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Hollywood’s biggest night is here. If you’ve seen every movie nominated this year, you may want to know how to watch the Oscars 2023 live online for free to see which of your favorite films won and lost.
The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, started in 1929 as a dinner at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with around 270 guests, where 15 statuettes were awarded honoring actors, directors and other members of the movie industry. The Oscars statuette is a gold-plated bronze trophy on a black metal base that features an Art Deco-style knight holding a sword while standing on a film reel with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who award the Oscars: actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians. The Oscars were first televised in 1953, which continued to broadcast the award show until 1960 when ABC took over. The highest-rated Oscars was the 70th Academy Awards in 1998 when Titanic, one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, won Best Picture. More than 57.25 million viewers tuned in that year. The lowest-rated Oscars came in 2021 when Nomadland took home the award for Best Picture. Around 10.4 million viewers tuned in.
While viewership for the Oscars has gone down over the decades, the Hollywood event is still regarded as the most prestigious award show in the movie industry and seen as a conclusion to award season after the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, Critics Choice Awards and other events. So where can fans stream the Academy Awards? Read on for how to watch the Oscars 2023 live online for free even if you don’t have a TV.
The Oscars 2023 air on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.
The Oscars 2023 air on ABC, which is available to stream on services like Fubo TV and Hulu+ With Live TV. Fubo TV offers a seven-day free trial and starts at $74.99 per month; and Hulu+ With Live TV starts at $69.99 per month and comes with free subscriptions to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.
Read on for how to watch the Oscars live online for free with Fubo TV.
Fubo TV offers a seven-day free trial and starts at $74.99 per month after the free trial ends. Fubo offers three plans: a Pro plan for $74.99 per month; an Elite plan for $84.99 per month; and a Premier plan for $94.99 per month. Each plan includes ABC.
Fubo’s Pro plan includes 155 channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo’s Elite plan includes 215 channels; Fubo’s Extra package with 49 more channels; Fubo’s News Plus package with 11 more channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo’s Premier plan includes 224 channels; Showtime; Fubo’s Extra package with 49 more channels; Fubo’s News Plus package with 11 more channels; DVR service with 1,000 hours of recording space; and the ability to stream on 10 devices at the same time. Fubo doesn’t require a contract and can be cancelled or restarted at any time.
Read on for how to watch the Oscars live online with services like Hulu+ With Live TV.
Hulu+ With Live TV offers two plans: an ad-supported plan for $69.99 per month and an ad-free plan for $82.99 per month. Both plans includes more than 85 channels; DVR service with unlimited recording space; and the ability to stream on multiple devices. Each plan includes ABC.
Along with more than 85 live channels, Hulu+ With Live TV’s ad-supported plan includes free subscriptions to Hulu with ads; Disney Plus with ads; and ESPN Plus with ads. Hulu+ With Live TV’s ad-free plan includes free subscriptions to Hulu with no ads; Disney Plus with no ads; and ESPN Plus with ads. Hulu+ With Live TV doesn’t require a contract and can be cancelled or restarted at any time.
The Oscars 2023 host is Jimmy Kimmel, who previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in March 2023, Kimmel explained why he wanted to host the Oscars for a third time. “I think it’s probably that I was surprised because I didn’t necessarily think I’d ever do it again or be asked to do it again,” he said. “And it wasn’t one of those situations where they couldn’t get anybody and they asked me at the last minute — I definitely would have said no if that was the case. So, I don’t know, it kind of came out of the blue and they clearly got me at the right moment. I did wait a week to tell my wife. I thought she might react negatively, but she was very positive, so I said, ‘OK, yeah, I’ll do it.'”
He also teased how his Oscars monologue will be “similar” to the opening monologues he performed at the 2017 and 2018 Oscars, as well as other award shows. “It’ll be similar to what I’ve done in the past,” he said. “I don’t have a lot of talents, so there’s not a huge number of areas for me to draw from outside of telling jokes. I mean, I am pretty good at drawing cartoons, so I guess I could sit down and do caricatures of the stars? But I particularly enjoy writing jokes for a specific audience, whether that be at the upfronts or a bunch of TV or movie stars. It enables you to be very specific.”
