Early Monday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2021 Oscars, with eight movies vying for Best Picture. The winners will be announced during the Oscars ceremony that airs on ABC on April 25. For many loyal Oscar viewers, who enjoy checking out all the Best Picture nominees before the show, this is typically crunch time. Gotta see all those movies to know who should win, who got snubbed, and who exactly plays The Father. (It's Anthony Hopkins.)

This year will be the same in many respects, but, given the disruption of the movie business and number of nominees that debuted exclusively streaming services, watching all the nominees isn't as simple as driving up to your local theater or stopping at a video store. Most of the nominees are available online in some capacity, but some require subscription services while others can be purchased online (often at a lofty price point).

"The Father"

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Photo: Youtube

‘The Father’ is a poignant and powerfully moving tale about a man slowly losing his bearings as he succumbs to old age and struggles to hold onto the disheveled fragments that are his memories now. The great Anthony Hopkins plays a man who suffers from a neurodegenerative condition and is losing his grip on reality as his daughter Anne (a very compelling Olivia Colman) watches helplessly, losing her father before he is even gone.

Anthony is an 80-year-old man, defiant and proud, preferring to live by himself and rejecting the assistance of hired help that his daughter, Anne, keeps insisting on bringing into the house. But hiring carers is becoming something of a necessity for Anne, who witnesses her father’s slow spiral into dementia without being able to do anything about it. Some days, a total stranger insists she’s Anne, and other days his apartment looks completely different and unfamiliar. Soon, Anthony cannot tell the reality from the imagination as all his memories turn hazy and disorderly. Unsure of everything and wary of everyone, Anthony lashes out.

Is The Father on Netflix?

‘The Father’ is not streaming on Netflix, but interested viewers can alternatively check out similar films such as ‘Brain on Fire‘ and ‘The Theory of Everything‘.

Is The Father on Hulu?

‘The Father’ is not available to stream on Hulu, but people looking for something similar to watch should try streaming ‘Diane‘, ‘The Hero‘, and ‘Little Woods‘.

Is The Father on Amazon Prime?

‘The Father’ is not a part of Amazon Prime’s impressive collection of compelling drama films, but if you’re someone who appreciates heartfelt movies, you would enjoy the likes of ‘The Farewell‘ and ‘Edie‘.

Where To Watch The Father Online?

‘The Father’ is not available to watch online as of now. It will be available digitally from March 26th onwards. Those who would like to watch the film in a movie theater can book the tickets here.

How To Stream The Father For Free?

‘The Father’ cannot be streamed for free right now since it has not yet released. We will add the relevant links when the movie starts streaming digitally.

"Judas and the Black Messiah"

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Photo: Youtube

Inspired by real events, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the infuriating story of the betrayal and assassination of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), a peaceful activist in the 1960s.

Hampton was just 21 when he was shot and killed at point-blank range as he slept in his bed, by the FBI and Chicago Police Department, who had targeted him as part of an effort to silence his calls for social change - but to bring him down they needed a mole.

In exchange for cash and being let off the hook for a series of petty crimes, William O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) agreed to infiltrate the Black Panther Party (BPP) on behalf of the FBI and its chief J. Edgar Hoover, who was willing to use whatever means necessary to snuff out the movement that Hampton had helped to foster.

As well as rising through the ranks of the party O'Neal grew close to Hampton, who was at the time the chairman of the Illinois chapter of the BPP and a founder of the multicultural Rainbow Coalition, which had successfully united a diverse array of oppressed communities across the political spectrum.

However, with the launch of an outrageous disinformation campaign and the help of O'Neal, the FBI - led by agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) - actively encouraged violence between the BPP and other radical organizations, and killed Hampton during an early-morning raid, after he'd been drugged.

How to stream online Judas and the Black Messiah online in the US exclusively with HBO Max

Judas and the Black Messiah is available to watch online on the HBO Max streaming service in the US.

It has an affordable monthly price tag of $14.99, and your money gets you access to a huge amount of quality content to stream live and on-demand. HBO Max's back catalog totals over 10,000 hours and, as well being the place to watch Judas and the Black Messiah, features more all-time greats in The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Friends - plus newer hits such as Euphoria, I May Destroy You, and The Flight Attendant.


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Photo: Netflix

David Fincher’s Mank, a film about the creation of one of Hollywood’s most famous movies, is sweeping this year’s Golden Globes. With six nominations, the drama is getting plenty of attention months after its initial November release. Starring Gary Oldman and more, Mank follows Herman J. Mankiewicz’s process of writing Citizen Kane.

Mank tells the story of the classic film Citizen Kane and how it came to be. The movie takes place in 1930s Hollywood, when screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz fights to finish his work on Citizen Kane. The film stars Gary Oldman as Mankiewicz, along with Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies, Lily Collins as Rita Alexander, and Tom Burke as Orson Welles.

