How to watch 2021 Oscars: live stream 93rd Academy Awards from anywhere

Mank leads the way with 10 nominations, but it faces tough competition in the prestigious Best Picture category. Here's how to get a 2021 Oscars live stream from anywhere.

The Oscars is the most glamorous event of the year, and though a few things have changed for the 2021 ceremony, the world's biggest stars are, as ever, sweating over the four words they've dreamed of their entire lives: "And the winner is..." Read on for your guide to getting a 2021 Oscars live stream from anywhere. 

Mank leads the way with 10 nominations, including one for the biggest prize of all, the Best Picture award, where it will go up against Judas and the Black Messiah, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Minari, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago Seven, and The Father. 

When is the 93rd Academy Awards?

The 2021 Oscars, formally known as the 93rd Academy Awards, are taking place on Sunday, April 25. They're being held at the Union Station in downtown LA, and Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.

What time is the 2021 Oscars live stream?

The ceremony begins at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Sunday evening in the US.

Anyone looking to tune in from the UK should prepare for a late night, as it's a 1am BST start on Sunday night/Monday morning.

It's better news for movie buffs Down Under though, who can watch the Oscars unfold from 10am AEST on Monday morning.

We've got all the info on how to watch an Oscars live stream from anywhere. And if you're out of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass any geo-restrictions (opens in new tab).

How to live stream Oscars if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for this weekend's Oscars action, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to get past those geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of Sky, ABC, CTV or Channel 7 when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop on a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.

How to live stream the Oscars in the US

How to watch the Oscars in the UK for FREE

How to live stream Oscars 2021 anywhere else in the world

Regardless of where you're tuning in from, there's an Oscars live stream for you that'll let you catch every speech, every million-watt smile, and every technical hiccup. 

Those timings also apply in Canada, where you can tune in on CTV (opens in new tab) and via the network's website, though you'll have to enter your cable details.

Fans based in Australia are perhaps the luckiest of all, as they can watch the Oscars for FREE at 10am AEST on Monday morning. It's being shown by free-to-air Channel 7 (opens in new tab) Down Under, and you can tune in online via the 7Plus (opens in new tab) app for mobiles and tablets.

In India, Star India (opens in new tab) will be the place to tune into from 5.30am on Monday morning.

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and watch an Oscars live stream as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anonymity as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for MacVPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To get an Oscars live stream, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions, with the likes of Sky Go opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee (opens in new tab).

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.