2022 Oscars: Everything to Know About the 94th Academy Awards

2022 Oscars, Hosts Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes
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The 94th Annual Academy Awards are just a few days away! But, for as fun as awards season is, it can be hard to keep up with all the details leading up to Oscar Sunday.

Luckily, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the 2022 Oscars, from where and when to tune in, to which celebrities will appear, to some of this year’s biggest nominees!

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Where, How, and When to Watch?

This year’s ceremony will air live from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, at 8/7c on ABC. Viewers can also stream the show on abc.com by signing in with a TV provider.

Earlier in the day, ABC will get the party started with two On the Red Carpet Live! countdown specials. The first will air on ABC at 1/noon c and will be hosted by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Terrence J, along with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell. The second will air on the ABC News Live site at 4:30/3:30c. Over on E!, the network will air its Brunch at the Oscars pre-show at 2/1c before red carpet coverage begins at 5/4 c.

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Who’s Hosting?

This year’s festivities will be hosted by the all-female lineup of Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes. This marks the first time three people have hosted the ceremony since Paul Hogan, Chevy Chase, and Goldie Hawn did so in 1987.

The show has been without a host since 2019 after Kevin Hart stepped down from the role due to backlash over old, problematic tweets. Whoopi Goldberg made history as the show’s first-ever female host in 1994, with its most recent being Ellen DeGeneres in 2014.

Which Stars Are Presenting?

Leading up to the show, The Academy has been announcing presenters all-month-long on their Instagram page. Some familiar faces you can expect to see during this year’s ceremony are Lady Gaga, Zoë Kravitz, Chris Rock, Lily James, Rami Malek, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Murray, and Tiffany Haddish, among many more.

 

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Who’s Performing?

Several well-known names will be taking the stage at this year’s Oscars. Music director Adam Blackstone will lead an All-Star Band featuring blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, famed singer and percussionist Sheila E., and genre-bending pianist Robert Glasper. The vocal group The Samples and DJ D-Nice are also set to perform, in addition to the return of a live orchestra.

Throughout the night, the nominees for Best Original Song will be performed, with the exception of Van Morrison’s “Down to Joy” from Belfast, as the ceremony conflicts with his current tour schedule. The list of performances will include:

  • “Be Alive” from King Richard: performed by Beyoncé, music and lyrics by DIXSON and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from Encanto: performed by Sebastián Yatra, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • “No Time To Die” from No Time to Die: performed by Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, music and lyrics by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
  • “Somehow You Do” from Four Good Days: performed by Reba McEntire, music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Who Is Nominated?

Netflix‘s The Power of the Dog leads the pack of nominees with 12 total, including Best Picture, Best Director, and acting nominations for stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Rounding out the Best Picture category are the films Belfast, Coda, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune (which earned the second-most nominations with 10), King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, and West Side Story.

Surprisingly, the Best Actor and Actress categories are mainly comprised of performances from films not nominated for Best Picture, such as Andrew Garfield for tick, tick…BOOM!, Denzel Washington for The Tragedy of Macbeth, Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Kristen Stewart for Spencer, among others.

Disney dominates the Animated Feature Film category with three nominated movies—Encanto, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Pixar’s Luca—while Marvel hits Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Spider-Man: No Way Home snagged Visual Effects nominations.

Check out the full list of nominees here!

 

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The 94th Academy Awards, Sunday, March 27, 8/7c, ABC