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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/25/2012

Oscars 2012: What time does the show start, and other FAQs

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If you pay even a small bit of attention to Hollywood, you may be aware that the Oscars are this Sunday.

What you may not know is when they begin. Or what time the red carpet coverage starts. Perhaps you’re dying to know whether Uggie from “The Artist” will be there. Check out a list of frequently asked questions you may have about the big show below.

What time do the Oscars begin and where does it air?

The telecast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and airs on ABC.

What time will it end?

That’s a fair question, one that doesn’t have a definitive answer. The safe money is around midnight ET.

What time does ABC’s red carpet coverage start? E!’s?

In select markets, ABC will begin airing red carpet coverage at 4:30 p.m. ET. The big guns — Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Jess Cagle and Nina Garcia — will begin hosting the coverage at 7 p.m. ET.

E!’s red carpet coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET. I repeat — 1:30 p.m., seven hours before the Oscars begin. The network will also stream coverage from the carpet beginning at 5:15 p.m. here.

CNN’s coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.; TV Guide Network’s at 6 p.m.

Can I watch the red carpet action online?

Why, yes, you can. The Associated Press will have a live stream from the red carpet beginning at 5 p.m. ET. It will be embedded in a Celebritology post on Sunday, so check back with us.

Will The Post be live blogging the red carpet as well as the ceremony?

Yes. Beginning at 5 p.m. ET, a roster of Posties will be blogging about the fashion, the winners, the night’s surprises, the highlights and so much more. Jen Chaney, who is currently in Los Angeles, will be sending back dispatches from the red carpet and the press room.

The live blog is here.

Will the Oscars stream online?

No. ABC is not offering a live stream of the actual show.

Where can I see a list of nominees?

Right here.

Which nominees are expected to win?

You can check out Jen Chaney’s and Ann Hornaday’s predictions for the major categories below:

Best picture

Best director

Best actor and actress

Best adapted and original screenplay

Who is hosting the show?

After a bit of a kerfuffle, Billy Crystal landed the gig. It will be his ninth time hosting the show, his first since 2004.

Will he do one of his movie montages to open the show?

He will, USA Today reports.

Who will present the awards?

Here’s a full list of the beautiful people who will present other beautiful people with awards, in alphabetical order:

Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Bradley Cooper, the “Bridesmaids” cast (Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig), Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Douglas, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Colin Firth, Zach Galifianakis, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, Melissa Leo, Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone and Meryl Streep.

Will the Muppets present?

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will be there to introduce “something very special,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

Wait — does that mean . . .?

Maybe! It’s reasonable to guess that Kermit and Miss Piggy will introduce a performance of the Oscar-nominated song “Man or Muppet” from the film “The Muppets.” Of course, it could be something else.

Will there be any performances?

Cirque du Soleil is confirmed to perform.

Is Ryan Gosling coming to the Oscars?

All signs point to no. He’s (criminally) not nominated and isn’t on the list of presenters. He’s also skipped most of the award shows this season, including the Golden Globes, opting to spend time in Thailand filming “Only God Forgives.”

What about Uggie?

Again, it’s not looking good.

What can I watch after the Oscars end?

Jimmy Kimmel will once again host his “After the Academy Awards Special” on ABC. According to the Oscar Web site, “This year Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Lautner, Nolan Gould, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton, Tyler Perry, Colin Ferrell, John Goodman, Jeff Goldblum, Jessica Alba, J.J. Abrams, Jason Bateman, Christoph Waltz, Jessica Biel, Gabourey Sidibe, Josh Brolin, Kevin James, Oprah Winfrey and many more will participate.”

What should I do between now and when the show begins?

Read, my friend! Check out all of the great pre-Oscars coverage from The Post below:

Seth Rogen at the Independent Spirit Awards: A rundown of his zingers on Brett Ratner and more

Independent Spirit Awards: Awarding indies and echoing Oscar

A look back at unforgettable Oscar gowns

Michelle Williams, John Logan honored at pre-Oscars party

Essay: Oscar saves the day for grown-up movies

What would you ask on the red carpet?

Is a traditional show the right way to go?

Oscar odds: From George Clooney to Viola Davis, a look at who is leading the race

You write the acceptance speeches

Nominations:

Oscar nominations 2012: The list of nominees

Max von Sydow reacts to Oscar nod in cursive

Oscars nominations: the shockers

Did the best picture change make a difference?

Video coverage:

Could Brad Pitt really win best actor?

Predicting the Oscar winners: Best director

Predicting the Oscar winners: Best original and adapted screenplay

Will there be an upset for Best Picture?

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