Oscars 2018 Live

Here we are, on Oscar Sunday, finally at the climax of the 2018 Hollywood awards season. The Oscars are Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, and you won’t have to be in front of a TV to watch all the excitement on the Dolby Theater stage Sunday night.

The Oscars ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will be broadcast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, a half-hour earlier than it has aired in years past. And you can stream ABC from wherever you are, by way of ABC’s streaming app that’s available for smart devices of all sorts including tablets, as well as streaming boxes, like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. You can also view the ceremony in a web browser on ABC.com.

You will need to log in with a TV provider in order to access the livestream, however, and ABC is not available for streaming in all markets, though it is available in most.

In addition to the regular broadcast of the Oscar ceremony, ABC will also be providing a free behind-the-scenes stream on Oscar.com, dubbed “The Oscars: All Access.” Though you won’t be able to watch the actual ceremony through this feed, you will get live looks at what’s going on backstage and also spend more time in the audience. This “All Access” feed will give viewers an intriguing alternate experience during the ceremony, and while it may not be the best way to experience the Oscars on its own, it will be a cool second screen type of deal for those who are watching the show the usual way.

Prior to the ceremony itself, ABC will have red carpet coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Michael Strahan, Wendy McLendon-Covey and Sarah Haines. The ABC red carpet coverage will also be streamable through the ABC app and on ABC.com, with the same TV provider login requirement. The free “All Access” stream will also feature red carpet coverage, though it won’t be the same as what’s on ABC proper.

Oscars 2018: Our Predictions in All 24 Categories (Photos)

  • We know who’ll win the acting awards, but several other categories — notably including Best Picture — are completely up in the air as Oscar night approaches. Here are our best guesses (and for a more complete explanation, read my fuller analysis):
    “Call Me by Your Name”
    “Darkest Hour”
    “Get Out”
    “Lady Bird”
    “Phantom Thread”
    “The Post”
    “The Shape of Water”
    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    “The Shape of Water” has the most nominations, 13. It won the Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards. It’s a valentine to the art of cinema.

    Predicted winner: “The Shape of Water”

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  • Guillermo Del Toro Shape Of Water

    Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread
    Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
    Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” 
    Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
    Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

    If Best Picture is so split between “Shape of Water,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird” and “Get Out,” shouldn’t this race be a nail-biter between del Toro, Nolan, Gerwig and Peele? Nope. Just as it has in every recent year, the heat has coalesced around a single director, in this case del Toro. This seems to be one of the nine categories that are pretty much a lock.

    Predicted winner: Guillermo del Toro

    Photographed by Irvin Rivera

    Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
    Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
    Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
    Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
    Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

    This is another of those locks. (In fact, all four acting categories are.) While Chalamet and Kaluuya are two of the year’s big discovery, this award was Oldman’s as soon as Focus began screening his all-but-unrecognizable performance as Winston Churchill. This is an Oscar standing ovation just waiting to happen.

    Predicted Winner: Gary Oldman

    “Darkest Hour” / Jack English/ Focus Features

    Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
    Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
    Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird” 
    Meryl Streep, “The Post”

    It initially seemed to be one of the year’s most competitive categories, with McDormand, Ronan and Hawkins landing massive acclaim, Robbie sneaking into the field with a bold performance and Meryl being Meryl. But then McDormand, an absolute force of nature in “Three Billboards,” startin  g winning all the awards. And she’s not going to stop now.

    Predicted winner: Frances McDormand

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    Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
    Woody Harrelson, “Three Billb oards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
    Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
    Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    Sam Rockwell, playing a dimwitted and thuggish racist who is one of the only people in “Three Billboards” to slightly change, won SAG and the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Award and BAFTA, which has made him a prohibitive favorite.

    Predicted winner: Sam Rockwell

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    Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound” 
    Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
    Lesley Manvill  e, “Phantom Thread”
    Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
    Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

    Voters for all the precursor awards embraced the fun Allison Janney had playing Tonya Harding’s monstrous mother, and Oscar voters seem all but certain to do the same.

    Predicted winner: Allison Janney


    “Call Me by Your Name”
    “The Disaster Artist”
    “Molly’s Game”

    While voters occasionally decide that the best screenplay is the one with the most words, which would be good news for Aaron Sorkin and “Molly’s Game,” nothing seems positioned to challenge James Ivory’s adaptation of the Andre Aciman novel.

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