Where To Watch the Oscar Nominees

Catch up on the best films of the season with our Academy Awards viewing guide.

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Get ready for the 93rd Academy Awards by finding out where to watch the best films of the awards season with our handy viewing guide. The nominations were announced on Monday, so the list has narrowed to just these few you need to catch up on before the awards are handed out live on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 8 p.m. EDT / 5 p.m. PDT on ABC.

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Below are links to where to watch each of the 2021 Oscar nominees. Feature films are available with subscription to a streaming service listed except where noted as video on demand. Links to nominated short films currently available online are also included at the bottom.


Another Round (2020)


Description: Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.

Nominations: Director, International Feature Film

Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe

Director: Thomas Vinterberg

Where to Watch: Hulu; available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, and Prime Video, Apple TV and through cable TV providers

Better Days (2019)


Description: A bullied high school student and a small-time criminal become the prime suspects in the murder of a teenage girl.

Nominations: International Feature Film

Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Fang Yin

Director: Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang

Where to Watch: Available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

Description: Released from prison for bringing shame to his country, Kazakh funnyman Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen) risks life and limb when he returns to America with his 15-year-old daughter (Maria Bakalova).

Nominations: Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova

Director: Jason Woliner

Where to Watch: Prime Video

Collective (2019)


Description: Directed by Alexander Nanau (Toto and His Sisters), Collective follows a heroic team of journalists as they uncover shocking, widespread corruption. After a deadly nightclub fire, the mysterious death of the owner of a powerful pharmaceutical firm, and the quiet resignation of a health minister — seemingly unrelated events, all within weeks of each other — the team of intrepid reporters exposes a much larger, much more explosive political scandal. Collective is a fast-paced, real-time detective story about truth, accountability, and the value of an independent press in partisan times.

Nominations: International Feature Film, Documentary

Director:  Alexander Nanau

Where to Watch: Available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW

Crip Camp (2020)


Description: A groundbreaking summer camp galvanizes teens who have disabilities.

Nominations: Documentary

Director: Jim LeBrecht, Nicole Newnham

Where to Watch:  Netflix

Da 5 Bloods (2020)


Description: Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

Nominations: Original Score

Starring: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman

Director and screenwriter: Spike Lee

Where to Watch: Netflix

EMMA. (2020)


Description: Beautiful, smart and wealthy, Emma Woodhouse navigates her way through misguided matches, romantic missteps and the challenges of growing up — all to finally realize the love that has been there all along.

Nominations: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth

Director: Autumn de Wilde

Where to Watch: HBO Max and HBO Now; available for purchase on Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

Description: Two small-town singers chase their pop star dreams at a global music competition, where scheming rivals, high stakes and onstage mishaps test their bond.

Nominations: Original Song

Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens

Director: David Dobkin

Where to Watch: Netflix

The Father (2020)


Description: Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is 80, mischievous, living defiantly alone and rejecting the carers that his daughter, Anne (Olivia Colman), encouragingly introduces. Yet help is also becoming a necessity for Anne; she can’t make daily visits anymore and Anthony’s grip on reality is unraveling. As we experience the ebb and flow of his memory, how much of his own identity and past can Anthony cling to? How does Anne cope as she grieves the loss of her father, while he still lives and breathes before her? The Father warmly embraces real life, through loving reflection upon the vibrant human condition; heart-breaking and uncompromisingly poignant — a movie that nestles in the truth of our own lives.

Nominations: Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Production Design

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman

Director: Florian Zeller

Where to Watch: Available for rent on Vudu, FandangoNOW, Amazon, Google, and Apple TV

Greyhound (2020)


Description: U.S. Navy Cmdr. Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) is assigned to lead an Allied convoy across the Atlantic during World War II. His convoy, however, is pursued by German U-boats. Although this is Krause’s first wartime mission, he finds himself embroiled in what would come to be known as the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history: The Battle of the Atlantic.

Nominations: Sound

Starring: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue

Director: Aaron Schneider

Where to Watch: Apple TV+

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)


Description: A Yale Law student drawn back to his Appalachian hometown reflects on his family’s history and his own future.

