An Easy Guide to Watching This Year’s Oscar Nominees

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced this morning. Under normal circumstances, the awards ceremony for last year’s films would have been held by now, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the Academy’s timetable. In an unprecedented move, films that went to VOD without playing in theaters were eligible for consideration, and the release window for competition was extended beyond 2020 proper, through February of this year. The result is a lineup with some historic firsts — the first time more than one woman has been nominated for Best Director, the first time an Asian American has been nominated for Best Actor, and more. Here’s an easy reference for how to stream most of the nominated films, along with links to Hyperallergic’s coverage of them. Catch up before the winners are announced on April 25.

Mank

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Cinematography (Erik Messerschmidt), Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), and four more awards.

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our article about the story behind the film.)

Judas and the Black Messiah

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield), Best Original Screenplay (Will Berson and Shaka King), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt), Best Original Song (“Fight for You,” music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II, lyrics by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)

Stream it on HBO Max.

Minari

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Actor (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Youn Yuh-jung), Best Original Screenplay (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Original Score (Emile Mosseri)

Stream it on various platforms.

Nomadland

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Chloé Zhao), Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Adapted Screenplay (Chloé Zhao, based on the book by Jessica Bruder), Best Cinematography (Joshua James Richards), Best Editing (Chloé Zhao)

Stream it on Hulu. (Read our review.)

Sound of Metal

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Riz Ahmed), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Original Screenplay (Darius Marder and Abraham Marder), Best Editing (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen), Best Sound (Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortes, and Philip Bladh)

Stream it on Amazon Prime. (Read our review.)

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Original Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael), Best Editing (Alan Baumgarten), Best Original Song (“Hear My Voice,” music by Daniel Pemberton, lyrics by Pemberton and Celeste Waite)

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our review.)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Nominated for: Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Production Design (Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, and Diana Sroughton), Best Costume Design (Ann Roth), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal, Larry M. Cherry)

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our review.)

Promising Young Woman

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Emerald Fennell), Best Actress (Carey Mulligan), Best Original Screenplay (Emerald Fennell), Best Editing (Frédéric Thoraval)

Stream it on various platforms.

News of the World

Nominated for: Best Cinematography (Dariusz Wolski), Best Original Score (James Newton Howard), Best Production Design (David Crank and Elizabeth Keenan), Best Sound (Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, and John Pritchett)

Stream it on Apple TV+.

Soul

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste), Best Sound (Ren Klyce, Coya Elliot, and David Parker)

Stream it on Disney+. (Read our review.)

One Night in Miami

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom Jr.), Best Adapted Screenplay (Kemp Powers, based on his play of the same name), Best Original Song (“Speak Now,” music and lyrics by Leslie Odom Jr. and Sam Ashworth)

Stream it on Amazon Prime.

Another Round

Nominated for: Best Director (Thomas Vinterberg), Best International Feature

Stream it on Hulu and other platforms. (Read our review.)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Maria Bakalova), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, and Lee Kern, based on the character Borat Sagdiyev by Baron Cohen)

Stream it on Amazon Prime.

Collective

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature, Best International Feature

Stream it on various platforms. (Read our interview with director Alexander Nanau.)

Emma.

Stream it on HBO Max or other platforms.

Hillbilly Elegy

Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our review.)

Pinocchio

Nominated for: Best Costume Design (Massimo Cantini Parrini), Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Dalia Colli, Mark Coulier, and Francesco Pegoretti)

Stream it on various platforms.

Mulan

Nominated for: Best Costume Design (Bina Daigeler), Best Visual Effects (Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, and Steven Ingram)

Stream it on Disney+.

Tenet

Nominated for: Best Production Design (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas), Best Visual Effects (Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher)

Stream it on various platforms.

Time

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Stream it on Amazon Prime. (Read our review.)

Wolfwalkers

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature

Stream it on Apple TV+. (Read our review.)

A Love Song for Latasha

Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our review.)

My Octopus Teacher

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Stream it on Netflix. (Read our review.)

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