Where to Stream Hollywood's Finest
Another Oscar season is at a close, and now that the winners are announced, you may be curious to watch the Academy's favorite films (and to check out the nominees that didn't win).
Not all the films are available to view now. But you can stream Coco, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, Mudbound, The Big Sick and many other entries from the Best Documentary and Best Animated Feature categories.
Here's a list of the Academy Award nominees you can stream right now on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes and more.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Won: Best Supporting Actor, Best ActressNominated for: Best Picture, Original Screenplay
Frances McDormand is nominated for Best Actress thanks to this somber, often hilarious film about revenge and grief. When the local cops stop searching for the men who killed her daughter, McDormand’s Mildred purchases ad space on three billboards to call them out. Mildred is not always polite, and neither is her billboard message. In fact, it’s downright humiliating to the police chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and his deputy (Sam Rockwell), both of whom are struggling with their own demons in ways that are sometimes funny, sometimes shocking. Rockwell’s turn as the violent, racist and downright dumb officer Dixon earned him the Best Supporting Actor nomination. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is available for digital purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Fandango Now and Vudu.
Credit: Merrick Morton
Nominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, Director and Original Screenplay
Quirky, defiant and determined — that describes the Sacramento teenager Lady Bird, who wants nothing more than to break free from the shadow cast by her parents and her hometown. Is the shadow all that dark? Not really, but Lady Bird (who gave herself the nickname) wants out regardless. Fighting to protect, and simultaneously push, her daughter is Lady Bird’s mom, played by the always-talented Laurie Metcalf. Thanks to writer and director Greta Gerwig, this coming-of-age tale has an original voice and loads of authenticity. Gerwig grew up in Sacramento, and loosely based the script on her own plodding path to young adulthood. Purchase a digital version of Lady Bird on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Fandango Now and the PlayStation network.
Credit: Merie Wallace
Won: Best Makeup and Hair, Lead ActorNominated for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design
Gary Oldman delivers the greatest performance of his career in this biography of famed WWII leader Winston Churchill. Like a certain other Best Picture nominee, Darkest Hour builds to the zero-hour rescue of Allied soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. This film zooms in tight on Churchill, whose willingness to wage war with Nazi Germany was a lonely whisper against the frightened shouts for peace within British parliament. Oldman coaxed legendary makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji out of retirement for this film. Now, they're both up for Oscars in their respective categories. Darkest Hour is available for digital purchase at Amazon.
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Won: Best Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound MixingNominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography
Whereas Darkest Hour explores the need for political strength, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk weaves a tale of personal courage against the hopelessness of war. The film follows three storylines: a British soldier sandwiched between German kill-squads and the ocean, a father and two teenage boys who ride the family boat into a haphazard rescue mission, and a British Air Force pilot caught in a dogfight with German Luftwaffe planes. Part of Dunkirk's magic is its magnetic storytelling. In a feat of precision editing, the three stories fit together in a way that makes it impossible to stop watching. You can stream Dunkirk on a number of platforms including Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Redbox On Demand, Vudu and more.
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Won: Best Original ScreenplayNominated for: Best Picture, Lead Actor, Best Director
When the world heard that Jordan Peele (of the comedy sketch duo Key and Peele) directed a horror movie about a black man meeting the parents of his white girlfriend, there was a noticeable record-scratch moment. The record scratches continue well into the film, as Chris (played with relatable terror by Daniel Kaluuya) slowly realizes that his unease in the uncomfortably comfortable home of the Armitage family is very, very justified. Peele took a quirky concept on race, slavery and social faux pas, then turned it into the freshest idea to hit mainstream movies in a long time.You can watch Get Out with HBO Go and HBO Now, or purchase a digital download at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and more. It's also available to rent via Redbox On Demand.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Nominated for: Lead Actor
Staring down the barrel of his third Best Actor award nomination, Denzel Washington plays Los Angeles criminal attorney Roman Israel in this character-focused film. Despite Roman's the-revolution-will-not-be-televised afro, aviator glasses and mix-'n'-match three-piece suits, he is, indeed, a man who lives in the present day. He's just a relic of the civil-rights-era '70s, still filled with the fast-talking, insult-slinging, hustle-to-live mentality that fueled his youth. As a result, he's too awkward and unusual to get a job. To play this socially maladjusted, one-of-a-kind legal savant, Washington switches off his familiar charm. This isn't your mom's Denzel; the talented actor really stretches his legs into a kind of performance we haven't seen from him before. Roman J. Israel, Esq. is available for digital purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Fandango Now, the PlayStation Store, and Vudu.
