What Channel Are The 2016 Oscars On? There's More To Watch Than The Ceremony Itself

Ah, the Academy Awards! There's nothing quite like them. I'll definitely be tuning in this year, primarily to watch Chris Rock kill it as host, and to see what wonderful fashion confections Lupita Nyong'o, Cate Blanchett, and Alicia Vikander wear on the red carpet. But first, viewers like me will need to know how to tune in to catch the show. What channel are the 2016 Oscars on?

This year, they'll be broadcast on the same network as usual, ABC. The schedule will be fairly standard as well — the show starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. ET, and, just like always, it's preceded by plenty of red carpet coverage on two different networks. ABC will air the Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet from 7 p.m. ET until the show starts at 8:30. The network's coverage will be hosted by Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan. But that's not your only option to watch the red carpet. Over on E!, Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic will host their Live From the Red Carpet special from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET. So while you'll definitely need to be tuned into ABC to watch the Academy Awards ceremony, you can pick between the same network or E! for your red carpet needs.

Once the Awards are over, however, you may want to stay on ABC, as it is airing Jimmy Kimmel's annual After the Oscars special, which is scheduled to start at 12:05 a.m. ET. The Kimmel special promises to be quite the star-studded affair — this year, special guests include Ben Affleck, Tracy Morgan, Nathan Lane, and J.K. Simmons, among others, according to Deadline. (Kimmel's famous rival — and Affleck's famous best friend — Matt Damon may even make an appearance... time permitting.)

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If you happen to be watching the Academy Awards from overseas, you'll still have your chance to tune in — the ceremony will be broadcast internationally, in approximately 225 different countries, as reported by Forbes. In Canada, you'll be able to catch the show on CTV; in Mexico and Latin America on TNT Latin America; in Australia on The Nine Network; and in the U.K. on Sky Movies. You can head over to The Hollywood Reporter to see what channels to watch in other countries airing the Oscars. Oh, and of course, if you don't happen to have a TV — it's completely possible to stream the ceremony as well.

So, there you have it — ABC has all of your Oscars needs covered — before, during, and after the show — and E! is also providing its usual red carpet coverage. All you have to do is settle in Sunday night and get ready to see some glamour.