How to Watch the Oscars Online

The 2019 award show season comes to a close this Sunday with the Academy Awards. We answer all of your pre-show questions below.

Who is hosting the Oscars?

The short answer is that the 91st Academy Awards won’t have a host. Comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, stepped down from hosting the show after homophobic tweets came to light in December 2018. The Academy told Hart he could still host but he turned them down.  

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After Hart stepped down to host, a theory started circulating on Twitter about Whoopi Goldberg being the show’s new host, according to USA Today. The theory all started because Goldberg was absent from the talk show, The View, because she was sick.

But Twitter users thought she might have slipped away to prepare for hosting duties at the Oscars. This theory was later debunked by The View. Goldberg had pneumonia and was in fact, at home recuperating. While she’s hosted four times in the past, she’s not hosting the 2019 Academy Awards.

This will be the second time the Oscars have gone on without a host, according to Vulture. The show must go on, even without a host.

Who is performing at the Oscars?

Nominees in the Original Song category plus more will perform at the Oscars.

The Academy caved to criticism after they announced only two nominated songs would be performed. However, due to time issues, Black Panther’s “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA won’t be part of the show.

Expect to see the following:

  • Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper to perform “Shallow” from A Star Is Born
  • Bette Midler to perform “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns
  • Queen with Adam Lambert on vocals will open the show, according to USA Today
  • Jennifer Hudson to perform “I’ll Fight” from RBG
  • Gillian Welch and David Rawlings to perform “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

What film has the most nominations?

The most nominated films of the night are Roma and The Favourite. They each have 10 nominations including Best Picture.

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Each of these films is bound to win at least one Oscar because of the sheer volume of nominations.

What time do the Oscars start?

The Oscars start at 8 pm EST and 5 pm CT on ABC. Red carpet coverage starts at 6:30 EST and 3:30 CT.

How to watch the Oscars online

If you don’t have cable, fear not. You can watch the Oscars online. will have a live stream of the show as well as the ABC app. Make sure you have your TV provider login information readily available in case you need to log on to your account to access the live stream.

Who is presenting awards?

ABC released a complete list of presenters. Some of the presenters include Serena Williams, Helen Mirren, Barbra Streisand, Pharrell Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Emilia Clarke, and Javier Bardem.

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Who is the Academy?

When winners say, “I’d like to thank the Academy,” they mean the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences who voted for them. The approximately 7,000 members consist of industry professionals. The only way to get in is to be invited by an existing member.