Oscars: A Guide to the 88th Academy Awards

1:09 PM 2/27/2016

by THR staff

Chris Rock will host Sunday's annual awards show, airing live on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Red carpet before the 88th Annual Academy Awards February 28, 2016 - H 2016
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Chris Rock is set to host the 88th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 28.

On the eve of the annual awards show, find all of the essential Oscars info below, including a list of nominees, presenters and performers, and when and where to watch. Stay up-to-date on all Oscars coverage with The Hollywood Reporter, which will be covering all the news, from the fashion to the awards to the parties.

Read more: Shocking stats | What to Watch for at This Year’s ShowOscar Party Gallery | Where to Watch Around the World

  • Key Info

    Chris Rock

    Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT

    Where to Watch
    Click here to see where to watch around the world.

    Red Carpet Coverage
    5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT: E!'s Live From The Red Carpet
    6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT: On the Red Carpet at the Oscars on ABC

  • Presenters and Performers

    As the industry waits to see how this year's annual awards ceremony — and host Chris Rock — deals with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, there is no predicting what can happen once the lights dim in the Dolby Theatre on the evening of Feb. 28. But one thing is certain: Numerous stars will be in attendance, presenting an award or performing.

    Here is a complete list of the presenters and performers who have been announced so far: J.J. Abrams, Patricia Arquette, Abraham AttahCate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Steve Carell, Henry CavillPriyanka Chopra, Louis C.K., Sacha Baron Cohen, Common, Russell Crowe, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Louis Gossett Jr., Kevin Hart, Lady Gaga, Dave Grohl, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, John Legend, Jared Leto, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Olivia MunnDev Patel, Eddie RedmayneDaisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Sam Smith, Charlize Theron, Jacob Tremblay, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, The WeekndPharrell Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Michael B. Jordan and Vice President Joe Biden

  • Host Chris Rock

    Two months ago, the Oscar host invited THR to the shooting of his promos, and joked, "Someone at ABC is going to get fired for this!" Then after #OscarsSoWhite struck again, the show's emcee went silent, canceling all press interviews (including the one with THR). Now, he's set to unleash his take for the first time only on TV.

    Read more Half a Chris Rock Interview? That’s What Happened for This Oscars Issue Cover

  • Nominations: The Complete List

    The Revenant leads the nominations with a total of 12, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10, and The Martian with seven.

    Actor John Krasinski, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee announced the nominees in all 24 categories on Thursday, Jan. 14.

    Read more Oscar Nominations: The Complete List

  • Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    It looks like a good night ahead for Leo, Sly and the super-smart screenwriters who cracked The Big Short,'as THR's awards analyst Scott Feinberg predicts the winners and THR's chief film critic Todd McCarthy offers his picks for who really deserves the Academy Award.

    Read more Oscars 2016: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

  • What to Watch for at This Year’s Show

    The 88th annual Academy Awards is about far more than just the possible winners Sunday. The #OscarsSoWhite controversy rages on, and host Chris Rock will certainly have something to say about it. The Revenant's Leonardo DiCaprio could finally get his first Oscar. Some nominees might even walk the Oscars red carpet as Razzie winners from the night before.

    Vice President Joe Biden will even make an appearance, introducing Lady Gaga's performance of her nominated song "Til It Happens to You." And don't forget about awards season sweetheart Jacob Tremblay, who is bound to capture even more hearts when he presents on stage. 

    Read more Oscars: What to Watch for at This Year's Show

  • Brutally Honest Oscar Ballots

    This is part of a series of conversations with Oscar voters about their ballots. You can read other installments here; additional installments will be added each day through the day of the Oscars, Sunday, Feb. 28.

    Read more Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 1: Voter Skewers 'Revenant' ("Road Runner Movie"), 'Brooklyn' ("Sentimental Drivel")

    Read more Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 2: 'Mad Max' "Extraordinary," 'Martian' "Just 'Cast Away' on Mars"

    Read more Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 3: "Bothered" by Leo's Bodyguards, "Disgusted" by Category Fraud

    Read more Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 4: A No Vote for Bryan Cranston Because Trumbo Was Not a Hero to Me

  • Watch the Scenes that Nailed the Actors' Nominations

    From Leonardo DiCaprio's battle with that bear to Charlotte Rampling's steely portrayal of a wife consumed with jealousy, THR's critics and awards gurus spot the moments that mattered most for this year’s leading and supporting contenders, including exclusive video of Brie Larson's emotional escape from Room.

