The time for 2019 Oscars aka 91st Academy Awards has arrived. Here’s everything to need to know, including how to watch live stream online, full list of winners, red carpet pictures, video highlights, etc. After a whole one year of speculating and movie-watching, the right evening has come. (Watch: BAFTAs Live Stream.)
For the first time in the history, the Oscar award ceremony will be conducted without a host. Maybe, a lot of potential chaos would be waiting for us. The Academy Awards 2019 will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on ABC. You can also watch Oscars 2019 live stream on Oscars.com and the official Facebook page.
The controversy regarding this year’s award ceremony started from August 2018. It all started after announcement made by the Academy regarding a series of changes. The steps were aimed at buoying the telecast’s dipping audience numbers. It includes the introduction of a category for “popular film” (it was immediately pawned and eventually postponed), and the length of the show was reduced to three hours.
A few months later, the announcement of Kevin Hart as the host attracted a widespread backlash as old homophobic tweets resurfaced. As a result, Hart had to step down and the Academy happened to be a host-free broadcast for the first time since 1989.
Some more controversial changes were announced in the runup. Some of those decisions were retracted after appeals from Academy members. The last few weeks have been full of confusion and contention – especially after announcing that the awards for Cinematography, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short would be awarded during commercial breaks, editing of the winners’ speeches and airing them later during the broadcast.
It was intended to conclude the broadcast of Academy Awards 2019 within three-hours. But, a near-revolt within its ranks caused the Academy to backtrack. Later, it was confirmed that all 24 categories will air live as usual.
So, there is uncertainty on how long the broadcast will last, how the transitions between presentations will go, or whether the speeches will comment on the chaos – ongoing issues in the industry like representation of women and people of color, or the still-rolling aftereffects of the #MeToo revelations.
There have been nominations for various categories so far. Which movies and actors will win is in the air. The possible winners have been spread with no clear frontrunner emerging, especially for the Best Picture category.
Anything can happen at the 91st Oscars. In the end, we can say that the broadcast may be more unpredictable, and more interesting, than usual.
How to watch Oscars 2019 live stream online
When: The red-carpet coverage by ABC will start at 5:30 pm ET on ABC News Live. The main ceremony will begin at 8 pm ET on February 24.
Where: You can watch the 2019 Oscars live stream on ABC, on Oscars.com, or via the official FB page of the Academy.
Along with it, you can live-stream the award ceremony at ABC.com or the ABC app. For it, you must have a cable TV provider login, and in the following markets – Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco.
The DirecTV customers of the following markets – Albuquerque, Boston, Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah, and West Palm Beach – via watching the ABC live stream.
Besides the above mentioned ways, you can watch Oscars live streaming on various subscription based TV streaming services, including Hulu Live, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV, and PlayStation Vue. These all will also stream the Oscars live on ABC.
Host: For the first time in 30 years, there will be no host in 2019. But, there will be an array of presenters to give out the awards.