When Are The Oscars? and 10 Other Questions You Might Have

This weekend marks the 90th Academy Awards. Here are all the logistics you need to know about the ceremony, as well as a few answers to questions you might have had about the biggest night in Hollywood over the years.

Though your friends might be endlessly agonizing over their Oscar ballots, you might have more practical matter in mind, like “When are the Oscars?” “What channel are they on?” and “Who is hosting?” Even if you’re not a major film buff, it’s always fun to gather your friends and family in front of the TV, watch the red carpet, and get swept into the magic of Hollywood for one night. In preparation for Sunday, we’ve put together an easy guide to all the logistical questions you might have about the Academy Awards, as well as some fun facts that will thoroughly impress your co-viewers.


When are the Oscars?

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The 90th Academy Awards, also known as the 2018 Oscars, will take place on March 4, 2018.


What channel is the Oscars on?

The Oscars will be broadcast on ABC. You can also watch the Oscars via an online stream at oscars.go.com/live.


Who won the Oscars?

Last year, the major winners were Moonlight (Best Picture), Emma Stone (Best Actress for La La Land), Casey Affleck (Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea), Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor, Moonlight), Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress, Fences), and Damien Chazelle (Best Director, La La Land).


What time are the Oscars?

This year, the Oscars will begin at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.


Who votes for the Oscars?

Winners are determined by votes from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nominees in each category are selected by the corresponding members of the Academy. For example, actors nominate actors and directors nominate directors. However, every member of the academy votes for Best Picture nominees. After the nominees are selected, everyone votes for all Oscar categories.


Where are the Oscars held?

The Oscars have been held at the same place since 2002: Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. The theater used to be known as the Kodak Theater, switching to the Dolby Theater in 2012.


Who is hosting the Oscars?

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2018 Oscars. If you remember, he also hosted last year’s ceremony. The only other hosts who have hosted consecutive ceremonies are Bob Hope (1942-1944, 1958-1962, and 1965-1968), Billy Crystal (1990-1993, 1997 and 1998) and Johnny Carson (1979-1982).


What movie won the most Oscars?

Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, all are films that have won the most Oscars ever: 11. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is also the only film to ever win every Academy Award category for which it was nominated.


How long are the Oscars?

The Oscars usually clock in a little over three and a half hours. Last year, the ceremony lasted 3 hours and 49 minutes. In 2016, it last 3 hours and 37 minutes. The longest ever was in 2002, when the awards show ended a whopping 4 hours, 23 minutes after it started!


Who is the Oscars named after?

Though it’s hard to separate myth from history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's website states that the most common story is that Margaret Herrick, librarian at the time and future executive director of the Academy, said it looked like her Uncle Oscar the first time she saw it. It entered the cultural zeitgeist in 1934 when columnist Sidney Skolsky referred to Katharine Hepburn’s “Oscar” for Best Actress. The Academy officially adopted the nickname in 1939.


What is an Oscar made of?

Oscar statuettes are solid bronze and 24-karat gold. Each award weighs 8.5 pounds.