Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is just weeks away, with the 88th Academy Awards, or the Oscars, set to air Feb. 28 on ABC. The biggest names in all of film will assemble to honor their colleagues' best performances and achievements of the year, but first, who will get the coveted nominations? For the second straight year, the public will be able to watch as the nominees in every category are announced live Thursday morning.
The nominations for each of the annual awards show's 24 categories will be broadcast via a live stream on the Oscars website, according to a press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The live broadcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. EST (which is the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. in Tinseltown) and will take place in two parts.
At 8:30 a.m. EST, Oscar-winning directors Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity") and Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) will reveal nominations in 11 categories — Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Costume Design, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
At 8:38 a.m. EST, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" actor John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the remaining awards — Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Directing, Film Editing, Foreign Language Film, Original Score, Best Picture, Production Design, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.
The Oscar nominations live stream can be accessed here and watched below:
As for the main event, the Academy Awards will air Sunday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. The broadcast will be hosted by comedian Chris Rock from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Until Thursday morning the nominations will remain a matter of fan speculation. Most recently, “The Revenant” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama and “The Martian” controversially won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Will that translate into Best Picture nominations for the films at the Oscars? Fans will soon find out.