How to Watch 'Sound of Metal' - Oscar's Best Pictures nominee
After being in the works for 13 years, Sound of Metal is in the running for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound. What’s more, actor Paul Raci is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Good Housekeeping cites.
"Sound of Metal" Cast:
Riz Ahmed As Ruben Stone
At the 2021 Golden Globes, actor Riz Ahmed was nominated for Best Actor in the musical drama Sound of Metal. Now, the 38-year-old is up for Best Actor at the 93rd Academy Awards, and he’s making history.
Riz, who is of Pakistani heritage, is the first Muslim to be nominated in the Best Actor category. Riz Ahmed stars as Ruben Stone, a drummer who loses his hearing. Ahmed is best known for portraying Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and for his Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Night Of. Ahmed also portrayed Carlton Drake in Venom and Elias Rahim in The OA.
According to The Los Angeles Times, he dedicated a year to prepare for the role of punk-metal drummer Ruben. Speaking frankly with the outlet, he shared that he was “really pleased” to hear about his nomination, but it wasn’t until he heard that his entire team had also received nominations that he began “jumping up and down" with excitement.
Olivia Cooke As Lou
Olivia Cooke co-stars as Lou, Ruben's girlfriend, and bandmate. Cook portrayed Rachel in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Art3mis aka Samantha in Ready Player One. She also appeared as Emma Decody in Bates Motel, Screenrant cites.
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What is "Sound of Metal" about?
“Sound of Metal,” directed by Darius Marder, stars Riz Ahmed as a heavy-metal drummer who begins to lose his hearing. The film has a three-act structure: Attempts by drummer Ruben to cope; his time spent in a deaf community; and his attempts to re-create his life as it was before the hearing loss.
The heart of the film is the middle segment, when community leader Joe (the excellent Paul Raci) tells Ruben that deafness “is not something to fix” and his assignment is simple: “Learn how to be deaf.”
Director Marder said, “This film is a wake-up. Most people think of deafness as a physical disability. We don’t understand that it is in fact a culture", reported Variety.
Where to watch "Sound of Metal"?
"Sound of Metal" is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. A number of independent theaters across the country are also offering screenings for people who prefer to see it on the big screen, reported Business Insider.
If you want to watch the movie at home, you'll need to sign up for an account with Prime Video. The streaming service offers roughly 24,000 movies and over 2,100 shows. Prime Video is available as a standalone streaming service for $9 a month. You can also get Prime Video as part of an Amazon Prime membership for $13 a month or $119 a year.
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"Sound of Metal" is available in advanced video formats — such as HDR and 4K UHD – through Prime Video. The movie also has an audio description option for people with visual impairments. You should check with your device first, however, to see if it's compatible with these formats.
You can watch Prime Video through web browsers, mobile devices, and most smart TVs and media players.
Unfortunately, Sound of Metal isn’t available on other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Apple TV+, and more. If in the future the title is added to these other platforms, we’ll make sure to update this post.
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