Watch on ABC or free without cable


Armed with three comedic cohosts, one of the tightest Best Picture races in years, and hopefully enough hand sanitizer to fill a huge swimming pool in the Hollywood Hills, the Academy Awards return to their home at the Dolby Theater on Sunday.

While the venue won’t be completely packed, the ceremony will be much more like a typical Oscar telecast than last year’s awkward outing at Union Station Los Angeles. ABC, which is broadcasting the event, is no doubt hoping for a ratings rebound, as is the broader entertainment industry as a whole. And if you’re a movie buff, you can do your part by watching or streaming the event live. Here’s what you need to know:

When and where will the Oscars take place?

The 94th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. They will be broadcast live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Ovation Hollywood. Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer and Regina Hall will host. Best Picture nominations include Belfast, CODA, Don’t Look Up, Drive My Car, Dune, King Richard, Licorice Pizza, Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story. The full list of nominations can be viewed here.

Where to watch the Oscars

The following streaming services will be streaming the ceremony, but be sure to check if ABC is offered in your area. These are paid services. However, you may be able to get a free promotional week:

You can also stream the event on a computer at ABC.com on your mobile devices via the ABC apps. You must log in to a pay TV provider.

Are there completely free ways to watch the Oscars?

Yes! ABC is a broadcast network that is technically available for free over the air. Unfortunately, one of the best ways to stream free TV broadcasts — the nonprofit Locast service — was shut down in September in the wake of a lawsuit by the same companies whose channels allowed you to stream. But there’s nothing stopping you from grabbing an over-the-air aerial and watching the Oscars the old-fashioned way.


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