This year's Academy Awards is unique in a lot of ways. From going hostless for the first time in 30 years to having a film with an all-black cast running for the Best Picture category, a lot of big, wonderful stuff is in store for Hollywood's most prestigious night. Apart from the thrill and anticipation, and digging into the details of which star is wearing outfits designed by whom, the one thing that remains constant is the curiosity of those witnessing the grand night unfold. But not all of us can be on front seats cheering for our favorites as they take the golden man home. So for everybody interested in enjoying the show within the comforts of your home, here are some places you can live-stream the event.
When and where
Following its 17-year-long tradition since 2002, this year's Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theater, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 24. The ceremony will start with the Red Carpet arrivals at 6:30 pm ET, followed by the main event that is scheduled to begin at 8 pm ET. Considering all the drama and controversy surrounding this year's Oscars — with Kevin Hart stepping down from hosting after his old homophobic tweets resurfaced — it will be interesting to see how going hostless turns out to be for the Academy this time around. Hopefully, it won't be a major flop show that the last time was.
The biggest nominations
Apart from 'Black Pather's stellar recognition as the first superhero film nominated in the Best Motion Picture category, other noteworthy mentions are Alfonso Cuaron's black and white Mexican film 'Roma', and the exceptional amusing dark comedy about Queen Anne of England's ladies in waiting, titled 'The Favourite'. Lady Gaga scored a Best Actress nomination for 'A Star is Born' and also for Best Original Song category has been one of the most wholesome developments about this year's Oscars. And so has been Rami Malek's well-deserved recognition for playing Queen-legend Freddie Mercury in the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which earned him the Best Actor nomination too.
Live stream Oscars 2019
For those in the US, ABC is streaming the Oscars live on its website but that's only for select locations, that too after you sign in with a pay-TV provider, like a cable company, satellite provider or live streaming service. There's also DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV, all of which carry ABC in most US cities so you can go for a free trial plan to watch the show and then cancel the subscription post the event. DirecTV Now is at a $50 per month subscription, while PlayStation Vue starts from $45 and YouTubeTV $40 per month.
For people in Canada, CTV will show the 91st Academy Awards live on the TV. The network’s website will also allow users to select your TV service provider and sign into your CTV account to watch the show.
For UK residents, the best options are Sky Cinema Oscars channel or Sky Go if you're on mobile. If you're not a subscriber, the Now TV Cinema Pass also allows access to all of Sky's film channels for just £9.99 per month. There's even a 14-day free trial plan if you're a new user, meaning you could just watch the Oscars for free!
For the Aussies down under, Channel 9 will be airing the 91st Oscars and it will be available even on the mobile 9Now app!