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Sky Cinema Oscars channel to show exclusive coverage of 90th Academy Awards

Monday, February 19th 2018 by Marc Shoffman

And the winner is…. Sky Cinema viewers!

If you are looking for a way to get in the mood for the Oscars and watch the Academy Awards live, then Sky is the place to be from next week.

Sky Cinema is setting up a dedicated Oscars channel from next Monday (26 February) that will run up until 11 March.

Movie buffs will get to see Oscar-winning films marking 90 years of the awards.

There will be classics such as the first ever Best Picture winner, Wings back in 1927 as well as The Godfather and No Country For Old Men (2007), and many more. These will be available through On Demand.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Sky Cinema viewers can also relive some of most famous moments in Oscars history in a special 60-minute programme, The Oscars: Greatest Shocks, Frocks and Fairytales. The special will run directly in the build-up to Sky's Oscars coverage at 11pm on Sunday 4 March on Sky One and Sky Cinema Oscars.

You can admire the dresses, guess the winners or losers and even play drinking games each time a recipient thanks their mum or religion when the Oscars ceremony itself arrives on Sunday 4 March.

It is set to be an interesting awards ceremony in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign.

Coverage begins on Sky Cinema Oscars with Oscars 2018: Red Carpet Live from midnight, before the Oscars 2018 Live begins at 1.30am on Monday morning of 5 March.

Alex Zane will return to anchor, alongside a range of guests adding analysis of the night’s big winners.

If you don’t fancy staying up, or getting up that early, the full ceremony will also be repeated at 8am later that morning, with highlights of all the key moments at 8pm, on Sky Cinema Oscars.

How to get Sky Cinema

The cheapest place to get Sky Cinema, unsurprisingly, is on Sky.

If you are a Sky Entertainment customer, you can add the channel for an extra £10 a month on an 18-month contract.

That is a pretty long contract term if you are only tuning in for the Oscars, but you are getting 11 Sky Cinema channels, with hundreds of movies and premieres every week so there would be plenty to keep you entertained.

Alternatively, you could get a Sky Cinema pass and stream it through NOW TV. The pass comes on a rolling contract and costs £9.99 a month and NOW TV currently also offers a free 14-day trial.

Virgin customers can get Sky Cinema as-standard on the VIP TV package or you can add the channel for an extra £21 a month.

BT customers will need to pay an extra £13.50 a month, while TalkTalk will charge £16 a month for its Sky Cinema boost.

Unlike Sky, most of these add-ons can be added for a month at a time.

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