Oscars 2021 free Streaming: Where to Watch “Academy Awards” Live
Like every year, the 2021 iteration of Academy Awards will honour the best in cinema of year 2020 and a bit of 2021. Earlier scheduled to be held in February, the event was delayed by two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ceremony will not be a mix of virtual and in-person like Golden Globes. It will be fully in-person and will be conducted at two locations in Los Angeles: Union Station and Dolby Theatre. The latter has been the home of Oscars since 2001.
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Mank leads the ceremony this year with 10 nominations. The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 follow it with six nominations each.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Oscars 2021.
Oscars date and start time
The Oscars are spread over two locations this year: Los Angeles Union Station and its usual stomping ground, Dolby Theater. Only nominees, their guest and presenters have been given the green light to attend. Nominees who don’t attend won’t be allowed to Zoom in. Plus, since the show is a televised event, guests won’t have to wear a mask while the cameras are rolling.
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.
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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 Locust, 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
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, FuboTV, AT&T and Philo don’t carry ABC at all.
AT&T TV (formerly AT&T TV Now and DirecTV Now)
Other streaming platforms
If you’re shopping for a larger streaming package that includes ABC, however, then you’ve got a few other options — just remember that without ABC, you’ll miss out on Oscars Ceremony live streams. All of these services work with the vast majority of modern streaming platforms, but always be sure to check and make sure that the one you want is compatible with your devices before signing up.
FuboTV is a relative newcomer that is quickly shaping up to be the number one streaming platform for oscars fans (including those who want to live stream 93rd Academy Awards). It offers two standard plans that both include ABC: The Family plan, which offers 100-plus channels and rings in at $65 per month, and the $80-per-month Elite plan which features 150-plus channels along with some other extras.
Hulu might have the biggest name recognition when it comes to streaming TV shows and channels, so its place on this list should come as no surprise. Its $65/month Live TV plan includes ABC and you can add premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz, and more to your plan a la carte. If you want ABC, then another great option is The Disney Bundle which gets you basic ad-supported Hulu (note that this is different from the full Hulu Live package), Disney+, and ABC for just $14 per month.
YouTube TV, as you probably gleaned from the name, is YouTube’s foray into the world of premium streaming services. It costs $65 per month — the same as Hulu or Fubo — and includes ABC, letting you live stream 93rd Academy Awards content (aside from pay-per-views, which still require ABC). You get more than 85 channels out of the gate with premium add-ons available.
Who is nominated?
- The Father
- Judas and the Black Messiah
- Promising Young Woman
- Sound of Metal
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
Is there an Oscars red carpet?
It’ll be a much smaller red carpet event this year, but we might see a few interesting face-mask-and-outfit-coordinated combos if the Grammys are anything to go by (although you won’t see nominees wearing masks during the show). 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.
Who’s hosting the Oscars?
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.