How to watch the 2021 Oscars Best Picture nominees


(Cybertech) – Awards season is well underway, with the 93rd Academy Awards set to be aired on 25 April 2021.

It’s worth noting the pandemic’s impact on this nomination season. With cinemas closed across the world, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has – for the first time – permitted films that would have gone to cinemas to still be eligible if they debuted on streaming services. As a result, several of the nominees can be easily viewed with a subscription.

If you’re like us, you’ll want to watch the top contenders from the comfort of your couch anyway, and with the rise of services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, that’s easier than ever. Here, then, is how and where to watch the nominees for Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars:


Where to watch: Hulu

This Searchlight Pictures film is written and directed by Chloe Zhao. It follows the story of a woman in her 60s, who, after losing everything during the Great Recession, ends up living in a van and traveling through the American West. Nomadland is exclusive to Hulu.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Where to watch: Netflix

This film is about the seven people who were on trial for charges related to an uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. It was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and is exclusive to Netflix.

Promising Young Woman

Where to watch: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video

Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman tells the story of Cassandra Thomas (played by Carey Mulligan). She’s a woman haunted by a tragic event in her past. She also tries to exact retribution for her best friend, a victim of rape.


Where to watch: Netflix

David Fincher’s take on the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he finishes the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. It stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried and can only be viewed on Netflix.

The Father

Where to watch: Video on demand

Starring Anthony Hopkins, this film focuses on an elderly man who suffers from dementia and doesn’t want assistance from his daughter.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Where to watch: Video on demand (iTunes rental)

William O’Neal (played by Lakeith Stanfield) is offered a plea deal from the FBI and infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton (played Daniel Kaluuya). This film debuted on HBO Max but is no longer on the service.


Where to watch: Video on demand (YouTube rental)

Minari follows a Korean American family’s move from an Arkansas farm in search of the American Dream

Sound of Metal

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Sound of Metal is exclusive to Prime Video. It’s about Ruben Stone (played by Riz Ahmed), a drummer who begins to lose his hearing.

Oscar nominations 2021: List of nominees

Here are the top Oscar categories with this year’s nominees in full:

Best picture

  • The Father
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Actress in a supporting role

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat
  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Youn Yuh-jung, Minari

Actor in a supporting role

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami
  • Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
  • Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

International feature film

  • Another Round – Denmark
  • Better Days – Hong Kong
  • Collective – Romania
  • The Man Who Sold His Skin – Tunisia
  • Qu Vadis, Aida? – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Documentary short

  • Colette
  • A Concerto Is a Conversation
  • Do Not Split
  • Hunger Ward
  • A Love Song For Latasha

Documentary feature

  • Collective
  • Crip Camp
  • The Mole Agent
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • Time

Original song

  • Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Hear My Voice from The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Husavik from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
  • lo Si (Seen) from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
  • Speak Now from One Night in Miami…

Animated feature film

  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • Soul
  • Wolfwalkers

Adapted screenplay

  • Borat Subsequent MovieFilm
  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • One Night in Miami
  • The White Tiger

Original screenplay

  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Minari
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Actor in a leading role

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank
  • Steven Yeun, Minari

Actress in a leading role

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman


  • Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
  • David Fincher, Mank
  • Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
  • Chloe Zhao, Nomadland
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Production design

  • The Father
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Tenet


  • Sean Bobbitt, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Erik Messerschmidt, Mank
  • Dariusz Wolski, News of the World
  • Joshua James Richards, Nomadland
  • Phedon Papamichael, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Costume design

  • Emma
  • Ma Rainey’s Blackbottom
  • Mank
  • Mulan
  • Pinocchio

Achievement in sound

  • Greyhound
  • Mank
  • News of the World
  • Soul
  • Sound of Metal

Animated short film

  • Burrow
  • Genius Loci
  • If Anything Happens I Love You
  • Opera
  • Yes-People

Live action short film

  • Feeling Through
  • The Letter Room
  • The Present
  • Two Distant Strangers
  • White Eye

Original score

  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Mank
  • Minari
  • News of the World
  • Soul

Visual effects

  • Love and Monsters
  • The Midnight Sky
  • Mulan
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Tenet

Film editing

  • The Father
  • Nomadland
  • Promising Young Woman
  • Sound of Metal
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Makeup and hairstyling

  • Emma
  • Hillbilly Elegy
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Writing by Maggie Tillman.


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