Tonight is the 2016 Oscars and Chris Rock is hosting the annual event. Films including The Martian, The Revenant, Spotlight and The Big Short are up for Big Picture. There are also several major performances scheduled for the night. Get all the details on how to watch the show online, the scheduled performers and the controversy surrounding the event.
1. There Are Several Live Streams Available
For the 2016 Oscars, there are several red carpet live streams and backstage coverage available for watching online. Whether you’re accessing E! News’ red carpet arrivals or the official ABC Oscars stream, there are several options this year. Plus, we have all the details on how to watch the actual show online. Check out the below link for all the instructions and ways to watch the event of the season.
2. Some Stars Are Boycotting the Event
Because several actors and actresses feel there has been a lack of diversity in the nominees, this year, some of them are boycotting the event. Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith are just a few of those who will not be attending the show. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released the following statement to Deadline after the response to the nominations began to spread:
Of course I am disappointed, but this is not to take away the greatness (of the films nominated). This has been a great year in film…However, we are not stopping…We are moving forward and will continue to move forward with conversation and action. That needs to happen not just within the Academy, but the entire motion picture industry.
Since then, the Academy has also stated that actions are being implemented to diversify the areas of “gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation” in film.
3. This Year’s Performers Lineup Is Filled With A-Listers
Harold Wheeler is the Musical Conductor of the orchestra for the event, but there are several big stars on board as performers as well. Lady Gaga is singing “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, Sam Smith is performing “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre, and The Weeknd is singing “Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey. They are each nominated in the “Best Original Song” category of the awards.
In addition, Dave Grohl is set to perform.
4. Dave Grohl’s Oscars Performance Is a Secret
Foo Fighters and Nirvana musician Dave Grohl is set to take the stage at the Oscars for a “special performance,” but no details have been released yet. There is speculation he could be performing during the In Memoriam segment or could be doing a medley tribute.
5. The Presenters Are …
There are a wide range of presenters at this year’s ceremony. Cedering Fox is the announcer for the awards show and Vice President Joe Biden is reported by Deadline to be announcing the performance of Best Original Song nominee “Til It Happens to You”.
In alphabetical order, the other presenters include J.J. Abrams, Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Chadwick Boseman, Steve Carell, Henry Cavil, Priyanka Chopra, Louis C.K., Common, Russell Crowe, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Ryan Gosling, Louis Gossett Jr., Kevin Hart, Quincy Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Lee Byung-hun, John Legend, Jared Leto, Rachel McAdams, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Charlize Theron, Benicio Del Toro, Jacob Tremblay, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Pharrell Williams, and Reese Witherspoon.