The show is going on — more or less.
While the Oscars were delayed almost two months this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony is moving ahead with an in-person show at Los Angeles’ Union Station and the Dolby Theatre.
However, only presenters, nominees and their guests will be in attendance.
The producers are working hard to make sure the show is a must-see event amid low ratings for other awards shows during the pandemic.
But it’s been complicated to work around the safety protocols: Producers came under fire last month when they announced there would be a “no-Zoom” rule during the telecast. That would have been a significant departure from the Grammys and the Golden Globes — which both decided to take a virtual turn by having winners and nominees dial into the show via the video-streaming platform.
The producers later backed off on the rule, which would have left out overseas participants.
So, expect a mix of in-person festivities and the usual video conference setup this year. Here’s everything else you need to know about this year’s Oscars ceremony.
What channel is the Oscars on?
The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Who is hosting this year?
For the third year in a row, there will be no Oscars host.
How to livestream the Oscars
You can watch the Oscars 2021 livestream on ABC’s website by logging in with your cable provider. Viewers can also tune in on the ABC app. The live show will also be available to watch on Hulu Live TV ($64.99/month) AT&T TV ($69.99/month), fuboTV ($64.99/month), or YouTube TV ($64.99/month).
Who is nominated this year?
Nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards include David Fincher’s Netflix film “Mank,” a drama about “Citizen Kane” screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz. The black-and-white flick scored 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Acting nods for Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried. “Nomadland,” “Minari,” “Sound of Metal” and “The Father” were each nominated for six awards apiece.
For the first time in Oscars history, two women were nominated in the Best Director category this year. Chloé Zhao got a nod for her drama “Nomadland” while Emerald Fennell scored a nom for her black comedy “Promising Young Woman.”
Chadwick Boseman was honored with a posthumous nomination for Best Actor for his role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) and Andra Day (“The People vs. Billie Holiday”) also received nods for Best Actor/Actress.
Who is presenting this year?
The Academy announced their star-studded roster of A-list celebs to hand out this year’s coveted golden statuettes. Presenters include Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Don Cheadle, Renée Zellweger, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Rita Moreno, Laura Dern, Zendaya, Angela Bassett, Bryan Cranston, Marlee Matlin and last year’s Best Director winner Bong Joon Ho.