This may have been the shortest Hollywood awards season in a while, with the Golden Globes and the Oscars separated by only a month. But that doesn’t mean that the season has been lacking drama. The compressed season may have, in fact, only heightened the drama as awards bloggers haven’t had as much time to crunch the numbers and figure out who among the nominees for Best Picture are the favorites and which ones are just happy to be there.
That said, over the course of the past month it’s begun to look like “1917” is the frontrunner for the big award with Korean darling “Parasite” right on its heels. But the last few years have been absolutely full of surprises — five of the past seven years have seen Best Picture and Best Director go to different films. Could we make it six out of eight?
The good news is that, as usual, you won’t need to be settled in front of a TV with a cable hookup or antenna to catch all the festivities. And that’s because when the Oscars ceremony kicks off on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Feb. 9, you’ll be able to watch it no matter where you are — assuming you’re at least about to get some kind of internet connection, of course.
ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars will be available for streaming through the standard methods — those being on ABC.com in your web browser, or via the ABC app for mobile devices and streaming boxes like Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire. You will, however, need a login for a participating cable provider to view the stream.
Likewise, any streaming TV service that carries ABC — like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu and YouTube TV — will allow you to stream the Oscars ceremony. All of those services have a free trial for users who have not signed up before.
If you’re also looking for some red carpet action before the show, ABC will also have plenty of that starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. And you can watch that red carpet pre-show using the same methods mentioned above. But that’s not even close to the only Oscars red carpet show you can check out — you can check out our full run-down of the various red carpet shows here.