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How to Watch the 2022 Oscar Nominees

2021 was a weird year for movies. Well, not for movies themselves, but for moviegoing. Studios like Warner Bros. tried new hybrid release models, dropping their big films—Dune, The Matrix Resurrections—on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters. Streaming services continued to pump out scores of content, like Netflix’s Don’t Look Up and The Power of the Dog. Audiences, meanwhile, just tried to navigate what was playing where. (Don’t worry, they always found it. Spider-Man: No Way Home, which was a theater exclusive, brought in nearly $260 million domestically in its opening weekend, even as Covid-19 cases surged.)

If you’re wondering, though, how all of this impacted this year’s Oscar race, it did and it didn’t. On the one hand, quite a few nominees—more than half of this year’s Best Picture contenders—got their footing on streamers. But others—Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza—are strictly theatrical. 

Either way, you can currently stream most of the top nominees already from the comfort of your own home—and surely you haven’t had time to watch all of them already. Here’s how to catch up before the Oscars airs on March 27.

The Power of the Dog

Director Jane Campion’s Netflix film led the pack this year with 12 nominations, including nods for Best Picture and one for Campion herself. It’s easy to see why. It’s a slow-burn about toxic masculinity and closeted desire set against a backdrop of the American West. Also, it’s beautiful.

Watch on NetflixDune

Dune, which started its run on HBO Max as well as in theaters, got a whopping 10 nominations, including one for costumes, aka those amazing stillsuits. Curiously, director Denis Villeneuve did not get a nod. Dune is not currently on WarnerMedia’s streaming service, but it is available to rent or buy from many others—and will likely be returning to HBO Max sometime in the future.

Watch on HBO MaxWatch on iTunesWatch on Amazon PrimeDon’t Look Up

What would happen if a meteor were about to destroy Earth and no one listened, or just tried to politicize it? What if it was also a metaphor for the struggle of being a scientist in a world where no one wants to hear about climate change? That’s Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, which nabbed four nominations for Netflix.

Watch on NetflixNightmare Alley

It’s almost a cliché to say Guillermo del Toro has done it again, but with Nightmare Alley, he did. Much like his Oscar-winning Shape of Water, Nightmare Alley—adapted from the novel by William Lindsay Gresham that was also turned into a film in 1947—is a blend of everything the director does best: supernatural elements, noir styling, using Ron Perlman. Naturally, it got four nods, including in technical categories like production design and cinematography.

Watch on HBO MaxWatch on HuluCODA

The acronym CODA stands for “child of deaf adult,” and Apple TV+’s film of same name puts one such teenager at the forefront. Ruby (Emilia Jones) is a hearing kid in a deaf family who can sing, but would need to break away from her home to do so. A sweet coming-of-age story that just snagged three nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur—the first for a deaf man.

Watch on Apple TV+Tragedy of Macbeth

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic from Joel Coen—an Apple Original Film—earned a tidy three nods, including one for its lead Denzel Washington.

Watch on Apple TV+The Lost Daughter

Weirdly, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature-directing debut, based on Elena Ferrante’s novel, didn’t get a nomination for Best Picture, but it did get a much-deserved one for lead Olivia Colman, and one for Gyllenhaal for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Watch on NetflixEncanto

OK, so maybe this movie was made for TikTok, but that didn’t stop it from getting three nominations, including one for Best Animated Feature. Disney+ subscribers can watch it there, but it's also available to rent elsewhere.  

Watch on Disney+Watch on Amazon PrimeWatch on Google PlayBelfast

Writer-director Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white film, set amid the tumult of life in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, swept through a lot of the Oscars’ major categories, including Best Picture, nabbing seven nominations. Originally, it was only in theaters, but now you can buy it on other services.

Watch on Amazon PrimeWatch on VuduWatch on Google PlayKing Richard

This biopic about Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, was also an HBO Max offering. Currently nominated for six Academy Awards—including one for Best Actor for Will Smith, who plays Richard—the movie is currently available to rent on a variety of services.

Watch on Amazon PrimeWatch on iTunesWatch on Google PlayDrive My Car

Adapted from a Haruki Murakami short story, Drive My Car follows stage actor-director—and recent widower—Yusuke Kafuku (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima), as he goes to direct a new production in Hiroshima, and the young woman (Toko Miura) who serves as his chauffeur to and from the production’s many rehearsals. It’s a heart-wrenching tale of loss that snagged four nominations.

Watch on HBO MaxLicorice Pizza

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, loosely based on events of his own youth in Southern California, was also a theatrical-only release. But luckily the film, which got three Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture, is now available to rent. 

Watch on Amazon PrimeWest Side Story

The Academy gave Steven Spielberg’s take on the classic musical an impressive seven nods.

Watch on HBO MaxWatch on HuluWatch on Disney+Full List of Oscar Nominees:

Best Picture:


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Licorice Pizza

Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story



Don’t Look Up

Drive My Car

Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

Best Actor:

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick … Boom!

Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers

Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best Supporting Actor:

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

J.K. Simmons, Being the Ricardos

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Judi Dench, Belfast

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Best Original Screenplay:


Don’t Look Up

King Richard

Licorice Pizza

The Worst Person in the World

Best Adapted Screenplay:


Drive My Car


The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog

Best Costume Design:




Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Best Original Score:

Don’t Look Up



Parallel Mothers

The Power of the Dog

Best Animated Short:

Affairs of the Art



Robin Robin

The Windshield Wiper

Best Live-Action Short:

Ala Kachuu—Take and Run

The Dress

The Long Goodbye

On My Mind

Please Hold

Best Documentary Feature:




Summer of Soul (… Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing With Fire

Best Documentary Short:


Lead Me Home

The Queen of Basketball

Three Songs for Benazir

When We Were Bullies

Best International Feature:

Drive My Car, Japan

Flee, Denmark

The Hand of God, Italy

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, Bhutan

The Worst Person in the World, Norway

Achievement in Sound:



No Time to Die

The Power of the Dog

West Side Story

Best Visual Effects:


Free Guy

No Time to Die

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Production Design:


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best Film Editing:

Don’t Look Up


King Richard

The Power of the Dog

Tick, Tick … Boom!

Best Cinematography:


Nightmare Alley

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

West Side Story

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Coming 2 America



The Eyes of Tammy Faye

House of Gucci

Best Animated Feature:




The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best Original Song:

“Be Alive,” King Richard

“Dos Oruguitas,” Encanto

“Down to Joy,” Belfast

“No Time to Die,” No Time to Die

“Somehow You Do,” Four Good Days

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