How to Watch the Oscars: Time, Channel & Nominees

The Oscars take place later tonight, and if you want to catch all of the action, here’s how to watch the Oscars live.

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Winning an Oscar is one of the highest honors that an actor or actress can receive, and this year many great stars are nominated to receive one.

However, not only do the actors and actresses get their chance to shine, but the movies themselves are up for some big awards, like Best Picture and Best Animated Film.

If you’ll be home to watch the Oscars, you can catch the ceremony tonight starting at 7pm ET on ABC, and since it’s airing on ABC, you won’t need cable to view the show. Instead, you’ll simply need an over-the-air antenna.

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However, if you won’t be home to watch the festivities, you can still watch the ceremony on your computer or on your mobile device.

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2016 Oscars Live Stream

The only way to watch the Oscars live on your computer is by going to ABC’s website where it will be streaming the awards ceremony, as well as give you access backstage and even the red carpet.

Unfortunately, taking advantage of Watch ABC requires having a cable subscription, and live streaming is only available in select markets around the US, including Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco.

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This was the case when the Grammy Awards were on, and those who wanted to stream it had to be in a specific market, but there wasn’t a requirement for needing a cable subscription. Instead, a paid subscription to CBS All Access was required.

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You can also stream the Oscars on your mobile device using the Watch ABC app for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

However, just as with ABC.com on your computer, you’ll need a cable subscription that you can verify in order to take advantage of the live streaming capabilities.

Also, Watch ABC on mobile is only available in select areas in the US as well. Hopefully ABC spreads availability in the future, but if you’re outside a major city, you’re pretty much out of luck.

2016 Oscar Nominees

If you’re curious as to who and what is up for an award tonight, here’s the list of Oscar nominees for some of the big categories.

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Best Picture

  • The Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Actor in Leading Role

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Actress in Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Actor in Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short
  • Tom Hardy, The Revenant
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Actress in Supporting Role

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Animated Feature Film

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There

Cinematography

  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Sicario
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

Costume Design

  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Directing

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

 

Film Editing

  • The Big Short
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant
  • Spotlight
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

Music (Original Score)

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Sicario
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Music (Original Song)

  • “Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey
  • “Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction
  • “Simple Song #3,” Youth
  • “Til It Happens To You,” The Hunting Ground
  • “Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre

Production Design

  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant

Visual Effects

  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • The Big Short
  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Martian
  • Room

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Ex Machina
  • Inside Out
  • Spotlight
  • Straight Outta Compton

For all of the 2016 Oscar Nominees, check out the full list.