Oscars: how to stream Academy Award nominated films in Australia

Oscars 2021: How to stream this year’s Academy Award nominated films in Australia

There are a few titles you can already watch from the comfort of your living room.

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Despite a tough year for cinemas and production companies from all over the world, we still got to watch some amazing films in the past few months. This year's Oscars ceremony, which will be held on 26 April, will recognise the best of the best.

Until then, you still have some time to catch up with the year's buzziest nominees. Netflix has the most nominations this time around, which is great news for streaming enthusiasts. Other titles are available in theatres, while some you can rent or buy from digital retailers.

We've highlighted a few of the contenders more widely available to stream. You can also scroll down to the end of the article for the complete list of nominees and where to watch them online.

Mank

Mank


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins

Mank is set in 1930s Hollywood and shows us that glamorous world through the eyes of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, just as he's scrambling to finish the script for a little movie called Citizen Kane. It's beautiful, entertaining and very likely to appeal to movie buffs.

Mank has the most Academy Award nominations this year with 10, including for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried) and Best Director (David Fincher).

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Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal


  • Year of release: 2019
  • Cast: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci

A compelling story of desperation and hope, Sound of Metal revolves around a heavy-metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing.

He believes that life as he knew it is over, but ends up discovering a welcoming community that will help him move forward and adapt to his new situation. The movie greatly benefits from a stunning performance from Riz Ahmed in the lead role.

Sound of Metal is nominated for Best Picture, as well as Best Actor (Riz Ahmed), Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Original Screenplay and more.

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the US government with conspiracy and more following a series of protests. Timely and captivating, it's the kind of movie that stays with you for a long time.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Original Screenplay (Sorkin) and more.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman

A stunning and atmospheric drama, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is set over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago. The fiery Ma Rainey engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer.

Brimming with powerhouse performances, this movie will keep you glued to the screen from start to finish. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is nominated for Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Costume Design and more.

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One Night in Miami…

One Night in Miami…


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr.

Clever and boasting a terrific cast, this hard-hitting movie is a fictionalised account of one incredible night in 1964.

Then, four icons of sport, music and activism – Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown – gathered to celebrate one of the biggest upsets in boxing history and discuss their roles in the Civil Rights Movement.

One Night in Miami… is nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom, Jr.), Best Original Song (Speak Now) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Kemp Powers).

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Pieces of a Woman

Pieces of a Woman


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Molly Parker, Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger

Set in the aftermath of a heartbreaking home birth, this harrowing movie chronicles a year-long odyssey of mourning and centres on a woman who, slowly, learns to live with the pain.

This isn't an easy movie to watch, but it's worth it, as Vanessa Kirby offers a mesmerising performance. Pieces of a Woman is nominated for Best Actress (Kirby).

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova

In the sequel to the popular movie Borat, the titular character travels once again from Kazakhstan to the US to reveal more about the American culture, the COVID-19 pandemic and more. He is joined by a young woman portrayed by Maria Bakalova, now an Oscar nominee.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Bakalova) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern).

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Emma.

Emma.


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth

A gorgeous period piece, Emma. is based on the infamous Jane Austen novel of the same name. The story follows a well-meaning but selfish young woman who meddles in the love lives of her friends. It's fun, charming and smart.

Emma. is nominated for Best Costume Design (Alexandra Byrne) and Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze).

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Soul

Soul


  • Year of release: 2020
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton

A struggling jazz musician finally gets his big break, but a wrong step takes him to another realm where he has to help someone else find their passion. It's the kind of movie that makes you appreciate life. Plus, in true Pixar fashion, it's heartfelt and hilarious.

Soul is nominated for Best Animated Film, Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste) and Best Sound (Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker).

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From the list of Best Picture nominees, Promising Young Woman is set to drop on iTunes in Australia on 7 April; Nomadland, Judas and the Black Messiah and Minari are showing in theatres; while The Father is yet to arrive on Aussie shores. Check out the full list of Academy Award nominees below.

Best Picture

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank – Netflix
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of MetalPrime Video
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix

Best Actor

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of MetalPrime Video
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Netflix
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank – Netflix
  • Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Netflix
  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman – Netflix
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in MiamiPrime Video
  • Paul Raci, Sound of MetalPrime Video
  • Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent MoviefilmPrime Video
  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy – Netflix
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank – Netflix
  • Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Directing

  • Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
  • David Fincher, Mank – Netflix
  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
  • Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent MoviefilmPrime Video
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night in MiamiPrime Video
  • The White Tiger – Netflix

Best Original Screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of MetalPrime Video
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Cinematography

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank – Netflix
  • News of the World – Netflix
  • Nomadland
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix

Best Costume Design

Best Documentary Feature

  • Collective
  • Crip Camp – Netflix
  • The Mole Agent
  • My Octopus Teacher – Netflix
  • TimePrime Video

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • Colette
  • A Concerto Is a Conversation
  • Do Not Split
  • Hunger Ward
  • A Love Song for Latasha – Netflix

Best Film Editing

  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of MetalPrime Video
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix

Best International Feature Film

  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • Better Days (Hong Kong) – Buy from iTunes/Apple TV/Google Play
  • Collective (Romania)
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Emma.Prime Video/ BINGE / Foxtel
  • Hillbilly Elegy – Netflix
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Netflix
  • Mank – Netflix
  • Pinocchio

Best Original Score

  • Da 5 Bloods – Netflix
  • Mank – Netflix
  • Minari
  • News of the World – Netflix
  • SoulDisney+

Best Original Song

  • "Fight for You", Judas and the Black Messiah
  • "Hear My Voice", The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Netflix
  • "Husavik", Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Netflix
  • "Io sì (Seen)", The Life Ahead (La vita davanti a sé) – Netflix
  • "Speak Now", One Night in MiamiPrime Video

Best Production Design

  • The Father
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Netflix
  • Mank – Netflix
  • News of the World – Netflix
  • Tenet – Buy from Apple TV/Amazon/Telstra TV/YouTube/Google Play/Microsoft Store

Best Animated Short Film

  • Burrow
  • Genius Loci
  • If Anything Happens I Love You – Netflix
  • Opera
  • Yes-People

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Feeling Through
  • The Letter Room
  • The Present
  • Two Distant Strangers
  • White Eye

Best Sound

Best Visual Effects

  • Love and MonstersArrives on Netflix 14 April
  • The Midnight Sky – Netflix
  • MulanDisney+
  • The One and Only IvanDisney+
  • Tenet – Buy from iTunes/Amazon/Telstra TV/YouTube/Google Play/Microsoft Store

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