How to Watch Oscars 2021: On TV, Live Stream, Without Cable?
|Oscars 2021 held on April 25, 2021, will still honor the year’s best in cinema.|
Like every awards show during the pandemic, the Oscars
will look different from any previous year. Despite the changes, the ceremony on April 25, 2021, will still honor the year’s best in cinema. Here’s how you can stream the 2021 Academy Awards.
With movie theaters facing temporary closures in the past year, many of the Oscar-nominated films debuted on streaming sites, including Netflix and Amazon, so we could watch from the comfort of our couches. Now, it's time to see which will win the coveted trophies.
The Academy is aiming to make the award show "an intimate, in-person event" filmed at both Union Station in Los Angeles and the traditional Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar nominees will also celebrate with a 90-minute "pre-show gathering" in the Union Station courtyard to enjoy cocktails with their fellow A-listers.
Since the 2021 Oscars will be mainly in person, expect plenty of glitz and glamour from the red carpet, as well as several moving speeches from the night's big winners.
Streaming on TV – Time and Date
ABC is the official broadcaster, so you can watch the show at 8 p.m. ET on your TV at home. You can also watch online at ABC.com and the ABC app, as well as on streaming sites that offer live TV options, including AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV.
Make sure to also tune in to E!'s 2021 Oscars red carpet coverage starting at 3 p.m. ET and 12 p.m. PT.
For subscribers in select markets, Fubo TV ($64.99+ per month after a seven-day free trial) will be showing the Oscars via local ABC affiliate feeds. Delve into some of the smaller categories and see whether you can find a favorite among the Best Live Action Short Film, Best Sound, or Best International Feature nominees so that you have a rooting interest in more than just the high-profile categories when those awards come up.
ABC will stream the Oscars live on April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on the ABC website, which is accessible with a TV provider login. See whether show producers Stacey Sher, Jesse Collins, and Steven Soderbergh can pull off the unique broadcast they’ve promised. Soderbergh, the filmmaker behind movies such as Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brockovich, and Traffic, has said that he intends for the show to have the look and feel of a movie.
If you subscribe to YouTube TV ($64.99+ per month after a seven-day free trial), you can watch the Oscars on the service’s ABC livestream. See what the show’s musical director, Questlove, has in store for the musical aspect of the show.
As a member of The Roots, Questlove is also the musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, so he has plenty of experience putting together music for TV broadcasts. Check out what he comes up with for the performances of the Best Original Song nominees, along with other unique musical elements.
Hulu + Live TV
Subscribers to Hulu + Live TV ($64.99+ per month after a three-day free trial) can watch the ceremony via the ABC livestream. Tune in to see whether frontrunner Nomadland will take the prize for Best Picture and whether director Chloe Zhao will make history as the second woman (and first woman of color) to win Best Director.
Nomadland star Frances McDormand also has a good chance of winning Best Actress, which would be her third Oscar, although Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan is the favorite among oddsmakers.
AT&T TV ($69.99+ per month) will stream the Oscars for subscribers on its ABC feed. Unlike many recent awards ceremonies, the Oscars reportedly won’t feature any nominees or winners appearing via video chat from home. Nominees and presenters (but no host) are set to attend the awards in person in multiple locations, including Union Station in Los Angeles and outposts in London and Paris for overseas nominees.
Even with pandemic precautions in place, the celebration is meant to bring the film community together face-to-face as safely as possible.
Who are the nominees?
This year, the Oscars promise to be a diverse and widely exciting one with women and Asians in prominent places on the nominee lists.
For the first time in the 93 years that the Oscars has been running, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, have been nominated for Best Director in one year. They are the sixth and seventh women to ever appear in this category. Zhao is also the first woman of colour to be nominated in this category for Nomadland.
Steven Yeun, who starred in the film Minari, based on a Korean-American family who moves into a farm in Arkansas, is also the first Asian-American nominee in the Best Actor category. In the same category is Riz Ahmed, the first Muslim actor nominated for Best Actor.
South Korean veteran actress, Youh Yuh-jung also received a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Minari, the first South Korean and fourth Asian woman to be nominated in the category.
Black actors are also on many of the lists this year with Viola Davis earning a nomination for her role in Mother of Blues and the late Chadwick Boseman receiving one for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The biopic on the life and death of Fred Hampton, a Black Panther leader and activist, Judas and the Black Messiah, has also been nominated for Best Picture.
Derek Tsang also makes with his film, Better Days, the first film to bag a Best International Feature Film nomination in 28 years and the first Hong Kong-born director to have his work nominated for an award.
For a full list of the nominees, visit the Oscars official website.
Who host the show?
As of today, there has been no word on who will be hosting the Oscars. If there is no host, this will be the third consecutive year that the awards show has gone without a presenter.
Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas had earlier announced this year's Oscar's nominees.
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