Where Is the Oscars 2021 Streaming Online This Year?

Once again, Oscar night is around the corner. And while no one is expecting a Titanic level sweep, director David Fincher’s Mank is the year’s most-nominated film with 10 nods. This year, nearly all of the Best Picture nominees are available to stream online. But what about fans who want to stream the Academy Awards ceremony when Oscars 2021 comes around?

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas at the 93rd Academy Awards Nominations Announcement
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas at the 93rd Academy Awards Nominations Announcement | Handout/AMPAS via Getty Images

The 2021 Academy Awards air on April 25 exclusively on ABC

After the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck in 2020, the question loomed about how the public health crisis would affect Hollywood. As movie theaters shut down, studios pushed their release dates several months or pulled them entirely. A few movies were also sent to streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Max, and Disney+ in lieu of a theatrical release.

Likewise, it was unclear for a long while how the Oscars 2021 ceremony would proceed in light of the pandemic. But cinephiles anxiously awaiting Hollywood’s big night might be relieved to know the Academy Awards will remain an in-person event. Of course, additional safety precautions will be put into place. But the Oscars will air — as usual — exclusively on ABC on April 25, 2021.

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But is the Oscars 2021 ceremony live streaming online?

ABC has long been the home of the Oscars. Yet, surely, the academy will have evolved with the times. After all, this is the age of streaming entertainment, right? As it turns out, the Oscars 2021 is available to stream online. But there’s a catch: for the most part, viewers need to have a participating TV provider to stream the show on ABC’s website.

Going a bit deeper, fans interested in tuning in can also explore alternative options, such as Locast. The site allows some viewers to stream local broadcast networks. Similarly, viewers can also set up an antenna within their home. This approach can often pick up local channels, such as ABC. Then there’s live TV streaming services such as AT&T TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV.

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Several streaming sites have movies nominated at the 2021 Oscars

At the moment, many fans haven’t yet been able to head back to theaters. Thankfully, they can still catch up with many of the nominated movies before Oscars 2021 hits. Due to the unique circumstances of the previous year, the eight nominated Best Picture contenders are almost all available on one of the popular streaming sites.

Nomadland — which some pundits consider the frontrunner — is currently on Hulu. Mank and The Trial of the Chicago 7 are both streaming only on Netflix. Meanwhile, fans can find Sound of Metal on Amazon Prime Video. Minari and Promising Young Woman are both available to rent on video-on-demand services. The Father will follow suit on March 26, 2021.

The only holdout is Judas and the Black Messiah. The movie — which stars Best Supporting Actor nominees Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield — was available on HBO Max for a brief period. But it was pulled on March 14, the day before Oscar nominations were announced. It’s also currently playing in select theaters, however.