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The Oscars are back. This year, the ceremony is returning to its home at Dolby Theater — proper red carpet and all — after last year’s relocation to the Los Angeles train station due to Covid.
Airing this Sunday, the 94th Academy Awards will feature studio blockbusters and independent films alike up for gold statuettes. The most-nominated films this year include The Power of the Dog with 12 nominations, Dune with 10, and West Side Story with seven. As for Best Actor and Best Actress awards, fans are especially eager to see if Kristen Stewart will take home gold for Spencer, while Will Smith and Andrew Garfield appear to be front-runners in the Best Actor category.
This year’s music nominations, meantime, are equally star-studded: Beyoncé and Darius Scott are up for King Richard’s “Be Alive,” Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell are nominated for James Bond’s “No Time to Die,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda is up for “Dos Oruguitas” from the Encanto soundtrack.
If you’re looking to watch the Oscars online, read on. We’ve rounded up a few ways to watch Oscars live streams online, whether through your smart TV, streaming device, or laptop.
When Are the Oscars 2022? Air Date, Channel, Time
The 2022 Oscars are scheduled to air on Sunday, March 27, at 8 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. PST (there will also be a replay at 8 p.m. PST for west-coast viewers). As usual, ABC will broadcast the academy awards this year.
How to Watch the Oscars on TV
If you want to watch the Oscars on live TV, tune in to ABC during the times above. You’ll need a cable package (like this one from AT&T), or a digital antenna (like this one, which costs $29 on Amazon). The digital antenna can pick up all your local channels, including ABC so you can watch the Oscars on TV.
If you’re a cord-cutter, fear not: below are a few ways to watch Oscars live streams online without a cable.
How to Stream the Oscars Online Free
Thanks to live TV streaming services and smart device TV channels, it is possible to stream the Oscars online without cable, and even a couple ways to watch the Oscars for free. Here are your options.
1. Stream the Oscars on Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is just what it sounds like: everything in Hulu’s on-demand streaming library, plus the ability to stream live TV channels. The service, which costs $69.99 per month, includes more than 60 top channels, including ABC, meaning you can stream the Oscars online using Hulu + Live TV.
Better still, Hulu + Live TV includes free access to Disney+ and ESPN+. That means you can get a Hulu + Live TV subscription now and catch up on Oscar-nominated Disney movies like West Side Story, Encanto, and Luca.
2. Stream the Oscars on Vidgo
Vidgo is one of the newer streaming services out there but it’s also one of the best, with more than 100 live TV channels, including ABC. Plans start at just $55 per month — one of the cheapest options on our list. Even better? You can try Vidgo with a generous 7-day free trial right now.
Get the free trial here and use it to live stream the Oscars online. Once your week is up, you can choose to continue on at the $55/month rate or cancel your subscription.
3. Stream the Oscars on fuboTV
If you’re looking for another way to stream the Oscars for free online, check out fuboTV. The live TV subscription service lets you stream the ABC channel (and more than 100 others) from your laptop, phone, tablet or TV.
Fubo is also currently offering a seven-day free trial that you can use to watch the Oscars online free. Sign up for the free trial before the ceremony, and enjoy a free Oscars live stream on the big night. After the seven-day free trial, fuboTV costs $69.99 per month.
4. Watch the Oscars on The Roku Channel
All Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs come with the Roku Channel, which includes ABC News live. This is another great way to watch the Oscars for free online, provided you already have a Roku device.
If you don’t have a Roku device, grab the Roku Express 4K+. At under $40, it’s an easy, cost-effective way to access all major streaming platforms in UHD — and a great way to watch the Oscars live stream.
Oscars 2022 Host, Presenters, Performers
As usual, this year’s Oscars will be a star-studded event.
The last two Oscars ceremonies notably did away with a host. This year, however, the Academy is once again brining in hosts for the event — three of them, in fact: Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes.
A few musical performances have also been confirmed, including sets by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, jazz pianist Robert Glasper, and Prince percussionist Sheila E. The Oscars’ in-house orchestra is also set to return this year after their absence last year due to Covid. More performances are sure to crop up, including ones by artists nominated for Best Song.
There’s also a growing list of A-list presenters set to give out the golden statuettes. As of writing, the list includes actors and actresses like Zoë Kravitz, Woody Harrelson, Yuh-Jung Youn, and Samuel L. Jackson, as well as musicians including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn Mendes, and DJ Khaled. Even a few pro athletes are set to appear; namely, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, and Shaun White.