The 94th Academy Awards, the biggest and glitziest night of the year in Hollywood, takes place this Sunday, 27 March. Find out everything you need to know ahead of the ceremony here.

The first pandemic-era Oscars last year was a relatively muted affair, with the golden statues being handed out in numerous locations amid strict Covid protocols.

This year, the ceremony will return to its home since 2002: the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and has already taken measures to boost the broadcast's flagging TV ratings.

Oscars ceremony returning to its home in the Dolby Theatre

One such measure, and probably the biggest Oscars controversy of 2022, was the decision to cut eight of the 23 categories from the live ceremony, including editing, make-up and hair, original score and production design.

"In order to provide more time and opportunity for audience entertainment and engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and movie tributes… eight awards will initially be presented in the Dolby Theatre in the hour before the live broadcast begins," the Academy's president, David Rubin, said in a statement.

This has proved divisive and it remains to be seen if it will have an impact on the ceremony. Acts of "solidarity" are expected to take place, which may include guild members wearing their pins upside down, and award winners accepting their trophies upside down.

Here's everything you need to know about the 94th Academy Awards.

How to watch the Oscars in Ireland

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, 27 March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony is set to begin at 1am (28 March, Irish time) and organisers have said the broadcast will not last longer than three hours.

If you have Sky Cinema, or a Sky Cinema Pass on Now you will be able to watch the ceremony live (and if you can stay up that late!) otherwise RTÉ2 will be showing coverage of the Oscars from 9.35pm on Monday, 28 April.

Who is hosting this year's show?

After three years without a host, it was announced in February that Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes would co-host this year's Oscars.

Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes to co-host this year's Oscars

It is the first time since 1987 that the ceremony has had three hosts, and the first time ever that all three will be women. The decision to bring in these hugely popular comedy queens is seen as an attempt to lure viewers back to the ceremony, which has suffered declining TV ratings in recent years.

The show's producer, Will Packer, said of the hosts: "I know the fun Regina, Amy and Wanda will be having will translate to our audience as well. Many surprises in store! Expect the unexpected!"

Will there be a red carpet?

The Oscars 2022 should celebrate the return of the full-scale red carpet since pre-pandemic times. Expect attendees to be suitably suited and booted for this year's ceremony.

If you want to get a glimpse at the A-list style, E! will be airing their red carpet coverage from 9pm (Irish time) on Sunday night and keep an eye on www.rte.ie/lifestyle for further updates.

Who will be presenting the winners with their gold statues?

A host of famous faces will be handing out gongs on the night, including House of Gucci star Lady Gaga, The Batman's Zoë Kravitz, comedian Chris Rock, Kevin Costner, Rosie Perez and last year's winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Minari's Yuh-Jung Youn.

Lady Gaga among the stars who will hand out Oscar awards on the night

British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Lily James, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Rami Malek, Simu Liu, and John Travolta will also be taking to the stage to hand out awards.

Who is nominated at the 2022 Oscars?

Western drama The Power of the Dog leads this year's nominations with 12. Dune follows shortly behind with 10 nominations, with Belfast and West Side Story have with seven nods each.

Irish hopes rest on The Lost Daughter star Jessie Buckley and Belfast's Kenneth Branagh, Ciarán Hinds and Van Morrison who have all been nominated this year.

Jessie Buckley is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Lost Daughter

Kerry actress Buckley is nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, with Hinds shortlisted for Best Supporting Actor.

Belfast's writer-director Branagh has received Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay nominations for his semi-autobiographical family drama. These nominations mean he has set a new Oscars record, receiving seven nominations in seven different categories over the course of his career.

Singer-songwriter Morrison is nominated for Best Song for Down to Joy from the Belfast soundtrack.

Who's predicted to win best actor and best actress?

Will Smith is a hot favourite to win Best Actor for his portrayal of Venus and Serena Williams's father in the uplifting family sports drama King Richard, while Jessica Chastain is tipped for Best Actress for playing the titular televangalist in The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Both Hollywood stars picked up Screen Actors Guild Awards for the roles.

Who will perform at the Oscars?

Best song nominees Beyoncé and Billie Eilish, who have been nominated for their work on King Richard and No Time To Die, have been confirmed to perform at this year's ceremony.

Beyoncé and Billie Eilish among the artists who are in talks to perform at the Oscars

Beyoncé will perform Be Alive, which features in the biopic of Richard Williams, while Eilish will perform No Time To Die, the title song from the latest instalment of the James Bond franchise.

Reba McEntire will perform Diane Warren's Somehow You Do from Four Good Days and Sebastian Yatra will sing Lin Manuel Miranda's Dos Oruguitas from Encanto.

Van Morrison, who is nominated for best song for Down To Joy from Belfast, was also invited to perform but is not able to attend the Oscars due to his tour schedule.

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