We’re less than a week away from the big show. On February 26, first-time host Jimmy Kimmel will lead us into another night of surprises, upsets, disappointment, elation, fancy suits, lovely dresses, golden statues, cheers and jeers. We can practically smell the microwave cooked popcorn and homemade chili dip as we speak. The Oscars are nothing without ferocious opinions, hard-wrought cynicism and reformed faith in the (supposedly) “dying” art of cinema. It’s a glorious evening of celebration, acclaim, corny jokes and enthusiastic speeches, and it’s made the better/worse if you’re actually caught up on the current nominees.
While a great number of eligible candidates are now playing at a theater/arthouse near you, there are also more than a few potential winners available to stream in the comfort of your home. Or soon-to-be, at least! If you’re looking at your Oscar checklist and you find yourself more-than-a-few films away from a full flush, you’re in luck. At The Playlist, we love to spread the joyous art of movies, and we want to help prepare you for every cinephile’s Super Bowl equivalent. Now, you can’t see everything. Life’s busy. We get it. But if you need some guidance finding some future winners at home, the theater or elsewhere, you look no further.
Here is a comprehensive list of where you can watch, find or stream most of this year’s Oscar nominees.
“La La Land”
There’s a good chance you heard of this one. It’s nearly impossible to go onto social media — be it Film Twitter TM or otherwise — and not find at least one enthusiastic, pessimistic and/or gleefully neutral note about Damien Chazelle‘s Oscar frontrunner. It’s up for a whopping 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor (Ryan Gosling), Actress (Emma Stone), Director and Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Song, for “Audition” and “City of Stars,” and Production Design.
Where to watch: Now playing in cinemas.
Barry Jenkins‘ beautifully evocative masterpiece is stunning in its intimacy, empathy and quiet contemplation, and you owe it to yourself — as a film lover and a human — to see it for yourself. It’s recognized in seven different categories, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Cinematography, Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay.
Where to watch: Now playing in cinemas, and available on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video and Microsoft to rent and stream from $12.99 to $14.99. It’s steep, but it’s worth it. Or you can own the movie when it hits DVD/Blu-Ray on February 28th.
“Manchester by the Sea”
Kenneth Lonergan‘s unsettling, disquieting, deeply somber extended character study isn’t necessarily a feel-good crowd-pleaser, but it’s nevertheless, a triumph. Sympathetic and refined, the Casey Affleck-led New Hampshire drama is an unshakable tornado of heavy emotions and tender sympathy. It’s a remarkable accomplishment, and it’s one that you won’t easily shake away. It’s nominated in six different categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Affleck), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Director and Original Screenplay.
Where to watch: Now playing in cinemas, and available on Vudu, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation Store, Microsoft and Fandango Now. It’s also slated to hit DVD/Blu-Ray on February 21st.
The potential upset for Best Picture, assuming “La La Land” or “Moonlight” don’t ultimately take the prize, Theodore Melfi‘s heartwarming, earnestly appealing audience favorite is an easy, likable film to root for. In addition to its BP nomination, it’s also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Where to watch: Now playing in cinemas.
Denis Villeneuve‘s beautiful sci-fi fable isn’t short in the praise department, even if the eight time-nominee, which is recognized for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Production Design, found its lead actress, Amy Adams, unjustly snubbed.
Where to watch: Now playing in select cinemas (with a few extra minutes of additional footage), and now available on DVD/Blu-Ray. It you prefer to stream, it’s on Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation Store, Microsoft and Fandango Now for as low as $4.99.
“Hell or High Water”
David Mackenzie‘s gritty thriller-drama is filled with remorse, bitter acceptance and darkened betrayal. It’s not necessarily a heart-sweller, but it does work. It’s nominated in four categories, and that includes Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Original Screenplay and Editing.
Where to watch: Now available on DVD/Blu-Ray, and to stream on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation Store, Microsoft and Fandango Now.
Denzel Washington‘s emotional adaptation of the late August Wilson‘s Pulitzer-Prize winning, Pittsburgh-based play is a heavy, contemplative film. We didn’t necessarily give the best praise in the world when it came out, but that’s another matter. The acting showcase is as explosive as it’s transfixing. It’s nominated for four different categories, and that includes Best Picture, Best Actor (Washington), Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Wilson).
Where to watch: Now playing in theaters, and available on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes starting February 24th. For a physical copy, you can own the DVD/Blu-Ray starting March 14th.
Garth Davis‘ globetrotting, Google Earth-highlighting ensemble piece with Dev Patel is a persistently charming, affecting drama, and one that’s filled with compassion and heart. It’s nominated for six different categories, including Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Patel), Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Original Score.
Where to watch: Now playing in theaters, hits Amazon Instant Video and iTunes on March 7th, and DVD/Blu-Ray on March 21st.
Director Mel Gibson‘s brutal, unrelenting period war drama isn’t necessarily everyone’s favorite Oscar contender, but it does feature one of two brilliant Andrew Garfield performances from last year, which was recognized. It’s also nominated for Best Picture, Director (Gibson), Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.
Where to watch: Still playing in cinemas, and hits DVD/Blu-Ray starting tomorrow. It’s also available to buy or rent on a quite a few streaming sites, and those include iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Microsoft, PlayStation Store, Vudu and Fandango Now.
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
Meryl Streep’s 20th Oscar nomination is found inside Stephen Frears‘ lovely, if mostly inconsequential new dramedy. The film is also nominated for Best Costume Design.
Where to watch: It’s now available on DVD/Blu-Ray, and to stream on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation Store, Vudu, Microsoft and Fandango Now.
Pablo Larrain‘s mesmerizing, unconventional Jackie Kennedy biopic was once considered a Best Picture hopeful, but it only roped in nominations for Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Actress for Natalie Portman, perhaps giving the best performance of her early career.
Where to watch: Now playing in select theaters, arrives on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video on Tuesday, and hits DVD/Blu-Ray on March 7th.
“A Man Called Ove”
Hannes Holm‘s newest film, a low-key charmer based on Fredrik Backman‘s best-selling novel, was not only tipped for Best Foreign Film nom, but for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling.
Where to watch: Now available on DVD/Blu-Ray and through digital outlets iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and Fandango Now.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
Even if you loved the new “Harry Potter” universe prequel, you’ll probably admit that it’s a little weird knowing David Yates‘ latest blockbuster holds two Oscar nominations — Best Costume Design, Best Production Design — while noteworthy releases like “Silence,” “20th Century Women,” “Loving,” “Elle” and “Nocturnal Animals” only landed one each.
Where to watch: Still playing in cinemas, and arriving on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes beginning March 7th, and DVD/Blu-Ray on March 28th.
Disney‘s beloved new animated film was disappointingly overlooked by the studio’s other 2016 animated release, “Zootopia,” but it might nevertheless make “Hamilton” brainchild Lin-Manuel Miranda an official EGOT — but it’ll have to beat “La La Land.” Nevertheless, the movie is two-time nominee for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, for Miranda’s “How Far I’ll Go.”
Where to watch: Still in some theaters, but hits Amazon Instant Video and iTunes on Tuesday, and will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 7th.