“Mank” is available on Netflix

Mank is a Netflix film, so you’ll only find it on Netflix. The drama is available exclusively on the streaming service, and it’s available to watch right now.


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Photo: A24

Minari is a semi-autobiographical drama from writer/director Lee Isaac Chung, starring The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun as a Korean-American immigrant who moves his family from California to rural Arkansas in the 1980s. Jacob Yi takes over a small farm, hoping to grow produce to sell to buyers in Dallas.

Meanwhile, he and his wife Monica make ends meet by working at a nearby chicken factory. They bring over her mother from Korea to mind their two kids, which forces young David to share a room with his grandmother. But soon, they begin to develop a bond while the entire family adjusts to their new life.

How to watch Minari on streaming

Minari is streaming now after premiering Feb. 25 on videon on demand. It was previously available on A24's Screening Room.

The rental price varies but generally costs around $19.99. It will be available through most major digital retailers.

Rent Minari in 4K on Amazon Prime Video for $16.99. Once you've complete your purchase, you have 30 days to start watching the movie and 48 hours to finish once started.


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Photo: Searchlight Pictures

The film is based on the book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century." The story centers on a woman, Fern (Frances McDormand), who loses her job due to the recession. As she searches for work on the road in her van, Fern hears stories from other nomads in the American West. The film features supporting actors who are actually nomads in real life, including Bob Wells, known for his YouTube channel CheapRVliving.

"Nomadland" is directed by Chloé Zhao, who won best director at the Golden Globes. Zhao's win made her the first person of Asian descent to take home the honor of best director and the second woman to ever win the award. Her next film will be Marvel's highly anticipated superhero movie "Eternals" starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, and Salma Hayek.

How to stream online 'Nomadland' on Hulu

"Nomadland" is now available to stream exclusively on Hulu. The movie premiered on February 19. You can get access to Hulu for $6 per month with its basic, ad-supported plan.

You can watch "Nomadland" through Hulu on a number of streaming devices, including iOS and Android products, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Nintendo Switch, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, web browsers, and smart TVs.

"Promising Young Woman"

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CNS Photo

The film tells the story of Cassandra Thomas (Carey Mulligan), a young woman who seizes the opportunity to take revenge on a group of men responsible for a traumatic event in her past. Fennell's smart script and direction infuse the thriller with elements of dark comedy. The movie also stars comedian Bo Burnham as Mulligan's love interest, along with Laverne Cox ("Orange is the New Black"), Clancy Brown ("Highlander"), and Alison Brie ("GLOW").

The film received five 2021 Oscar nominations, including best picture, best directing (Fennell), best actress in a leading role (Mulligan), best original screenplay, and best film editing.

How to stream online 'Promising Young Woman'

"Promising Young Woman" premiered on streaming services on January 15. The movie is currently only available to buy, but a rental option will return on March 16.

You can buy "Promising Young Woman" for $20 on a number of video-on-demand (VOD) platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, RedBox, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft.

The movie is available in a number of formats, including 4K Ultra HD with HDR, high definition (HD), or standard definition (SD). Once the rental option is added back, most platforms will allow you to rent the film for a 30-day period but, after you start the movie, you only have 48 hours to watch it.

For people who prefer DVD and Blu-ray releases, "Promising Young Woman" will be available to buy on disc starting March 16. You can preorder the Blu-ray for $25 on Amazon, which is just $5 more than the cost to buy the streaming copy.

"Sound of Metal"

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Courtesy of Amazon Studios

nspired by an abandoned project from Derek Cianfrance, who Darius Marder worked with on 2012 crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, Sound of Metal has been lavished with praise for bringing attention to the experiences of people with hearing impairments, with it does through a compelling storyline and an assaulting sound design.

How to stream Sound of Metal FREE online in the US

In the US, you can watch Sound of Metal online on Amazon Prime Video, where it's included as part of the vast Prime Video library you get access to with a FREE 30-day Prime trial.

As well as Sound of Metal, it entitles you to loads of top-notch entertainment, exclusive deals, and premium delivery. If you decide you like it and want to keep it, Prime costs $12.99 per month or $119 for a year.

Don’t forget that if you’re abroad and want to watch Sound of Metal on Prime, a quality VPN like ExpressVPN will let you tune in as normal, no matter where in the world you are.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Netflix/Ringer illustration
Netflix/Ringer illustration

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is based on a true story—a true story that's currently repeating itself. "I never wanted the film to be about 1968," Aaron Sorkin, the film's writer and director, told the Hollywood Reporter. "I never wanted it to be an exercise in nostalgia or a history lesson. I wanted it to be about today. But I never imagined that today would get so much like 1968."

Is it on a streaming service?

Yes, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was released on Netflix on October 16.

Is it available to rent?

No, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is not available to rent; it's only on Netflix.

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