As the Oscars arrive amid pomp and controversy, viewers around the world will watch the 88th Academy Awards for some of the best performances in film from the year. The three-hour awards show, hosted by Chris Rock, airs starting at 7 p.m. EST on ABC, and can be live streamed by fans who don't have cable television by using ABC's streaming site here.
Some of the top performances in 2016 have featured a variety of subject matter from "Spotlight," which covers the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, to "The Revenant" and its tales of survival and revenge in the 19th-century Pacific Northwest.
Oscars viewers do not always agree with the Academy's choices, however, and a lack of nominees of color has caused controversy in Hollywood and around the world. Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith are among many black celebrities and their allies who have decided to boycott this year's Oscars to protest the lack of diversity among nominees. Rock will be in an important position for the Academy, as a black host whose comedy has often touched on issues of race in the U.S.
"This is a tailor-made situation for Chris. His stuff has always been about race," Lee Bailey, executive producer of EUR/Electronic Urban Report, a website focusing on black-related entertainment issues, told the Los Angeles Times. "He's been known to go hard, and I'd be shocked if he didn't. The Oscars need him more than he needs them. They are in deep doo-doo," said Bailey.
For spectators watching both the controversy, awards and notorious Oscars fashion from home, check out International Business Times' printable ballot. A PDF version can be found here.