How to watch the 2018 Best Picture nominees before the Oscars

Can’t stop. Must binge.
Can’t stop. Must binge.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has whittled down another year’s worth of films—some brilliant, some painfully awful—into nine nominees for its marquee award, Best Picture. The winner will be crowned in an ABC broadcast on Mar. 4 beginning at 8pm eastern time.

The arthouse films, indie darlings, and period pieces the Academy tends to bestow this honor upon aren’t the sci-fi and fantasy epics, action films, and laugh romps that normally draw audiences to theaters. Some people only hear about the contenders after they’ve received awards recognition. There’s a well-documented “Oscar bump” at the box office among Best Picture nominees. And Amazon Prime Video found that, during the past seven years, over one third of all streams of Oscar-nominated movies on the site took place between the nominations and the awards. In 2017, Amazon said serious bingers even streamed five of the movies up for Best Picture in the day ahead of the awards show.

It’ll cost you at least $47 to stream all of this year’s nominees in the US before Sunday. Here’s where to look.

Call Me By Your Name

Director Luca Guadagnino’s coming-of-age drama set in the northern Italian countryside isn’t streaming yet. It’s being released on major online-video stores like Amazon and iTunes in the US on Feb. 27, and will cost around $14.99 to purchase. It will be available to rent online in mid March.

Darkest Hour

You’ll have to buy Darkest Hour to stream Gary Oldman’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of Winston Churchill right now. It becomes available as a rental on Feb. 27. Here’s what it costs to own right now:

  • Amazon Video ($14.99)
  • Fandango Now ($14.99)
  • Google Play ($14.99)
  • iTunes ($14.99)
  • Microsoft ($14.99)
  • PlayStation Store on game console ($14.99)
  • Vudu ($14.99)


Director Christopher Nolan might cringe at the thought of audiences watching his World War II masterpiece anywhere other than IMAX 70mm. But, seeing as the opportunity to watch it in theaters has passed in most places, there’s not really another option. Do yourself a favor—hit the lights and turn on surround sound for this one if you have the option.

  • Amazon Video (Rent: $4.99-$5.9; Buy: $12.99)
  • Fandango Now (Rent: $5.99; Buy: $19.99)
  • Google Play (Rent: $4.99-$9.99; Buy: discounted (as of writing) at $12.99-24.99, list price $19.99-$29.99)
  • iTunes (Rent: $5.99; Buy: $19.99)
  • Microsoft (Rent: $3.99-$4.99; Buy: $14.99-29.99)
  • PlayStation Store on game console (Rent: $4.99; Buy: $19.99)
  • Vudu (Rent: $5.99; Buy: $19.99)

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s satirical horror hit is the only 2018 Best Picture nominee on a subscription-video service at the moment. It’s also available to buy.

  • Included with HBO Go or HBO Now ($14.99 per month). If you don’t have HBO already (yes, there are people who don’t watch Game of Thrones), take advantage HBO Now’s free-trial offer to stream the film.
  • Amazon Video ($14.99. If you have Prime, it’s actually cheaper to just buy the DVD and have it shipped free. That’ll run you $10, plus tax.)
  • Fandango Now ($14.99-$24.99)
  • Google Play ($14.99-$29.99)
  • iTunes ($14.99)
  • Microsoft ($14.99-$24.99)
  • PlayStation Store on game console ($14.99)
  • Vudu ($14.99)

Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig’s love letter to Sacramento, California is only available to own at the moment. You can rent it starting Feb. 27.

  • Amazon Video ($12.99-$14.99)
  • Fandango Now ($12.99-$14.99)
  • Google Play ($12.99-$14.99)
  • iTunes ($12.99-$14.99)
  • Microsoft ($12.99-$14.99)
  • PlayStation Store on game console ($12.99-$19.99)
  • Vudu ($12.99-$14.99)

The Post

You won’t be able to stream this historical drama with a stacked cast before Sunday’s awards show. The movie, about The Washington Post’s reporting on the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, is still in theaters. Check your local listings.

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro’s beautiful and heart-wrenching genre film isn’t streaming yet either. It will be available to buy in the US on Feb. 27 for $14.99 at most online-video stores. By the middle of March, it’ll be available to rent online.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

You can watch Frances McDormand’s stellar performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by purchasing an online version of the film ahead of the Oscars.

  • Amazon Video ($14.99)
  • Fandango Now ($14.99)
  • Google Play ($14.99)
  • iTunes ($14.99)
  • Microsoft ($14.99)
  • PlayStation Store on game console ($14.99)
  • Vudu ($14.99)

Phantom Thread

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1950s period piece, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is still in theaters, and likely won’t hit streaming video for another few months. Check your local theaters.

Update (2:45pm ET): This post was updated with streaming details from Playstation.