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How to Watch the 2020 Oscars Live Online Anywhere

Last updated on January 27, 2020 Views: 547 Comments: 0
With the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can get access to the Oscars 2020 live stream free of charge.

This year’s nominations will be announced in the early hours of 13th January, starting at the unusual time of 8.18 am ET. Joaquim Phoenix is in the running for best actor for his acclaimed performance in The Joker, but he’ll have to dislodge the formidable Leonardo DiCaprio if he wants the title.

ABC is once again the official broadcast channel for the 2020 Oscars in the US but those out of the country on the 9th February will need the best VPN for streaming the Oscars if they want to access the Oscars 2020 live stream free.

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If ExpressVPN doesn’t appeal for some reason, you can always give NordVPN a try. With 5,570 servers, NordVPN provides global coverage, cutting-edge security and a strict no-logging policy making it one of the best VPNs for streaming the Oscars.

CyberGhost is another excellent choice, combining a user-friendly interface with a global server network of nearly 6,000 servers and a commitment to user privacy.

The Details

  • Location: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California
  • Date: 9th February 2020
  • Start time: (6pm MT) (1am GMT) (8pm EST) (5pm PST)

Streaming The Academy Awards

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be shown live on ABC, which means that, if you subscribe to a local ABC channel, you’ll be able to enjoy every moment without any additional financial outlay as the Oscars 2020 is not included in ABC’s pay-per-view events. Alternatively, you can live stream the event via the ABC app which means you can watch it on your PC, laptop or smartphone.

For those of you without an ABC subscription, several OTT services offer viable alternatives that, in some cases, may even save you a few cents. Hulu TV, for example, includes ABC in its list of channels so if you sign up for a Hulu TV subscription just before 9th February, you could access the Oscars 2020 live stream free by taking advantage of Hulu TV’s seven-day free trial.

Playstation Vue will also be covering the Academy Awards this year but, unless you already have a subscription, you won’t be able to watch it there. Playstation Vue has stopped all new subscriptions and free trials as it prepares for its final demise at the end of the month. Playstation Vue is recommending YouTube TV as the best alternative for streaming the Oscars this year, but it’s not the only service available.

Other services streaming the Academy Awards this year include Sling TV which, like Hulu TV, offers a seven-day free trial so could similarly give you access to the Oscars 2020 live stream free.

How to Watch the Oscars 2020 Live Stream Free While Abroad

If you’re going to be out of the country at the end of February, getting access to live streaming of the Academy Awards could be more challenging depending on your destination. In the UK, the terrestrial TV channel, the BBC, will be covering the nominations. In the past, Sky has secured the rights to the full coverage of the Academy Awards and looks set to be the official broadcaster again in 2020, although this has yet to be confirmed.

For those in Australia, getting access to an Oscars 2020 live stream free is somewhat easier with 9Now being the best and cheapest option. 9Now is a free ad-supported service with apps available for both iPhones and Android devices. If you want to take advantage of this free service from outside Australia, you’ll need a reliable VPN, like ExpressVPN, to create a fake Australian IP address and fool the 9Now service into believing you’re in Brisbane when, in fact, you’re in Belarus.

If you’re hoping to watch the Oscars 2020 live stream free from outside the US and you already have an ABC subscription, as long as you can get your hands on a fast internet connection and use the best VPN for streaming the Oscars to create a fake US IP address, you’ll be able to log in and watch the ABC coverage as though you were sitting in your own home, surrounded by friends and family.

VPN providers like ExpressVPN can create a fake IP address that will fool any site into believing you’re in the USA even if you’re still in the Danish city of Copenhagen following the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival.

By creating a private network through which you can connect to the internet, a VPN can mask both your geographical location and IP address, giving you the freedom to choose what country you want to connect through so you can gain access to geographically restricted content. This means ABC will think you’re in the US even while you’re outside the country, giving you full access to this glittering Hollywood experience.

The Best VPN for Streaming the Oscars

While we recommend ExpressVPN, there are several VPN providers you could select to give you access to free live streaming of this year’s Oscars. In our opinion, ExpressVPN is the best because it has a huge network of servers distributed throughout the world, giving you access from the most remote corners of our globe. Additionally, they have excellent security and impressive speeds, meaning that you can enjoy seamless coverage without anyone knowing it.

Although not free, ExpressVPN does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, which you could take advantage of. Having said that we’re so confident that you’ll be blown away by the experience, we predict that you’ll want to remain a customer long after your 30 days are up.

How to Watch the Oscars 2020 Live Stream Free

The free streaming options for this year’s Academy Awards seem more numerous and diverse than last year. Not only will the official Oscars website once again reveal its popular The Oscars: All Access feature, but Twitter is also promising full coverage of both the red carpet event and the awards themselves.

