The Oscars starts today, at 5 p.m. PT but will look different in 2021. After delaying the show for two months, the Academy has also changed eligibility for awards, allowing films released in 2020 through to February 2021 to enter. This time round, movies released solely on digital platforms like are also eligible for Oscars.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Oscars 2021.
Oscars start time
The Oscars will take place over two locations this year: Los Angeles Union Station and 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.
David Fincher’s Mank leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 10. It faces stiff competition in thefrom 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 .
Watching the Oscars online
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 livestreaming 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 to try to pick up the ABC station in your area ( ).
- If you subscribe to a 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. that , you can use it to watch the Oscars too. AT&T TV,
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.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes ABC. Plug in 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).
Need more international viewing options? Try ato to access those US, UK or Australian options listed above. See the .
Oscars red carpet
It’ll be a 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, , from 5 p.m. ET., 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
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.
Who’s presenting the Oscars?
Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon-ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya will be handing out awards.