How to watch the 2022 Oscars on TV and online

Hollywood is ready to party and you’re invited, from the comfort of your couch!

The 94th Annual Academy Awards airs live from the Dolby Theater on March 27. Following last year’s limited-capacity ceremony at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station due to COVID restrictions, the show is returning to its usual home on the corner of Hollywood and the Highlands.

And even though the telecast is a week away, there’s already controversy brewing. On February 22, the Academy announced plans to eliminate eight categories from the primetime show, including film editing, original music, and production design. Deleted categories will be rewarded at a pre-show ceremony starting at 4 p.m., with excerpts from the nomination announcements and winners’ speeches edited into the later broadcast.

A petition to overturn the decision has been signed by more than 350 industry professionals, including administrators james cameron and Guillermo del Torowriter Tony Kushner and composer John Williams, but the Academy did not budge.

Oscar producer Packer defended the decision, arguing that it’s time for the broadcast to make some changes.

“I think it was the right decision,” Packer said. Variety. “We have to understand that the Oscar show as we know it is at an inflection point. The next few years, especially this year, will be a harbinger of what this show will become.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Oscars telecast revamp:

Evelyn C. Tobin