The Academy Awards are tonight, but unless you’re comfortable with a sketchy streaming website, you’ll have to turn on the TV to see them. While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a large YouTube presence and its own Livestream.com account, it will not host a stream of the event itself, preferring to offer long form peripheral events instead.
The Livestream page is currently open and will remain so leading up to the show. It offers several symposiums with nominated filmmakers in niche and technical categories, all of which are also available on the Oscars YouTube channel.
The remaining new content on the YouTube channel is a series of promotional shorts featuring Seth MacFarlane, who will host the show. By accruing over 121,000 subscribers, the Academy has carved out a nice little online presence for itself, but not hosting a live stream seems like a mistake. After all, when you look at the success of the official live stream of the most recent Super Bowl, the potential audience for such a platform becomes clear.
Still, it’s not the end of the world. If you don’t have access to a TV, you could always just skip the show. I’m happy to use my sagely predictive powers to tell you what will happen: The biopic will win everything, while the nominated movie that you love will not do so well. That’s the way it goes down every year at the Oscars.