Read this before you plan your viewing party. 

By Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Updated Feb 08, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
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Whether you're an Oscars fan because you love to see your favorite celebrities win big, or you simply can't get enough of what they wear on the red carpet, prepare to get pumped because the Academy Awards are just around the corner. The whole thing is going down on Sunday, Feb. 9 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

But there are a few basics you'll want to keep in mind before tuning in for the night, including the fact that the show will go host-less for the second year in a row. Rebel Wilson, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Spike Lee, Beanie Feldstein, and Regina King are just a few of the presenters you can count on seeing throughout the show.

And as for performers, the Academy announced last month that Billie Eilish will be joining the lineup of previously announced performers — including Elton John and Chrissy Metz — on the Oscars stage.

All of that's to say — you're going to want to watch Hollywood's biggest night for one reason or another. But if you want to know how much time to set aside, we've got you covered.

How Long Are the Oscars?

If we learned anything from the Oscars of the past, it's that the runtimes can seriously vary. The 2017 show was three hours and 16 minutes, while the longest show ever in 2002 was four hours and 20 minutes. But on average, the Academy Awards span about three hours and 15 minutes.

Last year, the Academy eliminated the cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup and hairstyling categories from the regular broadcast, which should have made for a shorter broadcast. But the 2019 Oscars still ended up lasting three hours and 23 minutes... so it's hard to predict how long exactly this year's show will run.