Oscars 2017: Where to watch, how to watch, and what to expect from Hollywood's big night?
The 89th Academy Awards or Oscars 2017 will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, 26 February 2017 (in India, Monday morning — 27 February). The climate for the Oscars is expected to be a politically tense one, maybe the most tense up to date, following the environment at the Grammys (Katy Perry's performance) and Golden Globes (Meryl Streep's speech). Host Jimmy Kimmel is expected to be be spectacular, given he has already anchored the Emmys this season, and there are loads of films that deserve to win the top prize.
And if you want to tune in to Hollywood's big night, here is all the information you need:
Where are the Oscars happening? At what time?
The event will be hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, will air live on ABC starting at 5.30 pm Pacific time. Pre-show festivities, including 'The Oscars: All Access,' will kick off on the network and online via live stream at 4 pm pacific time.
For us in the tropical sub-continent, the red carpet and ceremony will be telecast live on television on Star Movies and Star Movies Select HD at 5.30 am IST, with the repeat on 8.30 pm IST on Monday 27 February 2017.
Who is hosting the ceremony?
Jimmy Kimmel, the star and host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be hosting this year's ceremony, making him the first to host the Emmys and Oscars in the same cycle. His hosting at the Emmys was very well received, and he is expected to incorporate political humour (Trump jokes?) into his routine, but will make sure it won't dominate the show, according to his interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The familiar faces in the crowd
Priyanka Chopra is going to make an appearance, and will hopefully make her way into the best dressed at the Oscars red carpet like last year, with her sheer Zuhair Murad gown. We still don't know if the Quantico star will present any awards this year. But Deepika Padukone, who was rumoured to make an appearance is going to be a no-show.
Dev Patel (remember Slumdog Millionaire?) is up for an award again. Nominated for the Best Supporting Actor category for the film Lion, Dev has already bagged a BAFTA for his performance. The film Lion is also nominated for the Best Picture. Sunny Pawar, who plays the younger version of Dev Patel in Lion might also be spotted at the Oscar ceremony.
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Any performances to look forward to?
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sting, Justin Timberlake and 2014 Oscar winner John Legend are set to perform. Moana voice actress Auli'i Cravalho will join Miranda to perform 'How Far I’ll Go,' 17-time Grammy winner Sting will perform 'The Empty Chair' from Jim: The James Foley Story, Timberlake will sing 'Can’t Stop the Feeling' from Trolls and Legend, who won the Original Song Oscar for 'Glory' from 2014’s Selma will perform both 'Audition (The Fools Who Dream)' and 'City of Stars' from La La Land.
Fun Facts about the Oscars
*This is the first year in which black actors were nominated in every acting category.
*The current value of the 24-karat gold-plated Oscar statuette is $696.
*The cost of a 30-second commercial during the Oscars telecast is $2.1 million. (That’s 58% less than the Super Bowl). The New York Times is broadcasting its first TV ad in years during the Oscars and it has a thing or two to say about President Trump.
*Kimmel is getting paid $15,000 to host the high-profile event.
You can read the full list compiled by Wallethub here.
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Updated Date: Feb 27, 2017 13:30 PM