After a contentious awards season, the 94th Academy Awards are almost here. This year’s Oscars feature a wide range of nominated films. But the big story is perhaps how the 2022 Oscars mark a turning point of sorts for streaming releases. Even the Best Picture frontrunner is a Netflix movie, The Power of the Dog. However, do cord-cutting fans have the option to stream the Academy Awards at home in 2022? Here’s the deal.
The 94th Academy Awards air on ABC on March 27, 2022
At first, the Academy Awards were only broadcast over the radio. But since 1953, the Oscar ceremony has been a staple of annual television viewing. For many years, ABC has had the rights to air Hollywood’s biggest night. And in 2022, this is still the easiest way to watch the show, whether on live TV or via the ABC’s website or mobile app.
But with so many of the Best Picture nominees streaming, some fans might be eager to go that route for the ceremony itself. After all, fewer and fewer consumers are opting for traditional TV and cable packages for their entertainment. Then again, the Oscars have been slow to progress as many fans have noted in recent years.
Can I watch the Academy Awards online in 2022?
Although Oscar aficionados might not be able to stream the show on Netflix just yet, they do have some options if they want to watch online. Again, watching it live on ABC or through a TV or cable provider is the easiest way to do so. However, fans with a subscription to services such as YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV can stream the Oscars that way. Both services offer free trials for those interested but not ready to commit to another monthly expense.
In much the same vein, movie lovers can watch the Academy Awards through similar services like AT&T TV Now and FuboTV. The official Oscars website itself advocates for all of the above services as viable options. Of course, these services are akin to the online equivalent of a traditional cable provider. But those fans who have been following along throughout awards season might be willing to compromise in order to watch their favorite stars take the stage.
There’s never been a better time to stream the Academy Awards online
Because so many of this year’s nominees derive from streaming services, the 2022 Academy Awards feels like the perfect time for fans to try one of these alternative streaming options. After all, the Oscars itself appears to be facing an existential crisis, with the ABC telecast reportedly cutting several major awards from the live show.
Besides, fans who are hosting their own awards season — not unlike Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s 2022 Isaac Awards — won’t want to miss out on the chance to share Oscar night with friends and family. With the global events of the past year or two, there’s never been a better time to come together to celebrate the magic of the movies on Oscar night.