The 93rd Academy Awards air this Sunday, April 25 on ABC. The ceremony will be spread out over two locations this year: Los Angeles Union Station and the Dolby Theater. Following in the footsteps of the Grammys, only nominees, their guests, and presenters have been given the green light to attend. The Academy announced on Thursday that nominees who don’t attend won’t have the option to Zoom in (the Golden Globes experienced a few embarrassing technical difficulties). Will there be a host? The Oscars went hostless last year and this year will be the same.
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Like most awards shows, the ceremony felt the impact of the pandemic: The Academy delayed the ceremony by two months and extended the eligibility window to accommodate films released in 2020 through to February 2021. Another tweak allowed films that originally had a theatrical release but were forced to release straight to digital platforms, to be eligible for Oscars. A positive is, thanks to the delay, you can stream almost all of the films right now.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Oscars awards show.
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Date and start time
Based on last year’s programming, these are the expected start times:
- US: The Oscars start at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 25.
- UK: The Oscars start at 1 a.m. GMT on Monday, April 26.
- Australia: The Oscars start at 10 a.m. AEST on Monday, April 26.
Short answer: No one. The hostless trend began in 2019 when Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting duties amid criticism of his past insensitive tweets. The 2020 show went without a host and the 2021 show will do the same.
Who are the nominees?
David Fincher’s Mank leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 10. It faces stiff competition in the best picture category from awards darling Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao. Both she and Emerald Fennell, who’s behind the haunting revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, are nominated for best director, making this the first time two women have been nominated in the category in the same year. It’s exciting stuff. Check out the full list of nominations here.
If the show does go without a host, there’ll be a long list of presenters. We’ll update this post once it’s been announced.
Is there a red carpet?
It won’t be the traditional red carpet event with flashy arrivals this year, but we might see a few interesting face-mask-and-outfit-coordinated combos if the Grammys are anything to go by. Based on last year’s programming, you’ll be able to watch the red carpet on the ABC site or app from 5:30 p.m. ET, the Academy’s official Twitter from 6:30 p.m. ET, or the E network, available on many live TV streaming services, from 5 p.m. ET.
How to watch the Oscars without cable
The Oscars will air on ABC in the US. To stream online, there are a couple of options:
- ABC is streaming the live broadcast of the Oscars on the ABC website, but only to specific cities and only after you sign in with a participating pay-TV provider — typically a cable company, satellite provider, or live streaming service.
- Another option is Locast, which streams local broadcasters, including ABC, in certain large US cities, for free. And of course, you could always use an antenna to try to pick up the ABC station in your area (DVR optional).
- If you subscribe to a live TV streaming service that carries ABC in your city, you can use it to watch the Oscars too. AT&T TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV all carry ABC in most US cities. All of them offer a seven-day free trial, so you can sign up now and cancel after the ceremony if you want. Note that Sling TV, Fubo TV, AT&T, and Philo don’t carry ABC at all.
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AT&T TV (formerly AT&T TV Now and DirecTV Now)
AT&T TV’s basic, $70-a-month package includes ABC. You can use its channel lookup tool to see if you get a live feed of Fox and the other local networks in your ZIP code. Read full review.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes ABC, but check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes ABC. Plugin your ZIP code on its channel lineup page to see what live, local networks are available where you live.
- Australia: While it hasn’t been confirmed yet, we’re expecting the Oscars to air on Seven like last year.
- UK: You can watch the Oscars using a Sky Cinema Pass with Now TV (a seven-day free trial is offered).
How to watch the 2021 Oscars: live stream in the USA
ABC once again has the right to air the Oscars in the US. So as long as ABC is one of the television channels you can get, then you’re all set. Alternatively, you can get an Oscars 2021 live stream on abc.com by logging in with your cable provider.
Well and truly cut the cord? Don’t worry, you’re not without options. You can get ABC through a number of OTT services, including FuboTV, which starts from $64.99 with its Starter plan and also offers a 7-day free trial. Other options include AT&T TV Now for $69.99 a month.
How to watch an Oscars live stream in the UK for FREE
Ready to settle into your sofa for the long haul? Those in the UK can tune in to coverage of the 93rd Academy Awards at 1 am BST on Monday, April 26 on Sky’s dedicated Sky Cinema Oscars channel. This comes as a part of the Sky Cinema package, which you can add to your Sky package for £11 a month. Why not check out our Sky TV deals to find the best bundle for you if you’re not already subscribed?
Alternatively, you can get Now’s Cinema Pass for £11.99 a month and get a 7-day free trial if you’re a new customer, allowing you to live stream the 2021 Oscars completely for free.
As described above, it’s easy to watch this even if you’re abroad. Simply download and install a VPN and then change the server location to one inside the UK.
How to live stream the Academy Awards for FREE in Australia
Great news, Aussie film fans. Unlike in most other countries around the world, you get free access to watch the 93rd Oscars thanks to Channel 7. So for those with access to the channel, it’s as easy as switching on the TV or using the mobile 7Plus app to enjoy all the action. It’s on at a very leisurely 10 am AEST on Monday, April 26.
Outside Australia today? Use a VPN if you’re away from home and still want to catch that Oscars coverage.
How to stream the Oscars live in Canada
Canadian fans are in luck as CTV will show the 93rd Academy Awards live on television. However, if you don’t have a TV, you can still watch the awards show on the network’s website though you will have to select your TV service provider and sign in with your CTV account. The ceremony is due to start at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT.
Best Picture nominees at the 2021 Academy Awards
The big prize of the night is the Best Picture award – and here are the eight nominees competing for it:
- The Father
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
Can I stream the Oscars for free?
Depending on where you are in the world depends on whether you can secure a free live stream of the 2021 Oscars.
Those are in Australia, benefitting from a completely free way to watch the 93rd Academy Awards through Channel 7 on the TV, or through its app 7Plus on compatible devices.
Sadly, Australia is the only country with a completely free-to-watch option for the Oscars. That said, there are other options for those elsewhere looking to avoid dropping a penny. In the UK, new customers can get a 7-day free trial for the Now Entertainment pass.
Alternatively, in the US FuboTV also comes with a 7-day free trial. With both, you can be fairly calculated, timing the start of your subscription just right to encompass the Oscars and cancel before you’re charged within the 7-day free trial period.
Not going to be in the country when the Oscars is taking place? Get a VPN and you can watch your native broadcaster with ease.