How to Watch the 93rd Academy Awards
The Oscars are back and in-person after a two-month delay. GETTY IMAGES

It's time for a close up of the most prominent awards show but that doesn't mean that the 93rd Oscars ceremony won't go unaffected by the ongoing pandemic. The ceremony is usually held in February and really that was the last normal award show we had until we all went into quarantine. This show was delayed by two months but it will be an in-person event so we can avoid Zoom calls dropping on acceptance speeches. This edition of the Oscars will continue the trend of the show not having a host.

In a more questionable decision, the guests and nominated talent will be required to wear masks but only when the camera is not specifically on them. The event is being treated similarly to a television show production that has different COVID-19 protocols. Because if the CDC has made anything clear this year, it's that the pandemic doesn't spread when you're on camera. In all seriousness, at least the awards are even happening this year after a very unstable time for the theater and film industry.

What TV Channel is the 93rd Oscars on?

The Academy Awards will be shown on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream your favorite entertainment on fuboTV.

How to Watch the 2021 Academy Awards on fuboTV

When: Sunday, April 25
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV: ABC
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch Academy Awards free with fuboTV)

Another significant change is happening at these awards after much controversy is the expansion of diversity. While the Academy still has far to go to be truly representative of everyone, this ceremony will feature nine actors of color were nominated for an award this year. That is a record for diversity for the show. In contrast only one black actor was nominated last year which was Cynthia Erivo for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman.

There are also two nominated directors this year who are women. That includes Chloé Zhao was nominated for Nomadland which is about a captivating and heartbreaking journey of a woman who lives in a van after her husband dies and the industry in her hometown evaporates. In a year with tremendous economic uncertainty, it feels like a microcosm of what many Americans and people are going through around the world.

That diversity did not expand much to the Best Films category unfortunately but there are two standouts on the list. Judas and the Black Messiah is an expose of the Black Panther party and the story and ultimate demise of BPP chairman Fred Hampton. Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor at the Golden Globes as he referenced in his SNL monologue about his aforementioned muted acceptance speech.

Steven Yeun also became the first Asian American ever nominated for best actor for his role in Minari. This story follows South Korean immigrants moving to rural America in the 1980s. On another note, this might be Netflix's best chance to win in the Best Film category with their riveting story of the The Trial of the Chicago 7 who were an implemental force in the anti-Vietnam War movement and Mank who has the most nominations of the night.  

It will be interesting to see how these Oscars help refuel the struggling movie industry. Usually many films see tremendous bumps at the box office when nominations are released. With many theaters still closed or at limited capacity, that is unlikely to happen this year. This will likely be a further shift over to the world of streaming. In many respects these Oscars feel like the best of streaming films. Hopefully by the 2022 Oscars, we are all back in front of the big screen eating our weight in popcorn. Doing that all last year on the couch is played out. Here's to the love of film and hopefully these Oscars are just another step closer to getting us back to the movies and a sense of normal.

Best Film Nominations

Best Actor Nominees

  • Riz Ahmed - Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins - The Father
  • Gary Oldman - Mank
  • Steven Yeun - Minari

Best Actress Nominees

  • Viola Davis – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand – Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Director Nominees

  • Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round
  • David Fincher – Mank
  • Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
  • Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman