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The Oscars 2023: Time Out’s guide to the 95th Academy Awards

Everything you need to know about this year’s Academy Awards

Matthew Singer
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Matthew Singer

The Oscars are the only award show that matters.

Sure, the Golden Globes returned to television this year, but hardly anyone got drunk and no one watched. The Grammys still exist, but if you can name a major winner, or recall anything of note that’s happened on the show in the last few years, well, good for you. In the land of statuettes, the Academy Awards still reign supreme as the honorarium that most impacts its industry, for better or worse. Of course, in the last few years, the discussion coming out of the ceremony has been less about which films did and did not win and more about the controversies that occurred around the awards themselves, whether it was the Moonlight and La La Land mix-up of 2017 or last year’s Slap Heard ‘Round the World.

This year, hopefully everyone keeps their hands to themselves and we can all get back to talking about the important stuff: the actual movies (okay, and the fashion choices). It’d be a great year for it, with worthy blockbusters like Top Gun: Maverick going up against daring groundbreakers like Everything Everywhere All At Once. For the first time in forever, it seems like it will be pretty hard for the Academy to really screw up – although we’re sure Twitter will find something to argue about.

What else do you need to know about this year’s ceremony? Here are all the pertinent deets.     


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When are the 2023 Oscars?

The 95th Academy Awards will happen Sunday March 12, 2023 – two weeks earlier than last year, which was delayed in part because of the Winter Olympics, but still a bit later than its traditional late February airing.

Where are the Oscars being held this year?

The ceremony takes place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

Who is hosting the 95th Academy Awards?

American talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel returns for his third go-round as host after MCing in 2017 and 2018, putting him in a category with fellow three-timers Steve Martin, Jerry Lewis and David Niven. Hopefully he’s learned his lesson from last year’s Emmys and will stay upright and out of the way for the duration of the ceremony.

What time does the ceremony start?

The telecast begins on ABC at 8pm Eastern time, 5pm Pacific in the states and 1am in the UK. Stock up on Monster Energy Drink now, Brits.

How many categories are there?

The Oscars will present 23 categories – and reportedly, this year, all of them will be given out on-air. Check out the full list of nominees here.

Who has won the most Oscars?

That depends on what you mean by ‘most Oscars’. If you’re asking about the individual with the total number of statuettes brought home over time, Walt Disney holds the record at 22, most coming as a producer. In terms of direct cinematic achievement, composer Alfred Newman won nine for scoring the likes of Camelot and The King and I. John Ford is the most decorated director, having won four, while Katharine Hepburn remains the winningest actor, also with four. If you mean movies in a single year, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Titanic and Ben-Hur all won 11. Everything Everywhere All At Once has a chance to join that illustrious group, if it can pull an LOTR and run the table at this year’s ceremony.

How can I watch the Oscars?

In the US, simply find your local ABC station – whether that’s via Hulu Live, YouTube TV, Fubo or good old-fashioned cable – and voila. In the UK, meanwhile, it’ll air on Sky TV (again, at one in the damn morning). If you’re not in either of those places, the Oscars website has a list of where you can watch in a variety of countries.

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