How to watch the Oscars 2023 online: stream the awards ceremony at home

The Academy's Oscars logo.
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Hollywood's biggest night of the year the Oscars 2023, or the Academy Awards, recognizes the best and brightest talent in film, with awards going to artists of many disciplines and talents.

The Oscars has also become a big talking point for movie fans, with Best Picture being one of the most talked-about awards a movie can receive each year, and other categories usually featuring a mix of contentious choices.

If you're interested in watching this Super Bowl of movie awards shows, here's how to watch the Oscars 2023 from the comfort of your home, and everything else you need to know to tune in.

How to watch The Oscars in the US

For US audiences, the Oscars airs on ABC. As one of the four major networks, all traditional pay-TV cable and satellite subscribers have access to ABC as part of their lineup. 

A number of live TV streaming services also provide ABC as part of their channel lineup, including DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. Subscribers to any of these services can also use their login credentials to watch the Oscars on ABC.com

How to watch The Oscars in the UK

UK night owls will be able to watch the Oscars live on Sky TV's Sky Showcase channel starting at 1 am. For early-to-bed-types, there's a two-hour Oscars highlights special the day after — starting at 10 pm on Sky Showcase on Monday, March 28. 

Sky TV costs £26 per month for a contract, but there's currently a deal that gets you Sky TV and Netflix as well as a Sky Glass television set with your first three months free, and you can find out more here.

How to watch The Oscars everywhere else

The Oscars is broadcast to more than 200 territories worldwide, and you can check out the Oscars website for full details on how you can watch the glittering ceremony in any region.

Alternatively, if you're away from home, so can't access your trusty subscription service, a potential solution to this issue is with a Virtual Private Network (VPN). 

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What you need to know to stream the Oscars

When are the Oscars?

The Oscars 2022 ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 12, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT/1 am UK. 

You can watch early coverage thanks to the red carpet...

Who are the Oscar nominees?

There are many different movies nominated across the 23 categories, and while some movies have got multiple nominations (Everything Everywhere All at Once has 11), there are many more that only have a single one.

You can find the full list of Oscars 2023 nominees here. If you want to catch up on as many of the movies as possible, we've also got a guide on how to watch the best picture nominees.

When is the red carpet?

Live coverage of the red carpet for the Oscars begins online at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT on E!. ABC begins its red carpet coverage at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm ET.

How can I watch the Oscars red carpet?

Like the main Oscars broadcast, ABC’s red carpet coverage is available to anyone with a traditional pay-TV subscription, TV antenna or live TV streaming service that offers ABC.

If you want to tune in to E!’s red carpet coverage on TV, here’s what you need to know. E! is a cable network, which while provided by many traditional pay-TV providers is not guaranteed like ABC, so double check to see if your service includes E! as part of its channel lineup. As for live TV streaming services, E! is available on DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

E! will also provide some of its Oscars coverage through social media platforms like @enews on Twitter, eonline.com and the E! News app, so keep ALL your computer tabs open on Sunday...

The Oscars is also getting into the social media game, offering a TikTok live stream of the red carpet on @TikTok as well as behind-the-scenes clips filmed by TikTok influencers.

Additional Oscars coverage

Movie fans can make it a full day of Oscars coverage.

  • E! starts its Oscar Sunday coverage with Live from E!: Brunch at the Oscars (2 pm ET/11 am PT ). This special sees panelists and guests discuss what fashion highlights they're hoping to see on the red carpet. 
  • Live from E! Stream: Oscars (6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT) kicks off on @enews Twitter, eonline.com and the E! News app, offering live arrivals, behind-the-scenes looks, Glambot shots and announcements of the winners from the awards being presented (controversially) prior to the 8 pm Oscars start time.
  • Things don’t stop once the final award is handed out. E! has the Live from E!: Oscars After-Party (11 pm ET/8 pm PT) where hosts Naz, Nina Parker and Shangela give their take on the ceremony, including their thoughts on the winners, best speeches and the fashion. Some of the night’s big winners are likely to stop by as well.
  • UK TV also has some Oscars pre-show coverage, with Sky airing Live from the Red Carpet with Laverne Cox (E!, 10 pm UK) and Oscars Night Live (Sky Max, 11 pm UK).
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.