This year, for the first time in Academy Award history, viewers will be able to watch Hollywood’s biggest night on their computers, tablets and even smartphones. Due to the decision made by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC, the 86th annual Oscar awards ceremony, which is set for it’s first live stream, will air on March 2nd, 2014 both on ABC and on the internet.
Viewers that are eligible to stream the show on their computers, tablets and smartphones can access the spectacle on Oscar.com or also through ABC.com, or additionally with the app found on WatchABC.com. To be able to view the broadcast, a password and username for a satellite or cable subscription for a specific provider is necessary. There are seven eligible television providers which include Comcast, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-Verse, among others. However, due to partnerships and reciprocity agreements with ABC and Disney, subscribers to Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network will be unable to stream the show. For subscribers to the pay-TV services which include Cablevision, Cox Cummunications, Charter Communications and Midcontinent Communications, the show will be available in the eight city markets where ABC is the owner of the local station. These cities include Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.
Viewers who are unable to watch the Oscars first stream live for the first time ever can still have access to interviews and red carpet footage in real-time. Those who go to WatchABC.com can view the coverage of the Academy Awards in a program called “The Oscars Backstage,” which will be a combination of scenes and interviews from the red carpet, as well as backstage interviews during the Oscars. Viewers of this free and public internet broadcast will be able to choose between three different cameras covering the Oscars, including the Thank You Cam, the Winners Walk and the Audience and Press Room Cameras, giving internet viewers a holistic backstage experience. Also included in the free live-stream of the Oscars is the Sunday Night Pre-show, before the ceremony begins, as well as a viewing of Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars.
The 86th Academy Awards ceremony is set to air this Sunday, March 2nd and 8:30 EST, and will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres. This will be the beloved daytime talk show personality’s second time hosting the Oscars, her first time being in 2007. Degeneres has also hosted the Emmy’s in both 2001 and 2005.
Of this year’s Oscar nominees, films including American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf of Wall Street are all top contenders for winning best pictures, as well as other awards. Actors Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are all nominated for their individual roles in the film American Hustle. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill both have received nominations for their work in The Wolf of Wall Street, while Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are in contention for best actor and best supporting actor respectively for their work in the film Dallas Buyers Club.
The 86th annual Academy Awards set to air this Sunday can now be viewed not only on network television, but also online as the Oscars will participate in it’s first live stream.
By Allison Longstreet