The Academy Awards, more frequently dubbed the Oscars, are more than an event – they’re a nationwide phenomenon. It’s little surprise, then, that as technology advances, so does the number of ways viewers can take in the entire thing. From the red carpet to interviews to the award show itself, the Web has become an invaluable resource for any true Oscars fans. Here are some of the best ways you can view the Academy Awards online.

  • The Official Oscars Site will offer live streaming, but it also goes well beyond that. You can check out “special cameras” that go backstage for exclusive interviews, or simply explore the site to get all the information you need on the nominees and awards.
  • YouTube’s Oscar Channel features a huge lineup of video only content of several exclusive interviews, outtakes, and other clips.
  • Livestream has a page devoted to the event. Visiting it now will allow users to revisit broadcasts of earlier related events, such as the Nominee Lunch.
  • While AP Live is made up primarily of content embedded from Livestream, the site organizes it all effectively and compiles a lot of other useful data, links, news, and more.
  • ABC, the channel you would normally visit on one of those antique picture viewing boxes if you wanted to catch the show, has also compiled videos and will be showing the event. Their “get to know the nominees” section of videos is especially impressive.
  • TV Guide’s sub-site is perfect for those who want to focus on the fashion of the event. In addition to providing some exclusive commentary during the “red carpet” phase of things, the site has videos from prior years that will help prep fashionistas on what to expect.
  • The Yahoo Movie’s page for the Oscars continues Yahoo’s grand tradition of devoting itself to entertainment before all else. A list of nominees, useful links, and polls fleshes out this page nicely.

While there are several others sites which allow live streaming of the event, the links listed above are both free and provide additional content for real fans of this entertainment mega-event. Several of the sites listed above even provide full versions of the event from previous years, allowing for the perfect “recap show” leading up to your Oscar Party this year.

The 2011 Academy Awards will be the 83rd of its kind, and will be hosted by James Franco (127 Hours, Eat Pray Love, Spiderman) and Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Alice in Wonderland, Get Smart). Other presenters include Nicole Kidman, Jeff Bridges, Mandy Moore, Hugh Jackman, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Oprah Winfrey. with performances from Gwyneth Paltrow, Zachary Levi, and Florence Welch. The coveted “best picture” nominees include The Fighter, Toy Story 3, Black Swan, True Grit, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, The Social Network, and Winter’s Bone. Those interested in exploring the other nominees will want to check out the official sites linked above.

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Academy Awards : Watch the 2011 Oscars Online