And the Oscar goes to.... Here's how to catch the ceremonies in Canada.

It’s red carpet season again, and the Oscars are on. Today, Sunday February 26 th , 2017 marks the 89 th Academy Awards.

You can watch the awards ceremony in Canada at 8:30PM ET/5:30 PM PT by tuning into CTV and CTV Two channels. If you want to catch it online, viewers can stream it on the CTV web site and CTV GO app ( Android /
).

If you’re watching in the U.S, you can catch all the action on ABC.

This year’s show will be hosted by late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who will taking his first shot at presenting the Oscars. It’s sure to be a night with some political highlights and the unpredictable.

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Who is favoured to win? La La Land is leading the pack with 14 nominations. This tribute to the golden days is sure to gather at least a few statues as it’s tied with Titanic and All About Eve for the most nominations of all time.

Coming in second are Moonlight and Arrival , which have both gathered eight nominations apiece.

But it’s not just seeing who gets a golden statue that will make this an evening of interesting watching for viewers.

Controversy

Viewers can keep on the edge of their seats for a few reasons. Controversies in the headlines include the fact that Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who has been nominated for The Salesman , is boycotting the ceremony.

He’s staying away due to political feelings related to President Trump’s new immigration policies that have banned refugees from Iran and other Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

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In addition, viewers won't actually see the Syrian cinematographer of Oscar-nominated The White Helmets, as he's been caught in the upheaval of immigration troubles and has been barred by the Department of Homeland Security from attending the ceremonies.

What WILL viewers notice? That the stars have taken notice. Not only are some expressing their disapproval of steps that prevent those involved in the ceremonies from actually being there, but the rich and famous are showing their dislike of the Trump administration’s policies, as a whole.

Blue Ribbons

Viewers can catch blue ribbons being worn by those on the red carpet. They represent an initiative started by the American Civil Liberties Union , called ‘Stand with A.C.L.U’.

Vanity Fair.com states that the union is encouraging stars to wear ribbons “as a symbol of solidarity with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which has worked for nearly 100 years to defend and protect individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law of the U.S.”

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Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the A.C.L.U. said in a statement to Vanity Fair,

“The support of the entertainment community for the A.C.L.U.’s work protecting our civil liberties has been nothing short of spectacular... Their voices are crucial in our fight to defend the Constitution and its promise of equality and justice for everyone in our country—no matter who they are and where they come from.”

So, you can be glad you're watching it all from north of what used to be the longest undefended border in the world. Now it’s just the longest international border , which is still something to inspire.

Looking for your fellow Canucks at the show? Keep your eyes open tonight for Canadians Denis Villeneuve, the director of Arrival and actor Ryan Gosling in La La Land.