No red carpet invite? Here's how to watch the 2016 Oscars

You've got your wine and popcorn. You've got your list of predicted winners. Now all you need to know is when, where, and how you can watch the 2016 Oscars. Well, the award for luckiest GamesRadar+ reader goes to you, because I've got all of that right here.

When is it:

The 2016 Oscars (also known as the 88th Academy Awards), will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28. Red carpet pre-show coverage will begin at 4pm Pacific/12am GMT, with the ceremony proper commencing at 5:30pm Pacific/1:30am GMT. UK readers, you might want to be good and rested, as the show typically lasts for several hours.

Where can I watch:

If you're stateside and have television service, ABC is the channel you want. If you don't have a TV available, you can also watch via your computer at or the WATCH ABC mobile app. However, in order to stream the ceremony in this way, you have to live in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco, and you'll still need to have a valid subscription via a cable or satellite provider.

If you're in the UK, Sky has a special gift for you: two weeks of Oscar goodness. Today, February 22, the special Sky Movies Oscar channel goes live, and will remain available until March 6. The channel will broadcast not only the celebration, but classic Oscar-winning films as well. If you prefer to stream, you'll still need to go through Sky, but via a NOW TV Movies Pass.

Anything else I need to know:

GamesRadar+ will have ongoing Oscars coverage both before and after the show. Check in with us regularly throughout February for historical highlights, funny trivia, a Bingo-style game to play during the show, and of course, a list of the winners.

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