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The 2021 Oscar Nominees Are Here and You Can Stream Most of Them Now

The 2021 Oscar Nominees Are Here and You Can Stream Most of Them Now
The 2021 Oscar Nominees Are Here and You Can Stream Most of Them Now

After a two month delay, the Academy Awards are almost here. The biggest night in movies will be held on April 25, 2021, giving you just under two months to catch up on all the nominees. Luckily, most of the films are currently streaming.

This may be an Oscars ceremony unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Similar to every other award show in past year, the Academy Awards may have to grapple with the challenges of being partially virtual—though showrunners are trying for an in-person audience, per Variety.

The 2021 nominees also reflect a changing, and more inclusive, awards show landscape. For the first time in the Oscars 93-year existence, two women were nominated in the Best Director category: Chloé Zhao for Nomadland and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young WomanMinari‘s Steven Yeun also became the first Asian American nominee in the Best Actor category.

David Fincher’s Mank, which you can watch on Netflix, has the most nominations, but Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on a play by August Wilson, has also emerged as a frontrunner. The late Chadwick Boseman, who was already honored with a Critic’s Choice Award, received an Oscar nomination. Viola Davis earned an Oscar nod for her performance as the real-life “Mother of Blues,” as well. Judas and the Black Messiah, the biopic chronicling the life and murder of Black Panther leader and activist Fred Hampton, also got recognition as a Best Picture nomineeFurther, Crown fans will be happy to see that, in addition to Fennell (who plays Camilla Parker Bowles in the show), Vanessa Kirby and Olivia Colman also got nominations in acting categories.

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming Oscars, from the start time to the nominees. The only thing we can’t answer for you? Which movies to root for. You’ll have to decide that for yourself.

When are the 2021 Academy Awards?

The ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. The awards show begins at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT, but avid viewers will already be glued to the TV for red carpet coverage.

How can I watch the Oscars?

The Academy will be streaming its official red carpet pre-show, Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live from the @TheAcademy Twitter account starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Based on last year’s programming, ABC will kick off its pre-red carpet coverage at 5:30, and its Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet starts at 6:30 p.m. ET. The E! Countdown to the Red Carpet starts at 5 p.m. ET.

Live coverage of the main show will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Either tune into ABC on a TV, or stream the show at or via the network’s ABC app (you’ll need to enter your provider information). Other sites like SlingTV and DirecTV also have streaming capabilities.

Who are the 2021 Oscar nominees?

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. On March 15, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas read out the nominees in a live broadcast. Drum roll, please…

Best Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)
David Fincher (Mank)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmen (Sound of Metal)
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Anthony Hopkins (The Father)
Gary Oldman (Mank)
Steven Yeun (Minari)

Best Actress

Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)
Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman)
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7)
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)
Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)
LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy)
Olivia Colman (The Father)
Amanda Seyfried (Mank)
Young Yuh-jung (Minari)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Sacha Baron Cohen and co-writers (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton (The Father)
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami)
Ramin Bahrani (The White Tiger)

Best Original Screenplay

Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, and Kenny Lucas (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Emerald Fennell (promising Young Woman)
Derek Cianfrance, Abraham Marder, Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)
Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Animated Feature

Over the Moon
Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Best International Feature Film

Another Round
Better Days
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Quo Vadis, Aida

Best Documentary

Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher

Best Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt (Judas and the Black Messiah)
Erik Messerschmidt (Mank)
Dariusz Wolski (News of the World)
Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)
Phedon Papamichael (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

Best Costume Design

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Film Editing

The Father
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Original Score

Da 5 Bloods
News of the World

Best Original Song

“Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“lo Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Sé)
“Speak Now” from One Night in Miami

Best Production Design

The Father
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News of the World

Best Sound

News of the World
Sound of Metal

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
The One and Only Ivan

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

Best Short Film (Animated)

Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You

Best Short Film (Live Action)

Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers
White Eye

So far, a host for the 2021 Oscars hasn’t been announced.

And if we had to guess, there might not be a host at all. For the past two years, the Oscars went without one. Instead, the show was guided along by a series of performers. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more. For now, happy streaming.


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