La La Land and Hidden Figures are currently duking it out at the box office to see who can benefit most from this years Oscar bounce (spoiler alert: Hidden Figures is winning), but you dont have to drop $50 on tickets and a tub of popcorn to see many of the films vying for Oscar gold during Sundays ceremonyincluding some of the big frontrunners. Before you fill out that Oscar pool ballot in ink, put on your comfiest sweats, grab a seat on the couch, and have yourself an Academy Awards stream-athon.

Arrival

Though hes been making movies for nearly 25 years, Denis Villeneuve has remained under the radara shame, as hes brought such unique sensibilities to movies like Enemy and Sicario. Appropriately, Arrival changed all that for the Canadian director. Part sci-fi feature and part linguistics lesson, the film stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is desperately trying to create a universal language in order to communicate with an alien species that has descended to Earth. But even beyond that, the film serves as a stark reminder that progress takes time and, as such, requires patiencewhich, given the current political climate, is a timely sentiment.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Though hes been making movies for nearly 25 years, Denis Villeneuve has remained under the radara shame, as hes brought such unique sensibilities to movies like Enemy and Sicario. Appropriately, Arrival changed all that for the Canadian director. Part sci-fi feature and part linguistics lesson, the film stars Amy Adams as a linguist who is desperately trying to create a universal language in order to communicate with an alien species that has descended to Earth. But even beyond that, the film serves as a stark reminder that progress takes time and, as such, requires patiencewhich, given the current political climate, is a timely sentiment.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Hell or High Water

Every Oscar ceremony seems to anoint at least one indie darling, and David Mackenzies Hell or High Water is this years sweatiest and most gritty. The film, written by actor Taylor Sheridan (who also penned the Sicarioscript), is a modern-day Western in which two brothersplayed by Chris Pine and Ben Fostergo on a bank-robbing spree across West Texas, each for his own specific reasons. As with any good Western, theres a lawman on their trailin this case, a veteran Texas Ranger played by a perfectly no-nonsense Jeff Bridges (who earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the part). The dude abides.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Every Oscar ceremony seems to anoint at least one indie darling, and David Mackenzies Hell or High Water is this years sweatiest and most gritty. The film, written by actor Taylor Sheridan (who also penned the Sicarioscript), is a modern-day Western in which two brothersplayed by Chris Pine and Ben Fostergo on a bank-robbing spree across West Texas, each for his own specific reasons. As with any good Western, theres a lawman on their trailin this case, a veteran Texas Ranger played by a perfectly no-nonsense Jeff Bridges (who earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the part). The dude abides.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Moonlight

With Moonlight,writer-director Barry Jenkins hasfully established himself as one of cinemas rising auteurs, creating a deeply moving look at the life of a young black man as he matures from a child to an adult in one of Miamis toughest neighborhoods. Though it was shot quickly, cheaply, and independently, its clear that Jenkins team was as passionate about the project as he was; it earned an impressive eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

With Moonlight,writer-director Barry Jenkins hasfully established himself as one of cinemas rising auteurs, creating a deeply moving look at the life of a young black man as he matures from a child to an adult in one of Miamis toughest neighborhoods. Though it was shot quickly, cheaply, and independently, its clear that Jenkins team was as passionate about the project as he was; it earned an impressive eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, and Best Supporting Actress for Naomie Harris.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Manchester by the Sea

Whether or not Kenneth Lonergans Manchester by the Sea walks away with any gold, its already made history for earning the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a streaming studio (courtesy of Amazon). But given that it has earned a total of six nominationsincluding Best Picture, plus Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Lonerganat least one win seems inevitable. Casey Affleckdelivers the goods as Lee Chandler, a janitor successfully managing to avoid life after a horrific tragedy tears him apart from his wife and children. But when his brother dies and names Lee as guardian to his 16-year-old nephew, hes forced to go back to the homeand peoplehe left behind.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Whether or not Kenneth Lonergans Manchester by the Sea walks away with any gold, its already made history for earning the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a streaming studio (courtesy of Amazon). But given that it has earned a total of six nominationsincluding Best Picture, plus Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Lonerganat least one win seems inevitable. Casey Affleckdelivers the goods as Lee Chandler, a janitor successfully managing to avoid life after a horrific tragedy tears him apart from his wife and children. But when his brother dies and names Lee as guardian to his 16-year-old nephew, hes forced to go back to the homeand peoplehe left behind.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Loving

