With the announcement of the 2020 Academy Award nominations comes the resigned realization that we’re actually going to have to see all these films if we have any hope of winning Oscar pools or getting over all the Hustlers snubs.
Once you’re done steaming about how the Powers That Be in Hollywood seem unable to recognize women directors (as if Little Women, Booksmart, The Farewell, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and, again, Hustlers just sprung into theaters fully formed), here are the nine Best Picture nominees and how you can watch them before the big day. They’re not all bad, promise!
Ford v Ferrari
Where to Watch: In theaters only at the moment—all the better to experience all those vrooms! Don’t be fooled by its “dad movie” exterior. Ford v Ferrari is genuinely thrilling and unexpectedly hilarious.
Where to Watch: On Netflix, actually, which is probably for the best. At three and a half hours long, the film is approximately the length of seven to eight episodes of The Office. You can take as many intermissions as you desire. Stream Now
Where to Watch: Still just in theaters for now—but several of Taika Waititi’s other films are streaming, like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu, Boy on Amazon Prime, and Thor Ragnarok on Disney+.
Where to Watch: While no longer in theaters, Joker is already on DVD and Blu Ray and available to rent on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu. Or you could elect not to see it, for a variety of reasons...up to you!
Where to Watch: In theaters only, and some theaters are even going retro and showing Little Women in 35mm. Do it for Amy March, y’all.
Where to Watch: Netflix! Fast-forward two hours in to hear Adam Driver sing “Being Alive.” (Okay, but actually, watch the whole movie. Those yelling memes are doing it dirty.) Stream Now
Where to Watch: The Golden Globe winner just opened in theaters, so get on it! You should see 1917 at least once on a big screen—the sweeping and epic cinematography wasn’t meant for a laptop or phone.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Where to Watch: Tarantino’s film is still in theaters but also available to rent on Vudu, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and on DVD/Blu Ray. No shade, but feel free to watch this one at home. You’ll enjoy it regardless. Stream Now
Where to Watch: You’ll have to catch this one in theaters for now, but if you happen to miss it and need to know what the hype surrounding director Bong Joon-ho is all about, Snowpiercer is streaming on Netflix and The Host is on Shudder.