Chris Rock is the host of 2016 Oscars
Chris Rock is the host of 2016 Oscars. Pictured: An Oscar statue overlooks a Chris Rock poster at the entrance to the Dolby Theatre.Reuters

The 88th Academy Awards is finally upon us and despite the "#OscarSoWhite" controversy it is expected to be as big an event as it usually is. Chris Rock is the host of the Oscars 2016, and viewers can expect the African American comedian make a joke or two about all the nominees in the acting category being white.

The show will begin with the Red Carpet event at 7 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 28, and will be aired on ABC. The main event will start by 8:30 p.m. (EST), but viewers will have to wait until later in the ceremony to know if Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar.

The Oscars 2016 will be available for live-streaming on the Oscar.Go website and the ABC Go website or Watch ABC App. Although these live streaming options and ABC channel are viable options for those living in LA, NYC and other U.S. cities, if you live outside the United States they will not work. You will need a local service provider to watch the biggest movie event of the year. 

In India, the 88th Academy Awards will be aired live on Star Movies. 

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In Dubai, OSN Movies Premiere HD will air the Oscars 2016, meanwhile, in the UK, Sky has a dedicated Oscar channel called Sky Movies Oscars, and even the non-subscribers of Sky can tune into the channel using Now TV. Canadian fans of The Oscars, can watch the event live via CTV, and Australians can tune into Nine Network to watch the ceremony live in the country. 

In addition, The Oscars is also going to stream live videos of unfiltered backstage action exclusively via their Facebook channel, according to Variety. 

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