The wait is almost over – the 85th Oscars (formerly known as the Academy Awards) finally takes place this Sunday, February 24th.

This year’s Oscars will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, known for his work with the TV show “Family Guy.” This will be his first time hosting the show.

On Television

The 85th Oscars will be airing on TV on ABC at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST.

Online Streaming

    Update: Unfortunately the the Oscars awards ceremony is not streaming online at all. If you don’t have a TV, you’re out of luck. You can catch some sneak peeks, news updates, and exclusive access through the following websites at least.

  • Oscar.Go.Com is your one stop shop for anything and everything related to the Oscars, including a complete list of nominees. Another feature of this site is an in-depth history of the Oscar Academy Awards.
  • The Associated Press offers some streaming coverage of the Oscars, in addition to detailed news coverage of the event.

Smartphone And Tablet Apps

Oscars (free for iOS and Android)

Oscars is the offical 85th Oscars app. While you can’t watch the actual event through this app, it is still a great resource for tracking the Oscars – before, during, and after the event.

You can research nominees, view photos, watch trailers of the nominated films, and view video clips as well. Oscars also includes MyPicks, an interactive feature that allows you and your friends to predict the winners of the 85th Oscars.

In addition, the Backstage Pass feature gives you access to behind the scenes interviews, backstage and on the red carpet.

Live From The Red Carpet

Like the Oscars app, you unfortunately can’t stream the 85th Oscars with E! Entertainment’s Live From The Red Carpet. But you do get live coverage from the red carpet, plus some more features.

This app focuses mainly on fashion – what the celebrities wear, what E! thinks they should wear, and what they’ve worn in the past. Live From The Red Carpet also includes interviews with celebrities and coverage of movie premieres and parties.

In addition, this app covers many other events such as the Grammys, SAG Awards, Sundance, Brit Awards, Golden Globes and the Emmys.

Hollywood Reporter: The Race to the Oscars (Free for iPhone, iPod, and Android)

The Hollywood Reporter’s Race To The Oscars app does not stream the 85th Oscars either. What it features is news stories about the upcoming event, plus a Twitter feed covering The Hollywood Reporter’s tweets.

The Twitter feed also includes tweets from notable Hollywood figures such as film critic Roger Ebert.

The Race Blog is also included in the app, which covers news about Oscar rełated topics, ranging from interviews with directors, who will be presenting the awards at the 85th Oscars, and analyses of nominees.

Which nominees would you vote for in the 85th Oscars?

In your opinion, is there anyone or any movie that should have been nominated that wasn’t?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!