The pros and cons of watching the Oscars live on TV

It's feeling part of the most important night in the movie calendar vs feeling terribly tired on Monday morning...

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It’s the biggest night in the film calendar, when the great and the really good looking walk the red carpet, all praying that tonight will be the night they get their hands on that iconic statuette.

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There are luxurious goody bags, delicious dinners, shipping containers full of champagne and after-parties so star-studded they’d surely blind us mere mortals.

But for those of us who live on the other side of the ocean, it’s a different experience altogether. It’s more triple espressos, 8-packs of doughnuts and seriously dark bags under our eyes. But if you’re still in two minds about whether you should pull an all-nighter and watch the Oscars live, read on…


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Pro

It’s THE film event of the year. Even hundreds of thousands of miles away from the sparkly sidewalks of Hollywood, nothing is more important than the Academy Awards. You can’t really call yourself a movie buff unless you watch them.

Con

Red carpet coverage begins at 11.30pm but the awards ceremony itself doesn’t start until 1.30am. Yep, it’s a late one. Plus you’ll have to convince a friend this really is a good idea (honest) if you don’t have Sky Movies.


Pro

It’s an event celebrating the finest films of the last 12 months.

Con

You probably haven’t seen all of them.


Pro

You’ll be hours ahead of everyone else when they raise their lazy heads at 7am to go to work.

Con

There’s a very high chance you’ll be asleep by 7am, so no one will never know that you’re a cinematic know-it-all…


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Pro

It’s quite novel being awake at 4am on a Monday morning.

Con

You’ll be awake at 4am on a Monday morning.


Pro

You’ll probably have to take a day’s annual leave to recover and everyone loves a Monday in bed.

Con

You might not be able to take a day’s annual leave to recover. You’ll probably fall asleep at your desk and your boss will probably shout at you.


Pro

All your favourite stars, plus a healthy number of Brits, are nominated for awards.

Con

The spotlight won’t just be shining on Eddie Redmayne, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet and co. All sorts of celebrities, easily recognised and not, will be in attendance. Your favourites will probably get very little screen-time.


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Pro

Something funny is bound to happen: a selfie, a photobomb, someone seriously mispronouncing a nominee’s name. Jennifer Lawrence might score a falling-over-at-the-Oscars hat-trick.

Con

Blink and you’ll miss it. If your coffee doesn’t do the trick, you’ll miss an awful lot.


Pro

The social media possibilities are endless. Hilarious quips, funny stills from the red carpet, heartfelt congratulations, selfies of your face covered in instant coffee granules…

Con

Twitter will be your only friend, because you’ll be watching it on your own. Pulling an all-nighter on a Sunday night? It’s a lonely business.


Pro

We’ll be awake too.

Con

We’ll be awake, writing up all the news, spotting all those selfies and thoroughly documenting any celebrity stumbles. So really you can just go to bed and we’ll fill you in the next morning…


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88th Annual Academy Awards coverage starts at 11:30pm on Sunday 28th February on Sky Movies Oscars