Oscars 2021: How to watch the best picture nominees – CNET


Frances McDormand in Chloe Zhao’s Oscar-nominated Nomadland.

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Despite slimmer pickings in a year of films vacating their 2020 release spots, the 93rd Academy Award voters have nominated a worthy bunch of films for best picture. The ceremony, taking place on April 25, also makes history: For the first time ever, two women are nominated in the notoriously male-dominated best director category. Unsurprisingly, their films have also earned best picture nominations.

Read more: The full list of 2021 Oscar nominations

Below you’ll find how to stream Chloé Zhao’s contemplative drama Nomadland, and Emerald Fennell’s haunting revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, along with the six other worthy best picture contenders. Streaming services Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Hulu, as well as video-on-demand options, are the places to go.

How to watch the 2021 Oscars best picture nominees


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Nomadland has been sweeping awards at film festivals and is a big shout for best picture. If you can’t get out to a cinema (it was released on Feb. 19), watch it at home now on Hulu. Hulu costs $6 a month (with a few ads) and has a wealth of other TV shows and a growing film slate to make it worth your buck.

Promising Young Woman

Focus Features

Carey Mulligan stars in this provocative black comedy thriller, about, yes, a promising young woman who drops out of medical school. The reason? To avenge her best friend, who was a victim of rape. You can watch Promising Young Woman now on video on demand, from Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and more.

The Father


The Father’s heart-breaking portrayal of dementia is brought to life with the help of two greats in Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins, who both scored acting nominations at this year’s Oscars. The film came out in theaters on March 12 and you can buy it on premium video on demand from March 26, from services like Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play and more.

Judas and the Black Messiah

This powerful biopic follows Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton and the FBI informant who betrayed him. Judas and the Black Messiah has been out in theaters since Feb. 12. It was available on HBO Max as part of Warner Bros.’ simultaneous theater and streaming release plan, but unfortunately the one-month window to stream it on HBO Max has just closed. Catch it in a cinema if you can and we’ll update this post once we know its home media release date, which in general for films comes under three months following its cinema release.



David Fincher joins the growing list of illustrious directors making their films with the help of Netflix. Mank, a biopic celebrating unsung screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane, leads this year’s Oscar nominations with 10. You can stream it on Netflix now, with the basic package starting at $9 a month.



Minari stars Steven Yeun in a sensitive and authentic portrait of a family of South Korean immigrants trying to assimilate to life in 1980s rural America. You can buy or rent it now on video-on-demand, from Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and more.

Sound of Metal

Amazon Studios

Sound of Metal follows a hard rock dummer who loses his hearing and struggles to settle into a new life in the deaf community. The film, which features brilliant sound design, showcases Riz Ahmed’s great talent and rightly saw him nominated for best actor. Stream it now on Prime Video, which costs $9 a month.

The Trial of the Chicago 7


Aaron Sorkin writes and directs this drama based on the true story of anti-Vietnam War protestors who became known as the Chicago Seven. It’s evocatively brought to life by a hefty ensemble cast, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You can stream it now on Netflix, with the basic package starting at $9 a month.

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