How to Watch the 2018 Oscars Online

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It’s that time of year again, where Hollywood gathers and the world watches which films get applauded and who gets snubbed at the Academy Awards. Just be sure to watch until the end. The Oscars are never truly over until the wrong winner is announced and then awkwardly corrected. Here is our guide to watching the 2018 Oscars.

When Do The Oscars Start?

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 4th at the Dolby Theatre with the awards ceremony starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. To watch celebrity interviews and fashion commentary, tune into the official red carpet coverage which begins at 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT.

Who is Hosting the Oscars this Year?

Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s late talk night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, returns as MC for the second time. He still has a long way to go to beat Bob Hope who hosted the Oscars eighteen times, followed by Billy Crystal who has hosted eight times.

How Can I Stream the Oscars for Free?

Broadcast exclusively by ABC, you can only watch the Academy Awards on ABC or services that stream ABC. If you don’t have access to a TV, watching the Oscars can be a little bit tricky. You can still watch the Oscars for free on or the ABC app, but with a couple of caveats: you need to verify that you subscribe to a TV service (such as cable or a tv streaming service) or you live in the limited cities where live online streaming is available.

ABC live stream is currently available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.

Other Ways You Can Stream the Oscars

If you can’t verify that you are a TV subscriber or you don’t live in the select cities where ABC live stream is available, you can still stream the Oscars, you just need to get a bit creative.

Sling TV: Sling has a seven-day free trial, but to watch the Oscars you will have to select the basic $20/month package with the additional $5/month Broadcast Extra package to get access to ABC.

DISH TV:  Watch the Oscars for free by signing up for DISH TV. Get three months of free TV by signing up for their $59/month plan.

Hulu with Live TV:  Hulu also has a seven-day free trial. To stream the Oscars live on Hulu, subscribe to their $39/month Hulu with Live TV plan.

YouTube TV: Currently only available in large metro areas in the US, you can watch the Oscars live on YouTube by subscribing to their $35/month plan that also includes a seven-day free trial.

Who to Follow on Twitter During the Oscars?

For many, the best part of watching the Oscars is following the Twitter commentary. There is a sense of comradery as you tweet and retweet updates and opinions about the biggest night in Hollywood. The best part of Twitter during the Oscars is that you don’t even need to watch it all to still be in the know on Monday with your co-workers. So here is a beginners list of which celebrities to follow on Twitter for the best Oscar commentary and hot takes.

Lin-Manuel Miranda; actor, singer, songwriter, composer

Chrissy Teigen; actress

John Legend; singer, songwriter, actor

Jimmy Kimmel; actor, tv host and personality

Viola Davis; actress

Octavia Spencer; actress

Patton Oswalt; actor and comedian

Kumail Nanjiani; actor and comedian

Ellen DeGeneres; actor, tv host and comedian


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