Oscars 2019 Live, The 91st Oscars Awards Will telecast this Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. ABC will be broadcasting the event on television.
The show kicks off with red carpet coverage via live-stream starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. The “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live,” hosted by actress Laura Marano and entertainment journalist Louis Virtel, can be viewed for free from the Academy’s Twitter account.
After months of speculation, controversy, and movie-watching, the 2019 Oscars are about to arrive — without a host and with lots of potential for chaos. The 91st Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24, at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific on ABC. The awards will also stream live on Oscars.com and the Academy’s Facebook page.
This year’s ceremony has existed beneath a cloud of controversy dating back to August 2018, when the Academy announced a number of changes aimed at buoying the telecast’s dipping audience numbers — such as introducing a category for “popular film” (an idea that was immediately panned and eventually postponed) and shortening the show to three hours.
Several months later, widespread backlash arose after Kevin Hart was announced as host — and old homophobic tweets resurfaced — causing Hart to step down and leading the Academy to plan a host-free broadcast for the first time since 1989.
A number of other controversial changes were announced in the runup to the ceremony, some of which were swiftly retracted after outcry from Academy members. Confusion and contention seemed to be endless in the last few weeks before the ceremony — especially after the Academy announced that the awards for Cinematography, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short would be handed out during commercial breaks, and the winners’ speeches edited and aired later during the broadcast. Though the change was intended to help limit the broadcast to a three-hour runtime, after a near-revolt within its ranks, the Academy backtracked and confirmed that all 24 categories will air live.
So even before Sunday’s broadcast begins, uncertainty has already been established as a theme of the evening. Nobody’s sure how long the broadcast will last, how the transitions between presentations will go, or whether the speeches will comment on the chaos — let alone ongoing issues in the industry like representation of women and people of color, or the still-roiling aftereffects of the #MeToo revelations that started coming out in October 2016 with accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood heavy hitter Harvey Weinstein.