Award season has arrived and the biggest names will be recognized during the 96th Academy Awards on March 10. Jimmy Kimmell will serve as host, for the fourth time, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Heading into the ceremony, Netflix leads all studios with 18 total nominations. Streaming services have come a long way with original content as Apple Original Films is tied with traditional studios Universal and Searchlight for second place with 13 nominees.
This year’s Best Picture category is made up of ten films: American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Barbie, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Past Lives, Poor Things, and The Zone of Interest. Before the big ceremony, you can find out how to watch these titles, below.
With five total nominations, American Fiction is one of the most awarded films at this year’s Oscars. The Cord Jefferson directorial debut is a comedy-drama that features an ensemble cast of Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, and Keith David. The film’s other four Academy Award nominations are Best Actor (Jeffrey Wright), Best Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown), Best Original Score (Laura Karpman) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Cord Jefferson).
Anatomy of a Fall
The French legal drama thriller was one of the most successful international films of the year and also landed five Academy Award nominations. Directed by Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall raked in $23.1 million at the box office on a budget of around $6.8 million. Sandra Hüller’s breakout performance led to her Best Actress nomination and other nominees include Best Editing (Laurent Sénéchel), Best Director (Justine Triet), and Best Original Screenplay (Justine Triet and Arthur Harari).
One half of the cultural phenomenon “Barbenheimer,” the Greta Gerwig-directed Barbie, based on the Mattel doll of the same name, was one of the biggest films of 2023. Starring Margot Robbie as the titular character, the film was not only a financial success at the box office but has amassed more than a million streams on Max. Plus, the film also has an ASL Version that you can stream on-demand. Outside of Best Picture, the film was nominated for seven more Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Supporting Actor (Ryan Gosling), Best Supporting Actress (America Ferrera), and Best Original Song (for “I’m Just Ken” and “What Was I Made For”).
With five nominations, the Christmas comedy-drama was one of the most highly-praised films of 2023. Other nominations the film received: Best Actor (Paul Giamatti), Best Supporting Actress (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), Best Original Screenplay (David Hemingson), and Best Film Editing (Kevin Ten).
Killers of the Flower Moon
The Martin Scorsese historical drama is based on a 2017 non-fiction book by David Grann of the same name. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone lead an all-star cast in the critically acclaimed film that received 10 Academy Awards nominations. In March, the film will be up for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.
Directed by and starring Bradley Cooper, the biographical romantic drama is nominated for seven Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Sound). Centered on the relationship between composer Leonard Bernstein (Cooper) and his wife Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan) the Netflix original received mostly positive reviews.
Where to Stream: Netflix
With the most Academy Awards nominations on our list (13), the other half of the Barbenheimer experience, the Christopher Nolan-directed Oppenheimer was one of the biggest films of the year. The epic biographical thriller chronicles the career of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) who is known as the “father of the atomic bomb.” Based on the biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Marthin J. Sherwin, the film adaptation is nominated for Oscars in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound, and Best Original Score.
Written and directed by Celine Song in her feature directorial debut, the romantic drama stars Greta Lee, Teo Yoo and John Magaro, and received nominations for Best Orginal Screenplay and Best Picture. Noted as being one of the best films of 2023, the film was inspired by real life events of Song’s life. The A24 film was shot on a $12 million budget and raked in $22.6 million at the box office.
Poor Things/The Zone of Interest
Poor Things and The Zone of Interest are not yet available to stream due to their current theatrical runs. We will update this post once they become available.