The Oscars are the most significant movie awards in the world and one that millions of viewers across the globe want to tune in to watch.
If you’re like me though you live in a country either where the Oscars won’t be shown or they’re only shown on expensive cable networks that you don’t have access to.
The good news is there’s a straightforward way to watch the Oscars online from anywhere in the world and this guide will show you how.
How to watch the Oscars online
To watch the Oscars without a cable subscription, you’ll need to watch online.
Unfortunately, the Oscars website doesn’t broadcast the event free, nor is it available worldwide.
However, in Australia, the entire event is streamed online entirely for free on the 9Now network. If you’re outside Australia then ordinarily you’ll be blocked from watching but by using a ‘VPN‘ app, you can unblock and watch this stream in your country.
A VPN is a 100% legal privacy app that lets you disguise your real location to stop companies tracking you on the internet.
This solution works in the UK, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, India, across Europe, Japan or in fact in any other country in the world.
You need to sign up for a VPN service first. There are plenty out there but my recommendation for watching the Oscars is ExpressVPN. They’re fast which is essential for streaming video and super easy to use.
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Now you’ve completed sign up you’ll need to download the service’s VPN app.
If you want to watch the Oscars on your tablet or phone then head over to your regular app store and search the service’s name, for example, ‘ExpressVPN’.
If you intend to watch on your computer or laptop then on the service you signed up for head to their ‘Products’ or ‘Apps’ area. Then download either their Windows or Mac app and install it.
I’ll be using the ExpressVPN app as my example but the apps from the other providers are similar.
On a computer press ‘Choose Location‘ (1). On a phone or tablet press the “…” button next to ‘Selected Location’.
Then press ‘All‘ (2), ‘Asia Pacific‘ and then ‘Australia – Sydney 3‘ (3) (4).
You may also need to press the ‘Connect‘ button if you’re using a computer or laptop. Tablets and phones should connect automatically.
Once the app has connected, you’re almost done.
All you need to do now is visit the 9Now Live Stream page where you’ll be able to watch the Oscars live from any country in the world.
How to download the 9Now app
If you’re using a computer, you can watch the Oscars on the 9Now website. Some other devices will let you do the same.
If you’re using a tablet or phone you might be pushed to download the 9Now app to watch the Oscars.
Outside Australia, you’ll be blocked from doing so. Luckily there’s an easy way around this too.
For Android, you can download the app directly from here.
Where can I watch the Oscars?
Using a VPN from ExpressVPN or one of the other recommended VPN apps as detailed above will let you watch the Oscars in any country.
So this means you can watch the Oscars in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, France, Germany, Russia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand.
You can also watch in any other country.
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When are the Oscars being shown on TV?
The Oscars are taking place on Sunday, 24th February 2019.
Live coverage is expected to start from around 5 pm local time in California, United States.
You can use a site like The Time Zone Converter to work out the time in your country.
Who’s hosting this year’s Oscars?
This year’s Oscars ceremony is going to break with tradition and in fact, there’s no one hosting the Oscars.
Of course, this doesn’t mean stars will just be picking the awards up themselves but there is no overall host as in previous years.
American comedian, Kevin Hart had been billed to take the host position but after some offensive tweets came to light from a decade ago, he pulled out due to the controversy.
This year will see a range of smaller hosts presenting the awards which includes everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Daniel Craig to Whoopi Goldberg and Constance Wu.
Where are the Oscars taking place?
The Oscars will take place in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
The award ceremony will happen at the Dolby Theatre.
Who’s up for awards at the Oscars?
This year there is some fierce competition in all nomination categories.
Period Drama The Favourite and Netflix’s Roma have been nominated for ten awards each and could clean up at this year’s event.
Others in the running for the ‘Best Picture’ award include the likes of Vice, Black Panther, Green Book, A Star is Born and BlacKkKlansman.
‘Best Actress’ is almost certainly tipped to go to Olivia Coleman for her role in The Favourite and rumour is the ‘Best Actor’ award is set to be scooped by Christian Bale for his portrayal of Dick Cheney in Vice.
Using a VPN like ExpressVPN means you don’t need to miss a second of the action.