement be in the spotlight?

Awards shows have offered high-profile platforms for leaders of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which came into being in response to pervasive sexual misconduct in film, television and many other professional industries. On the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards, for example, most actors wore black in solidarity with victims. “Times Up” pins were also worn by many in attendance.

Since these movements were ignited after numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, one central question about this year’s show is how will the subject be addressed at an award show where he was once a heavy hitter? We’ll soon find out.

3. Red carpet controversy is likely.

So what should viewers expect to see on the red carpet in light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements? More than idle talk about tuxedos and dresses, that’s for sure.

At the Golden Globes, actress Debra Messing questioned E! host Giuliana Rancic about the network’s alleged unequal pay for another host, Catt Sadler, in comparison to her male counterpart.

Similar questions may arise, but red carpet interviewer Ryan Seacrest is the E! network host in the spotlight now because of allegations of sexual harassment against him by a former E! News stylist. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, for one, has expressed uncertainty over whether she’ll stop for an interview with Seacrest on Sunday.

4. “Envelopegate” will probably come up.

If you didn’t watch last year, let us catch you up on “envelopegate.” It was the 50th anniversary of “Bonnie and Clyde,” and stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway went on stage to present the Best Picture award. Beatty said “La La Land” won, when “Moonlight” was the true winner.

The “La La Land” cast and crew went on stage and the whole thing was a crazy mess. Here’s an oral history of what happened from The Hollywood Reporter if you’d like to read the full story.

Host Kimmel is already talking about it.


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