11 Academy Award®-Winning Movies & Nominees to Stream Now
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is gearing up to name the best of the best in film on Sunday, April 25, and we’re here to get you ready for the big night.
From Hulu-exclusive Oscar®-nominated movies like Nomadland and The United States vs Billie Holiday, to shocking documentaries like The Mole Agent and Collective, we’re breaking down all of this year’s nominees available to stream now.
Not to mention, we’ve got a full library of Academy Award®-winning movies to round out your Oscar-worthy binge.
2021 Oscar®-Nominated Movies
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Andra Day stunned audiences in her breakout role as Billie Holiday, so much so that the actress and singer-songwriter took home the Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Now, she’s been nominated by the Academy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
The Hulu Original movie The United States vs. Billie Holiday, directed by Lee Daniels, tells the story of the jazz music icon and civil rights pioneer, who was targeted by the FBI when her rendition of the song “Strange Fruit” brought national attention to the lynching of Black Americans in the South.
Frances McDormand, one of the few performers to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting” (receiving Oscar®, Emmy®, and Tony® Award wins), recently became the first woman to ever receive Academy Award® nominations for producing and starring in the same film.
That film is Nomadland, which follows a woman named Fern (McDormand) who loses everything in the Great Recession and takes to the road as a modern-day van-dwelling nomad. In the short time since its release, Nomadland has received hundreds of awards, including Golden Globe® Awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director (Chloé Zhao, the first woman of color to win in that category).
The film is now nominated for six Academy Awards, including:
- Best Motion Picture of The Year – WINNER
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – WINNER (McDormand)
- Best Achievement in Directing – WINNER (Zhao)
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Achievement in Film Editing
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Danish comedy Another Round follows four high school teachers who conduct an experiment to see how consuming alcohol on a daily basis affects their personal and professional lives. The film was nominated for two Oscars®, including:
- Best International Feature Film (Denmark) – WINNER
- Best Achievement in Directing
Watch: Another Round
The Mole Agent
We love a good documentary and, evidently, so does the Academy.
Set in the South American country of Chile, The Mole Agent follows an 83-year-old man who goes undercover, posing as a resident, to investigate nursing home abuse. The shocking documentary was Oscar®-nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category.
Watch: The Mole Agent
The Disney classic Mulan tells the story of a fearless young woman who disguises herself to serve the Imperial Army in place of her ailing father. The 2020 live-action adaptation was nominated for two Oscars®:
- Best Achievement in Visual Effects
- Best Achievement in Costume Design
*Mulan is available with The Disney Bundle. Access content from each service separately.
After a deadly nightclub fire in Bucharest, Romania, a group of reporters work to expose shocking corruption and healthcare fraud. The gripping docu-thriller Collective documents their journey and findings. The film received two Oscar® nominations:
- Best International Feature Film (Romania)
- Best Documentary Feature
Disney and Pixar’s Soul follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle school band teacher and jazz music enthusiast whose life hasn’t really gone according to plan. It isn’t until he journeys to another realm that he discovers what it truly means to have “soul.”
The 2020 animated film earned three Oscar® nominations, including:
- Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – WINNER
- Best Animated Feature Film – WINNER
- Best Sound
*Soul is available with The Disney Bundle. Access content from each service separately.
Past Oscar®-Winning Movies to Stream
One of the most highly acclaimed movies of 2020, Parasite made history as the first foreign language film to ever win an Oscar® for Best Motion Picture. The thriller captivated audiences through its exploration of greed and class discrimination, as both pose a threat to the relationship between the Park and Kim families.
Parasite won a total of four Oscars®, including:
- Best Motion Picture of the Year
- Best Achievement in Directing
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best International Feature Film
Set to the tune of Sir Elton John’s world-famous music, the 2019 musical film Rocketman follows the icon’s rise to stardom — covering his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, his breakthrough in the ’70s, and even his struggles with addiction.
The musical received Golden Globe® Awards for Best Performance by an Actor (Taron Egerton) and Best Original Song, as well as an Oscar® for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song).
If you’re looking for a super empowering watch, the 2019 movie Bombshell won’t disappoint. Starring dynamos Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, the film documents the shocking true story of the Fox News sexual harassment scandal that shook the nation.
Nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Charlize Theron) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Margot Robbie), the film was ultimately awarded the Oscar® for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling for its uncanny portrayal of the real-life victims.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Based on the popular novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is a soulful drama about a young couple, Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James), who must fight for justice in the name of love when Fonny is wrongfully convicted of a crime.
The film was Academy Award®-nominated in three categories, including Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and Best Adapted Screenplay, and actress Regina King was awarded the Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Watch: If Beale Street Could Talk
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