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It’s the glitziest, most showbiz night of the year, except this year, not quite so glitzy.
COVID-19 restrictions may have dampened some of the razzmatazz around the 93rd Academy Awards, with a smaller red carpet, fewer guests and on-stage kissing cut down to an absolute minimum. But the annual ceremony is still likely to garner significant attention from around the world.
As ever, ABC will be be broadcasting the telecast in the U.S. But for those overseas, there’s a multitude of ways to watch the action, with the ceremony being televised live across more than 225 countries and territories.
Canadians, like cross-border Americans, love the Oscars telecast, which traditionally has been just behind the Super Bowl championship NFL game in ratings. For this year’s COVID-impacted broadcast of Hollywood’s biggest night, coming partially from Los Angeles’ Union Station, national network CTV and its CTV.ca app will return with blanket coverage into primetime.
That starts at 2 p.m. ET with E!’s Daily Pop: Oscars 2021, followed by E!’s Brunch At The Oscars at 3 p.m. ET. Then, at 5:00 p.m. ET, Canadian viewers will get a chance to view E! Live From The Red Carpet: Oscars 2021.
At 6:30 p.m. ET, there will be more red carpet arrivals coverage with ABC’s Oscars: Into The Spotlight, followed at 7 p.m. ET with the locally produced eTalk Previews The Oscars show for movie fans and celebrity watchers alike.
eTalk will be the only Canadian entertainment news show to secure a spot on the Oscars’ red carpet this year. At 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, CTV and its digital apps will air the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony itself live as it uses the ABC feed, to be followed by an eTalk recap show.
United Kingdom and Ireland
With a high number of British stars and films in the running this year — including Anthony Hopkins, Riz Ahmed, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Olivia Colman — there’s likely to be considerable interest from across the Atlantic (pre-coronavirus, the Academy traditionally held a popular viewing party in central London).
Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky once again holds the exclusive rights, and will be kicking off coverage from 10 p.m. local time on its special Oscars pop-up channel Sky Cinema Oscars, with the ceremony itself starting at 1 a.m. A highlight reel with follow on Sky One.
Should any U.K.-based Brits win on the night, local viewers may recognize the background, with the Academy having set up a remote site at London’s BFI Southbank for nominees unable to get to LA.
Germany and Austria
Sky is also carrying the Oscars show across its German and Austrian channels, with coverage starting at 11 p.m. local time.
Non-Sky subscribers in Germany can also watch the event on free-to-air network ProSieben. The long-time Academy Awards broadcast partner is one of eight international teams that have been given access to the Oscar red carpet.
The channel will start carrying its Oscar coverage via livestream from 12.40 am Monday morning, German time, with regular awards host Steven Gätjen. You can watch here.
The Oscars are again airing live on French pay TV channel CanalPlus, which holds the exclusive rights to the ceremony in the country, and its myCanal streaming service. A pre-ceremony special starts at 11.55 p.m. Sunday night, with the ceremony live from 2-5.30 a.m.
With the nine-hour time difference, French film fans have in the past also enjoyed an Oscars highlights show on CanalPlus on late Monday evening.
Like in London, the Academy has set up a base in Paris for local nominees who couldn’t make it to the LA ceremony. THR understands that Florian Zeller director and co-writer of The Father (six nominations, including best film and best adapted screenplay) will be among those attending.
Viewers in Scandinavia — who may be hoping for victories for Another Round in the best international category or “Husavik” for best original song (named after an Icelandic town but co-written by two Swedes) — can watch the Academy Awards live on their local public broadcaster, with Denmark on TV (from 11.20 p.m. Sunday), on YLE in Finland (on from 1.30 a.m. Monday), in Sweden on SVT (svt.se), and on RUV in Iceland. In Norway, the show will be carried by the Modern Times Group on its commercial networks TV3 (tv3.no) and TV6 (tv6.no).
Premium cable operator Wowow, which has carried the Oscars ceremony since 2000, will once again air it on its Prime channel. Wowow’s broadcast will begin with live red carpet coverage at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning local time, followed by ceremony at 8:30 a.m.
The Japanese broadcast will be presented by regular host Jon Kabira, with newcomer Misato Ugaki by his side. They will be joined in the studio by special guests including pop star Kento Nakajima, actress Mayuko Kawakita and filmmaker Isao Yukisada. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama will be a remote guest offering occasional commentary. The broadcast will be bilingual, allowing viewers to switch between Japanese or English. A subtitled repeat is set for 9 p.m. Monday.
TV Chosun, a cable network operated by one of South Korea’s major newspapers, will air the Oscars live for the third year running, after replacing CJ E&M, which had aired the ceremony for eight straight years. Beginning at 9 a.m. local time, the broadcast will be hosted by famed film critic Lee Dong-jin and Hyun-mo Ahn, a veteran TV host who is also a simultaneous interpreter.
Following the historic success of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite at the 92nd Oscars, all of South Korean will be holding its breath to see if veteran Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn can pull off a repeat in the best supporting actress category for Minari.
Disney’s Star India will air the Oscars on its Star Movies and Star World channels live at 5:30 a.m. Monday. The coverage also will be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar. A primetime repeat will air on the same channels later in the evening at 8:30 p.m.
Channel 7 is now established as the Oscars’ home down under, having taken over from Nine Network a few years ago. The ceremony starts 10 a.m. local time on Monday, with a prime time encore at 9.30 p.m.
For the pre-awards red carpet coverage, the E! Channel on Foxtel will be admiring/critiquing the fashion from 7 a.m. local time on Monday.
Many regional eyes will be looking to see if The Present, the short film from British-Palestinian director Farah Nabulsi, can replicate its BAFTA triumph. But they’ll need to stay up late to do so. Regional pay-TV network OSN once again has the rights, with coverage starting from half past midnight on Monday morning on its OSN Movies channel. However, the ceremony doesn’t start until 3 a.m. local time.
For the full roundup of international broadcasters showing the ceremony, the Academy has a list here.
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