The La-Z-Boy guide to watching the Oscars

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If you’re a film fan or just like checking out who’s on the red carpet, you’re probably looking forward to this year’s Oscars.

But you don’t need to jet off to LA to watch Hollywood A-listers battle it out to take home the film industry’s most coveted awards, you can catch all the action from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy sofa. But if you want to see the ceremony as it happens, you’ll have to be prepared for a late night.

UK viewers will be able to watch the Oscars on Sky Cinema in the early hours of Monday morning. If you’re not already a Sky customer, you can take out a 14-day free trial for NOW TV’s Sky Cinema pass in time to watch the awards but make sure you cancel it afterwards if you don’t want to pay a monthly subscription.

You can start watching the famous faces arriving on the red carpet from around midnight. And the ceremony itself will start at about 1.30am on Monday so if you’re planning on watching the whole thing, you might want to book a day off work.

What else do I need to know?

The teams behind two films are likely to take home the lion’s share of golden statuettes on the night with Roma and The Favourite each being nominated for 10 awards. Other frontrunners include A Star is Born and Vice, which each have eight nominations.

All four of these films are up for Best Picture, alongside Black Panther, which is the first ever superhero movie to ever be nominated in this prestigious category, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Vice and BlackKklansman.

Both Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) have been nominated for Best Actress for their first ever film roles. They will compete against much more experienced movie stars for the distinguished title including Glenn Close, who has been nominated seven times and never won, Regina King and Olivia Colman.

It will be the 91st Academy Awards and this year will not have a host for the first time in three decades. The role had originally been given to Kevin Hart but he pulled out after he was criticised for his language in some comments he had made on Twitter years previously.

Instead of the traditional host, there will be a number of famous faces acting as presenters, including Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey and Chris Evans.

The ceremony itself will take place at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Who are the favourites to win?

Green Book is the bookies’ favourite to scoop Best Picture, while Alfonso Cuaron has been named as the most likely to win Best Director for Roma. After winning at both the BAFTAs and Golden Globes, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is expected to win Best Actor and Glenn Close is the hot tip to be Best Actress.

Shallow, performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, is expected to win the award for Best Original Song. The pair will be performing the number live on the night as part of the evening’s entertainment.

The award organisers had planned to present four awards – cinematography, editing, live action short and makeup and hairstyling, during the advert breaks to reduce the length of the programme but this idea was scrapped after it drew widespread criticism.

The Oscars will be given a three-hour timeslot but it is well-known for running over so be prepared to stay up past 4.30am if you want to watch all the awards being given out.

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