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Photo: Variety

In years past unless you made it to a theater multiple times, you probably didn't get a chance to see all the films nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

But Covid-19 changed that.

With most theaters closed due to the pandemic, streaming became the way to enjoy many of the latest films.

The 93rd Academy Awards are happening Sunday and here's how you can watch this year's movies nominated for movie of the year:

How to stream the 2021 Oscars best picture nominees at home

Mank – Netflix

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Photo: IndieWire

The main story—written by Fincher’s late father Jack Fincher, before his death in 2003—is based on the true story of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, or Mank (played by Gary Oldman), who is working on his masterpiece for Orson Welles (Tom Burke), Citizen Kane in the year 1940. Welles, a hot-shot director, has arranged for Mankiewicz to stay in a house on the edge of the Californian desert, provided him with cigarettes, alcohol, and a British typist named Rita (Lily Collins). He expects a script in 60 days.

The film cuts back and forth between Mank writing Citizen Kane in 1940, and flashbacks to Mank’s career in Hollywood in the 1930s. You get some fun scenes of Mank and his screenwriter buddies pitching absurd stories on the Paramount lot. Then Mank drunkenly wanders onto the set of a film starring Marion Davies (Amanda Seyfried) and scores a dinner with her lover, the powerful newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance), who would later become the inspiration for Citizen Kane.

David Fincher joins the growing list of illustrious directors making their films with the help of Netflix. Mank, a biopic celebrating unsung screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane, leads this year's Oscar nominations with 10. You can stream it on Netflix now, with the basic package starting at $9 a month.

The Trial Of The Chicago 7 – Netflix

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Photo: The New York Times

An intended peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned violent and resulted in the organizers, including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale, being charged with conspiracy to incite a riot.

Their trial became the basis for this film, which nabbed six nominations, including original screenplay and best supporting actor for Sacha Baron Cohen.

Aaron Sorkin writes and directs this drama based on the true story of anti-Vietnam War protestors who became known as the Chicago Seven. It's evocatively brought to life by a hefty ensemble cast, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You can stream it now on Netflix, with the basic package starting at $9 a month.

Sound of Metal – Amazon Prime

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Photo: Variety

A film about the sudden onset of deafness that is too attentive to specifics of character and setting to ever feel like a rote disability drama, Darius Marder's Sound of Metal stars Riz Ahmed as a man whose life, up to now, has revolved around music. Working through the stages of grief, Ahmed's drummer gets stuck at Bargaining: Is there a way to undo the damage done to his ears, and return to life as he knows it? The question, a much more complicated one than he wants to believe, nudges Sound to pick sides in a controversy unfamiliar to most moviegoers. But even when the cultural politics are explicit, Ahmed's performance and a sure-footed script by Marder and his brother Abraham ensure that this remains one man's story — and one that should be warmly welcomed at art houses.

Sound of Metal follows a hard rock dummer who loses his hearing and struggles to settle into a new life in the deaf community. The film, which features brilliant sound design, showcases Riz Ahmed's great talent and rightly saw him nominated for best actor. Stream it now on Prime Video, which costs $9 a month.

Nomadland – Hulu

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Photo: IndieWire

Nomadland has been sweeping awards at film festivals and is a big shout for best picture. If you can't get out to a cinema (it was released on Feb. 19), watch it at home now on Hulu. Hulu costs $6 a month (with a few ads) and has a wealth of other TV shows and a growing film slate to make it worth your buck.

Frances McDormand is often the belle of the Oscars ball and it will remains to be seen if that happens again this year.

"Nomadland" stars the esteemed actress as a woman who joins a community of van dwellers who travel across the country doing gig work.

Director Chloé Zhao is also nominated.

The film is available for streaming on Hulu and rental on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube.

Minari – Rent of Buy on Demand

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Photo: IndieWire

This tale of a Korean-American family relocating to Arkansas to pursue the American dream feels both timely and timeless.

Steven Yeun stars as the family patriarch and he is the first Asian-American to ever be nominated for a best actor Oscar.

His costar Yuh-Jung Youn is the first Korean actress nominated in the best supporting actress category.

Minari stars Steven Yeun in a sensitive and authentic portrait of a family of South Korean immigrants trying to assimilate to life in 1980s rural America. You can rent it now on video-on-demand, from Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and more.

Promising Young Woman – Rent of Buy on Demand

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Photo: Den Of Geek

Carey Mulligan stars in this provocative black comedy thriller, about, yes, a promising young woman who drops out of medical school. The reason? To avenge her best friend, who was a victim of rape. You can buy or rent Promising Young Woman now on video on demand, from Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and more.

Carey Mulligan stars a woman who lives a secret double life and is out to get revenge for a crime committed.

Like McDormand, she's nominated for best actress and the films director, Emerald Fennell, is also nominated -- marking the first time two women are nominated in the directing category.

The Father – Not Yet Available At Home

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Poster photo

At 83 years young, this film's star, Sir Anthony Hopkins, is the oldest best actor nominee in the history of the Awards.

Hopkins stars as a man struggling as he slips into dementia and Olivia Colman portrays his daughter. Colman is nominated for best supporting actress.

The Father's heart-breaking portrayal of dementia is brought to life with the help of two greats in Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins, who both scored acting nominations at this year's Oscars. The film came out in theaters on March 12 and you can buy it on premium video on demand from March 26, from services like Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play and more.

****READ MORE: 2021 Oscars Predictions: Who Will Win, Top Best, Actor & Actress

Judas and The Black Messiah – Not yet available at home

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Photo: Variety

This powerful biopic follows Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton and the FBI informant who betrayed him. Judas and the Black Messiah has been out in theaters since Feb. 12. It was available on HBO Max as part of Warner Bros.' simultaneous theater and streaming release plan, but unfortunately the one-month window to stream it on HBO Max has just closed. Catch it in a cinema if you can and we'll update this post once we know its home media release date, which in general for films comes under three months following its cinema release.

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