Kimmel also explained his thought process when writing jokes for award shows like the Oscars and how he’s always conscious of the audience watching at home and not just the celebrities in front of him. “The best advice I got about hosting the Oscars was from Billy Crystal, who told me, ‘Play to the room,'” he said. “You always have to be conscious of the audience at home and make sure they understand what’s going on, but you also want to get laughs in the room — and if you don’t get that, it’s not going to play well for people watching on TV. So that is my focus: not just the actors but all the various production people and show business luminaries who are sitting there listening to your jokes. And unlike most joke situations, they are on camera, so they’re very careful about how they react, and that makes it a harder bar to clear.”
He also discussed the balance of catering to the audience at home and in the theater in another part of his interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m in a unique position in that my job is to make fun of people in Hollywood and then to have them sit next to me on the stage,” he said. “And I’ve had 20 years of practice as far as balancing that stuff out goes. When I first started doing [Jimmy Kimmel Live!], I had no practice and there was no balance. I would just mow through the guests and then we wouldn’t have another A-list guest for another eight months.”
He continued, “I’m also very conscious of what this is, that the Oscars is something that is very meaningful to people in the movie industry, and for many of them, this will be the biggest professional night of their lives. The last thing I want to do is ruin it for anyone.”
The most-nominated movie at the Oscars 2023 was Everything Everywhere All at Once with 11 nominations, including Best Picture; Best Director for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert; Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh; Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan; and Best Supporting Actress for Stephanie Hsu. Yeoh is also the first-ever Asian woman nominated in the Best Actress category. “I think what it means to me is all those Asians out there go, ‘You see, it’s possible. If she can do it, I can freaking well do it as well.’ That is the most important thing. I’m very ordinary. I just work very hard. There are so many brilliant actresses, actors out there who know that they have a seat at the table. All they have to do is find an opportunity and get there,” Yeoh told Deadline in January 2023 after her Oscars nomination was announced.
She continued, “I was so terrified, sitting here thinking, what if I don’t get nominated? What about all those people who have such hopes and they’ve pinned their hopes and aspirations on you to tell us that we should be there? … Sometimes you don’t do things for yourself. You tell stories because it’s important for that story to be told. And you need need it to be out there. And I understand the need for our Asians to turn around and say, ‘We need this,’ because it just validates that we deserve to have a seat at the table, and we deserve to be part of all this.”
Hsu also reacted to Yeoh’s history-making Oscars nomination. Every card that’s ever been stacked against me has been stacked against her tenfold. And to be able to get to experience this together feels like some cycles are breaking, you know? Some patterns are breaking, and I feel really honored to be alongside her and alongside so all the principal cast in our movie and with so much of our crew. There should be different ways in which we measure success and art, but for people who’ve been unseen, it’s major that in 95 years, Michelle’s the first. That’s a big deal,” she said.
Yeoh, who has starred in movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians, also told The Hollywood Reporter at the time about her history-making nomination. “It’s taken a long time. But I think this is more than me,” she said. “At the present moment, constantly, all the time, having Asians walking up to me saying, ‘You can do it, you’re doing it for us.’ It’s like, ‘I understand. I totally understand.’ All this time, they’ve not been recognized, they’ve not been heard.”
She continued, “I’ve been in the movie business now for 40 years. When you have validation from your peers, all that is like the cherry on the cake. But the reason why you do films and you present your babies out to the world is because you want the story to be told, you want the people to understand, whether it’s your culture, whether it’s certain very poignant stories, or important tales, to be told. I think this is beyond just me. It represents so many who have hoped to be seen in this way, to have a seat at the table, to say, ‘I am of value too, I need to be seen too.’”
Yeoh shared her fear that she wouldn’t have been nominated. “I’m glad I got nominated. Otherwise hell, man, I wouldn’t know what to do. When they were calling out the names, I was like ‘If they don’t call my name, what am I gonna say to the people who have had so much belief in me?’” she said. “It’s been my nightmare for the last two days, because it could happen, right? How am I gonna walk out that door? And all these disappointed Asian faces looking: ‘Why did you not do it for us?’”
She also dedicated her nomination to other working Asian actors. “We know of so many more amazing actresses than myself. So, this is for them. I stand on their shoulders. And I thank them for paving the way and allowing me to get here,” she said. She continued, “My phone is going completely bananas from Hong Kong and Asia and China. They are all dialing in because they are just so ecstatic for me and for the fact that, you know, it’s the first Asian who’s getting this opportunity to be up there.”
See below for the Oscars 2023 nominees in the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress categories.
Oscars 2023 Best Picture nominees
Oscars 2023 Best Actor nominees
Oscars 2023 Best Actress nominees
The Oscars 2023 air on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Here’s how to watch them for free with Fubo’s free trial.
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