Travel to The 88th Academy Award Ceremony – What You Should Know

Diana Joan

Feb 22, 2016 04:28 am / Posted by Diana Joan

The countdown is on for movie lovers! The 88th Academy Awards ceremony honouring the best English-language films of the year are just around the corner. To watch the 2016 Oscar nominated films because the 88th Academy Awards will air later this month on Sunday, Feb. 28. The great and the good of Hollywood wait with bated breath to discover whether or not they’ve been shortlisted for one of Tinseltown’s most prestigious awards.

They have coverage of the live nominations announcement with shortlists for all the acting, directing and filmmaking categories. We’ll have plenty of tweets, pictures, predictions, speculation and Oscar-related goodness to keep you entertained. Let the fun begin…


When are the Oscars?

The Academy Awards will be held on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

What time can I watch them?

The Oscars red carpet begins around 7pm in Hollywood and the ceremony begins at 8.30pm.

In the UK, that means it kicks off around midnight and the ceremony begins at 1.30am.

What channel will it be on?

This hasn’t bee announced yet. Last year there was a special pop up channel.

Who is the host?

Comedian Chris Rock will host the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 77th ceremony held in 2005.

What are the Top nominations?

The big film of the morning was “The Revenant” with 12 Oscar nominations. (The record for the most Oscar nominations is 13.)

The Revenant” – 12
“Mad Max: Fury Road” – 10
“The Martian” – 7
“Spotlight” – 6
“Bridge of Spies” – 6
“Carol” – 6
“The Big Short” – 5
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – 5

Oscars 2016: what will lead the nominations and who will surprise?

The Revenant will lead, after sweeping the Golden Globes

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to last year’s best picture winner Birdman surprised many by coming out ahead of Tom McCarthy’s assumed frontrunner Spotlight at Sunday’s Golden Globes, netting picture and director honors. Its best actor win for Leonardo DiCaprio was a given, and he’s sure to repeat at the Oscars, but going into the night, most awards pundits had pegged the best picture (drama) gong going to Spotlight, or the night’s most nominated film, Carol.

The Revenant has been expected to lead Thursday’s Oscar nominations even before its success at the Globes. Why? Because on top of assured major nods for picture, director and actor, the brutal thriller is sure to dominate the technical and craft categories as well, which will boost it to the front of the pack. Smaller films like Spotlight and The Big Short can’t compete, as they won’t factor into the extra two sections.

Where You Can Watch Nominated Films Before The 88th Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2016 award show were announced in late January, and the competition is hot. “The Big Short,” “Bridge of Spies,” “Brooklyn,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Room” and “Spotlight” are all nominated for Best Picture. With each movie bringing in wins at previous award shows, like the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Oscar can go to anyone. But of course, there are some frontrunners. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” received a whopping 12 nominations, while “Mad Max: Fury Road,” starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, is close behind with 10.

Didn’t get a chance to watch all the Oscar nominated movies? Fret not. Many of the films nominated for an Academy Award are still in theaters or available on DVD.

Still need more to do before OSCAR SUNDAY?

You can start pricing red carpets to place in front of your home if hosting an Oscar party. Taste-testing popcorn is an option. Or play an Oscar game.

Can you name 22 Best Picture Winners that only have one-word titles? Movies with “the” in the name don’t count. It’s a Titanic task to be sure. See that? Now you only need 21. Scroll down to see the full list, but not before you take your best shot at getting them without looking.

Still looking to make more use of your time before the big day? Go out and see all the Best Picture nominees. Check out the full list and each film’s official trailer to help decide which one to catch first!

A few more things to do. Check out the Complete Nominations List. See who will be presenting and performing. Finally, you can use Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac to watch The Oscars Live Stream come Oscar Sunday once the ceremony begins.


Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees. Very interesting selections! Much love for The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Carol. I am very excited to see two solid sci-fi movies as Best Picture nominees – The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road. I’m also happy to see Cartel Land and The Look of Silence nominated for Best Documentary, both are outstanding docs. As I have been predicting, it’s a battle between Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki and Roger Deakins for the Best Cinematography award. The two going head-to-head again. There’s quite a few films missing from various categories, but that’s always expected. I’m also surprised and relieved to see Brooklyn earning so many nominations, such an adorable film. Best of all – Mad Max: Fury Road is everywhere! There’s going to be plenty of discussion about these picks this year. What do you think?