Academy Awards 2021: How, When to Watch the Award Show

by Madison Miller

The show must go on for the 93rd annual Academy Awards.

The award show was originally scheduled to take place on February 28, 2021. However, the Academy Awards, as well as many other award shows, were pushed back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

When, Where, How to Watch the Oscars

Now, the show will take place tonight, April 25. This is the latest date for the Oscars ever since 1932. The eligibility for films has also been extended to February 28. This is the first time since 1934 in which the Academy Awards were not honoring just the achievements from a single calendar year.

The entertainment world had been put on pause for months during the absolute worst of the pandemic. Over the last few months, things have been opening back up again slowly, yet safely. There were fewer movies made, hence why the period of time for eligibility was extended.

Tonight, the Oscars will start at 5 p.m. PT or 8 p.m. ET. The Academy Awards will be taking place in person at the Los Angeles Union Station and at the Dolby Theatre. However, only nominees, their guests, as well as presenters will be present this year. Normally the audience is filled with countless stars, regardless of nominations.

Normally the show starts with a red carpet. This year there will be a red carpet, but it will be far less busy, crowded, and extravagant. You can stream the red carpet on the ABC website or using the app starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. It will also be available on the Academy Award’s Twitter.

Similar to every year, the show is available on broadcast television on ABC. You can also stream it online on ABC, but you need a TV provider login. You can also wait until May 2 to watch. This is when ABC will make the Oscars free to watch on their site.

Host and Presenters

Oftentimes the host of the Academy Awards plays a major role in the overall night’s reception and success. However, this is the third year in a row that the Academy has decided to go host-less. It started with Kevin Hart stepping down from the host job in 2019 after past homophobic comments were brought to light. The last host before that was Jimmy Kimmel for two years.

Instead of a host, the award show will focus more on presenters. Brad Pitt, Regina King, Harrison Ford, Bong Joon Ho, Reese Witherspoon, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Halle Berry, and Bryan Cranston are just a few that have been announced so far.

The Academy Awards will feature categories that should be familiar to anyone who’s sat down to watch in the past few years.

What to Expect at the Academy Awards

According to CNN, this year the movie “Mank” is the leading nominated picture with a secure spot in 10 different categories. “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman” are considered the top two contenders to walk away with the biggest honor, which is Best Picture.

The late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from cancer at the age of 43 in August of 2020, is being nominated posthumously for Best Actor for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Viola Davis, Andra Day, Vanessa Kirby, Frances McDormand, and Carey Mulligan are up for Actress in a Leading Role. You can view the full list of nominations on the Oscars site, here.

Due to the nature of the past year, movies have had to rely on using digital distribution platforms like Vudu, Apple TV, and Google TV to reach people instead of traditional movie theaters. This means that you may have an even greater opportunity to stream all the movies nominated for Best Picture.

ABC7 has a list of where to find each of the nominated films on different platforms. This year really allowed services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO to have a platform bigger than ever before. In fact, this is the first year that there are some streaming-only movies nominated for an Oscar.

There is also still time to print out your ballot sheet and predict who will walk away with each award at the 93rd Academy Awards.