Oscar is ready to celebrate a milestone birthday: His 95th!
This year's 95th Oscars will mark nearly a century of cinematic excellence, with a ceremony that Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy, says will honor both the best films from the past year and this historic anniversary. "The energy around the show should feel like a massive celebration of cinema and the awards — our legacy, our artists, our movies, our future," he told A.frame. "The 95th gives us a great opportunity to knit together the incredible legacy of the Oscars, the diverse and powerful work we do across the Academy, and our vision for the future."
With less than a week to go, here's everything you need to know about the who, what, when and where of the upcoming show.
When and where is the 95th Oscars ceremony?
Sunday, March 12, 2023, live from the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.
How do I watch the show?
The ceremony will air live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and be televised in more than 200 territories worldwide. International viewers can consult this list to find out where to watch the Oscars around the world.
How do I watch the preshow?
Oscars Sunday kicks off with On The Red Carpet Live: Countdown to Oscars 95, beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on ABC (and streaming on ABC News Live from 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT). The red carpet special is hosted by Linsey Davis and Whit Johnson, with Chris Connelly, Kelley Carter, Variety's Elizabeth Wagmeister and Clayton Davis, and celebrity stylist Joe Zee.
Countdown to the Oscars, hosted by Ashley Graham, Vanessa Hudgens and Lilly Singh, follows at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT and serves as the official lead-in to the 95th Oscars, spotlighting the nominees and providing an insider's sneak peek at Hollywood's biggest night via backstage correspondent and TikToker Reece Feldman.
Who's hosting the ceremony?
Jimmy Kimmel, who previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, will return to host for a third time. "Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars," said Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. "His love of movies, live TV expertise, and ability to connect with our global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide."
One year after winning their respective Oscars, Jessica Chastain (Best Actress), Ariana DeBose (Best Supporting Actress), Troy Kotsur (Best Supporting Actor), Questlove (Best Documentary Feature Film), and Riz Ahmed (Best Live Action Short Film) will also return to the Oscars stage as presenters.
They will be joined by the likes of Halle Bailey, Antonio Banderas, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, John Cho, Jennifer Connelly, Andrew Garfield, Hugh Grant, Danai Gurira, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Jonathan Majors, Melissa McCarthy, Janelle Monáe, Deepika Padukone, Florence Pugh, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, and Donnie Yen.
The presenters slate is rounded out by Halle Berry, Paul Dano, Cara Delevingne, Harrison Ford, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Eva Longoria, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Olsen, Pedro Pascal, and John Travolta.
The following nominated original songs will be performed during this year's show:
Sofia Carson and Diane Warren will perform "Applause" from Tell It Like a Woman.
Rihanna will perform "Lift Me Up" From Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava will perform "Naatu Naatu" from RRR.
David Byrne, Son Lux and Stephanie Hsu will perform "This Is A Life" from Everything Everywhere All at Once (with the Best Supporting Actress nominee taking the stage to fill in for nominee Mitski).
Meanwhile, Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz will deliver the "In Memoriam" performance.
Which films are nominated this year?
The Academy, with special hosts Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams, announced this year's nominations on Jan. 24. Everything Everywhere All at Once is the year's most-nominated film, with 11 total nominations, followed by All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin with nine nominations apiece.
This year's Best Picture nominees include All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women Talking.