January's 2024 Oscars nominations announcement was an intriguing mix of the obvious (Oppenheimer sweeping the board) and downright outrageous (Director Greta Gerwig and lead actor Margot Robbie missing out for Barbie).
But whatever you think of the list, now it's time for some serious movie watching ahead of the 96th Academy Awards ceremony on March 10, with ten fabulous films shooting it out for the biggest prize of all – Best Picture.
The likes of big hitters Barbie and Killers of the Flower Moon are already available to watch in some countries, with the lower profile but critically adored The Holdovers and A24's Past Lives now joining them. Below we have a summary of each Best Picture nominee together with the streaming service you can catch it on in different countries around the globe right now.
We'll continue keep the page updated over the next month or so as and when further viewing options are announced.
So clear your calendar, grab the popcorn and prepare to watch Oscars 2024 Best Picture Nominees online, no matter where you are in the world.
How to watch Oppenheimer online
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt | Director: Christopher Nolan | 180 mins | Oscar nominations: 13
Christopher Nolan's epic biopic of the 'father of the atomic bomb' J. Robert Oppenheimer leads this year's nomination tally and, with big wins under its belt at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards, is the favorite to take the top prize at the 96th Academy Awards. In addition to Cillian Murphy's career-best performance as the eponymous scientist, claustrophobic narrative and jaw-dropping cinematography, the movie boasts an ensemble cast at the top of their game including Matt Damon, Jason Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Best Supporting Actor shoe-in Robert Downey Jr and Emily Blunt who finally landed her first Oscar nomination.
US: Stream on Peacock (from Feb. 16)
UK: Stream on Sky Cinema (from Apr 12)
Canada: Stream on Amazon Prime Video (from Feb. 16)
Global: VOD platforms (now)
How to watch Poor Things online
Stars: Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe | Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | 141 mins | Oscar nominations: 11
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster) is known for his luminous, ominous, downright ludicrous movies, and Poor Things is no exception. Emma Stone's Bella Baxter is a 30-year-old with a three-year-old's brain, and little more than an ethics-skirting experiment of crazy scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). When she breaks free of her birdcage to go gallivanting around the globe with the rakish Duncan Wedderburn (a deliciously devious Mark Ruffalo) she discovers a whole world of literature, philosophy, female empowerment and sex. Lots and lots of sex.
Not yet available to stream
How to watch Killers of the Flower Moon online
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro | Director: Martin Scorsese | 206 mins | Oscar nominations: 10
Scorsese. DiCaprio. De Niro. It probably doesn't take much more than those three names to sell any movie, and yet it's the breakout performance of Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart on which the three-and-a-half hours of Killers of the Flower Moon anchors itself. She is just one of the many members of the Osage community that is used and abused to line the pockets of their white plunderers, led by the insidious William King Hale (Robert De Niro) and his dim-witted but greedy nephew Ernest Burkhart (Leo DiCaprio).
An Apple TV Plus subscription costs $9.99/£8.99/AU$12.99 per month. There you'll find a catalog of fantastic TV such as Severance, Slow Horses, Ted Lasso, The Morning Show and Silo, together with the winner of 2022's Best Picture Oscar CODA.
But if you're new to Apple TV+, new subscribers can try Apple TV Plus for FREE for 7 days.
How to watch Barbie online
Stars: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera | Director: Greta Gerwig | 114 mins | Oscar nominations: 8
It's hard to imagine now that when a Barbie movie was first announced it was thought of as a bit of a gamble for Mattel and Warner Bros. Universal adoration, a hatful of awards and $1.4 billion at the box office later, and Greta Gerwig's super-smart, genre-bending, convention-defying, bubble-gum pink Barbie has entertained millions and and empowered a new generation of patriarchy-challenging young women the world over. Gerwig and lead actress Margot Robbie may have been snubbed, but Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera have been recognised for their supporting roles.
HBO has long been a guaranteed platform for fantastic movies and ground-breaking TV. Its Max platform hosts some all of its greatest hits. Think Succession, True Detective, The Last of Us, Game of Thrones, The White Lotus... and that's just for starters.
The cheapest way to get your hands on a Max subscription is by subscribing to its 'With Ads' plan for $9.99 a month or $99.99 for the whole year. Or you can go for one of the costlier plans that removes ads, allows downloadable content and upgrades to 4K picture.
How to watch Maestro online
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Sarah Silverman | Director: Bradley Cooper | 129 mins | Oscar nominations: 7
The biopic of great American composer Leonard Bernstein is a passion project that famously took Bradley Cooper's years to realize on screen, with the star first wanting to ensure that he had fully embodied the musician. It was certainly worth the wait, with Cooper's (not uncontroversial) transformation rendering him scarcely recognisable as Bernstein across five decades. Carey Mulligan also impresses as his actress wife Felicia Montealegre, but it's the six-minute single-shot scene of the maestro conducting Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony that will live longest in the memory.
Global: streaming on Netflix
How to watch American Fiction online
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sterling K. Brown | Director: Cord Jefferson | 117 mins | Oscar nominations: 5
American Ficton has come up on the outside as something of a dark horse in this year's Oscar race, and it's largely thanks to the central performance from the always brilliant Jeffrey Wright (The Batman). He plays Thelonious 'Monk' Ellison, a struggling writer and increasingly bored university lecturer who, at the end of his tether, writes a stereotypically 'black' novel in jest. But when the joke turns into an unexpected success, Monk becomes everything he has previously detested...
