Five Oscar nominated films available to stream | Lifestyle

The 94thAcademy Awards will be hosted on March 27, and many of this year’s nominees skipped the big screen and went straight to streaming services.

Whoever this year’s big winners are, one thing is certain, they would have been produced by a major streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney + or Apple TV +. All of which have films competing in the Oscars’ top categories, something that would have seemed improbable no more than a few years ago.

Fortunately for college students, most of this year’s films are accessible to watch from your dorm room. Here is a list of the five best Oscar-nominated films of 2021 streaming right now.


1) “The Power of the Dog”

This period western has impressively snagged 12 nominations this year, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Supporting Actress and actor.

Adapted from the 1967 novel by the same name, the story follows two brothers, George and Phil, who, apart from running a cattle ranch, live very different lives. When George’s new wife and stepson move into the brother’s ranch, an irrational Phil makes life uncomfortable for the two. From there, dramatic events unfold.

What keeps the tumbleweeds rolling in this film is its ensemble cast that was able to maintain such a tense environment that keeps you at the edge of your seat. This film will most likely get Benedict Cumberbatch his first Oscar for the role of Phil.

“The Power of the Dog” is available on Netflix.

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(Apple TV +)

2) “Queue”

Up for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, “Coda” is a lighthearted drama that is sure to make you feel good by the time the credits roll.

“Coda” follows Ruby, the only hearing member of her all deaf family who she helps keep their fishing business afloat. When Ruby discovers her passion for singing after joining her high school choir, she is conflicted about making time for her family and practicing a talent that she feels her family di lei does not understand.

“Coda” is the drama and comedic relief dialog that is performed through American Sign Language.

Actor Troy Kotsur, who plays Ruby’s father, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, making him the second deaf person to receive a nomination next to actress Marlee Matlin, who co-stars in the film.Matlon is the first and only deaf actor to receive an Oscar in 1987.

“Queue” is available on Apple TV +.

3) “Nightmare Alley”

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(Searchlight Pictures)

Master of horror Guillermo del Torro is back with this psychological thriller starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Willem Dafoe that is surely going to grab your attention.

“Nightmare Alley” follows Stanton Carlisle, a man on the run who joins a traveling circus. After apprenticing as a mentalist, he discovers he has a great talent for swindling his audience.

This movie is nominated for four Academy Awards. Though it may not win Best Director or Best Cinematography, it is sure to snag an Oscar for Best Production Design or Best Costume Design.

“Nightmare Alley” is available on HBO Max.

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(Searchlight Pictures)

4) “Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

If you’re in the mood for a documentary or you enjoy soul music, this one’s for you. “Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” ”is nominated for Best Documentary Feature and rightfully so.

The film is a time machine that transports its viewers back to the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival with never before seen footage of a music festival long forgotten, featuring music from Stevie Wonder, BB King, Nina Simone and many others. Director Questlove examines why such a large, primarily Black, festival was wiped from the memory of American pop culture.

What is enjoyable about this documentary is not just the restored footage but the extended sets of each artist, which gives their performances the recognition it deserves. Those who are fans of classic soul and rhythm and blues are sure to love this documentary.

“Summer of Soul (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” is available on Hulu.

5) “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines”

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Probably one of the funniest animated movies of 2021, “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” strays away from the redundant Disney Pixar animation style and sets itself apart as an animation classic.

This movie follows a family, the Mitchells, as they travel cross-country to drop their daughter off at college when all of a sudden, a swarm of robots controlled by an evil cellphone attack earth. The film’s unique animation style makes the movie feel original and fresh to the animation category. “The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, but will most likely lose to Disney’s “Encanto.” Nonetheless, this is a film that deserves recognition.

“The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” is available on Netflix.


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