The 2012 Oscars, formally known as the Academy Awards, will air on Feb. 26, 2012, on ABC at 7:00 p.m. EST and 4:00 p.m. PST. The 2012 Oscars will take place live at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., and will be hosted by Billy Crystal. This will be Crystal's ninth time hosting the ceremony.

According to the Oscars' official Web site, the first Academy Awards ceremony took place out of the public eye during an Academy banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Two hundred seventy people attended the May 16, 1929, dinner in the hotel's Blossom Room; guest tickets cost $5.

Here are all the details you need to know about 2012 Oscars night--where to watch a live stream, downloadable apps to keep up with all the latest info and a full nominations list.

Where to Watch a Live Stream

The 2012 Oscars will live stream content online on Live streaming has become a very popular nowadays as more and more people are turning to the Internet for broadcast programs instead of TV. The 2012 Grammys live streamed online on Sunday, Feb. 12. Live stream attracts a younger audience and those more digitally-inclined.

Before the Oscars, check out the Web site for everything-Oscars. From blogs to buzz, actors' profiles to downloadable ballots, you will be ready for the 2012 Oscars for sure.

Download the Oscar App

Want Oscars on-the-go? The Oscars app for both the iPhone and the iPad will get you all the up-to-date information you could possibly need. Leading up to the 84th Academy Awards, you can access nominee lists, trailers, videos and hosted specials on fashion and nominees. On Oscar night get an insider's view of Hollywood's biggest fete with backstage videos and red carpet live streams.

Click here to download the Oscars app by ABC Digital to your device today.

Red Carpet Trends

One of the best things about the Oscars is the red carpet. Fans love to see which actress chose which designer for the year. The red carpet is one of the best means of exposure for a designer, particularly a new one. 

If you want a custom gown sketched by a designer with beading and embroidery, that can take many weeks to prepare, Marilyn Heston, head of MHA, an Los Angeles-based international company that pairs celebrities with designers and luxury brands, told The Hollywood Reporter. It's not an overnight deal to get a spectacular Oscar dress. Generally, these tailor-made dresses are only offered to nominees and presenters for the Globes and the Oscars. If a designer spends all that time and money on a gown, they want to make sure that it will end up in Vogue or Women's Wear Daily. This is not an artistic endeavor. The only reason a global designer is dressing an actress is to gain exposure that will raise awareness and increase sales.

This year's top 10 leading ladies have already chosen which stylists they will be working with for the 2012 Oscars. The Hollywood Reporter scored all the details on who is styling whom for the 2012 Oscars. Since the nominations went out on Jan. 24, stylists' phones have been ringing off the hook with requests for the 10 leading ladies who clenched the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations. Click here to find out who your favorite starlets have chosen to help them with their fashions this year. 

Full Nomination List

Here is a full list of nominees for the 2012 Oscars. Favorites this year include The Artist, The Help and Iron Lady.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demián Bichir in A Better Life
  • George Clooney in The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin in The Artist
  • Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill in Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte in Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer in Beginners
  • Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis in The Help
  • Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
  • Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain in The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer in The Help

Animated Feature Film

  • A Cat in Paris Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • Chico & Rita Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Puss in Boots Chris Miller
  • Rango Gore Verbinski

Art Direction

  • The Artist Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • Hugo Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • Midnight in Paris Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • War Horse Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


  • The Artist Guillaume Schiffman
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Jeff Cronenweth
  • Hugo Robert Richardson
  • The Tree of Life Emmanuel Lubezki
  • War Horse Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  • Anonymous Lisy Christl
  • The Artist Mark Bridges
  • Hugo Sandy Powell
  • Jane Eyre Michael O'Connor
  • W.E. Arianne Phillips


  • The Artist Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants Alexander Payne
  • Hugo Martin Scorsese
  • Midnight in Paris Woody Allen
  • The Tree of Life Terrence Malick

Documentary (Feature)

  • Hell and Back Again Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
  • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • Pina Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
  • Undefeated TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • God Is the Bigger Elvis Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • Incident in New Baghdad James Spione
  • Saving Face Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

  • The Artist Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants Kevin Tent
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • Hugo Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Moneyball Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film

  • Bullhead Belgium
  • Footnote Israel
  • In Darkness Poland
  • Monsieur Lazhar Canada
  • A Separation Iran


  • Albert Nobbs Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • The Iron Lady Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)

  • The Adventures of Tintin John Williams
  • The Artist Ludovic Bource
  • Hugo Howard Shore
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Alberto Iglesias
  • War Horse John Williams

Music (Original Song)

  • Man or Muppet from The Muppets Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • Real in Rio from Rio Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Picture

  • The Artist Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • The Descendants Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, Producer
  • The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • The Tree of Life Nominees to be determined
  • War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dimanche/Sunday Patrick Doyon
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • La Luna Enrico Casarosa
  • A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • Wild Life Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • Pentecost Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
  • Raju Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • The Shore Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • Time Freak Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • Tuba Atlantic Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

  • Drive Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ren Klyce
  • Hugo Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • War Horse Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • Hugo Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
  • Moneyball Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  • War Horse Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • Hugo Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
  • Real Steel Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • The Descendants Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • Hugo Screenplay by John Logan
  • The Ides of March Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • Moneyball Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Artist Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • Margin Call Written by J.C. Chandor
  • Midnight in Paris Written by Woody Allen
  • A Separation Written by Asghar Farhadi