When awards season rolls around, 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.
When are the 2019 Oscars?
The 2019 Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday 24 February 2019, but they’ll be broadcast on TV and online around the world.
Which channel are the Oscars on?
If you're in the US, the Oscars are usually aired on ABC, and should be again this year.
In the UK, Sky has the exclusive rights to the Academy Awards, which in recent years it has aired on a dedicated Sky Movies Oscars channel.
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 2019 Oscars?
Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has hosted the ceremony for the last two years, which is in itself unusual, so it would be really unusual for him to return for a third. Still, he's mostly been well received and has avoided anything too controversial, so the Academy might see him as a safe pair of hands.
Who is nominated for the Oscars?
It'll be a while before the nominations are announced - that will happen on 22 January 2019. Still, we know a little about what to expect from next year's ceremony, which will have a few changes. For one, the Academy has promised a three-hour runtime, which sounds like a lot, but is actually shorter than usual, and will involve handing out six to eight of the 24 awards during commercial breaks, before showing edited versions of those awards later in the broadcast.
The Academy has also announced a bigger change, a new award category for 'outstanding achievement in popular film' in time for next year's awards. The backlash was intense and immediate though, and so eventually the Academy relented and announced that it would postpone the new award for now and "will examine and seek additional input regarding the new category." So it may come back in 2020 or later, but don't expect the 'best popular film' Oscar next year.