Australia: Stream on Amazon Prime Video (from Feb. 27)
Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that American Fiction would be coming to streaming from February 16
How to watch Anatomy of a Fall online
Stars: Sandra Huller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner | Director: Justine Triet | 151 mins | Oscar nominations: 5
Justine Triet has already taken home the Palme d'Or from last year's Cannes Film Festival, and now her opus Anatomy of a Fall is slap bang in the Oscars race and hot favorite to win Best International Feature Film on March 10. After a father falls mysteriously to his death from a chalet window in the French alps, his unemotional wife Sandra (Sandra Huller) is prime suspect. But to categorize this as a conventional courtroom drama would be to sell short a complex, nuanced exploration of subjective truths, sentiments lost in translation and the tragic consequences when a marriage falls apart.
Global: VOD platforms
How to watch The Holdovers online
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa | Director: Alexander Payne | 133 mins | Oscar nominations: 5
For anybody that shares our opinion that Paul Giamatti (Billions) is well overdue an Oscar, this is the year that may see that wish fulfilled. Finally reuniting him with director Alexander Payne, 20 years after the modern-classic Sideways, here he plays a cantankerous history teacher (elbow patches and all!) who is forced to spend the holidays with one of his failing students (debutant Dominic Sessa) and melancholy dining room attendant (Oscar-tipped Da'Vine Joy Randolph). Cue sardonic laughs and a lot of heart.
Peacock is the exclusive home to The Holdovers in the US. Membership gets you access to a huge catalog of NBC shows from the past and present. From dramas like The Blacklist, Law & Order and Yellowstone, to much-loved comedies such as 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family and The Office.
You'll require a Peacock subscription, which costs only $5.99 a month. Or, if you're happy to pay more to avoid commercials, Premium Plus is $11.99 a month. Alternatively, get 12 months for the price of 10 by going for an annual plan on either tier.
How to watch The Zone of Interest online
Stars: Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller, Ralph Herforth | Director: Jonathan Glazer | 105 mins | Oscar nominations: 5
While The Zone of Interest is unlikely to trouble any 'Feel Good Films of 2024' lists, Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast, Under the Skin) fourth feature in 23 years has already been lauded by critics as unmissable. It follows the central family as they try to live an idyllic life in their new dream home... directly next-door to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Is it possible to humanize – or even illicit sympathy – for the Nazi protagonists? In Glazer's hands, you can be assured a sensitive and thought-provoking study of the banality of evil.
US: Stream on Max (date TBA)
How to watch Past Lives online
Stars: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro | Director: Celine Song | 105 mins | Oscar nominations: 2
Every awards season has a sleeper hit that makes a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, builds momentum over the year, makes its way into end-of-year lists and, ultimately, the Oscar conversation – CODA being the classic example two years ago. 2024's iteration comes courtesy of first-time director Celine Song and tracks the lives of a couple who develop strong feelings for each other in school in South Korea, as their paths continue to cross over the course of 24 years. A box of tissues at the ready is strongly advised.
US: Stream on Paramount Plus with Showtime (1-week FREE trial)
UK: Stream on Netflix (from Feb. 15)
Global: VOD platforms
VOD services for Best Picture Oscar nominees
Even though you can't yet watch all the Best Picture Oscar 2024 nominees via streaming services, they are – with the exception of Poor Things, The Zone of Interest and American Fiction – all at least able to rent or buy on 'video on demand' (VOD) services around the world.
The most common of these are Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and the Microsoft Store. But if you're struggling to find the movie you want to watch, then it's also worth checking the likes of smaller, country-specific online VOD shops like Vudu in the US or the Sky Store in the UK.
How to watch Oscars 2024 Best Picture Nominees Online from outside your country
Scroll down and you'll discover the streaming services you'll need to watch the Oscar Best Picture nominees in your home country. But if you're on vacation or working overseas and still want to stream as if you were back home, you may run into a problem. Unfortunately, in some markets you'll be stopped from doing so due to geo-blocking.
But with a VPN you can change your IP address and make your computer, smartphone, tablet or other streaming device think its right back in your home country.
That means those overseas can subscribe to a VPN and access their subscription no matter where you are in the world, just as if you were in the comfort of your own home.
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2024 Oscars: 96th Academy Awards FAQs
What date and time is the 2024 Oscars?
The 96th Academy Awards is set to take place on Sunday, March 10.
The 2024 Oscars will start at an earlier time than usual at 4pm PT in Hollywood. That's 7pm ET or 11pm GMT on the Sunday evening, and 10am AEDT on the Monday morning.
Where will the 2024 Oscars be held?
The Dolby Theatre (previously the Kodak Theatre) on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles has been the regular Oscars venue for over 20 years since 2002.
It will be the venue for the 96th Academy Awards.
Who is hosting the Oscars 2024?
Comedian and TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel is returning for his fourth stint as Oscars host, and the second time in consecutive years.
Where can I watch the Oscars 2024?
As per usual, ABC is the host broadcaster of this year's Oscars.
In the UK, the 96th Academy Awards will be shown on the free-to-air ITV and its ITVX streaming service.
It will be on CTV in Canada, and the free-to-watch broadcasters Seven Network and TVNZ in Australia and New Zealand respectively.
Who won the main Oscars in 2023?
The big winner at the 95th Academy Awards in 2023 was Everything Everywhere All at Once, which took home a total of seven Oscar wins. The haul included Best Picture, Best Director and Original Screenplay for the Daniels, and acting awards for Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Brendan Fraser won the Best Actor prize for his role in The Whale, Sarah Polley bagged Best Adapted Screenplay for Women Talking, and All Quiet on the Western Front got the Best International Feature among its four wins. Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio won Best Animated Feature.