Oscars 2016: From the date to the dresses, EVERYTHING you need to know about the 88th Academy Awards


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by Emmeline Saunders |
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Oscars 2016 date

The 88th Academy Awards is held at the Dolby Theatre in LA, and is set to kick off on Sunday 28 February at 4pm local time (midnight in the UK). It’ll air live on ABC in the States, though you can follow it via a live stream on the official Oscars website.

Oscars 2016 tickets

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian at the 2014 Elton John Oscars after-party

Every year, the Academy runs a red carpet fan experience to give away tickets for the most coveted spots, namely: right where George Clooney’s due to walk. The contest is sadly closed now, but if you’ve got plenty of cash and a spare private jet to whisk you off to Hollywood, there are still tickets going for the following Oscars after-parties:

  • Elton John’s bash at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood: $3,790 per person

  • The Weinstein Brothers’ Oscars pre-party (on Saturday 27 February): $4,950 per person

  • The Vanity Fair Oscar Party: $59,900 per person

  • Night Of 100 Stars Oscar viewing dinner/party at the Beverly Hilton: $1,490 per person

Bargs all round, eh?

Oscars 2016 predictions

It's Leo vs Eddie for this year's Best Actor gong

With The Revenant and The Danish Girl going head-to-head in three categories (including Best Actor for leading men Leonardo DiCaprio and Eddie Redmayne), lots of people are wondering whether Leo will finally get his grubby paws on a shiny gong. heat’s Charles Gant says YES HE RUDDY WELL WILL.

Oscars 2015 winners

The Oscars 2015 winners of the four acting categories: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Lewis, Patricia Arquette, JK Simmons

Eddie Redmayne scooped Best Actor in last year’s Academy Awards, while Julianne Moore took the Oscar for Best Actress. Best Picture went to the, frankly weird, Birdman, which heat still hasn’t watched all the way through.

You can read the full list of Oscars 2015 winners, right here.

Oscars red carpet

Every year, the stars gather on the red carpet to greet fans and pose insanely for the paps (lookin’ at you and your strange leg, Angelina Jolie). The red carpet styles can be wildly different – remember when Bjork turned up to the 2001 Academy Awards in that swan dress?

There it is

Oscars hotel

Where do the stars stay over the Oscars weekend? There’s a few massive hotels that put up celebrities and their entourages, including the Peninsula Beverly Hills, which according to Hollywood Reporter has an employee texting the kitchens with live show updates so that the chefs can whip up suitably scrumptious desserts for their return after the party.

All around Hollywood, designers, seamstresses and facialists work double shifts in the run-up to the Oscars so no star is kept waiting for a vital treatment or fitting session. How the other half live, eh?

Oscars Best Picture

This year’s nominees for best film are a diverse bunch – The Martian, The Revenant, The Big Short and Bridge Of Spies all feature male leads, while Room, Brooklyn, Mad Max and Spotlight give a much broader spectrum of roles for women. heat’s Charles Gant reckons The Revenant has it in the bag. See his review here.

Oscars nominations

Have a look through all the Oscars 2016 nominations right here.

Oscars dresses

Lupita Nyong'o in powder blue Prada at the 2014 Oscars

Designers and celebrities alike have a huge vested interest in not revealing their Oscars red carpet looks until the day of the show - but as soon as the first actor or actress posts their outfit choice on Instagram, it's a feeding frenzy of PRs getting in touch with journalists, paps and bloggers to let them know who's wearing what.

Expect bold fashion moments from the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, who always knocks it out of the park, and keep your eyes peeled for Anne Hathaway's nips - they always seem to come out at the Oscars.

Fun fact: ever wondered why the red carpet is always red? It's from an Ancient Greek tradition that meant only the gods could tread on luxurious red material. And now Paris Hilton steps out on it. What a time to be alive!


Oscars best dressed

Last year, Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick all made our best-dressed list.

Dakota Johnson in YSL

See the whole gallery right here.

Because the celebrities are photographed from every angle, it's vital their outfit looks incredible from each side. Loads of actresses opt for sequinned gowns, as these don't crease and therefore stay looking pap-ready throughout the night. Useful, huh?

Oscars Lady Gaga

Yes, Gaga is up for an Oscar! Her song, Til It Happens To You, from The Hunting Ground, has been nominated for Best Original Song. She thanked the Academy for including her song in the category, adding: “This nomination lends a voice to victims and survivors all over the world.”

Here's a visual flashback to when she performed her Sound Of Music medley at the Oscars last year:


Oscars host

This year, Chris Rock is taking on the prestigious job of host of the 88th Academy Awards. Each year, the host always does a song and dance routine to kick off the show – Neil Patrick Harris’ Broadway-inspired number still lurks in our bookmarks.

However, there have been calls for Chris to give up the gig, in protest at how white the Oscars is this year. None of the acting categories have any actors of colour, despite the obvious non-white talent who have appeared in films over the last year.

So far Chris Rock has remained schtum – but knowing him, there’ll be a few well-pitched jokes aimed at reminding the Academy that, y’know, there are other actors out there just as deserving of an Oscar nomination who may not be white.

Oscars 2015: ALL the dresses from the red carpet


oscars all the dresses 2015

Kelly Osbourne1 of 38

Kelly Osbourne

Early arrival Kelly O opted for a dramatic black dress with a hi-lo hemline and sultry lace sleeves.

Guiliana Rancic2 of 38

Guiliana Rancic

Kelly's E! co-presenter Guils did Lady In Red with daring sheer panels. Loving the matchy-matchy pout, babes.