Almost more amazing than Jeff Nichols Loving itself is the fact that Nichols is not yet a household name. In the past five years alone, hes been responsible for some of the most compelling films to hit the big screenTake Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Specialbut has yet to really catch the Academys eye. With Loving, hes starting to get the awards attention he deserves. And rightly so, its his most impactful movie to date. The film stars Joel Edgerton and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple whose landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Almost more amazing than Jeff Nichols Loving itself is the fact that Nichols is not yet a household name. In the past five years alone, hes been responsible for some of the most compelling films to hit the big screenTake Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Specialbut has yet to really catch the Academys eye. With Loving, hes starting to get the awards attention he deserves. And rightly so, its his most impactful movie to date. The film stars Joel Edgerton and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple whose landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Nocturnal Animals

Amy Adams pops up again in fashion designer/filmmaker Tom Fords follow-up to 2009s A Single Man. Told as a story within a story, Adams plays Susan Morrow, a wealthy but lonely art gallery owner whose life, including her marriage, is a carefully constructed faade. Out of the blue, she receives a copy of the novel her ex-husband, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), had always planned to write, which he has dedicated to her. As Morrow becomes more engrossed in the book, the fictional worldin which a family road trip through Texas turns deadlyplays out onscreen, too. Michael Shannon, who received a Best Supporting Actor nod, scored the films only nomination, but understandably thiskind of gritty neo-noir vibe isnt for everyone.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Amy Adams pops up again in fashion designer/filmmaker Tom Fords follow-up to 2009s A Single Man. Told as a story within a story, Adams plays Susan Morrow, a wealthy but lonely art gallery owner whose life, including her marriage, is a carefully constructed faade. Out of the blue, she receives a copy of the novel her ex-husband, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal), had always planned to write, which he has dedicated to her. As Morrow becomes more engrossed in the book, the fictional worldin which a family road trip through Texas turns deadlyplays out onscreen, too. Michael Shannon, who received a Best Supporting Actor nod, scored the films only nomination, but understandably thiskind of gritty neo-noir vibe isnt for everyone.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Jackie

The reviews have been somewhat mixed on Pablo Larrans Jackie, which aims to be an intimate portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husbands assassination. And it is that, in some ways. But the movie jumps back and forth in time, with much of it focusing on the production of the First Ladys famous 1962 tour of the White House. It doesnt work for everyone, but everyone agrees that Natalie Portmans portrayal of the iconic Jackie Kennedy make her a frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

The reviews have been somewhat mixed on Pablo Larrans Jackie, which aims to be an intimate portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husbands assassination. And it is that, in some ways. But the movie jumps back and forth in time, with much of it focusing on the production of the First Ladys famous 1962 tour of the White House. It doesnt work for everyone, but everyone agrees that Natalie Portmans portrayal of the iconic Jackie Kennedy make her a frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Elle

To American audiences, Paul Verhoeven is the guy who made RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. But he never set out to be Hollywoods go-to sci-fi guy; his earliest successes were in the dramatic genre, and he had a tendency to create controversy because of his penchant for sex and violence. All of which makes Elle, starring Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert as a woman searching to track down the man who raped her, a return to form for the Showgirls director.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

To American audiences, Paul Verhoeven is the guy who made RoboCop, Total Recall, and Starship Troopers. But he never set out to be Hollywoods go-to sci-fi guy; his earliest successes were in the dramatic genre, and he had a tendency to create controversy because of his penchant for sex and violence. All of which makes Elle, starring Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert as a woman searching to track down the man who raped her, a return to form for the Showgirls director.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Florence Foster Jenkins

