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2021 Oscars Guide: Everything you need to know

Who is hosting the 2021 Oscars?

While the 93rd Oscars will look different from past years, there will still be a star-studded ensemble cast ready to entertain us throughout the evening.

The 90-minute Oscars: Into the Spotlight, hosted by Ariana DeBose (of Hamilton fame) and Lil Rel Howery (known for Bad Trip), will highlight the Academy Award nominees’ “journey to Hollywood’s biggest night,” giving us an insiders’ sneak peek into what it’s like to be a part of the Oscars party. That’s not all: Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén, and Diane Warren will perform five Academy Award nominated songs.

“We’ve come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” said show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh in a statement to press. “Our suggestion is just tune in for the whole shebang, otherwise you’ll miss something really unexpected and fun.”

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For the main event, even more Hollywood celebs will be ready to entertain us! Oscar nominees Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis are joining the A-list ensemble cast: Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, and Zendaya.

The party doesn’t stop once all the awards are announced, either. Oscars: After Dark will be hosted by Colman Domingo and Andrew Rannells with interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The after-party special will include highlights from the nights plus a look at Oscar winners getting their coveted statuettes personalized.

Where can I watch the 2021 Oscars?

The 93rd annual Academy Awards are this Sunday, April 25 at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, along with several international locations via satellite.

The pre-show, Oscars: Into the Spotlight, will air live on Oscar Sunday, April 25, on ABC at 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm. PT. 

The Oscars will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Oscars: After Dark will immediately follow the Oscars show.

The Oscars live stream is available at abc.com, on the ABC app, or through any streaming service providers that have ABC as part of their live TV streaming package.

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Who are this year’s Academy Award nominees?

You can see every Academy Award nominee and find out where to watch each feature-length movie right here.

Join Elton John’s virtual party and support a HollyGOOD cause

The 29th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® pre-party hosted by Elton John himself is open to the public for the first time ever! Join the party and support a HollyGOOD cause.

The 60-minute pre-party will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, featuring a “stripped back” performance by Dua Lipa including a duet with Elton John.

“Now more than ever, we need to ensure that one pandemic does not override another,” Elton John says, “and we cannot forget the 38 million people living with HIV globally who need our care, love and support so we hope everyone joins us for this special one of a kind Oscar Pre‐Party.”

All tickets benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year, the Foundation is focusing on raising funds for young people who are at risk and living with HIV worldwide. “The COVID‐19 pandemic has forced the world to explore many modes of virtual health care and we need to ensure that this continues in a digital era to serve young people affected by HIV,” the Foundation explains on the event page.

There are multiple streams based on your time zone. The North America stream starts at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EST. Purchase tickets here.

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