The 2017 Oscar nominees were announced on Jan. 24, and fans were finally able to see which of their favorite films and performances earned the attention of the Academy. A very diverse crop of actors picked up nominations, ensuring there will be no #OscarsSoWhite controversy this year, and critical darling La La Land led the way with a record-tying 14 nominations. So now that fans know who is nominated, it's time to figure out how to actually watch the ceremony, aka how to stream the 2017 Oscars.
The most official way to stream the ceremony is on ABC's website, which offers a livestream for a number of major markets. However, in order to do this, you have to sign in to your TV provider, meaning that cord-cutters won't be able to use this service. And given that people with cable can just watch the show on their television, ABC's website doesn't really make for the best solution (unless someone lends you their log in credentials) for those looking to stream the show. There is another way to see the Oscar ceremony, though...
You can watch it on TV. While mostly a forgotten relic of an earlier time, broadcast television is still perfectly free and legal to anyone who wants to watch it. I know, crazy. All you need is a digital antenna, which you can pick up on Amazon for between $10 and $30. You plug it into your TV, move it around, and voila! Now you can watch the Oscars on ABC, live on Feb. 26, for free.
It's pretty disappointing that the Oscars, which are broadcast for free on TV, can't be watched online for free as well. You would think that, in 2017, free television content would be streaming online for free without having to pay for cable to do so, but society just isn't there yet in most cases. Maybe next year the Oscars will stream for free online, but for now, it looks like you'll have to hit up your parents for their Time Warner password.