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Where To Stream the 2022 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

The 94th Academy Awards is March 27, so now is the perfect time to get ready for the big night—especially if you have one (or more) of the top streaming services. Most of the nominations for Best Picture, and many of the films in the other high-stakes categories, can be viewed from the comfort of home. 

Consider this your unofficial guide to start prepping for the Oscars and making your own award predictions.

“Dune”

The first of a two-part film adaptation from Frank Herbert’s widely acclaimed sci-fi novel (Part Two is expected to release in 2023), young Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) must journey to the most dangerous planet, Arrakis, where he is pulled into an existential battle over the universe’s most valuable resource, known as “the spice.”

Also nominated for: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound

Where to stream: Apple TV, Google Play, Prime Video, Vudu

“West Side Story”

Helmed by Steven Spielberg, this cinematic remake of the popular 1961 film, based on the 1957 Broadway musical, follows the rising tensions between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, who are vying for control of San Juan Hill on Manhattan’s West Side. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” emotions are heightened when Tony, a former member of the Jets, meets and falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo—the leader of the Sharks. This American musical classic soars with glorious melodies, exhilarating choreography and entertainment legend Rita Moreno—who won Best Supporting Actress portraying the role of Anita in the original film version. (Fun fact: Ariana DeBose is Oscar nommed for Best Supporting Actress in the same role this year.)

Also nominated for: Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound

Where to stream: Disney+, HBO Max

“Nightmare Alley”

A remake of the 1947 noir of the same name, this psychological thriller set in 1940s New York follows Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), an ambitious carny who endears himself to a clairvoyant and her mentalist husband, eventually learning the couple’s mind-reading code. Armed with this newly acquired skill, Carlisle eventually teams up with his psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett)—who has her own professional secret—and hatches a plan to take on a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins).

Also nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design

Where to stream: HBO Max, Hulu

“Licorice Pizza”

This coming-of-age story (with the odd title with a cool provenance), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is set in 1973 in the San Fernando Valley. Fifteen-year-old Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) tries to win the affection of 25-year-old Alana Kane (Alana Haim). Although Alana turns him down romantically, their friendship takes off with adventure after adventure, including a false arrest, a waterbed company, movie auditions in L.A., local politics and a pinball arcade. 

Also nominated for: Best Director, Best Original Screenplay

Where to stream: Still in theaters. Not yet available for streaming.

“The Power of the Dog”

This Western psychological drama is based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel about the wealthy Burbank brothers: the alluring but vicious Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the tender and gentle George (Jesse Plemons). When George’s new wife, Rose (Kirsten Dunst—who is Plemons’ wife in real life) and her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee), come to live in the Burbank house, it kicks up volatile feelings from Phil toward Peter. However, the uncle and nephew relationship eventually takes shape in unexpected ways. 

Nominated for: Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Sound

Where to stream: Netflix

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“King Richard” 

A biopic about Richard Williams, the father of world-famous tennis players Venus and Serena. Portrayed by Will Smith (who scored a Best Actor nomination for his work), the film displays Williams’ unwavering master plan as he launches and then catapults his daughters’ tennis careers. It serves up an inspirational story for the ages. 

Also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing

Where to stream: Prime Video, Google Play, Vudu

“Drive My Car”

“Drive My Car” is a Japanese film adapted from the short story by Haruki Murakami about love, loss and how to recover a sense of peace. The protagonist, Yūsuke, a theater actor and director, struggles with the sudden death of his wife, whom he loved deeply despite his knowledge of her infidelity. Yūsuke begins to finds answers, acceptance and kinship while being chauffeured by a younger female driver, who is also bereaved. 

Also nominated for: International Feature Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

Where to stream: HBO Max

“CODA”

This comedy-drama focuses on Ruby, a child of deaf adult(s), known as a CODA, who is the only hearing member of her family. Ruby (Emilia Jones) struggles with the pressures of being her family’s interpreter to the hearing world—especially when helping with the family business—and the potential opportunities that await her as she finds her own voice (literally) with the help of an encouraging music teacher.

Also nominated for: Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay 

Where to stream: Apple TV+

“Belfast”

Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast” is a semi-autobiographical film as seen through the eyes of Buddy (Jude Hill), a nine-year-old boy growing up in a working class family in Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles in the late 1960s. Filmed mostly in black and white with flashes of color, the film focuses on the family’s daily struggles as well as the uncertainty they face in tumultuous times.  

Also nominated for: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound

Where to stream: Vudu or Prime Video

“Don’t Look Up”

An apocalyptic comedy in which an astronomy grad student (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor (Leonardo DiCaprio) discover a new comet that is headed for a crash-landing on Earth in six months. Instead of planning an effective response, the government and the media (with a wacky cast of characters played by Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry, among others) meet the doomsday announcement with an unsettling mix of indifference and mockery. 

Also nominated for: Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score

Where to stream: Netflix

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