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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 24th February 2019 – with no contract.
A NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £9.99 a month with a 7-day free trial for new customers, which means that eligible viewers could technically watch the 2019 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, The Shape of Water, Call Me By Your Name and Phantom Thread, which are, at the time of publication, available to stream on-demand for NOW TV users.)
With awards season now over for another year, it’s still not too late to catch up on this year’s awards contenders. See our list of which 2019 Oscar winners are on VOD here,
How to watch the Oscars live in the UK
On Sunday 24th February 2019, 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, Sky’s red carpet coverage (in partnership with E!) will start broadcasting at 10pm. In the studio, Alex Zane and guests – including feminist writer and comedian Deborah Frances-White, actor Jamie Demetriou and television and E! presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford – will offer their own take on the fashion triumphs and faux pas as the excitement mounts ahead of the big event, as well as the awards themselves.
The 9!st Academy Awards will then begin proper at 1am GMT on Monday 25th February and run until 5am.
The actual ceremony
This year’s Academy Awards will have no host, although there are rumours that Whoopi Goldberg could be a surprise emcee. Nonetheless, the show must go on either way at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Queen will open the ceremony, as the band’s biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, contends for multiple awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor. Presenters of awards on the night, meanwhile, will feature Hollywood stars, such as Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd and Michelle Yeoh, plus non-movie stars, including Chef José Andrés, Congressman John Lewis and Serena Williams.
Repeat / Highlights
If you don’t fancy staying up overnight, the whole ceremony is being repeated on Sky Cinema Oscars from 8am on Monday 25th February – and a two-hour highlights show will be available live and on-demand from 8pm on Monday 25th February.
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.