Nominations: Supporting Actress, Makeup and Hairstyling

Starring: Gabriel Basso, Glenn Close, Amy Adams

Director: Ron Howard

Where to Watch: Netflix

Description: FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?

Nominations: Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Cinematography

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield

Director: Shaka King

Where to Watch: In theaters (get tickets); available to rent at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and other VOD platforms and through cable TV providers

The Life Ahead (2020)


Description: An aging Holocaust survivor forges a bond with a young immigrant from Senegal who recently robbed her.

Nominations: Original Song

Starring: Sophia Loren

Director: Edoardo Ponti

Where to Watch: Netflix

Love and Monsters (2020)


Description: Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

Nominations: Visual Effects

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick

Director: Michael Matthews

Where to Watch: Available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

Mank (2020)


Description: 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.”

Nominations: Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Sound

Starring: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Charles Dance, Tom Pelphrey

Director: David Fincher

Where to Watch: In theaters (get tickets); Netflix

Description: Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni), a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

 Nominations: International Feature Film

Starring: Yahya Mahayni, Monica Bellucci, Koen De Bouw

Director: Kaouther Ben Hania

Where to Watch: Not currently available in the U.S.

Description: Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious cornet player Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

Nominations: Actor, Actress, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis,

Director: George C. Wolfe

Where to Watch: In limited theaters (get tickets); Netflix

The Midnight Sky (2020)


Description: A lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Nominations: Visual Effects

Starring: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo

Director: George Clooney

Where to Watch: Netflix

Minari (2020)


Description: A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Nominations: Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Original Score

Starring: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Yuh-Jung Youn, Will Patton

Director: Lee Isaac Chung

Where to Watch: In theaters (get tickets); available to rent at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV and through cable TV providers

The Mole Agent (2020)


Description: An 83-year-old man poses as a resident in a Chilean nursing home to see if he can find signs of abuse.

Nominations: Documentary

Starring: Romulo Aitken, Sergio Chamy

Director: Maite Alberdi

Where to Watch: Hulu; available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

Mulan (2020)


Description: To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.

Nominations: Costume Design

Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee

Director:  Niki Caro

Where to Watch: By subscription on Disney+; available to purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

My Octopus Teacher (2020)


Description: A diver swims with an octopus that lives in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa.

Nominations: Documentary

Starring: Craig Foster

Director: James Reed

Where to Watch: Netflix

News of the World (2020)


Description: Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn — both human and natural.

Nominations: Cinematography, Original Score, Production Design, Sound

Starring: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel

Director: Paul Greengrass

Where to Watch: Available to purchase on Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, Apple TV, and through cable providers

Nomadland (2020)


Description: A woman embarks on a journey through the American West after losing everything during the recession.

Nominations: Picture, Director, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing

Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie, Bob Wells

Director: Chloé Zhao

Where to Watch: In theaters (get tickets); Hulu

Description: A gorilla tries to piece together its past and escape captivity with help from an elephant.

Nominations: Visual Effects

Starring: Sam Rockwell (voice), Angelina Jolie (voice), Bryan Cranston

Director: Thea Sharrock

Where to Watch: Disney+

One Night in Miami (2020)


Description: On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music, and activism gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. When underdog Cassius Clay, soon to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), defeats heavy weight champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the event with three of his friends: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Nominations: Original Song, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay

Starring: Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree

Director: Regina King

Where to Watch: In limited theaters (get tickets); Prime Video

Onward (2020)


Description: Teenage elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when dear Mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finds out her sons are missing, she teams up with the legendary Manticore (Octavia Spencer) to bring her beloved boys back home.

Nominations: Animated Feature

Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Director: Dan Scanlon

Where to Watch: By subscription on Disney +; available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, Apple TV, and through cable TV providers

Over the Moon (2020)


Description: An adventurous girl builds a rocket ship to meet a mythical goddess on the moon.

Nominations: Animated Feature

Starring: Glen Keane, Brycen Hall, Ruthie Ann Miles, John Cho, Cathy Ang

Director: Glen Keane

Where to Watch: Netflix

Pieces of a Woman (2020)


Description: Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court.

