From 'Chicago' to 'Nomadland,' here's how to watch 2021's Oscar-nominated films

Kevin Polowy
·Senior Correspondent, Yahoo Entertainment
·5 min read
Frances McDormand in
Frances McDormand in Nomadland and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ben Shenkman, Mark Rylance and Eddie Redmayne in The Trail of the Chicago 7. (Photos: Everett Collection)

The 2021 Oscar nominations have been announced (with your usual snubs and surprises), and David Fincher’s Citizen Kane origin story Mank lead all films with a hefty 10 nominations.

It’s joined in the Best Picture race by The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Still need to catch up on some or most of these? You’re probably not alone. Here’s where to watch and stream this year’s top nominees, starting with your Best Picture contenders.

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Mank

Premise: Hard-drinking screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) races to finish the screenplay for the future classic Citizen Kane.
Number of nominations: 10
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Fincher), Best Actor (Oldman), Best Supporting Actress (Amanda Seyfried), Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Score, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, Best Sound
Where to watch: Exclusively on Netflix

The Father

Premise: A London man with dementia (Anthony Hopkins) has trouble deciphering his reality.
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design
Where to watch: In theaters, not currently available on streaming

Judas and the Black Messiah

Premise: Petty thief-turned-informant Bill O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) is recruited by the FBI to help take down Black Panther leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya).
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Kaluuya), Best Supporting Actor (Stanfield), Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song
Where to watch: In theaters or on HBO Max

Minari

Premise: A Korean family relocates from California to an Arkansas farm in pursuit of the American Dream.
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Lee Isaac Chung), Best Actor (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress (Yuh-Jung Youn), Best Original Screenplay, Best Score
Where to watch: In theaters or on all major streaming platforms like Amazon

Nomadland

Premise: An aging widower (Frances McDormand) lives out of her van as she travels the American West.
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Chloe Zhao), Best Actress (McDormand), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography
Where to watch: In theaters or exclusively on Hulu

Sound of Metal

Premise: A touring drummer (Riz Ahmed) must reinvent himself after a sudden hearing loss.
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor (Ahmed), Best Supporting Actor (Paul Raci), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound
Where to watch: Exclusively on Amazon Prime

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Premise: A group of Vietnam War protestors — and one Black Panther — are rounded up following upheavel at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Number of nominations: 6
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song
Where to watch: Exclusively on Netflix

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Premise: The “Mother of the Blues” (Viola Davis) fights for what she’s worth during a recording session in 1927 Chicago.
Number of nominations: 5
Nominated for: Best Actress (Davis), Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Where to watch: Exclusively on Netflix

Promising Young Woman

Premise: A former med student (Carey Mulligan) seeks revenge on those who played roles in the sexual assault of her late friend.
Number of nominations: 5
Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Emerald Fennell), Best Actress (Mulligan), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing
Where to watch: All major streaming platforms like Amazon

News of the World

Premise: A Civil War veteran-turned-news reader (Tom Hanks) transports a young orphan across treacherous Texas territories.
Number of nominations: 4
Nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Score
Where to watch: All major streaming platforms like Amazon

One Night in Miami

Premise: A fictionalized retelling of a fateful meeting between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke.
Number of nominations: 3
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom Jr.), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song
Where to watch: Exclusively on Amazon Prime

Soul

Premise: A music teacher and jazz musician (Jamie Foxx) goes on a metaphysical adventure after suffering a potentially fatal accident.
Number of nominations: 3
Nominated for: Best Animated Feature, Best Score, Best Sound
Where to watch: Exclusively on Disney+

Another Round

Premise: A group of Danish friends experiment with new approaches to consuming alcohol.
Number of nominations: 2
Nominated for: Best Director (Thomas Vinterberg), Best International Film
Where to watch: Exclusively on Hulu

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Premise: Kazah journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) returns to the U.S., this time with his daughter (Maria Bakalova) in tow.
Number of nominations: 2
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Bakalova), Best Adapted Screenplay
Where to watch: Exclusively on Amazon Prime

Hillbilly Elegy

Premise: A Yale law student reflects on his tumultuous Appalachian upbringing.
Number of nominations: 2
Nominated for: Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close), Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Where to watch: Exclusively on Netflix

Pieces of a Woman

Premise: A Boston couple struggles with the aftermath of losing a baby during childbirth.
Number of nominations: 1
Nominated for: Best Actress (Vanessa Kirby)
Where to watch: Exclusively on Netflix

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Premise: The famed jazz singer (Andra Day) is harassed and framed by the J. Edgar Hoover-lead FBI.
Number of nominations: 1
Nominated for: Best Actress (Day)
Where to watch: Exclusively on Hulu

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