Oscars 2016: How To Watch This Year's Biggest Awards Show

by Kendall Wood
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The 88th Annual Academy Awards is set to air live on Sunday, February 28, and will close out this year's awards season. The show will premiere exclusively on ABC for the 40th year in a row, starting at 4 pm PST / 7 pm EST.

The red carpet coverage will run for about 90 minutes before the big event starts and lasts for approximately three-and-a-half hours. Tuning in to the Oscars will be a commitment, but it's one you'll want to make.

Will Leonardo DiCaprio, who is up for Best Actor for his leading role in "The Revenant," finally take home the gold on his fifth Oscars nomination? Or, will Eddie Redmayne's performance as transgender artist Einar Wegener in "The Danish Girl" send him home with the Oscar for Best Actor for the second consecutive year?

You'll have to watch the show to find out, so we're dishing on all the details you need to know about catching the action as it unfolds.

If you're watching from home, simply tune in to your local ABC channel to watch the show live. For those who won't have access to a TV, download the Watch ABC app or head to ABC.com to stream the Oscars for free from start to finish.

If you haven't seen the list of this year's Academy Award nominees, check out a few categories below. See the full list of nominations here.

Best Picture

"The Big Short" "Bridge of Spies" "Brooklyn" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "The Revenant" "Room" "Spotlight"

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo" Matt Damon, "The Martian" Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant" Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, "Carol" Brie Larson, "Room" Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy" Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years" Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, "The Big Short" Tom Hardy, "The Revenant" Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight" Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies" Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight" Rooney Mara, "Carol" Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight" Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl" Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"


Adam McKay, "The Big Short" George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road" Alejandro Iñárritu, "The Revenant" Lenny Abrahamson, "Room" Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight"

Animated Feature Film

"Anomolisa" "Boy And The World" "Inside Out" "Shaun the Sheep Movie" "When Marnie Was There"

Documentary Feature

"Amy" "Cartel Land" "The Look of Silence" "What Happened, Miss Simone?" "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom"

Documentary Short

"Body Team 12" "Chau, Beyond the Lines" "Claude Lanzmann: Spectres Of The Shoah" "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" "Last Day of Freedom"