The end of awards season is near. On Sunday, February 9, the Oscars will mark the finish line for actors, directors, and film industry professionals who spent months vying for the gold. The Academy Awards are the reason you invested nearly four hours into watching The Irishman (even if it took a few tries). It's the night Parasite could make history in a number of categories. And it's guaranteed to be the scene of several memorable pop culture moments.
Despite glaring nomination snubs (justice for J.Lo and Adam Sandler!) and a nearly all-white crop of acting nominees, there's reason to be hopeful for the Oscars. Parasite could walk away as the first foreign language film to ever win Best Picture. The Obamas are likely to win Oscars for producing the Netflix documentary American Factory. And Brad Pitt's likely to make someone uncomfortable with his unpredictable acceptance speech.
Still, with the top four most nominated films—Joker (11), The Irishman (10), 1917 (10), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (10) all focusing on White Male Rage™, a diverse set of winners is unlikely. Still, come for the possibility someone unseats Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern, and Brad Pitt in the acting categories, and stay for the musical performances from new Grammy winner Billie Eilish.
NBC News even reported order of awards for this year's show, so you can curate which categories you tune in for and when to re-fill your popcorn and wine supply. Below, how to stream the ceremony.
How to watch the Oscars
The 92nd Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, February 9 from the Dolby Theatre in L.A. at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST on ABC. If you've got a cable login, stream Hollywood's biggest night on ABC's website and app. (They've got a full list of providers here.) Other options for streaming the show (many with free trials) are below:
- Hulu (begins with a 7-day free trial for their Hulu + Live TV plan)
- fuboTV (free trial available)
- YouTube TV (free trial available)
- SlingTV (free preview available)
- AT&T TV Now (free trial available)
If you don't want to commit to a Hulu with Live TV subscription, the Oscars will be available on Hulu on Monday, the day after the awards show.
How to watch the Oscars red carpet
Before the first Oscar is handed out, most of the nominees will have spoken about their films—and fashion—on the red carpet. ABC's pre-show coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET. with the Oscars Live on the Red Carpet special. You can also stream the red carpet on Twitter starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Plus, the Academy's official Facebook page will host pre-awards coverage.
E!'s Live From the Red Carpet with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic starts at 5 p.m. ET.
What to watch for at the 2020 Oscars
The Oscars are going hostless for the second year in a row. (Last year, the show went without a host after previously-announced emcee Kevin Hart stepped down.) ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke confirmed the news at the TCAs, saying, “Together with the Academy we have decided there will be no traditional host again this year, repeating what worked for us last year: huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy, and star power.”
Those slated to attend the awards as presenters including last year's four acting winners: Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Regina King, and Mahershala Ali. Others lending star power to the presenter podium include Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mindy Kaling, Zazie Beetz, Beanie Feldstein, Shia LaBeouf, Jane Fonda, Chris Rock, and Tom Hanks.
As for those lending music to the ceremony, the songs nominated for Best Original Song will be performed during the telecast. That means Cynthia Erivo (also nominated for Best Actress), Elton John, Idina Menzel, Randy Newman, and This is Us' Chrissy Metz will take the stage. Plus, Janelle Monáe, Questlove, and Eilish will give special performances throughout the night.
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