20 Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Stream Right Now

From baby drivers to libidinous mermen, 2017 was a very good—and somewhat strange—year at the movies. And yet not even the pulse-pounding sensation of watching Daniel Day-Lewis consume yet another mushroom omelette could match the collective jaw-dropping that came in the final moments of last year’s Oscars ceremony, when the makers of La La Land handed their Best Picture statuette over to the makers of Moonlight—the award’s actual winner—in what will likely go down as the weirdest moments and worst mix-ups in Academy Awards history. Could it happen again during this Sunday's ceremony? Doubtful, but never say never.

Even still (or just in case) you shouldn’t miss out on any of this year’s nominated films. For those of you planning to spend this week (and weekend) engaged in a non-stop Oscar marathon, here 20 of this year’s nominated movies you can stream right now.

The Shape of Water

If you thought the merman sex was the most compelling thing about Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical fairy tale, you weren’t paying attention. The Shape of Water is much more brilliant than all the talk about its aquatic lovemaking let on. With its mix of real-life and fantasy, it’s also pure del Toro. Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa Esposito, a mute cleaning woman at a top-secret government research center who one day stumbles upon an amphibious creature, falls in love, and smuggles him into her bathtub where their affair goes to the next level. (It’s much more heartfelt and passionate than it sounds.) The film, which is nominated for 13 Oscars, might be most notable for its cast—most of whom, including Hawkins, Richard Jenkins (as Elisa’s BFF and neighbor), and Octavia Spencer (as her coworker), earned nominations for their work. (Though Michael Shannon, amazingly, did not.) Folks talked about Shape because of its more prurient aspects, but strip those away and it’s a tale about love and otherness with a wonderfully humanist, if not entirely human, soul.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Though writer-director Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was met with a joyous standing ovation following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, it has since gained as much backlash as it has accolades (largely because Sam Rockwell’s racist cop character is redeemed in the end). Still, there’s no denying that it’s a film full of powerful performances—Rockwell, Frances McDormand, and Woody Harrelson are all vying for gold—and a story worth telling: a young woman is raped and murdered in small-town Missouri. When it seems as if the local police have given up on ever finding the culprit, the young girl’s mother takes justice into her own hands, largely by shaming the local authorities. Though it would be easy to paint this kind of story in broad brush strokes—an angry woman gets even—playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh doesn’t go for easy.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Lady Bird

Like most teenagers, Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson (Saoirse Ronan) doesn’t ever feel like she quite fits in with her fellow classmates. Yearning for something more than what she has, the film follows Lady Bird through her senior year of high school, where even the smallest annoyances (like, say, one’s mother) feel immense. While with time and distance, it’s easy to see that the little things don’t matter so much, it doesn’t feel that way when they’re happening, which is part of what makes Lady Bird so unique. Writer-director Greta Gerwig, who is now one of a small handful of women to be nominated for Best Director, manages to capture the reality of the transition into adulthood with all the pain and humor that comes with it.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Call Me by Your Name

Though set in 1983, there’s something totally modern about Call Me By Your Name, director Luca Guadagnino’s dreamy adaptation of André Aciman’s acclaimed coming-of-age novel. A precocious teen (Timothée Chalamet) finds himself both embracing and struggling with the universal awkwardness that comes with giving oneself over to a first love, which is made even more difficult by the fact that it’s with a 24-year-old grad student (Armie Hammer) who is living with his family and interning for his father. The film’s dreamy sensuality will stick with you long after the end credits roll, and you’ll never look at a pitted peach the same way again.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Darkest Hour

Though director Joe Wright may be best known for making lush period dramas starring Keira Knightley, his unwavering attention to detail and the past make him a perfect fit to recount Winston Churchill’s earliest days as Prime Minister, and the history-altering decisions he was faced with making when it came to dealing with Adolf Hitler. As far as biopics or historical films go, Darkest Hour is rather straightforward—which isn’t a knock on the movie. Yet where it really stands out is in the acting. Though Gary Oldman is far from the only actor to ever play Winston Churchill (he’s not even the only person to play Churchill in the past year), the quirky gravitas that has marked the actor’s career seems perfectly suited to the part.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Get Out

Having reached the “meet the parents” stage in their relationship, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) head off to an upper-class suburb to spend the weekend with her folks (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener). But from the get-go, Chris senses that something’s not OK with the situation. He’s right. With Get Out, Jordan Peele managed to simultaneously redefine the modern horror movie, while making a statement on race in America—and the timing could not have been better.

