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Oscars 2018: how to watch the Academy Awards online

The biggest night in Hollywood is finally here. It’s time for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, aka the Oscars, the magical evening when the biggest names in show business sit down to see who got the industry’s biggest awards, and hope for some timely humor to break up the scripted award speeches and “This show is sooooo long” jokes.

Who’s up for awards?

The Shape of Water leads the pack this year, with an impressive 13 nominations, including Best Picture, Guillermo del Toro for Directing, Sally Hawkins for Actress in a Leading Role, Richard Jenkins for Actor in a Supporting Role, and Octavia Spencer for Actress in a Supporting Role, among others. It might just be the film to beat this year.

Dunkirk is up for eight Oscars as well, although most of them are in more technical categories, including Original Score, Sound Mixing, and Cinematography. But it also has a shot at Best Picture, and it marks Christopher Nolan’s first Directing nomination.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri closely follows with seven nods, including Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Actress in a Leading Role for Frances McDormand, and Actor in a Supporting Role for both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The film did well at the 75th Golden Globes back in January, but we’ll see if it can translate that early momentum into Oscar wins.

Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, Darkest Hour, and The Post round up the Best Picture nominees and are also expected to put up strong showings tonight. You can also check out the full list of nominees here.

When are the Oscars?

The Oscars kick off with red carpet coverage at 6:30PM ET / 3:30PM PT at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, followed by the main event at around 8PM ET / 5PM PT. (That’s half an hour earlier than last year, for those keeping score at home.)

The broadcast will also feature performances from Common, Mary J. Blige, Gael García Bernal, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, and Sufjan Stevens.

Who’s hosting this year?

Jimmy Kimmel returns to the stage for a second consecutive year as the host of the Academy Awards.

Much like at the Golden Globes, all eyes will be on how Kimmel addresses the #MeToo movement and Hollywood turmoil over sexual harassment and abuse, which has dominated so much industry conversation over the past year. Kimmel has said he’ll be mentioning the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in the show.

On a less serious note, Kimmel also voiced Ted Templeton in The Boss Baby, which is somehow up for an Academy Award for Animated Feature Film this year.

How do I watch?

As has been the case since 1976, ABC will broadcast the Oscars, so if you have an over-the-air antenna, cable, or satellite, simply head over to your local ABC affiliate (channel 7 in both NYC and the LA / Hollywood area), and you’re all set!

The direct stream will also be the closest to real time, so you’ll probably know results faster than anyone else who isn’t physically in the Dolby Theater. (That’s mostly important if you’re concerned about spoilers on social media.)

Sound good?

No. I want to watch online!

Here’s the thing: ABC does broadcast the Oscars online, and it’s live to anyone with a login from a cable company… assuming you live in the specific markets where ABC’s live stream is available. So if you’re in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco, you can log in with your cable provider, and you’ll be set.

DirecTV customers have a few more options, including Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith / Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah, and West Palm Beach.

If you are in one of those markets, you’ll be able to watch live through a lot of outlets, including iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, and ABC’s website.

Is that it?

Don’t give up yet. If you don’t have a cable login, or you live somewhere that’s not on ABC’s list, you can try an over-the-top subscription service. DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and Hulu’s live TV service all offer ABC in select markets, which include more cities than the limited list for ABC’s own service. It still won’t work everywhere, and you’ll want to check local listings for your service of choice before you subscribe or sign up for a free trial, but it’s at least worth a shot.

What about internationally?

If you’re not in America, you’re still set. Just check out the Oscars’ official list of international TV stations with broadcast rights, find your country, and you’re good to go.

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