Where to Watch This Year’s Oscar Nominated Films

Oscar season began with the nominations that were announced last week. The ceremony will air on March 27 on ABC with Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes set to host the event. This marks the first time three women will be hosting the Academy Awards.

Ten films are competing for Best Picture this year among which Netflix’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ bagged the most nominations (twelve in total) and Apple TV+ received its first Oscar nomination for Best Picture with its original film ‘CODA’.

Wish to catch up on the Oscar nominees before the winners are announced? Here’s a round-up listicle of the nominees available on streaming platforms.


Directed by Kenneth Branagh, ‘Belfast’ is a black-and-white movie that follows a nine-year-old boy and his Protestant family in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. It is a period of unrest that began in the 1960s. This is between Catholics and Protestants. The film stars Jamie Dornan, Ford vs Ferrari’s Caitriona Balfe, Game of Thrones’ Ciarán Hinds, Jude Hill, Skyfall’s Judi Dench, Artemis Fowl’s Lara McDonnell and more!

Nominated for: Ciarán Hinds (Best Supporting Actor), Judy Dench (Best Supporting Actress) (becoming the oldest ever nominee for Best Supporting Actress), Best Sound, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Director (Kenneth Branagh) and Best Original Song (“Down to Joy” by Van Morrison).

Where to Stream/Rent: Vudu | Amazon | Apple TV | YouTube



‘CODA’ is an acronym for “child of deaf adults.” This coming-of-age movie sees Ruby, a child of deaf adults (hence CODA), devoting much of her life to helping her family business on a fishing boat with her father and brother. She operates as the family translator and avoids most other social interactions. Ruby’s family learns how to navigate change when Ruby is encouraged to pursue music and forge her own path in this movie. It made history with Troy Kotsur becoming the first deaf man nominated for an acting Oscar.

Nominated for: Troy Kotsur (Best Supporting Actor), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture

Where to Stream/Rent: Apple TV+


Don’t Look Up

Featuring an all-star cast, Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ is an apocalyptic satire wherein things are bleak as a comet threatens to destroy the Earth and no one cares. Astronomers (played by Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio) discover a comet headed toward Earth and try to warn humanity before it’s too late by reaching out to every possible avenue to try to save the planet. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, and Timothée Chalamet.

Nominated for: Nicholas Britell (Best Original Score), Adam McKay and David Sirota (Best Original Screenplay), Best Film Editing, Best Picture

Where to Stream/Rent: Netflix


Drive My Car

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, this brilliant Japanese film has been adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story. It follows a widowed theater director and actor, who is offered a two-month residency at a theater in Hiroshima. There he will oversee a multi-lingual production of ‘Uncle Vanya’ and so the actor turns to his go-to mechanic.

The mechanic ends up recommending a 20-year-old girl in ‘Drive My Car’ which focuses on the drive to Hiroshima in addition to the rehearsal process. Despite their initial misgivings, the two develop a very special relationship.

Nominated for: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe (Best Adapted Screenplay), Best International Feature Film, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Best Director), and Best Picture.

Where to Stream/Rent: HBO Max March 2 onwards.



Featuring a stellar cast including Timothée Chalamet, Euphoria’s Zendaya, the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin, ‘Being The Ricardos’ star Javier Bardem, Chernobyl’s Stellan Skarsgard, and more, ‘Dune’ is a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this film is about Paul Atreides – the heir to a noble family. He must watch over the deadly planet Arrakis.

Nominated for: Best Costume Design, Hans Zimmer (Best Original Score), Best Sound, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth (Best Adapted Screenplay), Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Picture.

Where to Stream/Rent: Amazon Prime Video | Vudu | Apple TV | YouTube


King Richard

‘King Richard’ looks at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams, who was determined to write his daughters into history.

This film is based on the true story that will inspire the world, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, Demi Singleton as Serena Williams, Saniyya Sidney as Venus Williams, Aunjanue Ellis as Brandi Williams, and Jon Bernthal as Rick Macci in the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately deliver two of the world’s greatest sports legends.

Nominated for: Aunjanue Ellis (Best Supporting Actress), Zach Baylin (Best Original Screenplay), Will Smith (Best Actor in a Leading Role), Best Film Editing, Be Alive” (“King Richard”), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson (Best Original Song) and Best Picture.

Where to Stream/Rent: Amazon Prime Video | Vudu | Apple TV | Google Play | HBO Max


Nightmare Alley

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, ‘Nightmare Alley’ is a noir-inspired adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 book. Starring Bradley Cooper as a carnival mentalist. Cooper’s character works with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) to pull off his most dangerous con yet. This film also features Heriditary’s Toni Collette, Nomadland’s David Strathairn, Mary Magdalene’s Rooney Mara, Spider-Man’s Willem Dafoe, Paul Anderson (‘Peaky Blinders’, and more!

Nominated for: Best Costume Design, Dan Laustsen (Best Cinematography), Best Production Design, and Best Picture.

Where to Stream/Rent: HBO Max | Hulu


The Power of the Dog

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a domineering rancher in ‘The Power of the Dog’ written and directed by Jane Campion.

An adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, Cumberbatch’s character – Phil responds with mocking cruelty when his brother brings home a new wife and her son. He spends a summer taunting his sister-in-law’s son (Peter, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) because of his intellect and kindness. This is until the unexpected comes to pass as over the course of the summer, Phil and Peter’s relationship evolves. The story explores themes of grief and love.

