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It’s the same question every year: where can I watch the Oscars online in the UK – live, and legally? The answer is also the same: Sky.
The Academy Awards ceremony has long been the exclusive territory of the UK TV broadcaster, leaving British film fans without a subscription to the pay-TV service unable to enjoy the ceremony.
Now, though, VOD service NOW TV allows viewers without Sky to stream all of Sky’s film channels live, including the Oscars on Sunday 4th March 2018 – with no contract.
A NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £9.99 a month with a 14-day free trial for new customers, which means that eligible viewers could technically watch the 2018 Oscars online for zero pennies if they were to cancel their free trial within a fortnight. (Sky Cinema also includes a number of Oscar nominees past and present, including Get Out and Baby Driver, which are available to watch on-demand for NOW TV users.)
How to watch the Oscars live in the UK
On Sunday 4th March 2018, users will need to use this Live Movies streaming link to stream a live feed of the Academy Awards. (Choose Sky Cinema Oscars from the list of channels.)
If you want to make a whole night of it, there’s also “The Oscars: Greatest Shocks, Frocks and Fairytales”, which airs on Sky Cinema Oscars at 11pm. Sky’s red carpet coverage will start broadcasting at midnight, with Alex Zane and guests hosting a special preview show of the evening’s ceremony, alongside interviews with stars arriving at the ceremony. The 90th Academy Awards will then begin at 1am GMT and run for several hours.
The actual ceremony
This year’s Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Presenters of awards on the night will feature past Oscar winners and nominees, including Mahershala Ali, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Kumail Nanjiani, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and Daniela Vega.
Other presenters will include Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Eugenio Derbez, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Eiza González, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken. Oh, and Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.
Repeat / Highlights
The full ceremony will also be repeated at 8am later that morning, with highlights of all the key moments at 8pm, on Sky Cinema Oscars.
NOW TV is available on PC and Mac computers and iOS and Android devices. To watch on the telly, you will need a PlayStation or Xbox console, or one of the following streaming media devices: Roku, NOW TV Box, EE TV, Apple TV, Chromecast. NOW TV is also available as a built-in app on selected LG Smart TVs.
For more information on NOW TV’s Sky Cinema Month Pass, or to sign up ready for the big night, hit the button below. Of, for those still catching up on this year’s awards contenders, we also have a list of which 2018 Oscar nominees are on VOD, from Netflix’s documentary contenders, Icarus and Strong Island, to Amazon Prime Video’s The Big Sick.