The excitement is building here in California Saturday for the 2013 Oscars. One of the biggest questions on the minds of Academy Awards fans is about the start time of the Oscars show. Some are also asking if the Oscars will be online.
After a series of pre-Academy Awards shows, the Oscars show itself will begin on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 8:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. CT. 6:30 p.m. MT and 5:30 p.m. PT.
Preparations are well underway in Hollywood. Hollywood Boulevard is shut down in front of the Dolby Theater as LA gets ready for its big closeup. See slideshow above for pictures of the red carpet that was put in place in front of the Dolby Theater.
Oscars on TV
If you can't make it to Hollywood or to one of the Academy Awards parties on Sunday, of course, you can watch the show on TV. The 2013 Academy Awards (AKA The Oscars) is being broadcast on ABC-TV stations around the country.
Who's hosting the 2013 Oscars?
The 2013 Academy Awards will be hosted by a first-time host, Seth MacFarlane.
When does the Red Carpet show start?
That depends on your local ABC station. But most stations will begin pre-Oscar red carpet shows as early as four hours before the show starts.
Can I watch the Oscars online? Is streaming video available anywhere?
No, last year there was a $29.99 pay per view service, but this year nothing. Usually, bootleg sites pop up providing illegal streams. They stay active until they get shut down.
Are apps available?
Yes, information on how to download a free Oscar app is here.
Oscars 2013: The Academy Awards post-show
If you are watching on the East Coast, most local stations will carry local news after the telecast. Most ABC stations on the West Coast will carry post-Oscars shows.
Oscars on TV, how long will Academy Awards show last?
But once again, the best way to watch the 2013 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, is free in your living room. The Oscars show will air around the country on ABC stations starting at 8:30 p.m. ET or 5:30 p.m. PT. Check your local listings for the ABC channel in your area. The Oscars show is expected to last at least three hours.