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The Oscars 2021 ceremony airs Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on ABC. Here's how you can watch the live stream for free.

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The Oscars 2021 ceremony airs Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT live on ABC

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After a two-month pandemic delay, the 2021 Academy Awards will finally be handed out on Sunday, and the big question is: Does anyone care enough to watch—whether via live TV or online streaming?

Considering how many of last year’s major films were bumped into 2021—which means no nominations for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story or Denis Villeneuve’s Dune—the Best Picture lineup is a mishmash of streaming premieres and smaller—if not unworthy—indie films, a fact that seems likely to extend the ceremony’s long ratings decline. (Turns out movies seem a lot less special when they are just spat out onto a streaming service.)

If the ratings for the pandemic-era Emmys and Golden Globes can tell us anything, it’s that people are even less interested in awards shows when they are taking place virtually (or maybe we’re just not in the mood to watch Hollywood celebrate itself). The Oscars will at least try to maintain a semblance of normality by bringing most of the (tested, probably vaccinated) stars together in one room, so if you want to watch, here’s how to do it.

It’s still on TV

The ratings are dropping, but we’re still a long way from the Oscars being booted off of a major network. As usual, your local ABC affiliate will carry the ceremony live, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 25. If you want to catch the pre-show—though this year’s red carpet festivities will reportedly be “teeny tiny”—that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

How to stream the Oscars online

I live in New York City and still can’t manage to get a good over-the-air digital signal to save my life, so I’ll be watching online—and you might be able to, as well.


The awards will stream live on the ABC website, but unfortunately you won’t be able to head there to watch them without signing on via your pay TV provider, whether cable or satellite. Which, if you have those options, probably means you are less reliant on online streaming anyway, but that’s how it goes. 

How to watch Oscars 2021 live stream in the US

Movie lovers (and celeb gawkers) can tune into 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 

It will be preceded by the pre-show, “Into the Spotlight,” at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT.

The broadcast network can be accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you’ve already cut the cord and don’t have cable, you can watch ABC on a live TV service, like FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now.

Of these options, we recommend FuboTV, one of the best streaming services on the market. Its affordable Starter Plan comes with over 120 channels, including all the broadcast networks. 

How to watch Oscars 2021 live stream in the UK

Good news for British cinephiles. The Oscars 2021 live stream is airing on Sky Cinema’s Oscars channel, which comes with a Sky TV package.

They’ll need to stay up late, though —  the ceremony starts at 1 a.m. BST.

How to watch Oscars 2021 live stream in Canada

In the Great North, Canadians can watch the Oscars at the same time as their neighbors on CTV. 

How to watch Oscars 2021 live stream in Australia

Down Under, Aussies can watch the Oscars 2021 online for free on Channel 7.

Oscars 2021 red carpet and pre-show

An Oscars pre-show, titled “In the Spotlight,” will feature coverage of the red carpet and interviews with nominees.

It will also play pre-recorded performances of all five nominated Original Song nominees: “Fight for You” by H.E.R. (from “Judas and the Black Messiah)’; Speak Now” by Leslie Odom Jr (One Night in Miami); “Io sì (Seen)” by Laura Pausini and Diane Warren (The Life Ahead); “Hear My Voice” by Celeste and Daniel Pemberton (The Trial of the Chicago 7); and “Husavik” by Molly Sandén (from Eurovision Song Contest).

Oscars 2021 host and presenters

For the third year in a row, there is no Oscars host. Jimmy Kimmel was the last Oscars host, for the 90th Academy Awards.

The Academy has revealed some of the presenters who will introduce the categories open the envelopes and hand over the trophies. The luminaries include:

  • Angela Bassett
  • Bong Joon-Ho
  • Brad Pitt
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Don Cheadle
  • Halle Berry
  • Harrison Ford
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Laura Dern
  • Marlee Matlin
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Regina King
  • Renée Zellweger
  • Rita Moreno
  • Zendaya

Oscars 2021 nominees

While this year’s Oscars may be late and socially distanced, they’re still celebrating excellent films. You can check out the full list of Oscar nominations (and find out where they’re streaming).

The films up for the top prize, Best Picture, are:

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

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