Nominations: Actress

Starring: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn

Director: Kornél Mundruczó

Where to Watch: In limited theaters (get tickets); Netflix

Pinocchio (2019)


Description: Geppetto’s (Roberto Benigni) puppet creation, Pinocchio (Federico Ielapi), magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits through a wonderful world full of imaginative creatures — from the belly of a giant fish, to the Land of Toys and the Field of Miracles.

Nominations: Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Federico Ielapi

Director: Matteo Garrone

Where to Watch: Available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV

Description: Nothing in Cassie’s (Carey Mulligan) life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

Nominations: Picture, Director, Actress, Original Screenplay, Film Editing

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox

Director and screenwriter: Emerald Fennell

Where to Watch: Available to purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, Prime Video, and Apple TV or buy or rent through cable TV providers

Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)


Description: Bosnia, July 11th 1995. Aida (Jasna Đuričić) is a translator for the United Nations in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people — rescue or death? Which move should she take?

Nominations: International Feature Film

Starring: Jasna Đuričić

Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Where to Watch:  Vudu, FandangoNOW, and Laemmle Virtual Cinema; in limited theaters

Description: Shaun the Sheep befriends an alien, goes looking for her spaceship and keeps his new pal safe from a sinister government agency in the stop-motion animated sequel.

Nominations: Animated Feature

Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale

Director: Richard Phelan, Will Becher

Where to Watch: Netflix

Soul (2020)


Description: Joe (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.

Nominations: Animated Feature, Original Score, Sound

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey

Director: Pete Docter

Where to Watch: By subscription on Disney+; available for purchase at FandangoNOW, Apple TV

Sound of Metal (2019)


Description: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew.

Nominations: Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound

Starring: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci

Director: Darius Marder

Where to Watch: Prime Video

Tenet (2020)


Description: A secret agent embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III.

Nominations: Production Design, Visual Effects

Starring: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh

Director: Christopher Nolan

Where to Watch: Available to rent or purchase at Vudu, FandangoNOW, and Prime Video

Time (2020)


Description: Entrepreneur Fox Rich spends the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence for a robbery they both committed in the early 1990s in a moment of desperation.

Nominations: Documentary

Starring: Fox Rich

Director: Garrett Bradley

Where to Watch: Prime Video

Description: In 1969, seven people were charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Nominations: Picture, Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Song

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, John Carroll Lynch, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Where to Watch: Netflix

Description: The legendary Billie Holiday (Andra Day), one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe, all while the Federal Department of Narcotics targeted her with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. Inspired by her life story, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday intimately examines her struggles with addiction, fame and heartbreaking love.

Nominations: Actress

Starring: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes

Director: Lee Daniels

Where to Watch: Hulu

The White Tiger (2021)


Description: Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra-Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing — a servant — so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.

Nominations: Adapted Screenplay

Starring: Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas

Director: Ramin Bahrani

Where to Watch: Netflix

Wolfwalkers (2020)


Description: In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe (Honor Kneafsey), journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the “Wolfwalkers” and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Nominations: Animated Feature

Starring: Honor Kneafsey, Eva Whittaker, Sean Bean

Director: Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart

Where to Watch: Apple TV+


Documentary (Short Subject)
Colette (YouTube)
A Concerto Is a Conversation (
Do Not Split (Facebook)
Hunger Ward (Pluto TV)
A Love Song for Latasha (Facebook)

Also available as part of Shorts.TV Presents: 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Documentaries in select theaters (get tickets through Fandango)

Short Film (Animated)
Burrow (Disney+)**
Genius Loci (trailer at YouTube)**
If Anything Happens I Love You (Netflix)**
Opera (Instagram: Overture | Aria | Interlude | Continuo | Scena | Crepi il Lupo | Orchestra | Opera | Chorus) **
Yes-People (teaser at Vimeo)**

Also available as part of Shorts.TV Presents: 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Animation in select theaters (get tickets through Fandango)

Short Film (Live Action)
Feeling Through (YouTube)
The Letter Room (Vimeo)
The Present (trailer on Vimeo)
Two Distant Strangers (trailer on YouTube)
White Eye (trailer on YouTube)

Also available as part of Shorts.TV Presents: 2021 Oscar Nominated Shorts – Live Action in select theaters (get tickets through Fandango)

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