The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
The wait is coming to an end. After a long awards season, it’s finally Oscar weekend. Hollywood’s biggest stars will fill the Dolby Theater on Sunday night to celebrate the best cinema of 2021, and after last year’s socially distanced ceremony, the return to normal will be an event not to be missed. Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes are set to host the show, the first trio of women to hold the honor together.
Much attention was paid to the changes executive producer Will Packer made to the broadcast in an effort to attract more viewers. Eight categories (Documentary Short, Film Editing, Makeup and Hair, Original Music, Production Design, Animated Short, Live Action Short and Sound) were eliminated from the live broadcast. Instead, acceptance speeches will be pre-recorded earlier in the afternoon and edited into the show. The show also tries to appeal to viewers outside the film world with an eclectic cast of presenters ranging from Tony Hawk to DJ Khaled. Many of these decisions have sparked controversy, but no one can deny that ABC and the Oscars are trying hard to salvage the show’s declining ratings.
Whether you’re excited, mortified, or just intrigued by the changes to the series, the only way to know how they’ll pan out is to watch. As usual, the Oscars will air live on ABC Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. You can also stream the show live on abc.com or the ABC app. Cord cutters can watch the show through online cable subscriptions through Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, or DirectTV.
This year’s list of nominees has something for everyone, from blockbusters like “Dune” to three-hour foreign films like “Drive My Car” competing for the night’s top prizes. But the real showdown on Sunday night is between “The Power of the Dog” and “CODA.” Both Netflix and Apple are in the running for their first Best Picture Oscar, with Netflix backing Jane Campion’s sparse Western and Apple putting its weight behind the crowd-pleasing drama about children of deaf adults. Most insiders expect one of the two films to win Best Picture, setting up the Oscars for a potentially thrilling conclusion.