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It’s recently come to my attention that it’s Oscar season. Nominations were announced on Jan. 22, which means you have about a month and two days to watch all the nominated films before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24. For your convenience, we’ve compiled all the nominees that are currently available to stream. Not all nominated movies are online right now, so you may have to leave your house and head to the theater if you want to see films like Vice or The Favourite or Green Book. But scroll on for the ones that are just a couple of clicks away.
Avengers: Infinity War
Best Visual Effects
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Watch it on Netflix.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song
Buster Scruggs is an anthology film. While the majority of its stories are original, “All Gold Canyon” is adapted from a Jack London story and “The Gal Who Got Rattled” is inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White. That’s enough to put it in the Adapted Screenplay category. It’s on Netflix.
Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects
The superhero sensation is available on Netflix.
Best Picture, Best Director (Spike Lee), Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score
Spike Lee’s searing dramedy isn’t included in any subscriptions, but you can rent it on Amazon, YouTube, Google Play or FandangoNow.
Best Picture, Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Critics don’t particularly like this Freddie Mercury biopic, but audiences do. Decide for yourself after buying it on YouTube, Google Play or FandangoNow.
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Best Visual Effects The Winnie the Pooh joint is available to rent or buy on YouTube, Amazon, FandangoNow or Google Play.
Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects
This Neil Armstrong biopic was supposed to be a Best Picture contender, but it kinda fizzled. Oh well. You can buy it on YouTube, Amazon, Google Play or rent it on FandangoNow.
Best Original Screenplay
This devastating environmental drama from writer-director Paul Schrader and starring notable snub Ethan Hawke is streaming on Amazon Prime if you’re ready to get radicalized.
Best Animated Feature2018’s requisite Pixar nominee is available for purchase on YouTube, Amazon or Google Play.
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Isle of Dogs
Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score
Wes Anderson’s stop-motion stunner is included with your HBO Go/HBO Now subscription.
Minding the GapBest Documentary Feature
The skateboarding doc with a stellar 93 Metacritic score is on Hulu.
Of Fathers and Sons
Best Documentary FeatureThis intense and intimate doc about a radical Islamist family in Syria is streaming on Kanopy, the free library-affiliated streaming service. (Animated short “Weekends” is on there, too.)
A Quiet Place
Best Sound Editing
John Krasinski’s horror flick is all about sound and its absence, so it makes perfect sense that it got nominated for Sound Editing. It’s available for purchase on YouTube, Amazon, Google Play or FandangoNow.
Best Documentary Feature The biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg On the Basis of Sex didn’t get any noms, but the documentary RBG did. It’s on Hulu.
Ready Player One
Best Visual Effects
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi mash-up is on HBO Go/HBO Now.
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Best Picture, Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design
The good people at Netflix have made this gorgeous slice-of-life drama available to anyone with a subscription.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Best Visual EffectsHan Solo’s origin story is included with your Netflix subscription.
A Star Is Born
Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Lady GaGa), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing
It’s expensive — $19.99 — but the crowd-pleaser/tearjerker A Star Is Born is available on iTunes, Google Play and FandangoNow.
Best Actress (Glenn Close)
Glenn Close’s Golden Globe win for this intimate drama makes her a frontrunner in the Oscar race. You can check out this one by buying it on FandangoNow or iTunes.