The 2021 Academy Awards will take place 26 April. Usually the Oscars take place in February, but they have been pushed back this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has also affected this years Oscars in another way; as cinemas have been closed for the vast majority of the past year a lot of people have not seen this years nominated movies. Instead of cinematic releases filmmakers have had to look at streaming services to get their movies out there.
As much as I miss going to the cinema, it has been a treat to get to watch some of these incredible movies at home recently in this never-ending Lockdown.
If you like sitting down to watch a good movie you are in luck, most of this years Oscar movies are available online. Here’s how to watch the 2021 Oscar movies…
Promising Young Woman
I was so excited to see Promising Young Women for ages before it came out and it did not disappoint. I actually watched it a few months ago and it stayed with me. It’s definitely one of the best movies that I’ve seen in a long time and anyone who I know that’s watched it loved it too.
Just a warning, it’s dark and quite difficult at times as it deals with sexual assault, so bear that in mind going into it. But the dark humour is also on point. It’s a must-watch!
Promising Young Woman is available on Sky/NOW TV.
Disney and Pixar’s Soul is the leading contender in the Animated Picture category.
A jazz musician, stuck in a mediocre job, finally gets his big break. However, when a wrong step takes him to the Great Before, he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality.
Soul is available on Disney+.
The Irish flag will be flying at the 2021 Oscars in the form of Wolfwalkers, a co-production with Cartoon Saloon based in Kilkenny.
In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalers and transform her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.
Wolfwalkers is available on Apple TV.
Sound of Metal
A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.
Sound of Metal is available on Amazon Prime Video.
A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
If you like This Is Us, this is the movie for you!
Minari is available on Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon and Googleplay.
Nomadland is expected to pick up a few awards at the Oscars.
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
If Nomadland sounds like your thing it’s available on Star on Disney+.
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
I had obviously heard of Billie Holiday, the iconic singer, but I knew nothing about her life going into this movie.
I have to say I didn’t love this movie, I found the pacing of it off and the result was that it was quite boring. Andra Day was amazing in the role though and I can see why she is in the mix for a Best Actress Award.
This is the Oscar movie I’d be least likely to recommend but it’s on Sky and NOW TV.
One Night In Miami
One Night In Miami is about the fictional meeting between Cassius Clay – also known as Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke.
The movie is interesting, but I have to say that I just couldn’t get onboard with it becuase none of it ever happened. It’s an interesting idea to have some of the most iconic people of the 20th Century meeting in a room, but as someone who studied History and lives for facts, it just didn’t gel with me.
I’ve also seen it noted that it becomes very obvious that the movie is based on a play because it doesn’t really leave the hotel room, which was the staging for the play.
It’s an interesting way to learn about these four key figures in history, so I’d still recommend giving it a watch.
One Night In Miami is available on Amazon Prime Video.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
I loved this movie!
The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.
This movie is after getting a ton of nominations over the course of the Awards Season and it’s really great to see Sacha Baron Cohen in a serious role and not as Borat.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is available on Netflix.
Have you watched any of the 2021 Oscar Nominated movies yet?