The practically unflappable Jimmy Kimmel hosts The 89th Academy Awards (ABC 8:30 p.m.) and he’ll probably do a pretty good job. “La La Land” leads all films with 14 nominations, tying a record But “Moonlight” has been coming on strong, especially at the Independent Spirit Award Saturday. Among those singing the best song nominations will be John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Sting, Auli’i Carvalho and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
A countdown begins seven hours earlier on E! followed by actual coverage “Live from the Red Carpet” (E!, 5:30 p.m.) just three hours before the event, with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic. The network’s official “Oscar Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet” (ABC, 7 p.m.) is 90 minutes long, with Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer.
Normally, Kimmel would host his own late night special, but “Live from Hollywood: The After Party” (ABC, 12:05 a.m.) is hosted by Anthony Anderson, snagging winners from the event and luring them across the street from the Dolby Theatre to the El Capitan Entertainment Center. E! returns with after party coverage starting at 11:30 p.m.
Elsewhere, “Girls” (HBO, 10 p.m.) turns in a strong two-character episode about mentors with allegations of sexual abuse, with Matthew Rhys turning in a remarkable performance opposite Lena Dunham.