Guide to the 2014 Oscars: Everything you need to know


When are the Oscars? What time does the red carpet start? Who is presenting? And who is favourited to take home the coveted statuettes at this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards?

Scroll down to find out all the details…

The date
Sunday 2 March.

The time
The red carpet will air from 11.30pm to 1.30am (GMT) on Sky Movies Oscars and Sky Living. The ceremony will follow at 1.30am until 4am and air exclusively on Sky Movies Oscars.

The venue
Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.

The host
Television star Ellen DeGeneres will return to host the Oscars for a second time.

“I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time,” said the funnywoman. “You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.”

Ellen DeGeneres

The nominees and favourites to win
12 Years A Slave and Gravity are tipped as the favourites to win Best Picture, with respective directors Steve McQueen and Alfonso Cuarón in the running for Best Director.

British-born star Chiwetel Ejiofor could land his first Oscar for Best Actor, after his stellar performance in 12 Years A Slave. Four-time nominee Leonardo DiCaprio could finally take home a statuette for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street, as could Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey, who won Best Actor at the Golden Globes this year.

Best Actress could be presented to Cate Blanchett, after winning the equivalent award at the Golden Globes, while Amy Adams is the next closest nominee for her performance in American Hustle.

Jared Leto is the runaway favourite for Best Supporting Actor, while Lupita Nyong’o is predicted to scoop the Best Supporting Actress award.

Click here for the full list of nominations.

Cate Blanchett and Chiwetel Ejiofor

The presenters
Hollywood power couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are set to present at the awards ceremony. They will be joined by last year’s big winners, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Lawrence.

An array of other stars such as Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx and Penelope Cruz have also been tasked with giving away the coveted statuettes.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

The performers
A host of Oscar-nominated songs will be performed on the night by the original artists including Pharrell Williams (Happy), Idina Menzel (Let It Go), U2 (Ordinary Love), Karen O (The Moon Song) and two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler.

Judy Garland’s three children – Liza Minelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft – will honour their late mother during a special tribute to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The film received six nominations when it was first released, winning two for Original Score and Song.

Pink will also grace the Oscar stage for the first time with a special appearance.

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