How to Watch the 2021 Oscars on TV and Online

Are you ready to find out if Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Steven Yeun or Chadwick Boseman win an Oscar this year? Here's how to watch the 2021 Oscars ceremony live on your TV or streaming online.

By Lindsay Weinberg Apr 25, 2021 2:00 PMTags
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Hollywood's biggest night is almost here. After a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 Oscars is taking place this Sunday, April 25.

With movie theaters facing temporary closures in the past year, many of the Oscar-nominated films debuted on streaming sites, including Netflix and Amazon, so we could watch from the comfort of our couches. Now, it's time to see which will win the coveted trophies.

The Academy is aiming to make the award show "an intimate, in-person event" filmed at both Union Station in Los Angeles and the traditional Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar nominees will also celebrate with a 90-minute "pre-show gathering" in the Union Station courtyard to enjoy cocktails with their fellow A-listers.

Since the 2021 Oscars will be mainly in person, expect plenty of glitz and glamour from the red carpet, as well as several moving speeches from the night's big winners.

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Here's everything to know ahead of the award show, including how to stream it at home.

How can I watch the Oscars? 

ABC is the official broadcaster, so you can watch the show at 8 p.m. ET on your TV at home. You can also watch online at and the ABC app, as well as on streaming sites that offer live TV options, including AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV. 

Make sure to also tune in to E! starting at 3 p.m. ET and 12 p.m. PT. for our Brunch at the Oscars special followed by Live From E!: Oscars 2021. Giuliana Rancic is set to host E!'s red carpet coverage alongside Queer Eye star Karamo and panelists Nina Parker, Brad Goreski, Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley and E!'s style correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi.

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Who is hosting the Oscars this year? 

For the third time in a row, there will be no host for the ceremony. Celebrity presenters are expected to help transition the show from segment to segment. 

So, which celebs are presenting?

Some of the presenters have already been announced. As usual, they include the past year's Oscar winners, including Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Renée Zellweger and Laura Dern, who took home trophies in the four main acting categories in 2020.

Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya will also take the stage to present awards.

As show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in a press release, "There's so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required."

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Who is nominated? 

Several stars are up for awards this year. The nominees Best Actress in a Leading Role are Viola Davis (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman), Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman). Viola has previously won an Oscar for supporting actress in 2017 for Fences, while Frances won for leading actress in 2018 for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and supporting actress in 1997 for Fargo.

For the gents, those nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role are Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal), Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Gary Oldman (Mank) and Steven Yeun (Minari).

One of the favorites in the category is the late Chadwick, who died in August from colon cancer but went on to score his first Oscar nom posthumously. The Black Panther alum also took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in recent months.

See a full list of 2021 Oscar nominees.

Who is expected to be there in person? 

Many of the attendees may appear in person, even though previous award shows like the 2020 Emmys and 2021 Golden Globes saw several at-home acceptance speeches.

In March, the producers emailed nominees to tell them no Zoom would be allowed, with all appearances needing to be in person at the ceremony. However, after The Academy faced criticism for the policy, organizers indicated they would loosen the requirements, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 2024 Academy Awards air live Sunday, March 10, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. ET/4 to 7:30 p.m. PT on ABC.