Louise Roe3 of 38

Louise Roe

Brit babe Lou nailed red carpet chic in her multi-blue printed gown and on-trend slickback.

America Ferrera4 of 38

America Ferrera

Ugly Betty cutie America wowed in a mossy Jenny Packham floorsweeper.

Patricia Arquette5 of 38

Patricia Arquette

Nominee Patricia looked chic in a monochrome.

Anna Kendrick6 of 38

Anna Kendrick

Our first total YAY of the night, Anna in peachy Thakoon with pretty beauty.

Jamie Chung7 of 38

Jamie Chung

Oh hello Belle of the Ball! Jamie Chung in Yanini Couture is giving us total goosebumps.

Karolina Kurkova8 of 38

Karolina Kurkova

Profesh beautiful person Karolina donned a pale pink sheath, perfectly coordinating with the backdrop.

Margot Robbie9 of 38

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie with brand new hair slinking around in a noir robe-style frock with the best red pout we've seen so far.

Dakota Johnson10 of 38

Dakota Johnson

She didn't wear grey? WHAAAAT! Well, the scarlet YSL is still pretty fit. Lucky, Dakota J.

Marion Cotillard11 of 38

Marion Cotillard

Je t'aime Marion! The French actress did kooky couture in Dior with the prettiest beauty.

Rosamund Pike12 of 38

Rosamund Pike

We're having a serious moment looking at Rosamund in her red frock. How the eff did she have a baby recently? What a total BEAUT.

Felicity Jones13 of 38

Felicity Jones

We adore Felicity but that frock screams bad bridesmaid.

Naomi Watts14 of 38

Naomi Watts

Naomi opted for a cut-out silver dress with a funny brick-like print and cropped top.

Zoe Saldana15 of 38

Zoe Saldana

How incred does Zoe look post-twin-babies! That oyster pink shade is to die for.

Chrissy Teigan16 of 38

Chrissy Teigan

Hair and make up > YES. The top half of that frock > YES. The too-close crotch split > errr...

Lupita Nyong'o17 of 38

Lupita Nyong'o

A dress made of pearls shouldn't work but on Lupita, red carpet rebel with a cause, it SO does.

Sienna Miller18 of 38

Sienna Miller

Oh hello babein' mama in sleek Oscar de la Renta. And that make up is on-FLEEK.

Cate Blanchett19 of 38

Cate Blanchett

We're a bit underwhelmed by Cate's blah-blah bore-off LBD. Soz, love.

Anna Wintour and Bea Schaffer20 of 38

Anna Wintour and Bea Schaffer

HOLD THE PHONE. Big boss lady of Vogue Anna W isn't wearing dark florals!? Luckily her daughter is otherwise we might have fainted. AW went for a very out-of-character pale pink gown with matchy fluff.

Julianne Moore21 of 38

Julianne Moore

Jules wore custom-Chanel like it was no biggy. What a dude.

Kerry Washington22 of 38

Kerry Washington

Kerry's peachy dress was niiiice but a bit dull-bridesmaid.

Reese Witherspoon23 of 38

Reese Witherspoon

Reese in monochrome Tom Ford with sleek locks = our Oscars jam.

Chloe Moretz24 of 38

Chloe Moretz

Chloe the glowy's hair and beauty was spot-on but her frock leaves us feeling a bit sad. Like she's been made to wear a fancy bedspread.

Rita Ora25 of 38

Rita Ora

Our girl Reets went goth glam in a black 'n' gold fishtail number with white-blonde locks and nude lips.

Scarlett Johansson26 of 38

Scarlett Johansson

New mum Scar-Jo and her ridic bod (srsly, how can we get that?) went down the Poison Ivy route. As in, Batman. Not the plant.

Emma Stone27 of 38

Emma Stone

Now THIS is how you do green on the rouge carpet. Em wore the prettiest embellished peridot gown, perfectly complementing her auburn hair. What a BABE.

Gwyneth Paltrow28 of 38

Gwyneth Paltrow

Excellent bod, gorge face but that dress is way too Bridesmaids for our liking. Is that decoupage on your shoulder?

Jennfier Hudson29 of 38

Jennfier Hudson

Looking like a lemon dream in a strapless number with bright ear drops.

Nicole Kidman30 of 38

Nicole Kidman

Well THIS is a departure for Nic! We're not really sure... Are you?

Jennifer Lopez31 of 38

Jennifer Lopez

Erm, how pretty does J-Lo look in Elie Saab?! She is an actual princess. Can't Deal.

Andrea Riseborough32 of 38

Andrea Riseborough

There's something a bit undone about Andrea. Even when she's 'done'.

Jenna Dewan33 of 38

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan looked very nice in her chic LWD with crystal detailing.

Jessica Chastain34 of 38

Jessica Chastain

Oh. Em. GEE. Jessica Chastain, are you secretly Jessica RABBIT?

Lady Gaga35 of 38

Lady Gaga

Did someone get caught doing the housework before the Oscars?

Keira Knightley36 of 38

Keira Knightley

How pretty does preggers KK look in her nude, embroidered Valentino? Answer: VERY.

Jennifer Aniston37 of 38

Jennifer Aniston

Jen-An looked great in her simple nude frock with sunkissed locks.

Solange Knowles38 of 38

Solange Knowles

Ever the red carpet redegade, Solange wore wide-legged trews with a trailing tunic top by Christiano Siriano.

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