The Oscars 2017: How to watch from the UK

Get ready for the movie event of the year

Less than a week remains until Hollywood has its biggest bash of the year: The Oscars 2017. The world tunes in to see who’ll scoop the big prizes at the Academy Awards, who shines on the red carpet, and who ends up the butt of the jokes at the iconic ceremony. Want to make sure you don’t miss out? Here’s how you can stay up to date with the latest news and tune in from the UK.

When are The Oscars 2017?

The Oscars 2017 will take place on February 26 at The Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, starting at 20:30 EST and 17:30 PST.

What time are The Oscars 2017 on in the UK?

Might need to book the Monday off work if you fancy watching the whole thing. The Oscars ceremony will start at roughly 01:30am and continue for about the next three. It’s a long one.

How can I watch The Oscars 2017 in the UK?

The ceremony is shown on Sky television, on their dedicated channel Sky Oscars. The channel is currently active and playing plays nominated films and winners of previous years. The coverage for this year will begin at 11:30pm on the red carpet and continue through the night. Sky Movies customers can watch the show for free via their existing subscriptions. Those who wish to just have Sky Movies and Oscars for the ceremony can buy a one-off month subscription or a day pass via streaming service NOW TV.

Who’s hosting The Oscars 2017?

Popular TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will be the compère for the evening. He’s got tough company to live up to though. Previous hosts including Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock totally nailed their stints – but Kimmel has experience in hosting the Emmys so he’ll likely do a professional job on it. Just don’t expect too many controversial jokes from him, he usually plays it pretty safe.

Who’s nominated for The Oscars 2017?

Leading the way in nominations this year is musical La La Land, which has notched up a record-equalling 14 nods, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, Best Soundtrack and more. Manchester By The Sea was nominated nine times, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, with fellow Best Picture favourite Moonlight, Jackie and Hell Or High Water  all getting several nominations. See the full list of Oscar nominations 2017 here.

Who’s going to win The Oscars 2017?

Early indications suggest that Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) is the favourite for Best Actor gong and it’s a toss-up between Emma Stone (La La Land) and Natalie Portman (Jackie) for Best Actress. Judging from previous award ceremonies already this season, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is currently a front-runner for Best Picture, as is La La Land.

In the Best Supporting Actress and Actor categories, Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis (Fences) are currently the nailed on favourites for win.

Director Damien Chazelle is currently leading the way for Best Director (La La Land)  and recent betting odds reckon that La La Land is 12-1 to make history and win 12 or more – the most ever. Here’s what we think will do quite well at the awards.

What are the big talking points?

Considering last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy have revamped their voting process, and clearly its worked – the representation and diversity in the lead categories is certainly encouraging. Jada Pinkett Smith criticised the Academy last year, but has recently come out in support of the nominations, “it’s a beautiful thing to see. We had a lot of exceptional films this year. I’m glad to see that projects like Hidden Figures, Fences and Moonlight are getting recognition. I’m very proud this morning.”

Though there were no real surprises in terms of nominations – people were still shocked to see that Amy Adams was snubbed from Best Actress following her much-lauded roles in Nocturnal Animals and Arrival. Deadpool too was overlooked by the Academy, with Ryan Reynolds playfully responding to the snub.