Awards season is now almost over for another year, but there’s one (biggie) left – the Academy Awards.
Yes, the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Baftas now done with, the Oscars are what film fans really pay attention to, and there’s not long at all to go until we find out who this year’s winners are.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event, before Hollywood rolls out the red carpet once again...
So, who is hosting the Oscars this year?
Oh god, what a question to start with. Let’s face it, the 2019 Oscars will always go down as the year with the messy presenting situation.
The job originally went to Kevin Hart, but after homophobic tweets of his were unearthed, he stepped away from the gig, with ensuing reports claiming that organisers were struggling to book a replacement.
After much speculation about who would take on the gig in Kevin’s absence (including whether he would be re-offered the chance to host the show), the Academy eventually confirmed that for the first time in 30 years, they’d be going ahead without a lead presenter.
Given that the last time they didn’t have a host it went down as one of the Oscars’ more chaotic years, we’re excited to see how this one turns out.
When and where are the Oscars 2019?
The Oscars will take place on the evening of 24 February in California, which will be the early hours of 25 February here in the UK.
Red carpet arrivals will begin at around 10pm UK time, while the show itself kicks off at 1am.
The ceremony is being held at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, where the it has taken place every year since 2013.
Who has been nominated?
This year, black-and-white Netflix drama Roma and historical dark comedy The Favourite are the top nominees, with 10 nods each, including Best Picture and Best Director for filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos and Alfonso Cuarón.
Both films’ leading ladies Yalitza Aparicio and Olivia Colman are both up for Best Actress, where they’re up against Glenn Close for The Wife, A Star Is Born’s Lady Gaga and Can You Ever Forgive Me? star Melissa McCarthy.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is competing with Christian Bale for Best Actor, alongside stars from Green Book, At Eternity’s Gate and A Star Is Born, while other Best Picture nominees include Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, A Star Is Born, BlackKklansman and Black Panther.
How can we watch in the UK?
While E! will have the red carpet covered, as always, Sky is usually the go-to for Oscars fans in the UK, who will be showing the ceremony live on a dedicated channel, also repeating it the following evening at a less ungodly hour.
NOW TV customers will also have access if they have the Sky Cinema Pass.