So we have a little bit of a rain in Australia at the moment. Which means it’s the right time to hunker down, bundle up in a cosy blanket, make yourself some comfort food, cuddle with a pet (optional) and watch movies that make you feel warm inside. With the Oscars set to air later this month, you might want to catch up on all the nominated movies instead of doom scrolling from one site to another. Read on to find where you can stream the big Oscar nominated movies which are ready to stream in Australia right now.
1. The Power of the Dog — Netflix
Jane Campion’s Western psychological drama nabbed a total of 12 Oscar nominations, the most of any film this year. The slow burn thriller tells the story of a respected and dominating rancher who terrorises his brother’s new wife and son until he is faced with the possibility of love himself.
2. West Side Story — Disney+
Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 original scored a total of seven Academy Award nominations. The tragedy of West Side Story remains as poignant as ever and along with the dazzling dance routines and stunning production design, the movie makes for a wildly entertaining watch.
3. Tick, Tick…BOOM! — Netflix
This is Andrew Garfield’s year and we’re here for it. Based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson, this is the story of an aspiring composer in NYC as he navigates friendship, love and everything in between, making it a fascinating exploration of creativity and life.
4. The Lost Daughter — Netflix
In this psychological drama, a college professor confronts her own disturbing past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while on vacation in Italy. This is a quiet and thoughtful film from Maggie Gyllenhaal in her directorial debut that explores the complexities of motherhood.
5. Being The Ricardos — Amazon Prime
Based on Hollywood power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Being the Ricardos makes for a fun and nostalgic watch especially for fans of the classic I Love Lucy sitcom. It’s nominated for three oscars this year.
6. Don’t Look Up — Netflix
Disaster comedy Don’t Look Up is a pretty polarising one. But with a total of 4 nominations including Best Picture, we’d say it’s definitely worth a watch. The story revolves around an astronomy grad student and her professor who try to warn people about a fast approaching comet that will destroy the Earth making for satire which is simultaneously funny and depressing.
7. CODA — Apple TV+
This coming-of-age gem is moving and refreshing, touching upon the lives and setbacks that a family of four experience. If this one is on your watchlist, you’ll want to keep a box of tissues handy. It’s been nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture.
8. King Richard — Prime
King Richard follows the life of Richard Williams, the father and coach of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, who acted as executive producers of the film. This is a heartwarming story and one of the finest sports dramas to come out of 2021. It’s earned six Academy Award nominations and if we had to make our predictions, we’d say this is Will Smith’s year to walk away with the trophy.
King Richard is available to rent or buy on Prime.
Other Oscar nominated movies — Nightmare Alley, Dune and Licorice Pizza are playing in cinemas now.