While the red carpet has been rolled back up for another year, there's still ample opportunity to catch up on last night's glitz and glamour (and fallout) of the Oscars. Watch back every last star-gazing second, and see the tuxes and ballgowns in full, with our guide below on how to watch the 2022 Oscars online and stream The 94th Academy Awards - including the best free options!
Whether you're eagerly anticipating Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog to sweep the board, or cheering on Will Smith to finally bag that Best Actor Academy Award, this year's Oscars ceremony was certainly more than anyone bargained for.
After last year’s socially distanced ceremony at Union Station, we were whisked back to the grandeur of Hollywood’s Dolby Theater. It's always a thrill to see so much star-wattage in one place, and cinema’s biggest, glitteriest names were out in force: Denzel Washington, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, and Javier Bardem among them, all nominated for the big acting awards - you can see the full list of Oscar 2022 nominees here.
Meanwhile, the 94th Academy Awards had three presenters after being host-less since 2018. Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and actress Regina Hall oversaw proceedings this year: serving up tongue-in-cheek banter and ushering Tinseltown talent like Bill Murray and Lady Gaga on stage to announce the winners.
The Power of the Dog is the frontrunner with 12 nominations, including Best Picture. But with strong competition in that category, including neo-noir thriller Nightmare Alley, Apple drama CODA, Spielberg’s West Side Story remake, and Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car, it’s anyone’s bet who’ll be whisking Oscar home on Sunday night.
Find out how to watch the 2022 Oscars live stream back below and join the celebrity crowd as film history is made.
Can I stream the Oscars for free?
There’s only one place we know that you can get a free stream of the most glamourous event on the film calendar, and that’s Australia. Channel 7 (and streamer 7Plus) will air the 94th Academy Awards completely free as it goes out.
Elsewhere, US cable-cutters can get ABC coverage of the show with a subscription to FuboTV. Both offer a 7-day FREE trial first, so as long as you cancel before that expires you won't have to pay a thing.
How to watch a 2022 Oscars live stream from outside your country
Scroll below to see your full viewing options if you’re based in the US, Canada, UK, India and Australia (Pssst: it’s absolutely FREE to stream Down Under).
But if you’re out of the country on Oscar night and hoping to stream home coverage through a laptop or mobile, you’ll be out of luck thanks to geo-blocks. This is easily fixed, though, because with a VPN you can change your IP address to a location back in your own hometown or country that will then let you stream the event as if you were sat back at home.
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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...
1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location.
How to watch an Oscars live stream in the USA
Watch the Oscars race unfold live on ABC. As long as it's one of the television channels included in your cable package, then you're all set for the most glamorous night on the film industry calendar.
The broadcast begins at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Sunday, March 27 and runs for three hours. Alternatively, get an Oscars 2022 live stream to a laptop or mobile device through abc.com by logging in with your cable provider.
How to watch the Oscars without cable
Well and truly cut the cord? Don't worry, you're not without options. You can get ABC through a number of OTT services, including FuboTV, which starts from $69.99 with its Starter plan and offers a 7-day free trial. Other options include a subscription to DirecTV Now (previously AT&T TV Now) for $64.99 a month, or you can watch it next-day on Hulu instead.
How to watch an Oscars live stream in the UK for FREE
Stock up on the popcorn because it’s going to be a long night for UK film buffs! UK viewers can follow all the drama of the 94th Academy Awards from 1am BST on Monday, March 28 through either of Sky's dedicated Sky Cinema Oscars channel or its Sky Showcase station.
The latter means that you don't need a pricey Sky Cinema package to watch this year, just a bog standard Sky plan. Why not check out our Sky TV deals and find the best bundle for you if you're not already subscribed?
Alternatively, purchase a Now Entertainment or Cinema Pass from £9.99 a month will also bag you that coverage.
As described above, it's easy to watch this even if you're abroad. Simply download and install a VPN and then change the server location to one inside the UK.
How to live stream the Academy Awards for FREE in Australia
Even better news Down Under: Aussies will get a VIP pass to the 94th Oscars thanks to the free-to-air Channel 7. For those with access to the channel it's as easy as switching on the TV at 11am AEDT on Monday, March 28. Alternatively, if you have the 7plus app, catch the live stream a bit earlier from 9.30am for all the red carpet build-up.
Outside Australia today? Use a VPN if you're away from home and still want to catch that Oscars coverage.
How to stream the Oscars live in Canada
Living in Canada and have cable TV? Then consider yourself lucky, as CTV will be showing the 94th Academy Awards live on television from 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Monday, March 27.
But even if you don’t have a TV, you can still watch the awards show on the network’s website, though you’ll have to select your TV service provider and sign in with your CTV account.
How to live stream the 2022 Oscars in India
Star India once again has the rights to show the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards, through either the Star World or Star Movie channels. Coverage begins at the crack of dawn in India: at 5.30am on Monday, March 28.
You'll need access to the Star Movies Select as part of your satellite package to watch.
Best Picture nominees at the 2022 Academy Awards
The big prize of the night is the Best Picture award - and here are the 10 nominees competing for it:
- Don’t Look Up
- West Side Story
- Nightmare Alley
- The Power of the Dog
- Drive My Car
- King Richard
- Licorice Pizza
How to watch Will Smith take on Chris Rock
*Oscars spoilers below*
While Will Smith may have taken home the award for Best Actor, this was largely overshadowed by his altercation with comedian, Chris Rock. Following a joke made at the expense of Jade Pinkett-Smith's suffering with alopecia, Will Smith took to the stage to slap Chris Rock across the face.
An evening to celebrate some of the greatest films in Hollywood, it would seem this TV moment is all anyone can speak about. Missed it? There are plenty of clips circulating, but you can catch the full, uncensored version below.
If you’re confused about what the hell just happened at the #Oscars between Will Smith and Chris Rock, here’s the unedited version pic.twitter.com/VGv0o8IvMkMarch 28, 2022
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Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.