Oscars 2022: Everything You Need To Know

The countdown to this Sunday's awards has begun...

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes

by Hanna Woodside |

The biggest night in Hollywood is nearly here and we've got high hopes that this year's Oscars will be one worth staying up late for. The biggest change for 2022? There will be a fan voted category announced on the night - the Twitter voting is now closed but the #OscarsFanFavorite will be revealed in the ceremony.

Here's everything else you need to know about the Oscars 2022...

When are the Oscars this year?

The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 27 March at 8pm ET, so for us in the UK, that means Monday 28 March at 1am GMT. The awards show lasts around three hours, so if you're following the night live, prepare for a very late night!

How can I watch the Oscars in the UK?

You can watch the red carpet coverage and ceremony live on the Sky Cinema Oscars channel, or on NOW with a NOW Cinema pass.

Who is hosting the Oscars 2022?

For the past few years, there hasn't been a formal host for the Oscars, but for 2022, the Academy has confirmed that there will be not one, but three hosts on the night - and it's an all-female trio of comedy talent: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes.

Amy Schumer's new show Life & Beth is coming to Disney+ this spring, while Regina Hall (who most recently appeared in Nine Perfect Strangers) will star in the upcoming thriller Master. They're joined by comedy legend Wanda Sykes (you can watch her 2019 comedy special Not Normal on Netflix right now).

Who's been nominated for the Oscars?

Jane Campion's The Power Of The Dog leads the way with the most nominations (check out the full nominations list). The nominees in the three main categories are:

Best Picture: CODA, Don't Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power Of The Dog, West Side Story,

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Olivia Colman (The Lost Daughter), Penélope Cruz (Parallel Mothers), Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Best Actor: Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) Andrew Garfield (tick, tick… BOOM!), Will Smith (King Richard), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

Where will the 2022 Oscars be held?

The ceremony will return to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, which has been home to the Oscars since 2001 (although last year the ceremony was downsized to a smaller affair at Los Angeles' Union Station).

Who is presenting at this year's Oscars?

So far the Academy has confirmed the following names will be presenting awards on the night: Lady Gaga, Zoë Kravitz, Kevin Costner, Chris Rock, Daniel Kaluuya, Lily James, Lupita Nyong’o, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mila Kunis, Naomi Scott, Uma Thurman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Halle Bailey, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Rami Malek, Simu Liu, and John Travolta.

Will attendees have to wear masks at the Oscars 2022?

Last year's Oscars had a strict mask policy but this year that has been lifted. Variety has also confirmed that attendees will not have to provide proof that they've been vaccinated against COVID-19, unlike the SAG Awards and Critics' Choice Awards. However Oscar attendees will be required to provide proof of negative results from two PCR tests.

What is the Oscars 2022 dress code?

In an email to nominees last year, the show producers explicitly discouraged 'casual' attire. No word yet if there will be similar advice for nominees, but for our sake, we hope everyone attending pulls out all the sartorial stops. If you can't get dressed up for the Oscars, when can you?!

Why do we call the Academy Awards the Oscars?

The origins of the nickname are uncertain, but the most popular story is that when Margaret Herrick, an Academy librarian who went on to become the Executive Director of the Academy, first saw the golden statuettes in 1931, she said they reminded her of her Uncle Oscar.

Journalist Sidney Skolsky, who was present when she said this, then wrote in his_New York Daily News_column that ‘Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette “Oscar.”’ It quickly caught on, although it took until 1939 for the Academy to officially adopt the name.

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