It’s awards season, and they don’t come any bigger than the Oscars, which is the de facto gold standard for Hollywood's best movies. We’re all used to spending the next morning arguing about who should have won what, but the really committed will try to watch the Academy Awards live - though if you want to watch the Oscars in the UK you might be in for a late night this weekend.
The nominations are now out, and there’s a clear favourite: The Shape of Water, the creature feature romance from director Guillermo del Toro, which has picked up 13 nominations - one short of what La La Land picked up last year. But will The Shape of Water pick up the big prize where La La Land missed out? You can see for yourself if you watch the Oscars live.
When are the 2018 Oscars?
The 2018 Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday 4 March 2018 - that's this weekend - and hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (returning after a successful stint last year), but they’ll be broadcast on TV and online around the world.
The red carpet coverage will begin at 3:30pm in LA (6:30 EST), which works out as around midnight in the UK, though the main ceremony won’t start until around 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm EST - 1:00am for British viewers. It’ll then run for the next three hours, so UK readers planning to watch it might want to book next Monday off work.
Which channel are the Oscars on?
If you're in the US, the easiest way to watch the Oscars is probably on ABC, which will be televising coverage from 6:30 p.m. EDT/3:30 p.m. PDT.
In the UK the entire 90th Academy Awards ceremony, including the red carpet action, will be exclusively broadcast by Sky on its special Sky Movies Oscars channel, with coverage starting at midnight on Sunday 4 March 2018, and the ceremony itself kicking off at 1am Monday morning.
If you’re not already a Sky Cinema customer, you can sign up from Sky’s website. It costs an extra £18 a month for existing Sky TV customers (and only an extra £8.50 if you have Sky Sports) - otherwise you might be better off watching it online through Now TV - more on that next.
How to watch the Oscars online
If you're in the UK and don’t have a Sky account, or would simply rather stream the Oscars ceremony than watch it on TV, all of Sky’s coverage will be streamed online through Now TV.
That might sound like bad news if you’re not already a Now TV subscriber, but don’t worry - you can still watch the Oscars for free. Now TV offers a 14-day free trial for its Sky Cinema Pass, which is normally £9.99 a month. That means that as long as you sign up for the trial any time between now and the Oscars ceremony, you can watch it live and entirely free.
If you've already used up your Now TV free trial and don't want to pay again, you could always try to use a VPN to access the free ABC stream in the US - though be warned that it's not guaranteed to work. Our current top VPN recommendation is NordVPN, but take a look at our full VPN ranking to find out more.
Who is hosting the 2018 Oscars?
This year US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the ceremony for the second time, making him one of the few Oscar hosts to ever run the show for consecutive years.
He did a good job with the show last year, even amid the controversies around #OscarsSoWhite, so we expect he'll be able to handle it again this year - even if he's got yet another scandal to deal with along the way.
Who was nominated for the Oscars?
The big frontrunner so far is The Shape of Water with 13 noms, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Soundtrack and more. Other favourites include Dunkirk, which managed eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography; and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name, and Get Out, all of which picked up a few. Take a look at the full list of nominations here.
And if you want to watch any of the nominated films for yourself before the awards, check out our guide to buying cheap cinema tickets.