The time is just about here, when all of our favorite celebrities gather in one room to celebrate the amazing films produced in the past year. Even though the awards shows we've seen so far in 2015 have given us some clues as to who will walk home with the trophies at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, you never really know until the envelope is opened and the name is announced (and in the case of presenters like John Travolta, even then you might not know who the name is). So if you're looking forward to those big moments when the winners names are called, but find yourself without a TV at the time of the show, how are you supposed to watch it? Here are your best (legal) bets for streaming the 2015 Oscars online.
The Oscars are airing on ABC at 8:30 p.m. ET, so the network's accompanying site will provide a live-stream of the award show. The only catch is you have to have one of the following cable providers: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, or AT&T U-verse. If you have one of those providers — great! — but now you have to be located in one of these areas: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, or Fresno.
If you apply to those restrictions, you should have no problem watching The Oscars online at ABC.com. Just go to the "Watch Live" tab and input your provider information. Once you do that, you'll also have access to behind-the-scenes cameras, so you can always have eyes on Benedict Cumberbatch.
Watch ABC App
For those who are going to be mobile during The Oscars, your iPad (or tablet) is your best friend. Much like the website from above, the Watch ABC app provides the same coverage as ABC.com. Unfortunately, the same restrictions apply, but if you fit the bill, you can just tap on over to "Watch Live" during the show and watch away.
Official Oscars Website
Even though The Oscars' website won't have a complete stream of the entire award show, this is your best bet for catching the best moments during the show. Likewise, you can access the Watch ABC options through the Oscars' site, if you live in the right place and subscribe to the right cable company. For those who can't take advantage of ABC's streams, I promise I won't say the phrase "Watch ABC" anymore. Starting now.
Even though you won't watch The Oscars show, you can bet that people are going to be live-tweeting the hell out of the night. With updates on winners, speech quotes, and videos of acceptance speeches — and that one college friend who thinks they are Twitter's Next Stand-Up Comedian — Twitter won't let you down.
The Red Carpet On EOnline.com
If you only care about the fashion and watching Bradley Cooper tower over Ryan Seacrest, simply head on over to E! Online, and click "Red Carpet," beginning at 5:27 p.m. ET.