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It’s been a terrible year for fans of the big screen. Just when cinemas should be packed with all the big award contenders of the season, there’s not a venue open in the UK.
But thankfully broadcasters and streamers have come to the rescue – with all but one of this year’s big Oscar contenders available to watch at home in April.
Of the eight films nominated for Best Film at this week’s Academy Awards, only Anthony Hopkins’ stunning drama The Father isn’t available – but is released in cinemas this June.
Here’s how to watch the biggest movies of the year at home…
Promising Young Woman
One of the most important and timely films of the year is Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell’s stunning story of a traumatised woman's campaign to get back at men who take advantage of drunk women. The powerhouse movie features an amazing performance from Carey Mulligan.
Watch Promising Young Woman now on Sky Cinema and Now with a Sky Cinema Membership.
Sound of Metal
Riz Ahmed is in stunning form in Sound of Metal as a troubled hard rock drummer who’s life starts to fall apart when he realises his hearing is failing him. A festival favourite, this is hitting cinemas on May 17 but it’s also just been launched on Amazon Prime.
Watch Sound of Metal now on Amazon Prime.
David Fincher is in top form with Mank, a breathtaking tale of old Hollywood and the writer behind classic film Citizen Kane, Herman J. Mankiewicz. It’s Fincher’s first film directly for the streaming giants, and both he and leading man Gary Oldman are nominated alongside supporting actress Amanda Seyfried.
Watch Mank now on Netflix.
The clear front runner for just about all the awards is Nomadland, a beautiful drama from director Chloe Zhao about a heartbreaking subculture of itinerant workers and travellers in post-economic crash America.
Launching in cinemas 17 May, Frances McDormand plays a traumatised woman travelling the country living in her van, and encountering various degrees of nomads on her travels as she tries to find peace.
Watch Nomadland on Star by Disney+ from 30 April.
A beautiful and moving story of a Korean-American family’s struggle to establish a farm in deep south USA in the 80s, Minari has been one of the hits of the festival circuits, with Lee Isaac Chung also nominated for direction and script. The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and recent Bafta winner Youn Yuh-jung are shortlisted for Best Actor and Supporting Actress.
Watch now on video-on-demand, from £9.99 via Amazon, iTunes, Sky Store, BFI Player, Chili, Rakuten, TalkTalk, BT, Curzon, Microsoft, Virtual Cinemas.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin’s powerful courtroom and protest drama was released in the build up to the last US election, but has lost none of its impact today. The Netflix original ensemble drama about a riot following protests at the 1968 Democratic party conference features the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Frank Langella.
Watch The Trial of the Chiacgo 7 now on Netflix.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Director Shaka King’s incendiary story of a rat inside the Black Panther movement in early 1970s America features two blockbuster and Oscar-nominated performances from Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya who are both on incredible form in a tense and moving thriller.
Watch now on video-on-demand, from £9.99 via Amazon, iTunes, Sky Box Office, BFI Player, Chili, Rakuten, TalkTalk, BT, Microsoft.
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