Oscars 2021: How to watch and what to know

Learn all the details about the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards.

April 22, 2021, 4:06 AM

The countdown to the 2021 Oscars is on!

The 93rd Academy Awards will air on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on ABC.

In advance of Hollywood's biggest night, there are several pre-shows to tune into to learn more about the 2021 nominees, frontrunners for the show's biggest categories, movies people can't stop talking about and more.

Before the show, you might also want to read more about the eight films nominated for one of the biggest awards of the night -- best picture.

Here's what you can expect on Oscars Sunday:

What time does coverage begin?

Start your viewing party with ABC News' "Oscars® Countdown, LIVE!" broadcast, which kicks off at 1 p.m. ET. ABC News Correspondents Chris Connelly and Janai Norman will host the broadcast from Union Station in Los Angeles, one of the locations where the award show will be held Sunday night.

During the three-hour pre-Oscars show, contributors such as Kelley Carter, senior entertainment reporter for ESPN’s The Undefeated; Elizabeth Wagmeister, senior correspondent at Variety; Clayton Davis, film awards editor at Variety; and celebrity stylist Joe Zee will make appearances to provide expert commentary on awards season.

The next two-hour special, "Oscars® Countdown, LIVE!," begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on ABC News Live. It will feature celebrity interviews and coverage of what to expect in the night ahead.

What time is ABC's red carpet show?

"Oscars: Into the Spotlight," hosted by "The Prom" actress Ariana DeBose and comedian Lil Rel Howery, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

During the 90-minute show leading up to the Oscars, several artists, including Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren, will perform their nominations for best original song.

The Academy previously revealed that one of the performances will be recorded in Iceland, while the other four will take place at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

What time does the show start?

The 2021 Oscars begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live on ABC.

How to stream the Oscars?

Those who have a participating TV provider account in select markets can access coverage at abc.com or on the ABC app.

Who is nominated at the 2021 Oscars?

Check out the complete list of nominees here.

Learn more about the eight films nominated for best picture here.

Who is hosting this year?

Although the Academy never officially announced there will be no host, it's looking like the show will be hostless for the third year in a row.

The 2019 show was the first hostless show since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.

Where are the 2021 Oscars taking place?

The 2021 Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Union Station in Los Angeles and international locations via satellite.

"In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate," a spokesperson for the Academy shared in a statement in February.

During an appearance on "Good Morning America" earlier this month, Jesse Collins, a producer for the show, spoke about why it was so important to have an in-person show this year.

"A year ago, this was not possible, but it's turning," he said. "It's important that such a big show -- an event that the entire world is watching -- that we show what's possible -- with science and common sense."

Who is presenting this year?

A slew of notable stars are expected to present at the 2021 Oscars. The Academy previously revealed some of the talent, including Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

Who is producing the show?

Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh are the 2021 Oscars producers.

What can you watch after the show?

If you're looking for some post-show coverage, check out the "Oscars: After Dark" special, hosted by actors Colman Domingo and Andrew Rannells, on ABC.

Don't forget to tune in to "Good Morning America" on Monday for a recap of all the best moments from the 93rd Academy Awards.

Visit Oscar.com for Oscar 2021 highlights and watch live Sunday, April 25 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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