By Beth Deitchman
Attention movie fans and Disney fans, alike! We’re just days away from the 90th Oscars®, which will be broadcast live on ABC this Sunday, March 4. You have mere days to finish watching all of the nominated films—conveniently, Disney•Pixar’s Coco became available on Blu-ray™ and Digital just this week for you to enjoy all over again. Time is running out for you to plan your Academy Awards®-appropriate attire—who are you wearing?
When it comes to the Oscar broadcast, however, you need not worry or fret. We’ve put together a handy guide of all the info you need to make the most of your Oscar Sunday.
The Oscars® fun kicks off long before the broadcast begins!
Begin your Oscar Sunday with Countdown to the Oscars, Live!, an unprecedented three-hour special, live from the red carpet, airing on ABC on March 4 (1–4 p.m. ET/10 a.m.–1 p.m. PT). The special includes a first look inside the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences museum, and Whoopi Goldberg’s interview with Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger—who is also the museum’s campaign chair. Whoopi is not just an Oscar winner but the first “LEGOT,” having received the Disney Legends Award, in addition to her Emmy®, Grammy®, Oscar, and Tony® Awards. Hosted by Good Morning America weekend anchor and The View co-host Paula Faris and ABC News Correspondent Chris Connelly, Countdown to the Oscars, Live! Is your ultimate guide to Hollywood’s biggest night.
At 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet provides exclusive insider access to all of the excitement of the red carpet. Fans will hear from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars—nominees, presenters and performers alike—and see what (and who) they’re wearing.
The 90-minute special, which is produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC News Live Events Group, is the only official red-carpet event—and from 7–8 ET (4–5 PT), ABC will be the only telecast broadcasting live exclusively from the red carpet. Hosting from the center of the action are Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, star of ABC’s The Goldbergs Wendi McLendon-Covey, The View co-host Sara Haines, Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger.
You can keep up with all of the Oscar buzz, wherever you are, with The Oscars: All Access.
An event as spectacular as Oscar Sunday brings with it more magical moments than can fit on a single platform. Also beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, The Oscars: All Access is the official second-screen celebration of The Oscars. From red-carpet interviews that you can watch while you’re en route to your Oscar-viewing party to live backstage coverage throughout the awards telecast, The Oscars: All Access is the one place to go for an inside look at Hollywood’s biggest night. Go to The Academy’s show page on Facebook Watch, The ABC Television Network Facebook page, Oscar.com, and ABCNews.com, to stream The Oscars: All Access live on Oscar Sunday.
Descendants star Sofia Carson (who will also be seen in Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform) and entertainment and sports commentators Chris Connelly, Ben Lyons, and Adnan Virk will be joined by actor Wesam Keesh (ABC’s upcoming legal drama For The People) as your hosts for the evening.
With an earlier start time for The Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel takes the stage at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
This year’s telecast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT—a half-hour earlier than previous years. The Oscars airs live on ABC, and will also be broadcast simultaneously in more than 225 countries and territories around the world.
Jimmy Kimmel hosts from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd return as producers.
Stars from your favorite Disney films and series will be presenting this year.
Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, is an Oscar presenter, along with Disney Legend Mark Hamill (of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga); Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Holdo) and Kelly-Marie Tran (Rose Tico), both from the Oscar-nominated Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Tom Holland (Spider-Man in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War); Zendaya (who has starred in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up and K.C. Undercover, and who appears in this year’s Oscar-nominated film The Greatest Showman), and multi-award-winning multi-hyphenate Lin-Manuel Miranda (songwriter for Moana, voice of Gizmoduck on DuckTales and the visionary behind Broadway’s Hamilton)—to name just a few.
Stay tuned for must-see performances of this year’s Oscar-nominated songs.
All five of the nominees for best Original Song will be performed live during the Oscar telecast, by a talented lineup of artists:
- Grammy®-winner Mary J. Blige will perform “Mighty River,” from the film Mudbound. Blige co-wrote the song with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, and she is also nominated for best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the film.
- Common—previously an Oscar winner for the song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma—will perform “Stand Up For Something” from the film Marshall with Grammy nominee Andra Day.
- “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman will be performed by Tony Award-nominated Keala Settle.
- The prolific singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens will perform the song that he wrote for the film Call Me by Your Name, “Mystery of Love.”
- And, of course, “Remember Me”—the signature song from Disney•Pixar’s Coco, will no doubt make for an unforgettable performance, as well. Gael García Bernal—who voices Héctor in the film—joins Mexican pop-rock singer Natalia Lafourcade and Grammy winner Miguel for this special rendition of the song.
Disney releases have received 10 nominations in nine categories.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for all of Disney’s 2018 nominees, which include Disney•Pixar’s Coco, nominated for best Animated Feature Film and best Original Song; Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, also nominated in two categories (Costume Design and Production Design); and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was recognized in four categories: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, and Original Score.
- Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast—Jacqueline Durran
- Original Score
Star Wars: The Last Jedi—John Williams
- Music (Original Song)
“Remember Me”—Disney•Pixar’s Coco (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)
- Production Design
Beauty and the Beast—Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
- Sound Editing
Star Wars: The Last Jedi—Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood
- Sound Mixing
Star Wars: The Last Jedi—David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson
- Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Last Jedi—Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2—Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick
- Animated Feature Film
- Short Film (Animated)