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Oscars 2017: Everything you need to know - and how to watch it for free tonight!

Ainhoa Barcelona
Content Managing Editor
23 February 2017
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The red carpet is being rolled out and excitement is reaching fever pitch in Tinseltown, which can only mean one thing – it's almost time for the Oscars! The ceremony will take place tonight, with a host of stars descending on Hollywood. Here's everything you need to know about this year's awards...

Where and when?

The 89th annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 26 February at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California. Red carpet coverage will kick off at midnight in the UK (7pm in New York and 4pm in Los Angeles), followed by the ceremony at 1:30am in the UK (8:30pm in New York and 5:30pm in Los Angeles).

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Where can we watch it in the UK?

If, like us, the thought of the glitz, the glamour and the awe-inspiring red carpet fills you with delight, we've got some good news! Thanks to NOW TV you'll be able to tune in on Sunday night to watch all the exciting moments from the 89th Academy Awards as they happen. And if staying up late on a Sunday to see all the action live from the red carpet is too much for you, you'll be able to watch it all - and the show itself - on catch up thanks to NOW TV's 14 day free trial of their Sky Cinema Pass.

Who's hosting?

This year the honour has fallen to TV favourite Jimmy Kimmel. The presenter, who will be hosting the Oscars for the very first time, tweeted the news in December, announcing: "Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet."

oscars 2017 red carpet© Photo: Rex

Who are the guest presenters?

In keeping with tradition, a host of winners from last year's Oscars will return to the stage to present accolades to this year's champions. Leonardo DiCaprio, who won Best Actor in a Leading Role, Brie Larson, who scooped Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Alicia Vikander, who went home with Best Actress in a Supporting Role, will all present awards, as will Mark Rylance, Halle Berry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Dwayne Johnson and this year's tipped Best Actress winner Emma Stone.

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Who's performing?

Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting and Lin-Manuel Miranda will light up the Dolby Theatre with musical performances of their nominated songs. Justin will perform Can't Stop the Feeling from the movie Trolls, while John will serenade the stars with Audition (The Fools Who Dream) and City of Stars from La La Land. Seventeen-time Grammy-winner Sting will perform The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story, while Lin-Manuel will be joined on stage by Auli'i Cravalho to sing How Far I'll Go, written for Moana.

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Who's tipped to win?

Bets are on that La La Land will be the big winner on the night. The comedy-drama made history when it received a record 14 nominations, including Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Picture. The film was also recognised in the Best Directing, Cinematography and Music categories. So far this awards season, Emma Stone has picked up a BAFTA, a SAG and a Golden Globe for her stellar turn as Mia, so it would come as no surprise if she completed her collection with an Oscar! Damien Chazelle has also received the BAFTA and Golden Globe for his directing skills – will he be crowned Best Director on film's biggest night of the year?

Lion and Manchester by the Sea have also enjoyed success at this year's awards season. Lion's Dev Patel won the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, while Casey Affleck scooped the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Will the protagonist of Manchester by the Sea go home with Best Actor?

Arrival is also one to watch, with eight nominations in the bag including Best Picture and Best Directing for Denis Villeneuve, as is coming of age drama Moonlight.

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Who are the nominees?


ArrivalFencesHacksaw RidgeHell or High WaterHidden FiguresLa La LandLionManchester By the SeaMoonlight


Isabelle HupertRuth NeggaNatalie PortmanEmma StoneMeryl Streep


Casey AffleckAndrew GarfieldRyan GoslingDenzel WashingtonViggo Mortensen


Viola DavisNaomie HarrisNicole KidmanOctavia SpencerMichelle Williams


Mahershala AliJeff BridgesLucas HedgesDev PatelMichael Shannon

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Audition (The Fools Who Dream), La La LandCan’t Stop the Feeling, TrollsCity of Stars, La La LandThe Empty Chair, Jim: The James Foley StoryHow Far I’ll Go, Moana


JackieLa La LandLionMoonlightPassengers


ArrivalLa La LandLionMoonlightSilence


Hell or High WaterLa La LandThe LobsterManchester by the Sea20th Century Women


ArrivalFencesHidden FiguresLionMoonlight


Blind VayshaBorrowed TimePear Cider and CigarettesPearlPiper


ArrivalLa La LandLionMoonlightSilence


Fire at SeaI Am Not Your NegroLife, AnimatedO.J.: Made in America13th


Extremis4.1 MilesJoe's ViolinWatani: My HomelandThe White Helmets


Land of MineA Man Called OveThe SalesmanTannaToni Erdmann


Ennemis InterieursLa Femme et le TGVSilent NightsSingTimecode


ArrivalDeepwater HorizonHacksaw RidgeLa La LandSully

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