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Which of This Year's Oscar Nominees Are Available to Stream Online?

By Rebecca Pahle | Miscellaneous | January 19, 2016 |

By Rebecca Pahle | Miscellaneous | January 19, 2016 |

This year’s Oscars take place on February 28th, which means you have just under six weeks to catch up on all the movies you said you were going to watch at some point during the year, but, well… watching TV and napping are both very good, also. The bulk of this year’s frontrunners are still in theaters, which means if you want to see them before the Oscars you’ll have to venture out-of-doors, like a person who does things. However, for the slothful among us who’d still like to get a leg up on their office Oscar pool, a good number of this year’s films are available online through various (legal) platforms, among them Netflix, Amazon Video and iTunes.


Nomination: Best Documentary
Synopsis: “From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse - in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Bridge of Spies
Nominations: Best Movie, Best Supporting Actor (Mark Rylance), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Score, Best Sound Mixing
Synopsis: “In a dramatic thriller inspired by true events, Tom Hanks stars as James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.”
Available on: Amazon Video and iTunes, starting February 2nd


Cartel Land
Nomination: Best Documentary
Synopsis: “Filmmaker Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) bring us this unprecedented look at two vigilante groups fighting the murderous drug cartels on both sides of the Mexican border.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes, Netflix


Chau, Beyond the Lines
Nomination: Best Documentary Short
Synopsis: “Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.”
Available on: Netflix


Nomination: Best Costume Design
Synopsis: …I don’t need to give you a synopsis for Cinderella. Suffice to say, I found this one startlingly enjoyable—it’s earnest, sweet, and Cate Blanchett vamps it up as the evil stepmother like you would not be-lieve.
Available on: Amazon Video (plus free with Starz subscription), iTunes

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Ex Machina
Nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Visual Effects
Synopsis: “A young programmer is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.” Oscar Isaac dances.
Available on: Amazon Video (and free on Amazon Prime!!!!). For those without a friend or family member with an Amazon Prime account, Ex Machina is on iTunes as a 99 cent rental.

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Inside Out
Nominations: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Screenplay
Synopsis: “When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her Emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Last Day of Freedom
Nomination: Best Documentary Short
Synopsis: “When Bill Babbitt realized that his brother Manny had committed a crime, he agonized over the decision to call the police, knowing that Manny could face the death penalty but hoping he would instead receive the help he needed. Manny, an African-American veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, suffered from PTSD and had found it difficult to obtain healthcare.”
Available on: Netflix


The Look of Silence
Nomination: Best Documentary
Synopsis:THE LOOK OF SILENCE, Joshua Oppenheimer’s unmissable follow-up to his Oscar-nominated THE ACT OF KILLING, tells the story of the Indonesian genocide from a different perspective.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Nominations: Best Movie, Best Director (George Miller), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hair, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects
Synopsis: Charlize Theron smashes the patriarchy, Tom Hardy grunts.
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


The Martian
Nominations: Best Movie, Best Lead Actor (Matt Damon), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects
Synopsis: The world bands together to rescue Matt Damon for the third time.
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Shaun the Sheep Movie
Nomination: Best Animated Feature
Synopsis: “Shaun gets more than he bargained for when a day off leads to an epic adventure in the big City. Now it’s up to Shaun to safely return his farmer and flock to the green grass of home.” This is the first feature film based on the children’s TV show Shaun the Sheep, created by Aardman Animations, the company behind Wallace and Gromit. It’s stop-motion and pretty cute.
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Sound Editing
Synopsis: “An idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Nominations: Best Movie, Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing
Synopsis: “The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”
Available on: Expected on iTunes on February 2nd.


Steve Jobs
Nominations: Best Lead Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet), and none for Aaron Sorkin byeeeee
Synopsis:Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.”
Available on: Expected on iTunes on February 2nd.


Straight Outta Compton
Nomination: Best Original Screenplay
Synopsis: “The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.”
Available on: Amazon Video, iTunes


Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Synopsis: “In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.”
Available on: Expected on Amazon Video and iTunes on February 19th.


Nomination: Best Actor (Bryan Cranston)
Synopsis: “Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood’s top screenwriter in 1947, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.” Helen Mirren, playing pre-TMZ gossip journalist Hedda Hopper, wears an assortment of fun hats.
Available on: Expected on iTunes on February 2


What Happened, Miss Simone?
Nomination: Best Documentary
Synopsis: “A documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the ‘High Priestess of Soul.’”
Available on: Netflix


Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Nomination: Best Documentary
Synopsis: “A documentary on the unrest in Ukraine during 2013 and 2014, as student demonstrations supporting European integration grew into a violent revolution calling for the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich.”
Available on: Netflix


World of Tomorrow
Nomination: Best Animated Short
Synopsis: “A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity’s fate.”
Available on: Netflix. For those who don’t have Netflix—or for those whose location’s version of Netflix doesn’t have World of Tomorrow—it’s available on Vimeo on Demand as a $3.99 rental. I highly recommend it. It’s 16 minutes long and a little fucked up.


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared
Nomination: Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Synopsis: “The highest-grossing Swedish film of all time based on the best-selling novel, this explosive comedy blockbuster is a fanciful spin on world history through the spirited antics of a mischievous centenarian with a flair for adventure.”
Available on: Amazon Video (free on Amazon Prime), iTunes