Where (when and why) to watch the 94th Academy Awards in 2022
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.
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).
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).
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:
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
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
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
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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