7:30 a.m. EST
Rise and shine, it’s Oscar day!
Check out Good Morning America‘s Oscar kickoff on ABC to get in the mood.
Much of your day will be filled with red-carpet gawking, so add some real culture. Watch Le Voyage Dans la Lune, the Georges Méliès short featured in Best Picture nominee Hugo.
Whether you’re watching solo or throwing a party, you’re going to want an Oscar-themed feast — so get cooking. May we suggest ballpark franks for Moneyball? Or perhaps an ”Extremely Browned & Incredible Roast,” followed by black-and-white cookies in honor of The Artist?
Listen to Best Song nominees ”Man or Muppet” from The Muppets and ”Real in Rio” from Rio.
The TV coverage ramps up with E!’s Countdown to the Red Carpet, a rundown of all the nominees along with fashion scoop. It’s like a tailgating party for a sports game, except with better clothes.
Speaking of sports, if someone tries to watch the Daytona 500 or the evening’s NBA All-Star Game, explain that a Lisbeth Salander-style beat-down awaits anyone who dares to change the channel.
Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown begins on the TV Guide Network. Since it’s 5 o’clock, it’s time to break out Oscar-themed cocktails. Dry Martini Scorsese, anyone?
E!’s Live From the Red Carpet gets rolling with Ryan Seacrest & Co. dissecting every last thread of A-list wardrobe.
The stars are putting the last touches on their outfits now, and so should you. Apply your temporary dragon tattoo and throw on a Descendants-style Hawaiian lei.
As the preshow begins on ABC, get out your Oscar ballots and place your bets. And don’t miss our live blog on EW.com.
The show begins!