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The Florida Project
Nominated for: Supporting Actor
Set in a rundown motel just outside of Orlando, The Florida Project follows the city-kid adventures of 6-year-old Moonee. Her mom, Halley, works as a stripper to pay the $38 bucks a night required to rent a motel room, but there's no telling how long she can keep it up. Moonee's carefree childhood is completely intact, though, thanks to the motel's avuncular landlord, Bobby. Willem Dafoe infuses Bobby with on-the-street likeability and the weariness of a bothered, pained caretaker, who loves his wards even if he didn't ask to be responsible for them. Dafoe's up for Best Supporting Actor. The Florida Project is available to rent or buy on a number of digital services.
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Nominated for: Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography
Farming life for these two families — one black, one white — in 1940s Mississippi isn't easy. But with a local KKK squad on the rise and a new set of city laws designed to keep the black community down in the mud financially, things are a little tougher for one of those families. Still, director Dee Rees and writer Virgil Williams celebrate the commonality between the two families, even in such morally bankrupt times. Mudbound is an adaptation of a novel by Hillary Jordan, and critics adored both the screenplay and the performances — especially the one from singer Mary J. Blige. Her role as the matriarch of the black family earned her an Oscar nod for Supporting Actress. Mudbound is available to stream on Netflix.
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The Disaster Artist
Won: Best Adapted Screenplay
I challenge you to find a “movie” as nonsensical, poorly acted and so-bad-it’s-hilarious as the 2003 film,The Room. Leave it to Hollywood oddball James Franco to make a movie about that movie, which is so awful, we still talk about it how crappy it is 15 years later. Franco stars as the all-around weirdo Tommy Wiseau, and tells the story of how Wiseau directed, wrote and starred in his "masterpiece." The Disaster Artist presents Wiseau as a creator who dared to dream, then failed with such magnificence that he actually looped back around into some kind of success. Purchase The Disaster Artist on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Fandango Now and Vudu.
Credit: Justina Mintz
Won: Animated Feature
A jubilant celebration of Mexican culture, Coco is the story of Miguel Rivera, a little boy who loves to play the guitar. It's too bad he's born to a practical family, whose members have banished music from their lives. When the family discovers Miguel's secret love, his grandmother smashes his instrument, sending him on a quest through the Land of the Dead to replace his guitar. Pixar filmmakers expanded the Mexican Día de Muertos celebration into a vibrant, detailed version of the afterlife in which all lost relatives continue to live their daily lives — just in cartoonish, skeletal form. Miguel's emotional journey takes him through his own family history, exploring how music defines our traditions and can create family bonds along the way. Purchase Coco digitally on Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu.
Nominated for: Best Animated Feature
Don’t be fooled by The Breadwinner’s Disney-safe, cut-paper animation style — the movie’s plot is harrowing and suspenseful. Set in an Afghanistan city where the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban is a looming presence, The Breadwinner follows Parvana: a green-eyed young girl whose father is the household's sole wage-earner. When the Taliban kidnaps her dad (his penchant for books and education make a visible target), Parvana seeks him out. It’s forbidden for women and girls to walk the street without a male companion, so she cuts her hair to pass as a boy for her journey. If only a simple haircut could guarantee her safety, as well as the return of stability to her home. The Breadwinner is available to stream on Netflix and available to rent on Fandango Now and iTunes. You can also purchase it digitally on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and other services.
The Boss Baby
Nominated for: Animated Feature
When Mom and Dad aren't looking, a wildy precocious infant walks, talks and takes business calls. He's essentially the undercover boss of a household that's already running ragged to change his diapers and supply his midnight feedings. The Boss Baby provides a surprisingly strong metaphor in a fun family movie, bolstered by superb digital animation. Alec Baldwin voices the titular Boss Baby, with a sly Wall Street affect that's more pronounced and nuanced than that of the CEO he played on the sitcom 30 Rock. Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Tobey Maguire also lend their vocal talents. The Boss Baby is available to stream on Netflix, and can be rented or purchased at Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation, and Vudu.
