It's Awards Season's Biggest Night: The 85th Annual Academy Awards have arrived. Have you filled out your ballot? Printed your bingo card? Steeled yourself for an evening full of Family Guy voices, courtesy of host Seth MacFarlane? (Hmm, maybe he'll at least reprise his Ryan Lochte impression?) Placed your bets on which celebrity appendage will skyrocket to fame? Here are the evening's vital stats.
When do the Oscars air?
Tonight! As in Sunday, February 24, 2013. The official ceremony begins at 8:30pm Eastern on ABC, and the three-hour telecast will air live in all markets. Red-carpet and pre-show coverage will start much earlier, though: at 7pm Eastern on ABC, and hell, E! is probably eight hours in already.
Is TV.com doing anything noteworthy for the occasion?
This is a TV site! We don't care about no stinkin' movies!
J/K of course we'll be watching the broadcast, even though we haven't seen most of the Best Picture nominees because we've been too busy watching television. And we'll also be playing Oscars bingo, courtesy of the aforementioned card/drinking game that Lily made! Plus Tim will be offering live commentary during the proceedings, so meet us back here when it's time for the main event for some complementary play-by-play.
UPDATE: Here's Tim's live-blog!
Can I watch the awards online?
In a word, no (not legally, anyway). ABC/the Academy won't be streaming the actual awards ceremony, but you can download the Oscars Backstage Pass app for access to behind-the-scenes, pressroom, and other related coverage.
What about on mobile?
See above re: the Oscars Backstage Pass app.
Who's scheduled to present?
Dustin Hoffman, Ted the CGI bear from the movie Ted, Paul Rudd, and more; find a full list over at Vulture.
Are you planning to watch the Oscars tonight? Or will you be sticking with, say, The Walking Dead, BBC America's latest Doctor Who special, or Enlightened?