Here's How You Can Watch The 2021 Academy Awards

After a year of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 awards season is wrapping up with the biggest night in Hollywood: the Academy Awards. On April 25, 2021, the Oscars will take place and despite pandemic-related obstacles, it's gearing up to be a pretty memorable night.

Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Promising Young Woman, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, The Father, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 lead the pack with nominations for Best Picture, per Variety, and several other nominations stem from the talented actors, directors, and teams behind the films. Notably, two women — Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) — are up for Best Director, marking the first time two women have secured nominations in the category in a single year.

As for Best Actor, many are predicting that the late Chadwick Boseman might take home the award for his work in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, with the other nominees including Riz Ahmed, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, and Steven Yeun. For the coveted Best Actress Award, Viola Davis, Frances McDormand, Vanessa Kirby, Andra Day, and Carey Mulligan are all hopeful nominees.

Despite the pandemic, plenty of amazing films and performances came out of 2020, and the Oscars are sure to include plenty of memorable moments. So, when and where can you watch the award show? Keep reading to learn more details about when and where you should tune in!

You can watch the Oscars on cable or stream the event

With the 2021 Academy Awards set to air on April 25, 2021, many people are wondering the same question: how can I watch the event?

Fortunately, there are a few ways to watch the show. The Oscars will air on ABC, so you can watch via cable, online, or through the ABC app (note that you'll have to log in with your TV provider to gain access). If you don't have cable, don't worry — you can also stream the show on Hulu Live, Youtube TV, or AT&T TV Now. The ceremony itself is set to start at 8pm EST/5pm PST (via USA Today), with ABC's Oscars: Into the Spotlight pre-show starting at 6:30pm EST.

According to ABC7 NY, the winners will be accepting their awards in-person, which veers away from previous award shows like the Golden Globes, in which winners gave their speeches over Zoom. Plenty of previous winners and other stars will be back at the 2021 show as presenters, including Angela Bassett, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, and Bong Joon Ho — it's definitely gearing up to be an exciting night in Tinseltown!