The 93rd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars) airs tonight, April 25. This ceremony will recognize the films and their talent in a particularly strange and difficult year for the industry, which has had to adapt to some major changes during the pandemic. Cinemas were not where most people saw newly released movies. Instead, many of those movies were pushed faster than ever to digital distribution platforms such as Vudu, Apple TV, and Google TV for purchase or rental. Some were even made available at the same time as the theatrical release, such as some Warner Bros. movies on HBO Max.
Despite this, we’re here to tell you how to watch the show that celebrates the movies of the year and the people who helped make them happen. First we will discuss when and how you can watch the stream, then we will go into more detail about the nominations.
WHO HOSTS THE OSCARS?
2019 saw the Academy Awards hostless for the first time in 30 years, and this year will be the same. Rather than relying on one host, there will be a cast of presenters including Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Steven Yeun, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Morena, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
HOW TIME DO THE OSCARS BEGIN?
ABC is handling the TV stream, which starts at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
HOW DO I WATCH THE ACADEMY AWARDS ONLINE?
ABC is accessible for free in the US via a wireless antenna, but otherwise you must be subscribed to a service to access the awards ceremony.
You can watch it on the ABC channel via cable or satellite, or you can watch it through your browser by logging into ABC’s site with your cable or satellite data.
As an alternative, various streaming services offer ABC with a subscription. Availability varies by region, but most people who subscribe to YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and FuboTV should have access. And if you just want to watch this one night, you’ll be happy to know that all of these services offer free trials of varying lengths (although they all require credit card information to sign up).
Finally, if you can wait until May 2, ABC will make the Oscars free to watch on its site without having to log in, according to the FAQ.
HOW DO I WATCH THE CEREMONY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES?
ABC has not updated its list of international partners who will broadcast the Oscars, although the site says the Oscars will be broadcast live in more than 225 countries and territories around the world.
WHAT ARE THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS?
Our sister site Polygon has compiled an extensive post with all the nominations for 2021. You can view it here.
And if you’re hungry for opinions on some of our best film nominees, Vox, and Polygon, check out the links below: