Many of the movies, like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, The Shape of Water, and The Phantom Thread, are exclusively in theaters. But there are already a good amount of nominated films streaming on Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, and even more available to rent online. If you're into documentaries, you're in luck — of the five nominated, four are on streaming sites.
Before making your bets, watch all the movies first. Here are the short films, feature films, and documentaries you can binge in a weekend.
Watch Baby Driver so you can see the most exciting opening scene of last year. The movie's about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who's on the hook for one more job, before leaving he life of crime forever. You'll want to listen to the movie's soundtrack, which powers the action in interesting ways, immediately after you finish.
Call Me By Your Name Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay Where It's Streaming: Amazon,iTunes.
The Florida Project Nominated For: Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe). Where It's Streaming:Amazon,iTunes
Fans of The Florida Project (like myself) are still sad this movie wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Set in a motel outside of Disney World, this movie captures the realities of a community often ignored in pop culture. Aside from Dafoe, all of the actors are relative unknowns, and the extras are all residents of the motel. You won't think you're watching a movie — you'll think you're watching lives being lived.
I, Tonya Nominated For: Best Actress (Margot Robbie), Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney), Best Film Editing. Where It's Streaming: Amazon, iTunes
With the Winter Olympics raging, now's the time to watch I, Tonya. Even if you wren't around in 1994 to witness the Kerrigan-Harding controversy unfold, I, Tonya will convey just how massive a deal it was back then. It changed media forever.
Darkest Hour Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Where It's Streaming: Amazon,iTunes
This riveting historical drama follows Winston Churchill right at the start of his career as Prime Minister. Within the first few weeks, Churchill must make the decision whether to engage in peace talks with Germany, or potentially subject the country to invasion. For a WWII night, watch Darkest Hour before or after Dunkirk. Both movies explore the Allied forces' rescue of the troops at Dunkirk — one does so viscerally, and the other, at a remove.
Lady Bird Nominated For: Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), Best Director (Greta Gerwig), Best Original Screenplay Where It's Streaming: Amazon,iTunes.
In this house, we love Lady Bird. Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story that feels real. Watching Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and her friend, Julie (Beanie Feldstein) hang out, you will have the uncanny sensation that you're watching a ghost of your former high school self. Watch Lady Bird for the perfect girls' night.
Phantom Thread Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design. Where It's Streaming: Amazon
At first, you probably will think you've seen Phantom Thread before. A movie about a difficult genius, blah blah. But Phantom Thread subverts expectations at every turn. The romance, if you could call it that, between Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse, Alma (Vicky Krieps), is one-of-a-kind.
The Post Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Meryl Streep). Where It's Streaming: Amazon
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score. Where It's Streaming: Amazon,iTunes
If you're only going to watch two of the Oscar-nominated movies, make it the ones gunning for Best Picture — Three Billboards and The Shape of Water. Watch Three Billboards, then engage in the debate.
The Shape of Water Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design. Where It's Streaming: Amazon,iTunes
The Boss Baby Nominated For: Best Animated Feature Where It's Streaming: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes
Alec Baldwin provides the voice for a young infant mogul in this loopy, sometimes scary, animated film. The Boss Baby comes to Earth with the intention of stealing love away from puppies, and back towards infants. Instead, he ends up developing a bond with his new brother.
The Big Sick Nominated For: Best Original Screenplay Where It's Streaming:Amazon Prime, iTunes
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon wrote their actual love story down in screenplay form — and it garnered them an Oscar nomination. The Big Sick is about a Pakistani stand-up comedian, played by Nanjiani, who falls in love with a white psychology Masters student, played by Zoe Kazan (and based on Gordon). When she falls ill, Kumail becomes close with her parents, and confronts his own parents' disapproval.
Dunkirk Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing Where It's Streaming: Amazon, iTunes
Christopher Nolan's epic war movie communicates meaning through gunshots, soaring planes, and sinking ships — and rarely through words. Dunkirk centers on the massive effort to rescue the 400,000 Allied troops stranded at the beaches of Dunkirk, France, in 1940.
Mudbound Nominated For: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography Where It's Streaming: Netflix
Watch Mudbound, and be prepared to cry. The action in Mudbound is unspooled from the perspective of six different narrators whose lives come in contact when Jamie McCallan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) return to their Mississippi Delta homes after WWII.
Bladerunner 2049 Nominated For: Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Original Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects Where It's Streaming: Amazon, iTunes
Logan Nominated For: Best Adapted Screenplay Where It's Streaming: HBO, iTunes
Who said superhero movies couldn't be high-brow fare? Logan takes place at the end of Wolverine's timeline, and is Hugh Jackman's last time playing the part.
Beauty and the Beast Nominated for: Best Production Design, Best Costume Design Where It's Streaming: Netflix
You know the tale already; it's as old as time. Beauty and the Beast came out in animated form in 1991. In 2017, the movie got the live action treatment, starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
Loving Vincent Nominated For: Best Animated Feature Where It's Streaming: iTunes, Amazon
You've never seen a movie like Loving Vincent before. All 165,000 frames in this Vincent Van Gogh biopic were painted with oil on canvas by 125 artists, all in the style of Van Gogh's own work.
Dear Basketball Nominated For: Best Short Film Where It's Streaming: YouTube
Kobe Bryant based this short film on the letter he wrote to announce his retirement in 2015.
Strong Island Nominated For: Best Documentary Feature Where It's Streaming: Netflix
Strong Island sets out to investigate the 1992 murder of an unarmed young Black man. The documentary becomes intensely personal, because the filmmaker's brother is the man who died.
Last Men in Aleppo Nominated For: Best Documentary Feature Where It's Streaming: iTunes, Netflix
The White Helmets, a group of volunteer rescue workers in Aleppo, wake up every morning and do the unthinkable. After sieges and military strikes, these men — all of them ordinary civilians — rush toward danger, not away, and are instrumental in saving lives. Last Men in Aleppo catches them as they each face the same question: Stay and help, or leave and preserve themselves?
Icarus Nominated For: Best Documentary Feature Where It's Streaming: Netflix
Earlier this year, Russia was banned from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics due to steroid use. Icarus began as one filmmaker's quest to find the truth about the Russian doping scandal – and morphed into something much darker and more off-the-rails than he could've expected.
Kong: Skull Island Nominated For: Best Visual Effects Where It's Streaming: HBO
In the days after the Vietnam War, a group of soldiers ventures to a mysterious island to track the existence of monsters, along with a professional adventurer and a photojournalist. They meet Kong, but also a whole slew of impressive CGI beings.
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature Where It's Streaming: Amazon Prime
Abacus, a small family-run bank based in Chinatown, is notable for one reason: It's the only bank to have faced criminal charges as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. This documentary follows the five-year trial, and goes into loopholes that keep bigger banks from prosecution.
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