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Palme D’or Winners Online

Fun fact: Of 72 movies have won the Palme D’or at the Cannes Film Festival, four are currently available on Netflix, and the two most recent are currently streaming on Hulu. (And I’d say a healthy percentage of them have been on Netflix at one time or another and may be again.)

By the numbers: Two are about professional assassins!

2019 Oscar Nominees: Where to Watch Them Online

Nominees for the 91st Annual Academy Awards were announced today, and once again the big winner among the streaming services is Netflix, with their first Best Picture nomination for a Netflix Original Film, Roma. Alfonso Cuarón’s retro drama is tied with The Favourite for the most nominations with ten, including Best Director, Best Actress for Yalitza Aparicio, Best Supporting Actress for Marina De Tavira, and Best Foreign-Language Film. If Roma wins it would be the first foreign film to win the top trophy. Some would say it also faces an additional hurdle of being a black-and-white feature, although it’s not unheard-of for one to win; it’s “only” been 25 years since Schindler’s List took Best Picture, and 17 years since The Artist did the same. Considering how relatively few major releases are shot in black-and-white anymore, that’s not surprising.

Another Netflix Original scored three nominations:  the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is up for Best Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design and Original Song, and the Netflix Original End Game is nominated for Best Documentary Short Film.

Meanwhile, Netflix is also home to Best Picture nominee Black Panther, which is in the running for six other awards (all in the music, artistic and technical categories), and the Best Visual Effects nominees Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story

Also on Netflix, the Best Animated Feature nominee Incredibles 2 (also in Spanish) and the Documentary Short Subject nominee Period. End of Sentence.

Hulu isn’t quite shut out either, with the Best Documentary Feature nominees RBG (also nominated for Best Original Song) and Minding the Gap.

Amazon Prime members have access to Best Original Screenplay nominee First Reformed and Best Documentary Short Subject nominee Black Sheep – but see below where you can watch this one for free. (Best Animated Feature nominee Isle of Dogs and Visual Effects nominee Ready Player One are available on HBO with Amazon Prime Channels. Best Animated Short Subject nominee Bao and Sound Editing nominee A Quiet Place are available for purchase only. Best Picture nominee BlacKkKlansman, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects nominee First Man, and Visual Effects nominee Christopher Robin are available for rental or purchase.)

VUDU has available (for purchase only) Best Picture nominee Bohemian Rhapsody

Kanopy: The free service (available through many library systems) has the Documentary Feature nominee Of Fathers and Sons and the Animated Short Subject nominee Weekends.

Watch for free online: 

Best Documentary Short Subject nominee Black Sheep, courtesy of The Guardian.

Best Documentary Short Subject Lifeboat, courtesy of The New Yorker‘s “Screening Room.”

Best Documentary Short Subject nominee A Night at the Garden, courtesy of Field of Vision.

Best Animated Short Film nominee Late Afternoon is available on Vimeo.

Best Animated Short Film nominee One Small Step is available on YouTube.

Best Live Action Short Film nominee Fauve is available on Vimeo.

2018 Oscar Winners Online

The Shape of WaterCongratulations to:

  • Blade Runner 2049 – Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins); Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer); available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • Call Me By Your Name – Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory);  available to buy only, on VUDU
  • Dear Basketball – Best Animated Short (Glen Keane & Kobe Bryant); on Go90
  • Dunkirk – Best Film Editing (Lee Smith); Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing,  available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • Get Out – Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele); available to buy (only) on VUDU
  • Icarus – Best Documentary Feature; a Netflix original
  • The Shape of Water – Best Picture; Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro); Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau); Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat); available to buy only, on VUDU

More 2018 Oscar Streaming News

wonderwoman2Boy, your movie doesn’t get any Oscar nominations and the next thing you know, they’re dumping your cupcakes at the bakery outlet like you’re day-old bread.

Anyway, heads up: Netflix has announced it will be adding the Hungarian Best Foreign Film nominee On Body and Soul to its streaming lineup on February 2nd. When that happens, I’ll be adding it to our list of 2018 Academy Award nominees streaming online.

2018 Academy Award Nominees: Where to Watch Them Online

The Big SickThe Oscar nominations were announced today, and while other sites may ramble on about the surprises, you might be surprised by how many are already available to stream online. In part that’s because streaming services like Netflix (and, if to a much lesser extent, Amazon Prime) were so successful landing nominations for their original productions. Some titles are at this time only available as sales or rentals on VUDU, but I’ve included them for the sake of any Oscar completists out there.

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail – Best Documentary Feature; on Amazon Prime
  • Baby Driver – Best Film Editing (Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing; available to rent or buy on VUDUThe Boss Baby
  • Beauty and the Beast – Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran), Best Production Design (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer); on Netflix
  • The Big Sick – Best Original Screenplay (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani); an Amazon Original Movie, on Amazon Prime
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Paul Lambewrt, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer); available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • The Boss Baby – Best Animated Feature; on Netflix
  • The Breadwinner – Best Animated Feature; on Netflix
  • Call Me By Your Name – Best Picture; Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet); Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory); Original Song (“Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens); available to buy only, on VUDUGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Dear Basketball – Best Animated Short (Glen Keane & Kobe Bryant); on Go90
  • Dunkirk – Best Picture, Best Director (Christopher Nolan), Best Film Editing (Lee Smith), Best Prodicution Design (Nathan Crowley & Guy Fettis); Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer); available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • Get Out – Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele); available to buy (only) on VUDU
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Best Visual Effects; on Netflix
  • Heroin(e) – Best Documentary Short; a Netflix original
  • Icarus – Best Documentary Feature; a Netflix originalMudbound
  • Kong: Skull Island – Best Visual Effects; available to buy (only) on VUDU
  • Last Men in Aleppo – Best Documentary Feature; a Netflix original
  • Logan – Best Original Screenplay (Scott Frsank, James Mangold & Michael Green; story by James Mangold); available to buy (only) on VUDU
  • Loving Vincent – Best Animated Feature; available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • Marshall – Best Original Song (“Stand Up for Something” by Diane Warren & Lonnie R. Lynn aka Common); available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • Mudbound – Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay (Dee Rees & Virgil Williams), Best Original Song (“Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson), Best Cinematography (Rachel Morrison) – Morrison is the first woman cinematographer to be nominated, for this Netflix originalOn Body and Soul
  • On Body and Soul – Best Foreign Film; on Netflix
  • The Shape of Water – Best Picture; Best Actress (Sally Hawkins); Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins); Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer); Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro); Best Original Screenplay (Guillermo Del Toro, Vanessa Taylor); Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen); Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky); Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira); Best Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern); Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau); Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat); Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira); available to buy only, on VUDU
  • The Square – Best Foreign Film; on HuluThe Shape of Water
  • Strong Island – Best Documentary Feature; a Netflix original
  • Victoria & Abdul – Best Makeup & Hairstyling (Daniel Phillips & Lou Sheppard), Best Costume Design (Consolata Boyle); available to rent or buy on VUDU
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – Best Visual Effects; available to rent or buy on VUDU

Your Oscar Weekend Binging

ZootopiaIf you still need to catch up with this weekend’s Oscar contenders, at least some of them are available online. Here’s which and where to see them: