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Awards season can often feel like a marathon rather than a sprint, but the finish line is in sight and there is no grander finale than the Oscars.
The 2021 Oscars air tonight from Los Angeles, and this year’s event — the 93rd Academy Awards — features some bold-face nominees, from Carey Mulligan (nominated for Promising Young Women) to Sacha Baron Cohen (Trial of the Chicago 7) and Frances McDormand (Nomadland). The late Chadwick Boseman is also up for a Best Actor nod, along with first-timers like Minari’s Steven Yeun and The United States Vs. Billie Holiday star, Andra Day.
Musical nominees include Diane Warren, up for Best Original Song for “Lo Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead. Other nominees in the category include H.E.R.’s “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite’s “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson’s “Husavik” from the Will Ferrell comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are nominated once again for Best Original Score, meantime, both for their work on Mank as well as their work with Jon Batiste on Soul.
Want to watch the Oscars online tonight? Here’s what you need to know.
When Are the 2021 Oscars? Air Date, Channel, Time
Originally scheduled for February 28, the 2021 Oscars date was pushed back to April due to Covid precautions. The 93rd Academy Awards will now air tonight, Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST live on ABC. The show will air at the simultaneously on the East Coast and West Coast, though West Coast viewers can tune into a replay at 8 p.m. PST as well.
How to Watch the Oscars on TV
If you want to watch the Oscars on TV, you’ll either need a traditional cable package (like these plans from AT&T which you can order now) or you can tune into ABC through a digital antenna if you have one. For everyone else, here’s how to watch or stream the show online.
How to Stream the Oscars Online Free
If you want to watch the Oscars online for free, there are a couple ways to live stream the show from home without cable.
1. Stream the Oscars on Hulu + Live TV
You already know about the original series and on-demand programming from Hulu, but the streaming service’s Hulu + Live TV plan will also get you access to ABC (and more than 60 other television channels) so you can watch the Oscars, live sports and more.
Hulu is currently offering a 7-day free trial for the Academy Awards. Test it out and get instant access to ABC to watch the Oscars without cable. Hulu lets you watch the show from your TV, tablet, laptop or other connected device. Get more details here.
2. Stream the Oscars on fuboTV
One of the best streaming services for live TV is fuboTV. A subscription to fubo gets you more than 200 TV channels, including ABC, where you can stream the Oscars live. Fubo also gets you access to E! to watch the Oscars red carpet online, in addition to post-show coverage.
3. Stream the Oscars on The Roku Channel
If you have a Roku TV or a Roku device, you can watch the Oscars for free on ABC News Live via The Roku Channel. The coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. EST for red carpet coverage with the award ceremony airing at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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4. Watch the Oscars With Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV isn’t a streaming service per se, but cord cutters can cast Hulu, YouTube TV or fuboTV to their television sets using a Fire TV stick. You can also use Amazon Fire TV to watch the Oscars live on ABC’s website or by logging into the ABC app on your TV.
2021 Oscars: Host, Nominees, Presenters, What to Expect
The 2021 Oscars will look a little different compared to year’s past. This year’s show will once again go host-less, for the third year in a row. Instead, look for a group of presenters to introduce each segment and award.
This year’s Oscar presenters are expected to include Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.
The 2021 Oscars telecast will also have a new location. The Dolby Theatre, which has long been the home of the Academy Awards, will host part of the show, though the main location has been moved to Union Station, in downtown Los Angeles.
Similar to other award shows this year, there won’t be a traditional audience at the Dolby or at Union Station. Covid protocols are keeping the guestlist tight, with only the Oscar nominees and select press in attendance. Most the nominees are expected to appear in person, rather than accepting their awards over Zoom as we saw in other award shows this year.
Piper-Heidsieck returns as the official champagne partner of the 93rd Academy Awards, marking the seventh year of a long-term partnership between Piper-Heidsieck and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The champagne house has released a limited-edition bottle of their signature Cuvée Brut, that lights up at the press of a button. The special magnum bottle is reserved for Oscar attendees (and nominees celebrating at home), though you can order a bottle of the same signature Cuvée Brut online at Drizly.
Piper-Heidsieck has a long history with the movies: a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck famously appeared in Sons of the Desert, the debut film of Laurel and Hardy, in 1933.