Nominated for: Jesse Plemons (Best Supporting Actor), Best Supporting Actor (Best Supporting Actor), Kirsten Dunst (Best Supporting Actress), Jonny Greenwood (Best Original Score), Best Sound, Jane Campion (Best Adapted Screenplay), Benedict Cumberbatch (Best Actor in a Leading Role), Dan Laustsen (Best Cinematography), Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Jane Campion (Best Director), and Best Picture.

Where to Stream/Rent: Netflix



Disney’s magical story of ‘Encanto’ follows The Madrigals, an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia. They live in a charming place called the Encanto, where there is magic. Every child in the family has been blessed with except Mirabel. But in this magical journey, she may soon be the Madrigals’ last hope when she learns that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.

The music by Lin-Manuel Miranda was quickly loved by many and the soundtrack became the first from a film since 2019 to reach the highest spot on the Billboard chart. The song that reached the number 1 spot was ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’. It also became the highest-charting song from a Disney animated film in more than 26 years, ranking higher than even ‘Let It Go’.

Nominated for: Germaine Franco (Best Original Score), Best Animated Feature Film, “Dos Oruguitas” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Best Original Song)

Where to Stream/Rent: Disney+ | Amazon Prime Video | Apple TV | YouTube | Google Play Movies & TV



‘Flee’ tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he “grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for twenty years.” On the verge of marriage, Nawabi is compelled to reveal his hidden past for the first time as it threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his long-time boyfriend (soon-to-be husband). The story is recounted mostly through animation to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Watch Amin tell the story of his extraordinary journey as a child refugee from Afghanistan for the first time.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Hulu | Amazon Prime Video



Disney and Pixar’s original feature film, “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. One that is filled with gelato, pasta, and endless scooter rides. Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera with Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) sharing these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer). All the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret! They are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Disney+ | Amazon Prime Video | Apple TV


The Mitchells vs The Machines

In this movie we see the Mitchells, the world’s weirdest family, embark on a cross-country road trip. This trip includes young Katie, her proud parents, her younger brother, and her beloved dog.

They embark on this journey to start her first year at film school, but their plans to bond get interrupted. Their family bonding is put on hold when the world’s electronic devices come to life to stage an uprising. The Mitchells, a quirky and dysfunctional family, suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope to save one another and the planet.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Netflix | Google Play Movies & TV | Apple TV | YouTube | Amazon Prime Video


Raya and The Last Dragon

Disney’s ‘Raya and The Last Dragon’ see Raya, a warrior, set out to track down Sisu, a dragon. Sisu has transferred all her powers into a magical gem. It is now scattered all over the kingdom of Kumandra, which has divided its people in this movie starring Shang-Chi and The Legend of Ten Rings’ Awkwafina, Star Wars: The  Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran, the ‘Eternals’ star Gemma Chan, Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, Stowaway’s Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong (‘Doctor Strange’), and more!

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Disney+ | Apple TV | Amazon Prime Video


The Worst Person in the World

This Norwegian film is a modern dramedy. It centers on the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo chronicling four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve). She is a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life. Julie struggles to find her career path. This leads her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

Nominated for: Eskil Vogt and Joachim Trier (Best Original Screenplay), Best International Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Disney+ | Apple TV | Amazon Prime Video



Directed by the Jessica Kingdom, ‘Ascension’ examines what living the so-called “Chinese Dream” looks like today by exploring the pursuit of it in modern society. The documentary feature is an impressionistic exploration of the pursuit of wealth and the paradox of progress in the People’s Republic of China as it presents a contemporary vision of China – one that prioritizes productivity and innovation above all.

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Where to Stream/Rent: Paramount+



‘Attica’ is an unnervingly vivid dive into the 1971 uprising from Emmy®’s winning director Stanley Nelson wherein we see survivors, observers, and expert government officials recount the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility. It sheds new light on the enduring violence and racism of the prison system.

“The violent five-day standoff between mostly Black and Latino inmates and law enforcement gripped America then, and highlights the urgent, ongoing need for reform 50 years later,” Showtime’s description of the documentary reads.

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Where to Stream/Rent: Showtime | Amazon Prime Video


Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson made an acclaimed debut as a filmmaker with ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’. The filmmaker presents a powerful, transporting, and moving documentary-part music film. ‘Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)’ is a part-historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture, and fashion.

The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park) but the footage was never seen. Largely forgotten–until now. It was filmed over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock.

“SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past, and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.,” as per Rotten Tomatoes.

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Where to Stream/Rent: Disney+ | Hulu | Amazon Prime Video


Writing With Fire

Directed by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh, ‘Writing With Fire’ sees Chief reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions. They redefine what it means to be powerful, in a cluttered news landscape dominated by men. The documentary chronicles the rise of Khabar Lahariya as they emerge as India’s only newspaper run by Dalit women.

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Where to Stream/Rent: iTunes | Renting on Apple TV and Vudu available in March


The Hand of God

‘The Hand of God’ is the story of a boy named Fabietto Schisa. Set in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s, the film is filled with unexpected joys. This includes the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and there is an equally unexpected tragedy, however, when fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine. This is when Fabietto’s future is set in motion and Sorrentino (the Academy Award-winning writer and director) returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story. He tells a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

Nominated for: Best International Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Netflix


Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’ follows an aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan who dreams of getting a visa to relocate to Australia.

Nominated for: Best International Feature Film

Where to Stream/Rent: Amazon Prime Video


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