Where to watch this year’s Oscar-nominated films in the UK

Chadwick Boseman seen in last ever film role for Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. (Image: NETFLIX)

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It’s awards season and that means the Oscars are just around the corner.

But with cinemas closed in the UK, where can you watch those Oscar-nominated films?

This year’s awards might just be the most accessible in history as record numbers of Oscar contenders appear on online streaming services. 

You’ll find favourites such as Mank and My Octopus Teacher available right now on Netflix. 

Over at Amazon Prime, there’s the likes of Borat 2 and Sound of Metal to get stuck into. And with Pixar’s Onward and Soul over at Disney+ there really is something for the whole family.

But what about the rest of this year’s Oscar contenders?

Here’s where you can find them:

Mank

Available to watch on Netflix now

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The black and white biopic Mank stars Gary Oldman as Herman J Mankiewicz, infamous Hollywood screenwriter.

Telling the story of how he developed the screenplay to Citizen Kane, Mank is a look back through the golden age of cinema – warts and all. Hollywood’s obsession with itself couldn’t be clearer, and Mank picking up 10 Oscar nominations is a sign that very little has changed.

Nomadland

Available to watch on Disney+ from April 30

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A sweeping American epic, Nomadland stars Frances McDormand as Fern – a small town factory worker who packs up her belongings and sets off to travel the USA in a van after the death of her husband.

It’s got all the signs of a sure-fire Oscar winner, with McDormand tipped to win Best Actress for her role. Don’t miss it when Nomadland comes to Disney+ later this month.

Minari

Available to rent on Amazon Prime from £9.99

An American drama starring Stephen Yeun from The Walking Dead, Minari is a semi-autobiographical film about writer/director Lee Isaac Chung’s childhood. Set during the 1980s, Minari follows a Korean immigrant family trying to make it in rural Arkansas.

It’s not part of your Amazon Prime subscription and costs £9.99 to rent, but with widespread critical acclaim, it’s well worth a watch.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Available to rent on Amazon Prime from £9.99

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Another biographical film, Judas and the Black Messiah stars Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton – leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther party during the 1960s.

It tells the gripping story of how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panther ranks, using an informant (played by Lakeith Stanfield) to get close to the activist and ultimately betray him. Judas and the Black Messiah isn’t part of your Amazon Prime subscription and costs £9.99 to rent.

Sound of Metal

Available to watch on Amazon Prime now

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A gut-wrenching drama, Sound of Metal stars Riz Ahmed as Ruben – a professional drummer who begins to lose his hearing. Suddenly jolted out of his life as he knows it, Ruben embarks on a personal mission to regain his hearing and rebuild his life.

With some incredible performances by Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke, it’s unsurprising to see Sound of Metal pick up a number of nominations.

The Father

Coming to cinemas on June 11

I hope you’ve got a hanky ready. The Father stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Anthony – an old man struggling with memory loss as he fights against dementia.

He’s joined by Olivia Colman as Anne – Anthony’s daughter who must navigate her father’s fractured memory while also dealing with her own troubles. The Father paints a harrowing picture of life with dementia and is a must see – even if you’ll have to wait until it heads to cinemas in June.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Available to watch now on Netflix

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Aaron Sorkin’s legal drama The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the true story of the Chicago Seven – a group of anti-Vietnam war protestors arrested for conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

It sounds like a pretty dry subject, but with some expert editing and stand-out performances from Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is as entertaining as it is gripping.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Available to watch now on Netflix

An impressive drama set in the 1920s, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom stars Viola Davis as the mother of blues herself, Ma Rainey. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom shines a light on the troubles faced by black musicians during the period, while also creating an impressive character drama as the band slowly disintegrates.

Starring Chadwick Boseman in his final film role, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has been met with huge acclaim. Definitely worth a watch.

Promising Young Woman

Available to watch on Sky Cinema and Now from April 16

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Eagerly awaited by many, Promising Young Woman is finally available in the UK this week.

Promising Young Woman stars Carey Mulligan as Cassie – a woman hell bent on avenging her friend who was raped by their classmate years earlier. Mulligan’s performance is pitch perfect, but it’s more than that. Promising Young Woman is brutal, grim and absolutely staggering… and a must watch among this year’s Oscar contenders.

Here’s where you can find all of this year’s Oscar-nominated films:

Movie

Service

Release Date

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Amazon Prime Video

Out Now

Another Round

In Cinemas

June 25

Better Days

Amazon Prime Video (from £4.49)

Out Now

Borat 2

Amazon Prime Video

Out Now

Collective

Amazon Prime Video (from £3.49)

Out Now

Crip Camp

Netflix

Out Now

Da 5 Bloods

Netflix

Out Now

Emma

Amazon Prime Video (£7.99)

Out Now

Eurovision Song Contest

Netflix

Out Now

Hillbilly Elegy

Netflix

Out Now

Judas and the Black Messiah

Amazon Prime Video (from £9.99)

Out Now

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Netflix

Out Now

Mank

Netflix

Out Now

Minari

Amazon Prime Video (from £9.99)

Out Now

Mulan

Disney+

Out Now

My Octopus Teacher

Netflix

Out Now

News of the World

Netflix

Out Now

Nomadland

Disney+

April 30

One Night in Miami…

Amazon Prime Video

Out Now

Onward

Disney+

Out Now

Over the Moon

Netflix

Out Now

Pieces of a Woman

Netflix

Out Now

Pinocchio

YouTube (from £3.49)

Out Now

Promising Young Woman

Sky Cinema

April 16

Quo Vadis, Aida?

YouTube (from £3.49)

Out Now

Soul

Disney+

Out Now

Sound of Metal

Amazon Prime Video

Out Now

Tenet

Amazon Prime Video (from £2.49)

Out Now

The Father

In Cinemas

June 11

The Midnight Sky

Netflix

Out Now

The Mole Agent

YouTube (from £3.49)

Out Now

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Netflix

Out Now

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Sky Cinema

Out Now

The White Tiger

Netflix

Out Now

Time

Amazon Prime Video

Out Now

Wolfwalkers

Apple TV+

Out Now

Most of this year’s Oscar-nominated films are available online. But if you want to watch Another Round or The Father, you’re going to have to wait until they’re released in cinemas.

Meanwhile, an Amazon, Netflix or Now subscription will get you a good selection of this year’s award contenders.

And some of the very best are already part of your subscriptions.

Netflix offers the best value with a whopping 13 Oscar nominees available to watch right now. Amazon is currently streaming five Oscar nominees while Disney+ has only three – Onward, Soul and the upcoming Nomadland.

Whichever online streaming service you’ve signed up for, you can guarantee you’ll get access to some of this year’s Oscar contenders. So, it couldn’t be easier to keep up with awards season.

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