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Oscars 2021: Where to Watch the Nominees Online

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'Mank,' 'Nomadland,' 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'
Awards contenders including 'Mank,' 'Nomadland' and 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' are available to watch before the 93rd annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

While the nominees for the 93rd annual Academy Awards were unveiled a month ago and the event is coming up on Sunday, there is still time to see some major titles you may have missed.

Leading the nominees this year is Mank, which received 10 nods including best picture, best director for David Fincher, best actor for Gary Oldman and best actress for Amanda Seyfried.

Chloé Zhao's sweeping drama Nomadland, which has picked up numerous awards already this season, received six noms along with Sony Pictures Classics' The Father, Warner Bros. Judas and the Black Messiah, Amazon's Sound of Metal and Netflix's The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, an adaptation of August Wilson's play, is up for five noms including best performance for the late Chadwick Boseman.

Below, find out where you can watch these films — and plenty more of the nominees — on streaming platforms online.

MANK is set in the 1930s and follows alcoholic writer Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Gary Oldman) as he develops the screenplay for Citizen Kane. The film, based on a screenplay by Fincher's late father Jack, also stars Lily Collins.

Where to Watch: Netflix

NOMADLAND stars Frances McDormand (nominated for her performance) as a woman who embarks on a solitary journey through the American West. The film is up for best picture, with Zhao vying for best director. The film's other noms include best adapted screenplay, editing and cinematography.

Where to Watch: Hulu, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is writer and director Aaron Sorkin's visualization of the 1969 trial of the Chicago Seven, a group of men charged with conspiracy and  inciting riots during the Democratic National Convention. The film, starring Sasha Baron Cohen, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton, is up for awards including best picture and best original screenplay.

Where to Watch: Netflix

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM stars Boseman and Viola Davis, both nominated for their performances in the musical film about blues singer Ma Rainey and her band in the 1920s. Among its five noms, the movie is up for best costume design, production design and makeup.

Where to Watch: Netflix

MINARI hails from director Lee Isaac Chung, and follows a Korean family who move to Arkansas in search of the American dream. The film stars Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn, both nominated for their performances. Chung is up for best director and best original screenplay.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is the debut feature of writer and director Emerald Fennell, and stars Carey Mulligan confronting the traumas of her past. With Fennell's director nom along with Zhao, the Oscars made history for a record number of female directors nominated in one year.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video

SOUND OF METAL stars Riz Ahmed as a drummer who loses his hearing and has to adjust to that new reality. Ahmed is nominated for his lead performance, along with Paul Raci in the supporting actor category. The film from director Darius Marder is also up for best picture, original screenplay, sound and film editing.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

SOUL is the buzziest animated nominee this year, starring the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey in a jazz-filled family adventure about a middle-school band teacher. In addition to the best animated film nom, Soul is up for best sound and best original score.

Where to Watch: Disney+

THE FATHER stars Anthony Hopkins as a man with dementia, and Olivia Colman as his daughter. The film is director Florian Zeller's adaptation of his own play. Both lead actors are nominated for their performances, while the film is up for best adapted screenplay, production design and sound editing.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH stars Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield as the FBI informant who betrayed the Illinois Black Panther Party chairman in director Shaka King's political drama. Aside from its best picture nod, Kaluuya and Stanfield are nominated for their performances. The film is also up for best original screenplay, cinematography, and original song.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM is Sacha Baron Cohen's latest mockumentary about the fictional Kazakh journalist, though in this film — a sequel to to 2006's Borat — we meet his daughter Tutar, played by Oscar nominee Maria Bakalova. The film is also competing for best adapted screenplay.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

TENET is Christopher Nolan's latest action thriller, which stars John David Washington and is up for best visual effects and production design this year.

Where to Watch: Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video

ANOTHER ROUND from director Thomas Vinterberg is among the best international feature film nominees, starring Mads Mikkelsen as a high school teacher who consumes — along with three others — alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects his social and professional life.

Where to Watch: Hulu

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER is up for best documentary feature. The Netflix film, shot in waters off the South African coast, explores one man's relationship with the sea creature.

Where to Watch: Netflix


Among the six animated short film nominees is Pixar Animation Studios' Burrow, from director Madeline Sharafian, available on Disney +. Adrien Merigeau's Genius Loci can be found on Vimeo, while Will McCormack and Michael Govier's If Anything Happens I Love You is on Netflix. Erick Oh's Opera is on ShortsTV for ticketed viewing. Gísli Darri Halldórsson's Icelandic short Yes-People may be rented or purchased on Vimeo.


Doug Roland's short Feeling Through is among the live-action short nominees, featuring a chance encounter between an in-need teenager and a deaf and blind man (Robert Tarango). The film, produced with the Helen Keller National Center, is free on YouTube. Elvira Lind's The Letter Room can be purchased on Vimeo. Farah Nabulsi's The Present is streaming on Netflix, along with Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe's Two Distant Strangers. Tomer Shushan's White Eye may be seen through ShortsTV.


From director Anthony Giacchino, Colette follows 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine as she travels back to the German concentration camp where her brother perished 75 years prior. The film, co-produced by Facebook's Oculus Studios and Electronic Arts' Respawn Entertainment and included in VR video game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, can be viewed through distribution by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper. Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers's A Concerto is a Conversation is available for viewing through Breakwater Studios. Anders Hammer's Do Not Split is on Vimeo for free, while Skye Fitzgerald's Hunger Ward is on-demand through Pluto. Sophia Nahli Allison's A Love Song for Latasha is on Netflix.


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