What time are the Oscars? Everything you need to know to watch the 88th Academy Awards

It’s Oscars Sunday, Hollywood’s biggest night. Here’s everything you need to know for tuning into the 88th Academy Awards and red carpet taking place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.


The official red carpet pre-show is over. The ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time on ABC. 

Here’s what you missed:


10:30 a.m.

“Countdown to the Red Carpet” ( E!)

2 p.m.

“Countdown to the Oscars” A look at the movies and actors nominated. Hosted by Sam Rubin. (KTLA)


“On the Red Carpet at the Oscars” A preview of the Academy Awards includes interviews with nominees and presenters. (KABC)

“ET at the Oscars: Live on Pop!” Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier interview celebrities on the red carpet as they arrive; with fashion correspondents Nischelle Turner and Jeannie Mai. (POP)

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3 p.m.

“Live From the Oscars” (KTLA)

“Hollywood’s Biggest Night” (CNN)

And here’s what’s coming later tonight:


8:30 p.m.
“On the Red Carpet After the Oscars” Interviews with winners; a review of Oscar night fashions; coverage of Hollywood’s after-Oscar parties. (KABC)

“E! After Party” Wraps-up of the 2016 Academy Awards. (E!)

10 p.m.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Ben Affleck, Tracy Morgan, J.K. Simmons, Mike Tyson, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Henry Cavill And Jesse Eisenberg. (KABC)

11:30 p.m.
“Live From the Oscars” (KTLA)


Why Chris Rock is the perfect Oscars host for this controversial awards season
Sharp-edged comedian Chris Rock has remained mostly mum on his plans as Oscars host.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Chris Rock is this year’s host. Amid a season of #OscarsSoWhite controversy, supporters argue the comedian is the perfect host for Sunday’s ceremony and are tuning in specifically to see WWCD (What Will Chris Do)? Others, however, believe he should have quit the gig and shown solidarity with African American actors. Testing out material at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles last week, he joked that he “didn’t need to lose another job to Kevin Hart.”

PS. Here are six ways people are boycotting, protesting or otherwise not watching the Oscars.



The leader of the pack is “The Revenant” with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting nominations for both Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead acting category and Tom Hardy for supporting actor. “Mad Max: Fury Road,” also a best picture nominee, follows with 10 nominations.

The other films nominated for best picture are “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian,” “Room” and “Spotlight.”

Here’s the complete list of nominees.


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Ed Stockly contributed to this article.