Where to stream it: Amazon, HBO Go, iTunes

Dunkirk

Watching Dunkirk on your iPhone isn’t really the way that Christopher Nolan envisioned audiences experiencing his IMAX-ready World War II thriller, which details the hectic evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France as Nazi forces began closing in all around them. So if you can at least watch this one on your TV, that’s preferrable. Like with his previous films, Nolan once again proves himself adept at combining action and nuance. But in the case of Dunkirk, it’s composer Hans Zimmer who is tasked with ratcheting up the anxiety as the fate of the film’s seemingly doomed soldiers hangs in the balance.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Blade Runner 2049

While it may not have made the financial impact that Warner Bros. was hoping for, much like Mad Max: Fury Road before it, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the few sequel/reboot hybrids that isn’t just cashing in on a cult following for instant brand-name recognition. Whether you connect with Denis Villeneuve stark, dystopian vision of the future or not, there’s no denying he’s a natural born filmmaker (see: Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival). While it’s technically a sequel, it feels more like a spiritual companion piece. Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast as Agent K, a young blade runner desperately trying to track down Rick Deckard, Harrison Ford’s blade runner from the Ridley Scott original, who has been missing for 30 years. When they do meet, watching the two actors try to out-dry each other more than makes up for the two-hour-and-45-minute running time—as does the brilliant camerawork of frequent Coen brothers collaborator Roger Deakins who, with 14 Oscar nominations and zero wins, has become the Susan Lucci of cinematography.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

The Florida Project

While growing up mere minutes from Walt Disney World may sound like the dream of every child, for Moonee (Brooklynn Prince)—a profanity-spewing six-year-old who lives in a motel with her mom (Bria Vinaite)—and her motley group of friends, the Sunshine State is far from The Happiest Place on Earth. The Florida Project details a summer in the life of these kids, who are often forced to grow up before their time. In a different year, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project might have been the Oscars’ favorite little indie movie that could, with its brutally honest depiction of life in Donald Trump’s America. For now, we’ll have to be satisfied with Willem Dafoe’s well-earned Best Supporting Actor nomination for playing Bobby, the motel manager who understands Moonee’s plight and does his best to look the other way.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Hoop Dreams director Steve James has dedicated much of his career to shining a light on the underdogs, and his newest documentary is no exception. While, in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, many of Wall Street’s biggest players were deemed “too big to fail” despite their many intentional misdeeds, someone needed to be made an example of. And that someone was Abacus Federal Savings, a family-owned and operated community bank that was indicted for mortgage fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney's office. This engrossing documentary shows the truth of the matter (the bank’s 0.5 percent mortgage default rate was a tenth of the national average) and the personal toll that it takes for David to go up against Goliath.

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime, iTunes

The Big Sick

There’s something to be said about writing what you know, as husband-and-wife writing team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon proved that with The Big Sick, a semi-autobiographical accounting of the evolution of their relationship. What started as a possible one-night-stand evolved into a relationship, then a breakup, then a near-death experience that brought them back together, in part thanks to Emily’s (Zoe Kazan) parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano). Just when you thought every romantic-comedy trope had been discovered and done to death (no pun intended), The Big Sick manages to avoid them all, yet still have some “aww…” moments.