It wouldnt really be an Oscar ceremony without Meryl Streep being nominated for something. And she truly outdid herself this year, as her Best Actress nod for Florence Foster Jenkins marks a record-setting 20th Oscar nomination for the actress (Streep beat her own record). The film is based on the true story of a New York City socialite and wannabe opera singer who was essentially the William Hung of her generation but with a lot more money. She gained fame for being a terrible singer, and managed to perform at Carnegie Hall to a packed house of amused admirers. Naturally, Streep gives this quirky tale all the heart it deserves.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

It wouldnt really be an Oscar ceremony without Meryl Streep being nominated for something. And she truly outdid herself this year, as her Best Actress nod for Florence Foster Jenkins marks a record-setting 20th Oscar nomination for the actress (Streep beat her own record). The film is based on the true story of a New York City socialite and wannabe opera singer who was essentially the William Hung of her generation but with a lot more money. She gained fame for being a terrible singer, and managed to perform at Carnegie Hall to a packed house of amused admirers. Naturally, Streep gives this quirky tale all the heart it deserves.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Hacksaw Ridge

Mel Gibson has been persona non grata in Hollywood for the last decade or so, but all that seems to be changing. HisHacksaw Ridge managed to score a total of six Oscar nominationsincluding Best Picture, a Best Actor nod for Andrew Garfield, and a nomination for Gibson himself as Best Director. The film recounts the true story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier who stood on the front lines during some of World War IIs most violent battles, yet refused to carry a weapon. Though he was a conscientious objector, he saved more than 75 of his fellow soldiers during his tour, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Mel Gibson has been persona non grata in Hollywood for the last decade or so, but all that seems to be changing. HisHacksaw Ridge managed to score a total of six Oscar nominationsincluding Best Picture, a Best Actor nod for Andrew Garfield, and a nomination for Gibson himself as Best Director. The film recounts the true story of Desmond Doss, an American soldier who stood on the front lines during some of World War IIs most violent battles, yet refused to carry a weapon. Though he was a conscientious objector, he saved more than 75 of his fellow soldiers during his tour, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross, who plays Hooli CEO Galvin Benson in HBOs Silicon Valley, is an actors director (for obvious reasons). Though the bulk of his career has been in front of the camera, last years Captain Fantastic marked his fourth foray as a director, and his most successful effort. Viggo Mortensen, who scored a Best Actor nomination, plays Ben Cash, a survivalist who lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and six children, who are home-schooled. When his wife dies, Ben is forced to come face-to-face with the real world again, which causes his kids to question whether living off-the-grid is really as important as they’ve been taught.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Matt Ross, who plays Hooli CEO Galvin Benson in HBOs Silicon Valley, is an actors director (for obvious reasons). Though the bulk of his career has been in front of the camera, last years Captain Fantastic marked his fourth foray as a director, and his most successful effort. Viggo Mortensen, who scored a Best Actor nomination, plays Ben Cash, a survivalist who lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and six children, who are home-schooled. When his wife dies, Ben is forced to come face-to-face with the real world again, which causes his kids to question whether living off-the-grid is really as important as they’ve been taught.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Hail, Caesar!

Joel and Ethan Coen have a rather hit-or-miss relationship with the Academy. In 2008, they (rightfully) cleaned up with No Country for Old Men, then scored five nominations between A Serious Man and True Grit. Yet 2013s Inside Llewyn Davis was woefully overlooked. In the case of Hail, Caesar!, a fun ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood moviemaking, only the production design got noticed. Which is saying a lot, as the film is packed with great performances by the likes of George Clooney, Tilda Swinton (times two), and Channing Tatum. But its perhaps most memorable for the fact that they all out-shined by relative newcomer (and future Han Solo) Alden Ehrenreich. Would that it were so simple.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, HBO Go, iTunes, YouTube

