East Coasters, rejoice! You can finally watch the Oscars to their conclusion and turn in at a reasonable hour. ABC announced on Thursday (Nov. 30) that the 2024 Oscars will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, March 10, in a new earlier time slot (7-10:30 p.m. ET/4-7:30 p.m. PT). A 30-minute pre-show will lead into the live show (6:30-7 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT).
Immediately following, ABC will air an original episode of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Abbott Elementary. The telecast will also be rebroadcast in the Pacific Time zone in primetime after the live presentation.
As previously announced, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 2024 Oscars, which will be held at its usual home, the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. It will mark Kimmel’s fourth time as host.
Kimmel first hosted the Oscars in 2017, the year of the debacle in which La La Land was announced in error as the best picture winner, before Moonlight was declared the actual winner. Kimmel returned to host the show in 2018 and 2023.
Kimmel will become only the sixth person to host the Oscars four or more times. Bob Hope hosted the show 19 times, followed by Billy Crystal (nine), Johnny Carson (five) and Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon and now Kimmel (four each).
Raj Kapoor will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Molly McNearney and Katy Mullan serving as executive producers. Hamish Hamilton is set to direct the telecast.
This will be the first Oscars to include new eligibility rules to “improve diversity and inclusion.”
Preliminary voting runs from Dec. 18 to 21. Oscar shortlists will be announced on Dec. 21. The eligibility period ends Dec. 31.
Nominations-round voting runs from Jan. 11 to 16, 2024. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 23, 2024. The final round of voting extends from Feb. 22 to 27.