    Read more Oscars: Watch the Scenes that Nailed the Nomination for 20 Actors

  • Oscar Math

    The Revenant is twice as likely as Spotlight to take the big prize of best picture at Sunday night’s 88th annual Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson are, statistically speaking, assured the top acting awards. But while many are predicting a Sylvester Stallone victory in the best supporting actor category, that race is still looking like a close call.

    That, at least, is how the mathematical predictions are looking for the big night. 

    Read more Oscar Math: 'The Revenant' Should Beat Out 'Spotlight' For Best Picture

  • Party Diary: Inside the A-List Parties and Events

    After months and months of campaigning, the big show is finally days away. But first: the final lap of fanfare leading up to Sunday night's 88th annual Academy Awards telecast. The red carpet has been placed in chic locations all over Los Angeles and THR's team will go past the velvet rope to take you inside this year's hottest events (see THR's complete party guide).

    Read more Oscars Party Diary: Inside the A-List Parties and Events

  • Poll: Who Will Win?

    The voters have made their picks, awards experts and prognosticators are weighing in and members of the Academy are sharing their brutally honest choices with THR. Now you get to decide.

    Which movie do you think should be named best picture? Who will take home the acting honors? Vote in our polls, and come back to see the results. 

    Read more Oscar Poll: Who Will Win at Sunday's Academy Awards?

  • What the Nominees Are Doing Next

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone haven't picked their Oscar follow-ups, but Brie Larson's headed to Skull Island, Matt Damon is reprising Bourne, Cate Blanchett loves Lucille Ball, and Saoirse Ronan's off to Broadway as THR breaks down the moves.

    Read more Oscars: What the Nominees Are Doing Next

  • Couples Nominated in the Same Year

    What happens when you and your significant other are nominated at the same time? Sometimes you split up right after (Beatty and Keaton), marry (Olivier and Leigh) or maybe you just "do not give a shit" (Newman and Woodward).

    Now Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender will take their turn as Oscar-nominated lovers: She's favored to win for The Danish Girl; he's not for Steve Jobs. And Margaret Sixel is this year's film editing frontrunner for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, while husband George Miller's best director race is too close to call.

    Read more Oscars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and a Brief History of Couples Nominated in the Same Year

  • Oscar's Life After Death: 10 Statuettes Today

    There have been 3,093 statuettes given out in 87 years. Some end up in museums. Steven Spielberg spent $600,000 to save one. Another that Michael Jackson bought is now missing. Most are now with family, and — like the awards featured here — each one has a story.

    Currently, the Academy has 70 to 80 returned Oscars on hand. These include all 11 awards won by The Wizard of Oz's legendary art director Cedric Gibbons, who designed the 24-karat gold-plated statuette in 1928. More recently, the late Shirley Temple Black bequeathed her rare juvenile Oscar — the first handed out, which was awarded to her in 1935, when she was 6. For now, most of these returned Oscars will spend more time in a very dark, secure vault than on public display — that is, until the six-story Academy Museum, currently under construction on Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, opens in 2018, where they will hopefully find a home of their own.

    Read more Oscar's Life After Death: 10 Statuettes, From Heath Ledger's to Liz Taylor's, Today

  • The Best-Dressed From 87 Ceremonies

    From tennis shoes worn to the 1929 show to 2015’s beaded couture gowns that take hundreds of man hours to complete, THR's team of style experts picks the best-dressed women from each year.

    See more Oscars: The Best-Dressed From 87 Ceremonies

  • A Guide to All of the Best Picture Winners

    From Gone With the Wind to Birdman, THR rounds up all of the notable films that took home the most coveted Academy Award dating back to the very first Oscars ceremony in 1929.

    Read more Oscars: A Guide to All of the Best Picture Winners

  • The Real Story of 'The Revenant'

    Before a grizzly tore a hunk of meat from his rump and lobbed it to her squalling cubs, Hugh Glass was just a middle-aged pirate who had abandoned ship, then dodged two tribes of cannibals only to witness his friend being roasted alive. And then things turned really nasty.

    That's the story, anyway. But it's not the one told in The Revenant, the Alejandro G. Inarritu-directed Oscar favorite, in which Leonardo DiCaprio's Glass is chased off a cliff, recalls his Pawnee wife, eats raw buffalo liver — and mainly, drags his grizzly-ravaged body hundreds of miles through a wintry frontier, driven by bloodlust for the men who had left him to die.

    The real Glass, however, made much of his journey in late summer. And he had no Pawnee wife. Even the liver is not a sure thing.

    Read more The Real Story of 'The Revenant' Is Far Weirder (and Bloodier) Than the Movie