The 91st Academy Awards are tonight, February 24th, at 8PM ET / 5PM PT on ABC. It’s the movie industry’s biggest night when a selection of the past year’s films, as well as the actors, directors, and other important people who helped create them, are lauded for their achievements.
You’ll be able to easily watch the Oscars as well as the red carpet happenings beforehand, regardless of your TV setup. Over-the-air antenna users and satellite and cable subscribers have it the easiest. But if you’re a cord cutter, there are plenty of noteworthy over-the-top streaming services that will give you a free trial.
The 91st Academy Awards, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2018. The ceremony will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. AMPAS will present Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony will be televised in the United States by American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and produced by Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss, with Weiss also serving as director. It will be the first ceremony in three decades, since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989, to be conducted with no host.
How do I watch?
The Oscars will air on ABC, which is easily accessible if you have an over-the-air antenna or a paid cable or satellite subscription. If you pay for television, you can alternatively watch a live stream of the Oscars on ABC.com, or through the ABC app on your preferred streaming device once you’ve signed in with your cable or satellite credentials.
If you all you want to watch is the red carpet segment of the show, you’ll just need a Twitter account. It starts at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT, and the live stream can be viewed from The Academy’s profile.
For cord cutters, there are more than a few ways to tune into the Oscars. Several over-the-top streaming services come with ABC included in their channel offering, though you’ll want to check in your region, as availability varies depending on location. If you don’t want to pay a penny, all of these services offer free trials if you haven’t already cashed it in for prior events:
How do I watch the ceremony outside of the United States?
A list of international TV channels that have broadcasting rights for the Oscars hasn’t been shared, though it’s probably safe to assume that most that aired the awards show last year will be doing so again in 2019. If you live outside of the US, here’s where you’ll likely be able to tune in.
What’s up for awards?
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite lead the pack of contenders, with 10 nominations each, including Best Picture. Other films up for the top award include A Star is Born and Vice (both have eight nominations), Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther (seven nominations, and it’s the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture), Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (six nominations), and lastly, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book, which each have five nominations in other categories.