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Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick.
- Ten movies are up for Best Picture at the 2023 Academy Awards.
- A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads with 11 nominations.
- You can stream most of the nominees right now on services like HBO Max, Peacock, and Paramount Plus.
The 95th annual Academy Awards will be held on March 12 at 8 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast live on ABC. The 2023 show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, marking the comedian’s third time presenting the event.
Ten movies are nominated for best picture this year, including a record number of sequels with “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Top Gun: Maverick” both up for the top award. Nominees also include biopics like “Elvis” and the semi-autobiographical film “The Fabelmans,” adaptations like “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and dark comedies like “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Triangle of Sadness.”
A24’s genre-defying “Everything Everywhere All at Once” comes in on top with 11 total Oscar nominations, including four acting nods for first-time nominees. With “Avatar: The Way of Water,” director James Cameron has managed to secure best picture nominations for his last three consecutive films.
If you’re looking to watch all the best picture nominees before the ceremony airs, you’re in luck. While not every nominee is available to stream just yet, all but two can be watched online right now. Below, we rounded up all 10 movies up for best picture, along with details on where and when you can watch them at home.
Stream on Netflix.
“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a German-language anti-war film from director Edward Berger. It’s based on the 1929 novel of the same name, and follows a young German soldier and his comrades in the final days of World War I. The book was previously adapted into a 1930 American film, which won best picture at the 1930 Academy Awards.
The 2022 film is available to stream exclusively on Netflix. “All Quiet on the Western Front” is also nominated for several other Oscars, including best cinematography, best international feature, and best adapted screenplay.
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Now playing only in theaters. Expected to stream on Disney Plus later this year.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is the epic sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film “Avatar.” The movie follows the Sully family 15 years after the events of the original film. When an ancient threat reappears, Jake and Neytiri must fight a costly war against the humans.
James Cameron returns as director and co-writer, with the cast being led by Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Kate Winslet. “The Way of Water” is also up for best sound, best production design, and best visual effects.
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Stream on HBO Max. Rent or buy from Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV.
From writer and director Martin McDonagh, “The Banshees of Inisherin” is a black comedy-drama set in 1920s off the coast of Ireland. The movie is about the chaos that erupts when the lifelong friendship between Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) suddenly ends. The cast also includes Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon.
“The Banshees of Inisherin” received nine total nominations at the 2023 Oscars, including best actor (Farrell), best supporting Actor (Gleeson and Keoghan), best supporting actress (Condon), best original screenplay, and best director.
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Stream on HBO Max. Rent or buy on Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV.
Directed and written by Baz Luhrmann, “Elvis” is a biopic based on the life and career of iconic musician Elvis Presley (Austin Butler). The film also explores Elvis’ complicated 20-year relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks) as well as his marriage to Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
In addition to best picture, “Elvis” is nominated for seven more awards at the Oscars, including nods for best actor (Butler), best sound, best cinematography, and best film editing.
Stream on Showtime. Buy on Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is a genre-defying blend of drama, action, comedy, and sci-fi. The story focuses on a Chinese-American woman (Michelle Yeoh) being audited by the IRS who suddenly finds herself thrust into a fantastical battle to save the multiverse. The film was written and directed by Daneil Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known collectively as “Daniels”). The cast also includes Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, and James Hong.
The A24-produced movie has the most nominations (11) of any film at the 2023 Academy Awards. The movie is also up for best actress (Yeoh), best supporting actor (Quan), best supporting actress (Hsu and Curtis), and best director (Daniels), among others.
Buy on Amazon, Apple TV, and Vudu. Expected to stream on Peacock by February 14.
“The Fabelmans” is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama loosely based on the upbringing of director and writer Steven Spielberg. The movie tells the story of Sammy Fabelman, a young aspiring filmmaker who discovers a secret that could tear his family apart. The cast features Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Judd Hirsch, Seth Rogen, and Julia Butters.
A frontrunner for best picture, “The Fabelmans” is also nominated for best director, best original screenplay, best actress (Williams), best supporting actor (Hirsch), best score, and best production design.
Stream on Peacock. Rent or buy on Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV.
“Tár” explores the fictional story of a renowned musician named Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett), whose life begins to unravel days before she’s set to record a career-defining symphony. The psychological drama is written and directed by Todd Field (“Carol”) and features supporting performances by Noémie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, and Mark Strong.
“Tár” is also up for Oscars in categories like best actress (Blanchett), best director, best cinematography, and best original screenplay.
Stream on Paramount Plus and MGM Plus. Rent or buy on Amazon, Vudu, and Apple TV.
Tom Cruise reprises his role as accomplished naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 action drama “Top Gun.” The 2022 film sees Maverick confront difficult parts of his past as he trains a young group of recruits for a dangerous mission. Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, and Glen Powell join Cruise in the cast, with Val Kilmer reprising his role as “Iceman” from the original movie.
“Top Gun: Maverick” is nominated for a total of six awards at the 2023 Oscars, including best adapted screenplay, best sound, best editing, best visual effects, and best original song for Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand.”
Rent or buy on Amazon, Apple TV, and Vudu.
This satirical black comedy is centered on a luxury cruise that sinks and leaves wealthy survivors like celebrity fashion models Yaya and Carl stranded on an island. The main couple is portrayed by Charlbi Dean and Harris Dickinson. The cast of “Triangle of Sadness” also includes Woody Harrelson, Dolly de Leon, and Vicki Berlin.
“Triangle of Sadness” writer and director Ruben Östlund also received nominations for best director and best original screenplay.
Currently playing only in theaters.
Based on the 2018 book of the same name, “Women Talking” is a drama from director Sarah Polley. The movie follows the women of a small fictional Mennonite community who struggle to reconcile with their faith upon learning the truth about a series of sexual assaults. The women then deliberate over how to move forward: Do nothing, stay and fight, or leave.
Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Frances McDormand, and Ben Whishaw lead the film’s cast. “Women Talking” screenwriter Sarah Polley is also nominated for best adapted screenplay at the 2023 Oscars.