Everything You Need to Know About the 88th Oscars

Despite some little ongoing vote thing, the 88th Academy Awards are being held this Sunday, 28th February 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Maybe you’re going to an Oscars party, maybe it’s the hot topic at the office, or maybe you just want to nail your predictions and win some bragging friends between you and yourself.

Whatever your reason for watching or caring about this year’s Oscars, here is everything you need to know, from who’s hosting to who’s nominated, so you can have an awesome Oscar night.

The Main Details

When is it: Sunday 28th February 2016

Where is it: Dolby Theatre in Hollywood

Who is hosting: Chris Rock is hosting for the second time. The first was in 2005.

When does it start: Exclusive red carpet coverage begins at 7e|4p, immediately followed by the awards ceremony at 8:30e|5:30p for American audiences. Please check your TV schedules if you live elsewhere.

UK TV Coverage: E! and Sky Movies are covering the red carpet from 11.30pm, followed immediately by the live ceremony from 1.30am exclusively on Sky Movies.

I don’t have cable: US viewers can stream the awards online, and you can get all the details on ABC’s website here. Alternatively, we have you covered through the night with updates, highlights and results on The Road to 2016 and on social media.

Who’s Nominated

You can view all the nominees right here

The most nominated films this year are Mad Max: Fury Road (10) and The Revenant (12), but other Best Picture nominees include BrooklynThe Big ShortSpotlight and Bridge of Spies.

The animated nominees are led by Inside Out, while Amy is the hot favourite for Documentary Feature.

Leonardo DiCaprio will be looking for his first Oscar win in six nominations with The Revenant, while Titanic co-star Kate Winslet is also nominated this year for Steve Jobs, however the supporting actress race is tough to call between her and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl).

History to be Made

It could be a spectacular double this year for director Alejandro G. Inarritu as he his the favourite to pick up Best Director for the second year in a row. He won last year for Birdman.

Meanwhile, his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubeszki is on course for a historic third win in a row following Gravity and Birdman.

Also, among the eight nominees for the 88th Oscars, The Hateful Eight is not one of them.


Since the nominees were announced, a global debate has ensued over the lack of diversity at the Oscars, as all twenty acting nominees are white for the second year in a row.

This debate has largely overshadowed preparations for the big night, and many notable celebrities including Will Smith and family, Spike Lee and documentarian Micheal Moore have all announced their intention to boycott this year’s ceremony.

Since the nominations, Academy President (and African-American) Cheryl Boone Isaacs has announced plan to radically address the Academy’s disproportionate membership, vowing to double female and minority membership by 2020.

Oscar host Chris Rock has not quit, despite the pressure, so we can no doubt expect a quip or two on the night.

How Can I Get Involved?

We have you covered throughout the night, with all the news and updates you need to keep your Oscar party going to the early hours, so avoid the cable costs and put us on the TV.

On The Road to 2016 through Oscar night you will get:

  • Every result as it’s announced
  • Red carpet commentary and highlights
  • Rolling updates and reviews throughout the show
  • Every winners speech in full as it’s released

You can also join the conversation @lalafilmofficial


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