Seven Oscar Hopefuls Available Online

1:30 PM 12/29/2015

by Hilary Lewis

Awards trackers can still check out a number of likely nominees without leaving home, via iTunes or Amazon download or streaming on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

'Inside Out'
Courtesy of Disney/Pixar

As is often the case, a number of Oscar hopefuls are just now hitting theaters, with Joy, Concussion, The Revenant and The Hateful Eight among the potential contenders released last week. But several likely nominees are already available to watch from home, via (legal) streaming and digital download sites.

The Martian, Inside Out and Mad Max: Fury Road are all available for download from iTunes or Amazon while indie hopefuls Beasts of No Nation and Ex Machina are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively.

Those who are behind on their viewing of Oscar hopefuls don't have access to the screeners sent to members of the entertainment industry and don't want to venture outside to check out recent releases at the local theater can catch up on a number of potential contenders from their computers.

Read on for more information about seven Oscar hopefuls available online, including where to watch them and their standing in the awards race, according to The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg.

  • 'Beasts of No Nation'

    Courtesy of Netflix/Venice Film Festival

    Netflix's first original feature film is still available on the streaming service and star Idris Elba is likely to land a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, according to Feinberg's latest forecast. The "grim, grueling and gripping" film about an African warlord (Elba) who trains children to become soldiers could also possibly land Oscar nominations in the categories of best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best film editing and best original score. Elba has already landed best supporting actor nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. The movie also scored a best cast SAG Award nomination and four more Spirit Award nominations, including one for its young star Abraham Attah, who also landed a Critics' Choice nomination.
    Where to watch: Netflix

  • 'Ex Machina'

    'Ex Machina,' Courtesy of A24 Films

    The indie sci-fi film written and directed by Alex Garland, in his directorial debut, is a frontrunner to land a best original screenplay Oscar nomination and considered a major threat in the visual effects category. In addition, Alicia Vikander, who plays free-thinking android Ava, is considered a major threat to nab a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in the film. She already scored a Golden Globe nomination in the same category for her work in Ex Machina. The film, which explores the threat to humans posed by artificial intelligence through a story set inside a Google-like Internet company developing a human-like robot, has also landed Critics' Choice nominations in the categories of best original screenplay, best visual effects and best sci-fi/horror movie. Ex Machina already won four of the five British Independent Film Awards for which it was nominated. The movie, which also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, was released by A24 last spring and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video as well as available for rent and purchase through Amazon and iTunes.
    Where to watch: Amazon Prime (and to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

     

  • 'Inside Out'

    'Inside Out,' Courtesy of Disney

    Pixar's emotions-exploring Inside Out is likely to score best animated feature and best original screenplay Oscar nominations and could potentially land best picture, original score, sound editing and sound mixing nominations. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling all lend their voices to the movie about the mind of an 11-year-old girl, where five different emotions manage their keeper and maintain her memories — a task that becomes difficult after the girl is forced to move to a new city, leaving her friends behind. The film, which hit theaters in June, has already landed a Golden Globe nomination for best animated film and Critics' Choice nominations in the category of best original screenplay, best animated feature and best comedy.
    Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes (to rent or buy)


     

  • 'Love & Mercy'

    Courtesy of Roadside Attraction

    Paul Dano, one of the two actors who play Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in biopic Love & Mercy is a major threat to land a best supporting actor Oscar nomination and the film is a major threat in the best original screenplay category. Co-star Elizabeth Banks, who plays Wilson's second wife Melinda Ledbetter, could also possibly land a best supporting actress Oscar nomination and the film could possibly be up for best original score. The June release chronicles Wilson's struggles with mental health and substance abuse issues with John Cusack playing Wilson later in life. Dano has already received Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations for best supporting actor and Love & Mercy's "One Kind of Love" has been nominated for best original song by both groups. Dano also scored an Independent Spirit Award nomination and won the Gotham award for best actor.
    Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes (to rent or buy)

  • 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

    REX USA

    George Miller's prequel to the Mel Gibson trilogy, in which Tom Hardy takes over for Gibson, was a hit at the box office this summer after hitting theaters in May and has recently emerged as a potential Oscar nominee, receiving accolades from numerous critics groups, some of which named Fury Road as the best movie of 2015. The postapocalyptic desert-set action film is a frontrunner to land an Oscar nomination in the categories of best production design, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and visual effects. And it's considered a major threat to score a nomination in the categories of best picture, best director and best actress (Charlize Theron). It's already scored multiple Golden Globe and Critics' Choice award nominations, including ones for best picture and best director.
    Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes (to rent or buy)

  • 'The Martian'

    Aidan Monaghan/Twentieth Century Fox

    Ridley Scott's star-studded space epic just last week became available for purchase via digital outlets like iTunes and Amazon but the movie is considered a likely Oscar nominee in several top categories. Feinberg has the film listed as a frontrunner in the categories of best picture, best director, best actor (Matt Damon), best adapted screenplay, best film editing, sound editing, sound mixing and best visual effects. Additionally, the movie, in which Damon plays a stranded astronaut trying to survive on Mars and get back to Earth, is considered a major threat in the categories of best cinematography, production design and best original score. The Fox film also stars Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan and Donald Glover. Drew Goddard adapted Andy Weir's book for the big screen. The Martian's already landed three Golden Globe nominations including one in the top category of best motion picture, musical or comedy. It was also nominated for nine Critics' Choice Awards, including best picture.
    Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes (to buy)
     

  • 'Sicario'

    Courtesy of The Toronto International Film Festival

    Denis Villeneuve's Mexican drug cartel thriller is considered a potential Oscar nominee in the categories of best cinematography, best supporting actor (Benicio Del Toro), best film editing and best original score. It could also possibly land best picture and best original screenplay nominations. The movie — which explores the murky, potentially corrupt nature of the U.S.-Mexico drug war — already landed five Critics' Choice Award nominations, including ones for best picture, best cinematography, best action movie, best actress in an action movie (Emily Blunt) and best score.
    Where to watch: Amazon and iTunes (to buy)



     

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