Tonight the 89th Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will play out under a dark shadow following this morning’s news that Bill Paxton passed away at the age of 61 following complications from heart surgery. Paxton would be the first to say the show must go on and it certainly will.
ABC will broadcast The Oscars on TV and offer a live stream. Find out how to watch Academy Awards 2017 online free live streaming and our winners predictions for the big categories.
Best Actor in a Leading Role will be between Denzel Washington (Fences), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic). I’m going to go with Denzel Washington but wouldn’t be surprised if Casey Affleck snags it.
Best Actress in a Leading Role includes Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). This is a tough one but I’m going to go with Emma Stone as the popular choice.
Best Actor in a supporting role features Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Ali should have this one wrapped up.
Best Actress in a supporting role is between Viola Davis (Fences), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Nicole Kidman (Lion), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea). I’m going with an upset here and picking Octavia Spencer.
Best Picture nominees include Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. I have to go with La La Land as it checks off every box the Academy loves.
Last but not least is Best Director and I have no doubt that Damien Chazelle will win for La La Land.
The start time for the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony after the red carpet festivities conclude is 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST.
ABC is continuing their streak of offering Academy Awards 2017 live streaming via the Watch ABC app on tablets, smart phones and other mobile Internet connected devices through Dish Network, DirecTV, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber, and other big providers. The catch is that you will need a satellite or cable provider in order to watch the Oscars live stream, and ABC is not offering an alternative means for cord cutters to buy the Oscars this evening a-la-carte.
Those on the Internet via computers and laptops can also tune into the Oscars at the official Watch ABC live online streaming free website that also requires a provider login. This access is not available everywhere so you will need to check here to make sure you can watch The Oscars live stream where you live.