Where (when and why) to watch the 94th Academy Awards in 2022

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The Academy Awards are upon us again, and while the fancy A-list chook raffle has lost a lot of its appeal for some, the rest of us still enjoy the celebration of movies, red carpet FASHUN and high potential for celebrity D-RAAAMAAA.

So here’s the good word on when, where and why to watch the 94th Academy Awards in the year 2022.

CODA is one of the many Best Picture nominees for the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.
CODA is one of the many Best Picture nominees for the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

WHEN?

The 94th Academy Awards air on Monday the 28th of March, with a live stream of the red carpet kicking off at 9.30am (AEDT) and the main ceremony from 11am-2pm (AEDT).

WHERE?

7Plus is the place to catch the red carpet, with a live stream beginning at 9.30am, whereas both 7Plus and Channel 7 will be showing the main ceremony that begins at 11am (AEDT).

The real tragedy would be The Tragedy of Macbeth walking away without any Academy Awards to its name. Picture: Apple TV+
The real tragedy would be The Tragedy of Macbeth walking away without any Academy Awards to its name. Picture: Apple TV+

AND WHY?

Quite a few reasons, actually. For a start, the Oscars have stopped that whole eerie “no host” thing and this time around we’ve got THREE in the form of Regina Hall, Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer!

Plus there are going to be live performances, comedic interludes and probably a bunch of celebrities shooting one another vicious side-eye for various reasons, both professional and personal. Basically how things used to be before spicy cough ruined the last couple of years.

But, look, aside from that, there is a WEALTH of excellent films and an embarrassment of acting riches to celebrate here. Check out this absurdly stacked list:

Dune is a stunning achievement in science fiction storytelling, but will the Academy exercise their typical genre snobbery? Picture: Universal
Dune is a stunning achievement in science fiction storytelling, but will the Academy exercise their typical genre snobbery? Picture: Universal

BEST PICTURE NOMINEES

Belfast

CODA

Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car

Dune

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

And the ladies and gentlemen who gave such memorable performances…

BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES

Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman for The Lost Daughter

Penelope Cruz for Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart for Spencer

It would be very (Doctor) strange if the Academy doesn't chuck something at The Power of the Dog directed by the great Jane Campion. Picture: Netflix
It would be very (Doctor) strange if the Academy doesn't chuck something at The Power of the Dog directed by the great Jane Campion. Picture: Netflix

BEST ACTOR NOMINEES

Will Smith for King Richard

Denzel Washington for The Tragedy of Macbeth

Javier Bardem for Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch for The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield for Tick, Tick ... Boom!

And the directors who helmed these excellent works…

BEST DIRECTOR NOMINEES

Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog

Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Drive My Car

Kenneth Branagh for Belfast

Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza

Steven Spielberg for West Side Story

Mike Faist as Riff and Ansel Elgort as Tony in 20th Century Studios' WEST SIDE STORY. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Not that many people saw West Side Story at the cinema, but it's getting a lot of love on streaming and maybe at the Oscars? Picture: Disney+

And that’s not even including all the writers, supporting actors, composers, artists, musicians and crew members who basically keep movies, good movies, feeling like magic. And that’s something always worth celebrating.

So, yeah, the Oscars are less popular than they once were and it IS kinda weird that an industry expects us to watch them handing out gold stars to one another. But the magic is still there, in its best moments, and it’s nice to be able to take a look at that from time to time.

Plus, you know someone's going to dress like a total gronk and that will be a hoot to see!

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