For the past two years, Facebook has been the Oscar’s official streaming party for the red-carpet event but this year, according to Twitter’s head of US entertainment partnerships, Sarah Rosen, “Twitter is the place to be during the Oscars. It’s where the conversation about everyone’s favorite films and actors unfolds, and where actors go to connect with their most passionate fan base”.

No doubt Reddit and YouTube will offer some coverage, including highlights of the latest fashions as the stars, make their way up the red carpet and at least a glimpse or two of the winners themselves.

How to Use a VPN for the Oscars 2020 Live Stream

With tickets to Oscars costing over $150 per person and being extremely difficult to get hold of, for most of us, live-streaming the event is the closest we’ll ever come to experiencing the Academy Awards in person. Unfortunately, subscriptions to the likes of ABC, YouTube TV and Sling TV setting you back anywhere between $5.99 and $49.99 per month, it’s little wonder movie enthusiasts all over the world are looking for ways to access the Oscars 2020 live stream free of charge.

As we mentioned earlier, some countries’ streaming services will be showing the awards ceremony for free. With the best VPNs for streaming the Oscars, accessing broadcasts in other countries to the one you’re currently in has never been easier.

If you’ve deiced to go down under to watch the prestigious event, all you must do is connect to a secure VPN server in Australia, create an account with 9Now, and the world and its celebrities are your oyster. Similarly, it’s likely that Indian streaming service, Hotstar, will be covering this year’s Oscars for next to nothing, as it has in previous years.

Again, accessing Hotstar coverage requires users to simply connect to an Indian server, assuming their VPN has such a thing, which our three best VPNs for streaming the Oscars inevitably do, then create an account and pay for your subscription. The cheapest Hotstar option will cost you just 299 rupees per year – the equivalent of around $4.21 – while the premium service will cost you a whopping $14 or 999 rupees annually.

Our Oscars 2020 Nomination Predictions

Best Picture

Previous Academy Award winner, Quentin Tarantino, looks set to earn himself another nomination for his latest comedy-drama, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with its celebrity line-up including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. To do that, however, he’ll have to fight off some tough competition, including that posed by Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama, The Irishman, starring established Hollywood big guns, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci.

Best Actor

Stars of both Marriage Story and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are in the running for the highly sought-after best actor nominations, with Adam Driver and Leonardo DiCaprio both receiving a lot of media interest. Whether their performances will be enough to defeat Bafta’s favorite, Joaquin Phoenix’s “ferocious, feral performance” in The Joker remains to be seen.

Best Actress

Last year’s winner, Olivia Coleman barely figured in the nominations at all so there’s no reason for Lupita Nyong’o to give up on the possibility of securing her first Academy Award for her role in the horror movie, Us. Among the favorites for the coveted Best Actress award are Rene Zellweger for her portrayal of Judy Garland in the biographical drama, Judy, and Golden Globe Award winner, Awkwafina for her role in the comedy-drama, The Farewell.

Best Director

With Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino in the running, it seems unlikely anyone will get a look-in, although Sam Mendes seems in with a chance for hispoetic depiction of the horrors of trench warfare in the acclaimed 1917. New Zealand director, Taika Waititi is something of a long shot despite the critical acclaim his daring comedy-drama, Jojo Rabbit has received to date, but could upset the applecart and steal this highly sought-after title away from the Hollywood big guns.


With some of the biggest names in Hollywood shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination, missing out on this landmark event could well be something you live to regret. Given that the Oscars 2020 will be televised, available on social media, and even covered for free on some streaming sites, there’s no excuse for missing out.

In previous years, the Critics’ Choice Awards have been a good indication of which stars and movies are in line for a coveted Oscar. That means you can get a sneak preview of this year’s most likely nominations and make sure your VPN is working effectively before the 2020 Oscars. Tune into ETOnline on Sunday 12th January and find out if Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman manages to steal the Best Picture award away from Tarantino and his fetishistic celebration of late ‘60s Hollywood.

It’s not just the awards ceremony itself that attracts a lot of attention and viewers = the red carpet is the place to check out the latest fashions and fashion statements. After Jennifer Lopez appeared on the Golden Globes red carpet looking like a delectable birthday present, we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us at the Oscars next month.

Wherever you happen to be in the world on 9th February, you should be able to live-stream some, if not all, of this Hollywood annual highlight. A solid VPN like ExpressVPN will make access all the easier, especially if you’re traveling to some obscure part of the world at the time. Do whatever you need to do but don’t miss this landmark event! There are no excuses – only regrets.

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