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The Oscars is incredibly close now. After years of dipping ratings, this year the Oscars are hoping to kickstart things. But already the event is mired in controversy: West Side Story star Rachel Zegler wasn’t even invited to the ceremony (that was quickly rectified, surprising no one).
Frontrunner The Power of the Dog leads the pack with 12 nominations, closely followed by sci-fi epic Dune with 10. Oscars history has already been made, with Jane Campion becoming the first woman to be nominated twice for best director. She’ll make more history if she triumphs, becoming only the third woman to win the category.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune into the 2022 Oscars on March 27.
The Oscars are scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 27, from 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.
Instead of the usual three-hour slog, this year the Oscars have been slimmed down. Eight categories have been cut from the show (the awards will be presented before the telecast), including documentary short, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short, live-action short and sound.
The ceremony will take place in the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland, a return to the usual stomping grounds after last year’s more intimate ceremony took place in Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.
How to watch
The Oscars will be televised on ABC. If you’ve cut the cord (a cheaper option with major perks), you can livestream ABC on YouTube TV, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV.
With an excellent channel selection, easy-to-use interface and best-in-class cloud DVR, at $65 per month, YouTube TV is the best cable TV replacement. Read our YouTube TV review.
Now on its fourth name in three years, DirecTV Stream ties for most expensive at $70 (the other is Hulu Plus Live TV). The service does have its pluses, though — for example, it includes the flipper-friendly ability to swipe left and right to change channels. Additionally it includes some channels the other services can’t, including nearly 250 PBS stations nationwide. Read our DirecTV Stream review.
There’s a lot to like about FuboTV — it offers a wide selection of channels and its sports focus makes it especially attractive to soccer fans or NBA, NHL and MLB fans who live in an area served by one of FuBoTV’s RSNs. It’s also a great choice for NFL fans since it’s one of three services, alongside YouTube TV and Hulu, with NFL Network and optional RedZone. Read our FuboTV review.
The Oscars have been hostless since Jimmy Kimmel held the mic for the 2018 ceremony. Not only is the 2022 ceremony returning to hosting ways, it’ll feature three hosts: Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall.
This isn’t the first time the Oscars have featured three hosts (Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul Hogan did the honors in 1987), but it’s the first time three women have taken on the gig.
You can check out the full list of nominees here. Leading the nominations is The Power of the Dog with 12, followed by Dune with 10 and Belfast and West Side Story with seven each.
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