Kendall Ashley
Updated Feb 07, 2020 @ 2:28 pm

The Oscars are one of the biggest nights in show business, and there’s nothing more fun than throwing an Oscar party with friends to take part in the festivities. Of course, the Oscars aren’t known for being a super brief affair (like, at all), so how much time do you need to block out with your friends to fully experience all the fun Hollywood’s biggest night has to offer?

Well, if you’re just interested in watching the Oscars ceremony itself, the 2020 Academy Awards will air on ABC and the ABC app on February 9th at 8 p.m. ET. Since the Oscars are a live event, the exact awards show length can fluctuate a bit. However, you can usually expect the awards to run about three hours (or 15 minutes or so over three hours).

Of course, the awards show has definitely gone over that in the past.

Back in 2002, the Academy Awards ran a whopping four-plus hours. Understandably, there was a bit of an outcry against the ceremony’s length, and the Academy makes a serious effort to keep the show a tight(ish) three hours. Just consider all the winners who are played off the stage.

If you’re also aiming to partake in some of the Academy Awards fashion fun, you’re looking for a much longer commitment.

The E! Live From the Red Carpet: The Oscars special will start airing at 5 p.m. ET (ABC’s red carpet coverage kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET). If that doesn’t quite fill your need for red carpet glamor, the network will also air a two-hour lead-up special to the red carpet show called Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Academy Awards that kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.

So, by themselves, the awards are *technically* only three hours. But factor in the fashion extravaganza that is the Academy Awards’ red carpet, and the potential for the program to run long, and you’ll likely be plopped on your couch for quite a while. Be sure to stock up on snacks!