Here’s where you can stream this year’s Oscar-nominated films

Before we begin, a confession. Even The A.V. Club’s film staff has not seen every single film that’s been nominated for an Oscar this year, so don’t feel too guilty if you haven’t either. And if you do want to catch up on every Oscar film, you’ll have to drop some cash, as digital purchases—the only streaming option for three of this year’s eight Best Picture nominees—generally cost $14.99 on the low end, and $19.99 on the high end. That’s not including all the Oscar nominees that won’t hit digital platforms at all until after the ceremony, necessitating a trip to the movies, with all its attendant expenses, to see them.

Thankfully, however, the streaming wars have trickled down a few benefits to the less liquid among us. The obvious example is Roma, an honest to goodness piece of art available to anyone who can access Netflix. (How you access Netflix, we don’t need to know, but the company has historically been indifferent on the subject of password sharing.) Black Panther, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, and Avengers: Infinity War are also currently streaming on Netflix, and Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime have a smattering of Oscar contenders in their streaming catalogs as well. Then there are our old friends at the public library, keepers of a robust catalog of DVDs and Blu-rays they’ll let you borrow for free. (Assuming you don’t already owe them a bunch of money in late fees, of course.) With that in mind, Oscar nominees that have already been released on DVD and Blu-ray are noted in individual entries below.

The Stars
If you watch any of the films nominated for Academy Awards this year, these are the ones to watch. All seven of the films listed here are nominated for Best Picture, and between them they account for 51 of this year’s nominations. Vice, the sole Best Picture nominee whose digital release is still TBD, brings that total up to 59.

Black Panther
Black Panther reigned in theaters for a solid six months last year, and you bet that Disney and Marvel Studios are making sure that the No. 1 film of 2018 is widely available for home viewing as well. It’s currently streaming on Netflix, and is available for digital purchase or digital rental on all your major platforms—iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Walmart’s Vudu—if you’re a Netflix naysayer with $2.99 to spend. (There’s always DVD and Blu-ray as well.) Plus, Disney is re-releasing the film in theaters this week for free at 250 AMC locations across the U.S. You can reserve a seat at one of those screenings at this link.

 

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