Here Is Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Oscars

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards are happening In just a few hours!

The highly anticipated star-studded event is creeping up on us and Celeb Secrets wants to prepare you for the jammed-packed evening full of cutting-edge talent, glitz, glamour, and comedy. The 2021 Oscars will be held Sunday, April 25 at 8PM ET/5PM PT ABC. 

After delaying the ceremony by two months to accommodate films released in 2020, the Academy Awards are FINALLY giving movie enthusiasts a taste of normalcy as they hold a full-fledged in-person event. However, the night will look a bit different this year, as the group is taking a new approach to grab their audience’s attention. 

According to The New York Times, the Academy saw a record-low audience of 23.6 million. Now, executives are taking the proper measures to boost their ratings, as they predict viewership to decrease even further this year to maybe only half that number. 

Now, some of Hollywood’s elite will be accepting their awards from the Dolby Theater. Although to maintain CDC guidelines – the ceremony will also be held at the Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Nominees who reside overseas will have the opportunity to call in from hubs around the world including London and Paris. 

Whether you tune in for the pre-show coverage, the fire fashion, the short and to-the-point speeches from A-list celebrities, or even for the  clips from state-of-the-art movies, we got you covered! 

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What are The Oscars?

The 93rd Academy Awards recognizes the best in Hollywood for their artistic and technical merit in the film industry. The Oscars goes down in history as the most recognized and prestigious awards in entertainment. International thespians are also legible for the golden Oscar, which is given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AMPAS first held their legendary ceremony back in 1929 at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Shortly after, the significant night hit the radio airwaves in 1930 and was televised for the very first time in 1953.

The Oscars are the oldest of the four major annual American entertainment awards – Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, and Grammy Awards.

Are the Oscars the same thing as the Academy Awards?


How can I watch the Oscars Awards? 

Grab your popcorn and pour the bubbly because the star-studded evening will air LIVE at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific on ABC. 

If you don’t have cable, don’t worry because you can stream the glamorous ceremony from or from the ABC app. Depending on where you are in the world, there’s also Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, or FuboTV – which require subscriptions. 

Is there a red carpet? 

YES! The official Academy Awards will be hosting a pre-show, “Oscars: Into the Spotlight.,” which begins at 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT. American actress, Ariana DeBose and comedian and actor Lil Rel Howery will be hosting the fun-filled festivities before the show. The two will be taking you behind the scenes and giving you an inside scoop on red carpet interviews. If you catch the pre-show, you will get several prerecorded performances of each of the five nominees for the “best original song.”

The pre-show performers include Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, and Diane Warren. The group of talented singers will be performing from the soon-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The Academy is taking it up a notch and streaming in Molly Sanden from Iceland. Sanden is a Swedish singer, who will be performing “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest.

Regarding the red carpet, we are preparing ourselves to see fewer stars as usual – as they are keeping it close-knit and small due to COVID-19. However, head on over to the E! network at 3 p.m. Eastern for exclusive interviews and breathtaking fashion from some of your favorite celebrities.

Who is hosting?

Can we get a drum roll, please…..NO ONE! Yes, you read that correctly.

The Academy Awards have been going hostless since 2019 when Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting duties amid criticism of his pat insensitive tweets. In 2020, the show went on without a host and the 2021 ceremony will do the same!

Who are the big nominees?

While watching the Oscars, you may hear some familiar film names that earned recognition at following award shows like the Golden Globes and Critics Choice, like NomadlandMankOne Night in Miami, and The Trail of the Chicago 7 

This year, Netflix’s film Mank is entering the night with the most nominations in ten categories ­ – “Best Picture,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,” “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,” and more. Following close behind Mank with six nominations each are The FatherJudas, and The Black MessiahMinariNomadlandSound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The late legend, Chadwick Boseman is predicted to take home the win for “Best Actor” for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black BottomIf Boseman wins the category, it will make him one of eight performers who have earned the Academy Award nomination posthumously, and the only black actor. After receiving recognition at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, Nomadland has a strong chance of winning “Best Picture” at the 93rd Academy Awards. 

While you are watching the ceremony, keep in mind the history is currently being made! For the first time ever, two men of Asian descent are up for “Best Actor” – Steven Yeun from Minari and Riz Ahmed for his role in Sound of Metal.

Here are some other historic moments to look out for:

– 83-years-old, Anthony Hopkins is now the oldest nominee for “Best Actor” for his moving role in The Father.

Yuh-Jung Youn is the first Korean nominated for an acting Oscar.

Viola Davis became the most-nominated female actor…EVER.

Chloé Zhao from Nomadland is the first Chinese woman and the first woman of color t be nominated for “Best Director”

See our FULL list of Oscar predictions HERE!

Who is presenting? 

The 93rd annual Academy Awards has a long list of A-list presenters – Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Hot, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya will be handing out awards.

Don’t forget: the 93rd Academy Awards air LIVE TONIGHT, April 25th @ 8PM ET/5PM PT on ABC.


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