It’s that time of year again, folks. The 2022 Academy Awards aka the Oscars are almost upon us, and we’re ready to soak up all the fashion, unscripted moments, and envelope blunders that Hollywood’s biggest night has to offer.
Though the ceremony will be airing live on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 26, you don’t need a TV to watch the drama unfold.
Here's how to watch the Oscars without cable:
It’s crazy the amount of content streaming services offer subscribers these days. DirecTV, AT&T TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu with Live TV all carry ABC, so you can watch the telecast live using one of these services if you have a subscription.
If you don’t, these platforms offer free trials for customers looking to test them out before committing to a monthly fee. We suggest you sign up for the service a few hours before the ceremony then cancel your subscription before the trial period is over. This way, you won’t have to pay!
Additionally, if you do have a cable subscription or are interested in a free trial, the Oscars will be streaming through ABC's website and the ABC app. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, so don't forget to tune in if you want live updates of all the glamorous dresses and handsome suits on Hollywood's elite!
Who is hosting the Oscars?
Initial rumors reported that the comedy trio stars of Only Murders in the Building — Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez — were top contenders for Oscars hosts. However, due to their filming schedule and other conflicts, the three ended up not hosting. However, there will be three hosts this year, and in a historic twist, all of the hosts will be women!
Actresses and comedians Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes will be this year's Oscars hosts. Billboard reported that this will mark "the first time in Oscar history that two or more people of color (Hall and Sykes) have co-hosted in the same year." However, there has been some backlash in Amy Schumer's selection, with some arguing the Academy is "out of touch" for Amy's controversial history in comedy.
It wouldn't be a year of the Academy Awards without some form of controversy. Recently, the Academy made waves on social media for cutting eight categories out of the live show, opting to present the awards before the show and broadcasting edited clips of the winners instead. Many fans and celebrities have been vocal about how damaging this is to the careers of up-and-comers, especially in the documentary category.
Don't forget to tune in to the Oscars on Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.