Since movies are jumping from theaters to Netflix and other streaming services faster than ever, many of the 2017 Oscar nominees are already available to stream. Others, like Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed documentary The 13th, were released and distributed by Netflix. You can catch up on some of the nominees without having to leave your home before the ceremony starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Here’s all the nominees you can stream on Netflix and on other online platforms for free or with subscriptions.
Best Documentary Feature
- Ava DuVernay’s The 13th is a look at the criminalization of African Americans, linked to the prison boom in the U.S. The film takes its title from the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature and available on Netflix.
Best Documentary Short Subject
- Dan Krauss’ Extremis was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject. It tells the story of doctors and families making end-of-life decisions. It was released on Netflix in September.
- Daphne Matziaraki’s 4.1 Miles is available in its entirety on YouTube. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject.
- Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen’s Joe’s Violin is a New Yorker short about a Holocaust survivor’s decision to donate his beloved violin and changing the life of a young schoolgirl. It is available on YouTube and is up for Best Documentary Short Subject.
- Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara’s The White Helmets is a Netflix documentary about the Syrian Civil Defense, a group of volunteer rescue workers, during the Syrian Civil War. It is up for Best Documentary Subject.
Best Original Screenplay
- Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, which was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar and stars Colin Farrell, is available on Amazon Prime. The film was distributed by A24 Films, which has a streaming deal with Amazon Prime. Therefore their other films – like Best Picture nominee Moonlight – will eventually be available to stream for Prime users. Amazon’s Manchester By The Sea and The Salesman were also nominated for Oscars and will be available to stream at a later date.
Best Animated Short Subject
- Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha is up for Best Animated Short Subject and is available on YouTube.
- Borrowed Time is a short film made by Pixar artists Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj during their free time. You can watch the complete film on YouTube here.
- Patrick Osborne’s Pearl is the first ever Virtual Reality film nominated for an Oscar. You can watch it on YouTube here.
Best Original Song
- “The Empty Chair,” written by J. Ralph and Sting, is featured in the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story. You can stream the film on HBOGo if you have an account there.
Best Sound Mixing
- Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is available to Hulu subscribers. (UPDATE: 13 Hours‘ nomination was rescinded due to campaign violations.)
Best Production Design
- Joel & Ethan Coen’s Hail Caesar! is available on HBOGo.
Best Visual Effects
- Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is available to stream on Netflix.
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