Joel and Ethan Coen have a rather hit-or-miss relationship with the Academy. In 2008, they (rightfully) cleaned up with No Country for Old Men, then scored five nominations between A Serious Man and True Grit. Yet 2013s Inside Llewyn Davis was woefully overlooked. In the case of Hail, Caesar!, a fun ode to the Golden Age of Hollywood moviemaking, only the production design got noticed. Which is saying a lot, as the film is packed with great performances by the likes of George Clooney, Tilda Swinton (times two), and Channing Tatum. But its perhaps most memorable for the fact that they all out-shined by relative newcomer (and future Han Solo) Alden Ehrenreich. Would that it were so simple.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, HBO Go, iTunes, YouTube

The Lobster

The first word that comes to mind when describing Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster is, well, strange. The dystopian black comedy is set in a world where finding a mate is the ultimate goal of every person, and those who find themselves single are forced to check into a hotel to try and find a life partner within 45 days. If they fail, theyre turned into the animal of their choice. Colin Farrell does a wonderful job of playing the sad sack, who joins up with a group of rogue loners who are working to fight against the rules. The film scored a nomination for Best Original Screenplayemphasis on Original.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

The first word that comes to mind when describing Yorgos Lanthimos The Lobster is, well, strange. The dystopian black comedy is set in a world where finding a mate is the ultimate goal of every person, and those who find themselves single are forced to check into a hotel to try and find a life partner within 45 days. If they fail, theyre turned into the animal of their choice. Colin Farrell does a wonderful job of playing the sad sack, who joins up with a group of rogue loners who are working to fight against the rules. The film scored a nomination for Best Original Screenplayemphasis on Original.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

13th

Selma director Ava DuVernay went the documentary route with 13th, an engrossing Netflix doc that illustrates the rampant racial inequality that has long dominated the American prison system. DuVernay did her homework and dug deep to present as comprehensive a look at the topic as possible; in addition to archival footage, she assembled a fascinating lineup of interview subjects, from activists to politicians to former inmates, to discuss the state of our criminal justice system.
Where to stream it: Netflix

Selma director Ava DuVernay went the documentary route with 13th, an engrossing Netflix doc that illustrates the rampant racial inequality that has long dominated the American prison system. DuVernay did her homework and dug deep to present as comprehensive a look at the topic as possible; in addition to archival footage, she assembled a fascinating lineup of interview subjects, from activists to politicians to former inmates, to discuss the state of our criminal justice system.
Where to stream it: Netflix

Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio that brought audiences Coraline, scored again in 2016 with Kubo and the Two Strings, an action-packed animated film that sees a young man named Kubo (Art Parkinson) head off on a quest to find a magical suit of armor once owned by his father, a fallen samurai, in order to ward off an evil spirit. Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron also lend their voice talents.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio that brought audiences Coraline, scored again in 2016 with Kubo and the Two Strings, an action-packed animated film that sees a young man named Kubo (Art Parkinson) head off on a quest to find a magical suit of armor once owned by his father, a fallen samurai, in order to ward off an evil spirit. Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron also lend their voice talents.
Where to stream it: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

O.J.: Made in America

Dont let the near-eight-hour running time of this ESPN-produced documentaryor the fact that you invested 10 hours in The People v. O.J. Simpsonturn you off. Just when you thought you had learned everything there was to uncover about The Juice, director Ezra Edelman compiled this comprehensive, cradle-to-jail look at Simpsons lifeboth the one the public saw, and the one behind closed doors. The doc goes far beyond the many, many headlines that have been written about Simpson over the years to contextualize his status as a pop culture figure and what his trial represented for race relations in America. Just because youre old enough to remember the Bronco chase doesnt mean you know everything.
Where to stream it: Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

Dont let the near-eight-hour running time of this ESPN-produced documentaryor the fact that you invested 10 hours in The People v. O.J. Simpsonturn you off. Just when you thought you had learned everything there was to uncover about The Juice, director Ezra Edelman compiled this comprehensive, cradle-to-jail look at Simpsons lifeboth the one the public saw, and the one behind closed doors. The doc goes far beyond the many, many headlines that have been written about Simpson over the years to contextualize his status as a pop culture figure and what his trial represented for race relations in America. Just because youre old enough to remember the Bronco chase doesnt mean you know everything.
Where to stream it: Hulu, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube

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