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Nominated for: Animated Feature
None of this year's nominees for Animated Feature can boast the accomplishment of Loving Vincent. This 90-minute film is a series of frame-by-frame oil paintings, each one done in the thick, rippled strokes of Vincent van Gogh's signature painting style. The artist's death is the movie's subject; his art, on the other hand, is a canvas to explore the sense of madness and confusion surrounding what we know of his life. The movie starts a year after the painter's 1890 passing, when the son of a postmaster must deliver a letter to the surviving van Gogh brother, and winds up playing amateur detective. Rent Loving Vincent on Amazon, Google Play, the PlayStation store, and Vudu.
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Nominated for: Adapted Screenplay
Hugh Jackman has played Logan, everyone's favorite member of the X-Men superhero team, since 2000. After 18 years and nine movies, Jackman's take on the gruff, cranky hero with metal claws in his fists gets a fitting sunset. Loosely adapted from the comic books that chronicle Logan's days as a much older man, this R-rated film is a gory action-fest, but one that also tells the emotionally resonant story of a lost, aging and failing hero who has to learn how to fight one last time. Stream Logan on HBO Go or HBO Now, or buy it on Amazon, Apple, or Google Play.
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The Big Sick
Nominated for: Original Screenplay
Moviegoers often speak of the need for original films with personal stories, and The Big Sick was the best movie to plug that empty hole this year. It's the story of a relationship between a Pakistani comedian and a graduate student who heckles him during one of his shows. And it's written by a Pakistani comedian and the now-graduated student who married him. Sure, husband-wife writing team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon wrote a movie about their own courtship, but when your earnest romance survives a deeply traditional Muslim family, the pressure of arranged marriage and medically induced comas, it's a funny story you've gotta tell. Watch the couples' story on Amazon Prime Video, or rent it on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu.
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Blade Runner 2049
Won: Best Cinematography
It's no surprise that Blade Runner 2049 clinched a nomination for the Cinematography award. The panning shots of impressive, foreboding future-scapes helped define the first Blade Runner. This follow-up, set 30 years later, doubles down on the sprawling city views (not to mention the androids-hiding-as-humans storyline). There's a rainy vision of 2049 L.A., with massive, blocky superstructures that disappear into storm clouds; a garbage dump as large and long as a small state; and an overhead tracking shot of a farm that's futuristic, lonely and beautiful all at once. You can rent Blade Runner 2049 on a number of services.
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Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Nominated for: Documentary Feature
Of all the companies that could have been punished for the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus, a small New York bank owned by a family of Chinese immigrants, seems the least likely to take the fall. Wrong. In Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, documentarian Steve James retraces the story of this family business and its five-year court battle. Abacus was the one and only bank prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. for mortgage fraud. Abacus: Too Small to Jail is stream-ready at Amazon Prime Video and is available for rent or purchase at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.
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Won: Documentary Feature
Bryan Fogel sought to document the ease with which athletes can take illegal performance-enhancers and still pass drug tests. Then he met the former head of Russia's anti-doping organization and uncovered the biggest international sports conspiracy in history. The reverberations of Fogel's film led to the disqualification of 47 Russian athletes who were supposed to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Watch Icarus now on Netflix.
Last Men in Aleppo
Nominated for: Documentary Feature
Aleppo is a city in Syria wracked by five years of bombings and civil war. When you see it in this documentary, it's more ruin than city. It's also still home to countless Syrians, even though it's so shattered that many of the apartment buildings no longer have facades or walls. A team of volunteers — they call themselves White Hats — have stayed behind to help provide emergency-rescue services to residents who choose to (or have no choice but to) live in the middle of a war zone. The people portrayed in the documentary could succumb to the grief of all Aleppo has lost, but the power that drives the White Hats is the hope of saving a life, even it's just one. Watch Last Men in Aleppo now on Netflix, or rent it in iTunes.
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Nominated for: Documentary Feature
In 1992, a 24-year-old school teacher named William Ford Jr. was shot in the heart outside a Long Island, New York, mechanic's shop. He died, and a jury decided not to indict his killer. In a cultural moment that discusses how the U.S. legal system changes based on the races of the perpetrator and the victim, Strong Island pans past societal questions and steadies the camera on the Ford family itself. Over the decades, their struggle to deal with the grief and regrets of William's death has left deep marks, and that's just as important as any part of the discussion. Stream Strong Island on Netflix.