In the Academy Awards season, many of the top contenders are playing in only a few theaters when the nominations are announced. But much of our life today depends on the way we watch movies. This year, most of the Oscars expectations are available for anyone to see across the country – not only in theaters, but on subscription streaming services and video on demand.
Here are eight of those films, each of which is either streaming or will be through the end of the month, and each of which is likely to be nominated in one or more categories when the nominations are announced on 15 March. Time – to catch up and watch Oscar like an insider.
A front-runner for both Best Picture and Best Actress, “Nomadland”, Frances McDormand adjusts to a new economic reality after quitting her job as a widow. She travels to the west, stays in her van and camps with other semi-homeless people to seek seasonal employment. Based on the book by Jessica Bruder – and screen-friendly by Chloe Zhao – this moving and visually striking slice-of-life drama is a non-sensationalist approach that minimizes the hardships of living salaries for a paycheck, only a sense of community. Is slightly less than Freedom to roam. Stream it Hulu.
Writer-director Lee Isaac Chung undoubtedly tells a version of his story in “Minari,” a low-key drama about a Korean immigrant (Steven Yeun) and his wife (Yari Han), who move to rural Arkansas and meet Are trying to set up their own production farms while working at a local chicken plant. Yun and Han, who play the role of parents in trying to maintain their cultural traditions while pursuing the American dream, are strong candidates in acting categories. Chung encapsulated his expansion in vivid detail, sharing the humor, concern and hope of this family. For rent or purchase on VOD, available February 26.
‘The trial of the Chicago 7’
Aaron Sorkin (who has an Oscar for the script for “The Social Network”) was re-named this year and the punch and related political drama “The Trial of Chicago 7.” There is a possibility to write and direct. Based on the controversial legal outcome of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the film faces an award-worthy cast (led by Sacha Baron Cohen, playing the role of counterculture provocative writer Abby Hoffman) as anti-activists and conservative reactionaries Who has bridged this gap. Between “right to protest” and “inciting riot”. Stream it Netflix.
‘Ma Rainey Black Black’
Based on August Wilson’s Tony-nominated 1982 play, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” brings to life a 1927 day at the Chicago Recording Studio, where a blues singer (Viola Davis) argues with her white business partners, While the stories of his band and his songs rehearse. The film features the final screen performance of Chadwick Boseman, who will almost certainly receive a posthumous nomination for ambitious, arrogant trumpeter Levey Green. Broadway veteran George C. This all-around riveting and revelation film, expertly directed by Wolff. Stream it Netflix.
‘Sound of metal’
Riz Ahmed gives one of the best performances of 2020 in “Sound of Metal”, a quietly expressionistic drama directed by Darius Murder (who also co-wrote the film with his brothers Abraham and Derek Sianfrance). Ahmed plays Reuben, a drummer and a recovering addict whose livelihood and restraint is threatened when he starts losing his hearing. Ahmed and Mardan take the viewer inside Reuben’s experience, using sound effects and subtle gestures to convey someone’s growing terror, fearing that everything he does is slipping away. Stream it Amazon prime.
‘Welcome to Chechnya’
“Welcome to Chechnya,” an enlightening documentary on the treatment of LGBTQ citizens in Chechnya, Russia, can be nominated in both the documentary and visual effects categories. To try to safely capture the struggles of activists, journalist and filmmaker David France has kept his identity anonymous, using state-of-the-art digital technology to change their faces. This identity-masking technique reinforces the film’s themes, examining at length how some people are forced to hide who they are. Stream it Hbo max.
Fine Danish director Thomas Winterberg has made one of the best films of his career with “Another Round”, which he wrote with his frequent collaborator Tobias Lindholm. Mads Mikkelsen plays the role of a depressed teacher who joins his fellow middle-aged drinking buddies in an experiment to see if they drink alcohol consistently every day, in broad daylight hours. Will be happier, more honest and more creative. It may sound like the basis for a raucous comedy or foggy drama, but Winterberg, Lindholm and Mickelsen approach the idea with a free-flowing mixture of seriousness and cynicism, clearly exploring life’s pain and pleasures. Rent or buy it Amazon prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Of vudu or Youtube.
The picture of the best Pixar animation studios since “Coco” is an equally playful fantasy, about a sociable companion who transcends the world of the soul. Jamie Foxx is the voice of Jose, a music teacher who aspires to be a pianist performing in a jazz combo, but who is a victim of a near accident. Tina Fey is a shapeless unborn man who becomes Joe’s guide to the Natworld between life and death, just as he becomes his master in the art of being human. With its beautiful music, its optimistic accents and its imaginative imagination, “Soul” is not just a clever cartoon, it is a small jolt of joy. Stream it Disney +.