What Time Are the Oscars On & When Does the Red Carpet Coverage Start?

After months of weathering an exhaustive award season, the sea of tuxedos, rented ball gowns and red carpets is finally coming to an end with a final celebration. The 86th annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 2 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, where hoards of the industry's most talented faces will gather to accept their accolades. The Oscars will air at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. That's when the red carpet coverage starts: the ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC, as well.

For those of you who are BIG fans of the red carpet, E! will start airing their coverage of all things glamorous at 1:30 p.m. ET, with a Countdown to the Red Carpet Special. Their Live From the Red Carpet show starts at 5:30 p.m. ET and goes until 8:30 p.m.

Following last year's show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, this year's ceremony will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and we hope the show will carry more laughs and less anatomical song and dance numbers than last year's catastrophe. While some found MacFarlane's raunchy sensibilities charming, the Ellen talk show host is a safe bet for family friendly fun and quirky jokes. Presenting at the 86th Oscars are a variety of talented faces, from Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, and Glenn Close to Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Day-Lewis.

The nominees for best picture represent a mixture of "Based on a True Story" tales such as Philomena, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street, and more fantastical features, like the futuristic Her, and the lost-in-space adventure flick, Gravity. David O. Russel is up for another Oscar after Silver Linings Playbook with American Hustle, and sleeper hits Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska are also up for the biggest award of the night.