Oscars 2021: How And When To Watch On TV And Online

This Sunday's Oscars will be a little different than usual, but viewers will still be able to watch along from home.


The Academy Awards are back with the iconic awards show's first ceremony since COVID-19 changed everything about live events. While the Oscars have been pushing to get back to something resembling the pre-pandemic norm, the ceremony will still be quite different to years past. Here's how you can watch it for yourself.

The most notable difference in this year's event will be the location. While certain parts of the show will be streamed from within the show's normal home of the Dolby Theatre, the majority of it will take place in an open-air venue at Los Angeles' Union Station.

Parts of the show will also be streamed from international locations--such as a performance of Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga's nominated song Husavik performed in the town of Húsavík, Iceland--though the event organisers are looking to cut down on Zoom call-ins wherever possible.

Like the aforementioned Husavik, all this year's Oscar-nominated songs will be performed in their entirety as part of the pre-show, rather than having the performances as part of the ceremony itself.

As far as nominees, Chadwick Boseman is in the running for a posthumous Best Lead Actor win for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, after winning the Golden Globe for the same role earlier this year. Chloe Zhao's Nomadland is considered the front-runner in a Best Picture race that also includes Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman, David Fincher's Mank, and Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah. Check out all the nominees for the 2021 awards here.

When and where to watch the Oscars on TV

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, April 25, after being delayed due to COVID-19. The red carpet kicks off at 6:30 PM ET, with the ceremony itself beginning at 8 PM ET.

The show, which will be hostless as it has been for the past two years, will still be broadcast live on ABC. ABC's coverage will start with the "Oscars: Into the Spotlight" pre-show at 6:30 PM, which will include footage from a stripped back red carpet that has been described as a "a teeny-tiny red carpet" by producer Stacey Sher. Instead of the usual red carpet crowds, only nominees, their guests, and presenters will be present--though the Academy has asked attendees to put more effort into their dress than the pandemic-inspired loungewear seen at other award shows.

Where to watch the Oscars online

The ceremony and pre-show can also be viewed through the ABC app for viewers who authenticate through their cable or satellite service. ABC will also make the show available on-demand after the ceremony. Cable-cutters can also stream the show through services such as YouTube TV, FuboTV, or Hulu with Live TV. Viewers who don't have any of these services who are happy to just watch the highlights can also follow along on the official Oscars YouTube channel.

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