How to Stream Every 2021 Oscar Best Picture Nominee

Oliver Pretl-Drummond
·5 min read

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No matter how excited you are about this year’s Oscar nominees, it’s been a strange year largely devoid of trips to the movie theater. Even so, the show must go on! Whether you’re looking to start from the top or fill in your knowledge gaps of this year’s Best Picture nominees, here are the best and cheapest ways to stream the Academy’s top picks for 2021.

The Father

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Credit: The Father

If you want to check out the latest drama starring Anthony Hopkins alongside the oft-nominated and inimitable Olivia Colman, you’re going to have to pay for a rental. There is no price information available, but most new features land somewhere in the $18-$20 range when they hit VOD services. While Netflix and Hulu have no current plans to host the film for free streaming, you can rent The Father on your premium on-demand platform of choice starting on March 26th.

When to watch: March 26th
Best option: N/A
Coming soon to:

  • Amazon Prime

  • Apple TV

  • FandangoNOW

  • iTunes

  • Roku

Judas and the Black Messiah

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Credit: Judas And The Black Messiah

Right now, there are no ways to stream this star-studded Fred Hampton biopic. It was available on HBO Max from the date of its release date through March 14th, the day before Best Picture nominations were announced. You can still check out Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield’s emotional performance on the big screen (as long as it is safe to do so), plus it’s likely that more streaming options will pop up once the theater run has concluded.

When to watch: N/A
Best option: N/A
Other ways to stream: N/A

Mank

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Credit: Mank

Mank details the stunning but shockingly corrupt process of creating a Hollywood classic, yet it never debuted in traditional movie theatres. Instead, this film is exclusively available to watch on Netflix. That means that it’s free for Netflix subscribers, but it probably won’t crop up on another streaming service.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: Netflix
Other ways to stream: N/A

Stream Mank on Netflix

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Minari

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Credit: Minari

There are plenty of different ways to watch this vivid narrative about a Korean-American family forging their rich, complex new life in the Ozarks. It costs $19.99 on all of the usual streaming platforms, but the brand-new A24 Screening Room will give you the best bang for your buck. There is one screening every night, where you can simulate the atmosphere of a film festival right in your living room. The price of your ticket even covers exclusive Q&A content, available only to ticket holders.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: A24 Screening Room
Other ways to stream:

Stream Minari at A24

Nomadland

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Credit: Nomadland

Even if Nomadland depicts a widow’s driftless romp through the Southwest United States, the movie is firmly planted on a single streaming site — Hulu. There are no current plans for the film to be released on any other VOD or streaming platforms, but it is free to watch for Hulu subscribers (and anyone with a free trial). If that isn’t going to work, you might be able to catch it at your local movie theatre.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: Hulu
Other ways to stream: N/A

Stream Nomadland On Hulu

Promising Young Woman

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Credit: Promising Young Woman

In an effort to spread the catharsis and make it available to a wide audience, Emerald Fennell’s clever take on a revenge thriller is available on all of the usual streaming sites and rental platforms. It costs $5.99 to watch and $19.99 to purchase, but you can score a huge deal if you happen to live near a physical Redbox that has the film in stock — it only costs $1.80 to rent a physical DVD.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: Any
Other ways to stream:

Stream Promising Young Woman on Amazon

Sound of Metal

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Credit: Sound Of Metal

After over 10 years in production, critical acclaim for Riz Ahmed’s performance as a Deaf metal artist is more than well-deserved. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch Sound of Metal for free with your subscription. It looks like this film isn’t coming to any other services any time soon, but you can always opt for a Prime trial if you aren’t currently a member.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: Amazon Prime
Other ways to stream: N/A

Stream Sound of Metal on Amazon

The Trial of the Chicago 7

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Credit: The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin’s take on the real-life experiences of seven high-profile Vietnam War protesters is the fourth in a long series of film adaptations. While the others are spread across numerous services, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is exclusively available on Netflix.

When to watch: Available now
Best option: Netflix
Other ways to stream: N/A

Stream The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix

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