Oscars 2024: Everything You Need to Know Before the Big Night

As the dust settles from a whirlwind of award shows, the 96th Academy Awards are set to take center stage. With films like "Oppenheimer," "Barbie," "Killers of the Flower Moon," and "Poor Things" vying for the top spot, this year's Oscars promise to be a night to remember. Here's your ultimate guide to the most anticipated event in Hollywood.


As the dust settles from a whirlwind of award shows, the 96th Academy Awards are set to take center stage. With films like "Oppenheimer," "Barbie," "Killers of the Flower Moon," and "Poor Things" vying for the top spot, this year's Oscars promise to be a night to remember. Here's your ultimate guide to the most anticipated event in Hollywood.

When and Where to Watch


The Oscars will kick off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Make sure to tune in to ABC for the live broadcast, starting an hour earlier than usual. Set your clocks accordingly as it coincides with the first day of daylight saving time in the U.S.

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Performances to Look Out For


Get ready to be serenaded by Ryan Gosling as he performs the power ballad "I'm Just Ken" from the film "Barbie." Billie Eilish will also take the stage to belt out her soulful tune "What Was I Made For." With other original song nominees gearing up to showcase their talent, the night promises to be filled with unforgettable performances.

Star-Studded Presenters


From Brendan Fraser to Michelle Yeoh, an array of Hollywood stars is set to grace the stage as presenters. Expect to see legends like Rita Moreno alongside fresh faces like Bad Bunny. The lineup includes a mix of actors, musicians, and personalities, making for an exciting evening of award presentations.

How to Watch Online


For those looking to stream the Oscars, ABC.com and the ABC app will have you covered with a cable subscription. Alternatively, services like Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV, and FuboTV offer online viewing options. Don't miss out on the action, no matter where you are.

Hosting Duties


Jimmy Kimmel returns as the host for the fourth time, joining the ranks of esteemed Oscar emcees. With his wit and charm, Kimmel is set to lead the night's festivities and keep the audience entertained throughout the show. Get ready for a night of laughter and surprises.

Top Contenders for Best Picture


Films like "Oppenheimer," "Barbie," "Killers of the Flower Moon," and "Poor Things" are among the top contenders for the coveted Best Picture award. With a diverse range of genres and themes, this year's nominees promise to deliver a compelling competition for the prestigious title.

Front-Runners and Favorites


Christopher Nolan's "Oppenheimer" leads the pack as the frontrunner for multiple categories, including Best Director. With standout performances from actors like Cillian Murphy and Paul Giamatti, the race for Best Actor and Actress is shaping up to be a close one. Keep an eye out for potential first-time winners and breakout stars.

Unpacking the 'Barbie' Snub


Despite its commercial success, "Barbie" has sparked debate over its notable snubs in key categories. Greta Gerwig's absence from the Best Director list and Margot Robbie's exclusion from the Best Actress category have raised questions about the film's reception. As discussions continue, the nominations for "Barbie" stand out for their unique contributions to the awards season.

What's New This Year


With no major changes in store, this year's Oscars aim to deliver a seamless and entertaining show for viewers. All awards will be broadcast live, with no alterations to the traditional format. Keep an eye out for the addition of a new award for Best Casting, set to debut at the 2026 Oscars.

Must-See Moments and Surprises


Composer John Williams' record-breaking nomination, the inclusion of Godzilla in the visual effects category, and the recognition of non-English language films in the Best Picture race add an exciting twist to this year's Oscars. From legendary talent to groundbreaking achievements, the night promises to be a celebration of the best in cinema.

Don't miss the 96th Academy Awards, where Hollywood's brightest stars will shine on the grandest stage of all. Get ready for a night of glamour, excitement, and unforgettable moments as the film industry comes together to honor its finest achievements.

Hamza Ilyas

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