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Academy Awards 2012: What time are the Oscars on TV?

February 25, 2012 |  2:01 pm

Academy Awards 2012

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What time are the Oscars? Despite what you may see online, the 84th Academy Awards show starts at 5:30 p.m. Pacific on ABC.

Yet on the academy site and, the promos clearly state: "Live Oscar Sunday Feb. 26 7e | 4 p." So what gives? In reality, that's when red carpet coverage begins in earnest on flagship network ABC. But the show itself, which will feature Billy Crystal as host and Cirque du Soleil performing at the Hollywood & Highland complex, won't start until 90 minutes later.

Whether you're just interested in the ceremony or being fully immersed in everything Oscars, there's plenty of coverage before, during and after the show. 

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Among the questions for the night: Will "The Artist" continue its awards show run by taking home the best picture Oscar, or will a film such as "The Descendants," "The Help" or "Hugo" be able to knock it off its perch? Will Viola Davis become only the second African American actress to win the Oscar for best actress for her role in "The Help"? And will Sacha Baron Cohen try to show up as his "Dictator" character?

You can follow all the action live on The Envelope. For TV coverage, see the list below.

“Today”: 6 a.m. Sunday, NBC: Preview to the Oscars.

“Good Morning America”: 6 a.m. Sunday, ABC: Reports from the Oscar red carpet.

“Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2012 Academy Awards”: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, E!: A celebration of Oscar nominees, celebrity lifestyles and Hollywood.

“Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown”: 2 p.m. Sunday, TV Guide: Sneak peek of the 2012 event with hosts Maria Sansone and Marc Istook.

“Live From the Red Carpet: The 2012 Academy Awards”: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, E!

“Red Carpet from the 84th Academy Awards”: 3 p.m. Sunday, Reelz: Live coverage.

“Academy Awards Red Carpet With Chris Harrison”: 3 p.m. Sunday, TV Guide: Chris Harrison speaks with Oscar nominees.

“Oscars Red Carpet Live”: 4 p.m. Sunday, ABC: Guests arrive for the 84th Academy Awards ceremony.

“The 84th Annual Academy Awards”: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, ABC: Honors for achievements in film take place; Billy Crystal hosts.

“E! After Party: 2012 Academy Awards”: 8:30 p.m. Sunday E!

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”: 11:35 p.m. Sunday, ABC: Special appearances include Oprah Winfrey, Billy Crystal, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, director Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron; Coldplay performs.

“Today”: 7 a.m. Monday, NBC: The Oscars.

“Live! With Kelly”: 9 a.m. Monday, ABC:  Kelly Ripa interviews Oscar winners and presenters, and a fashion panel discusses the red carpet, the morning after the 84th Academy Awards presentation. Co-host Neil Patrick Harris.

“The View”: 10 a.m. Monday, ABC: The Oscars.

“The Wendy Williams Show”: 11 a.m. Monday, Fox: Oscar Fashions; fashion journalist Katrina Szish discusses what the stars wore to the Academy Awards.

“Academy Awards Red Carpet With Chris Harrison”: 11 a.m. Monday, TV Guide: Chris Harrison speaks with Oscar nominees.

“Fashion Fanatics: Academy Awards”: 4 p.m. Monday, Reelz: A red carpet celebrity fashion review of the best and worst dressed at the 84th Academy Awards; a panel of experts includes Michael O'Connor, Kym Douglas and Sam Saboura; Dayna Devon hosts.

“Academy Awards Red Carpet Fashion Wrap”: 8 p.m. Monday, TV Guide: A discussion of fashion from the 84th Academy Awards.

“Fashion Police”: 10 p.m. Monday, E!: The 2012 Academy Awards; the Academy Awards fashion do's and don'ts, and who is the fashion victim.

Note: Some satellite TV systems provide their customers with the East Coast feeds for some channels.


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-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Photo: Manuel Juarez helps roll out the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for the Academy Awards. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times