The 2017 Oscars ceremony is right around the corner, so you'd better hurry up and watch "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Hidden Figures," "Fences," "Arrival," "Manchester by the Sea," "Hell or High Water," "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Lion" if you want to be all caught up on the Best Picture nominees.
Or maybe you're planning to tune in to see how Jimmy Kimmel, of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," does as host, fresh from his duties hosting last year's Emmy awards show.
Perhaps you're eagerly anticipating, or dreading, the expected barrage of politically themed jokes, speeches and off-the-cuff remarks.
If this year's awards show cycle -- beginning with Meryl Streep's attention-getting anti-Donald Trump speech at January's Golden Globes -- has taught us anything, it's that celebrities don't hold back when it comes to airing their opinions on the new administration and on social issues.
And if nothing else, the Oscars show is always an opportunity to gawk at stars in fancy gowns and jewelry, and wonder if something will go entertainingly wrong. Dare we dream of another couture-clad actress tripping on her way to the stage, a la Jennifer Lawrence?
Maybe, if we're lucky, there will be another wonderfully embarrassing goof, in the fine tradition of John Travolta introducing Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem."
If you want some music with your Oscars, the best original song nominees will be performed by, respectively, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli'i Cravalho, who will sing "How Far I'll Go" from "Moana"; Sting, who performs "The Empty Chair" from "Jim: The James Foley Story"; Justin Timberlake, who'll sing "Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls"; and John Legend, who will perform both "La La Land" nominated songs, "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" and "City of Stars."
Here are details about tuning in for the big show:
What: The 89th Oscars
When: ABC's red carpet coverage starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26; the ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m.
Streaming: Unfortunately, Portland isn't one of the cities that will be able to watch a live stream via abc.com. A second screen experience, "The Oscars: All Access," will stream from the red carpet and backstage, beginning at 4 p.m. on Oscar.com. This won't include the Oscars ceremony, but will feature behind-the-scenes content and interviews. Facebook Live (facebookcom.TheAcademy) will also broadcast the "All Access" live stream.
-- Kristi Turnquist
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