It’s the biggest event in Hollywood’s calendar – and it’s finally here.
Kevin Hart was supposed to be hosting the awards ceremony, however, after the re-emergence of some pretty offensive tweets he’d posted in years gone by, the comedian stepped down, leaving the Academy completely in the lurch.
So what did the Academy do when it was served lemons? It made lemonade of course.
Instead of one host presenting the 2019 Oscars, a bunch of stars have been recruited to fill in for Kevin, including Jennifer Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Gary Oldman and more. Like way more. As in 53 in total.
While the line-up sounds epic, the decision not to have a single presenter steering the ceremony is a big risk for the Academy.
The last time they pulled a stunt like this was back in 1989, when the Oscars was opened by a painful number comprising of Rob Lowe collaborating with aspiring actress Eileen Bowman dressed as Snow White. Yeah… It was as bad as it sounds.
Taking that disaster into consideration, fingers crossed tonight’s gamble pays off.
Red carpet arrivals at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, is expected to kick-off at around 10pm this evening, with live coverage being aired on Sky Cinema.
Sky1 will also broadcvast live scenes from the red carpet, hosted by Alex Zane, from midnight.
The ceremony itself will begin at around 1am, finishing at approximately 4am.
If you want to watch everything that happens live, you can do so by tuning into Now TV or by watching Sky Cinema – but if that’s way too late for you, highlights will be aired tomorrow at 8pm on Sky Cinema Oscars and at 9pm on Sky1.
However, if you want all the latest gossip, news and red carpet pictures now, stick with our live blog for the most up-to-date coverage. Enjoy!