Where to stream it: Amazon Prime, iTunes

Baby Driver

Somewhere between Drive and La La Land is Baby Driver, Edgar Wright’s car chase-filled heist flick that introduced The Fault in Our Stars star Ansel Elgort to the non-YA-loving world. Elgort holds his own and then some against much more seasoned actors, including Jon Hamm (getting as far away from Don Draper as he can) and Jamie Foxx (who channels a bit of his character from Horrible Bosses, and then some). Kevin Spacey also stars, which could explain why the film didn’t get as much Oscar attention as some predicted.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Beauty and the Beast

When word came down that Disney was shooting a live-action version of its beloved Beauty and the Beast, there were essentially two reactions: Yay! and Why? While, in the end, it may have all seemed a bit unnecessary to those who remain devoted to the animated version, there’s no denying the charm of Emma Watson as Belle, a kind of anti-princess Disney princess. Even if you had no affinity for the original, or desire to watch its live-action offspring, witnessing what the actors—in particular, Dan Stevens as The Beast—had to endure in order to bring it to the screen at least deserves a few minutes of your attention.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes, Netflix

Icarus

If there was an Oscar for Best Accidental Documentary, Bryan Fogel would be the only contender. In his effort to make a little film about the growing issue of performance-enhancing drugs in the sports world, Fogel ended up getting in touch with Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory—and together, they slowly realized that their “research” has left them with clear proof that Russia had spent decades conspiring to game the Olympics. While its focus is on doping, the overarching themes speak loudly and clearly to the current state of disillusionment and propagandizing people are learning more and more about every day.

Where to stream it: Netflix

Last Men in Aleppo

At the 2017 Academy Awards, The White Helmets—a 41-minute documentary about the brave men and women who volunteer as first responders in search and rescue efforts in portions of rebel-controlled Syria and Turkey—won Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. This year, Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen’s feature documentary, Last Men in Aleppo, will once again shine a spotlight on the heroic organization, with boots-on-the-ground footage that was shot over two years, and immerses the viewer in what daily life is like for those living in the midst of the Syrian Civil War.

Where to stream it: Netflix, Amazon Video, iTunes

Logan

James Mangold has entered the realm of superhero filmmakers, by sheer virtue of being one of the few who has managed to not only craft a deeply nuanced character drama that breaks the shackles often associated with the genre—but by being recognized by the Academy (alongside co-writers Scott Frank and Michael Green) for doing just that. It’s a well-deserved tribute for Hugh Jackman’s last outing as a retractable-clawed mutant.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, HBO Go, iTunes

Loving Vincent

CGI is all well and good, but there’s something to be said for pushing the boundaries of centuries-old techniques, which is exactly what Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman have done with Loving Vincent. The film pays the ultimate tribute to its protagonist, Vincent van Gogh, by enlisting a team of 125 artist to tell the story of the master painter’s life … with oil paintings. 65,000 frames worth of them.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

Mudbound

Netflix continues to show it can play with the the major studios with Dee Rees’ epic, post-WWII drama where class and race collide in rural Mississippi. Adapted by Rees and Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s book of the same name, the film depicts the unlikely friendship that grows between two soldiers—one white (Garrett Hedlund), one black (Jason Mitchell)—as they resume their lives in the Jim Crow South, and are forced to deal with the PTSD that haunts them, and the racism that surrounds them.

Where to stream it: Netflix

On Body and Soul

Director Ildikó Enyedi won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for this intense, albeit sometimes bizarre, Hungarian film in which two shy coworkers at a slaughterhouse in Budapest forge a relationship in their dreams (they keep having the same ones) and attempt to translate that to the waking world. Score another win for Netflix.

Where to stream it: Netflix

The Disaster Artist

After spending more than a decade as a Hollywood punchline, Tommy Wiseau—the eccentric writer/director behind the so-bad-it’s-kind-of-amazing cult film The Room—finally got his critical due when James Franco decided to turn the making of that film into a movie all of its own, which is equal parts funny, bizarre, and oddly moving. Eat your heart out, Ed Wood.

Where to stream it: Amazon Video, iTunes

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