Oscars 2015: Where to Watch Big Winners Online


'Birdman,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Whiplash' and are available to stream, rent or buy.

Didn't get a chance to catch this year's big Oscar winners when they were in theaters? And don't love the idea of trekking to the movies to check out these titles now, particularly if you live in the frigid, snow-covered northeast?

Well, if you didn't see Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash or Boyhood (somewhat snubbed at the Oscars but a big winner elsewhere during awards season, including at this Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards) on the big screen, you can check out all of those Oscar winners and others on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and, in some cases, HBO Go and Netflix.

Some of this year's big Oscar winners — Still Alice (best actress), The Imitation Game (best adapted screenplay) and Selma (best song) — haven't yet become available for (legal) streaming or download online.

But read on to find out where you can rent, buy or stream some of Sunday night's other big winners, in alphabetical order. And watch the trailers for each movie here.

Big Hero 6: The Disney film about a teen tech prodigy and his robot companion trying to save their city, San Fransokyo, upset predicted winner How to Train Your Dragon 2 to snag the best animated feature Oscar. See why The Academy thought Big Hero 6 was the best animated movie of the year.
Where to watch: Amazon (to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

Birdman: The Alejandro G. Inarritu-directed film about the former star of a superhero franchise trying to reinvent himself as a serious actor on Broadway (Michael Keaton), picked up four Oscars: best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography. The Fox Searchlight film co-starring Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis also won three Independent Spirit Awards, including the top prize of best feature, best cinematography and best male lead.
Where to watch: Amazon (to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

Boyhood: Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making coming of age story about a young boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing up in Texas only went home with one Oscar, for best supporting actress, after scoring six nominations. But the movie was in a close race for best picture with Birdman and won several other top prizes during awards season, including the Independent Spirit Award for best director.
Where to watch: Amazon (to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

Citizenfour: Laura Poitras takes viewers up close with former NSA employee Edward Snowden as he makes his 2013 bombshell disclosures about government surveillance of U.S. citizens. The film, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company's Radius subsidiary was named best documentary at the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards, among other accolades. Citizenfour premiered on HBO the night after the Oscars and is now on HBO's subscribers-only streaming service HBO Go.
Where to watch: HBO Go

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson's latest film focuses on Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) the powerful concierge at the titular resort during its glory years between the two World Wars. After a wealthy guest, with whom Gustave slept, dies, he ends up in a fight for her inheritance with others who are after her fortune. The Fox Searchlight title tied its company colleague, Birdman, with four Oscars on Sunday night, and since the film hit theaters almost a year ago, The Grand Budapest Hotel is already on HBO and HBO Go.
Where to watch: Amazon (to buy), iTunes (to rent or buy), HBO Go

Ida: The best foreign-language/international film at this weekend's Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards centers around a young woman preparing to become a nun who's sent from her convent into the secular world, where she learns more about her identity. The black-and-white Polish art film  is not only available for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes, but the film is also on Netflix, one of the few Oscar winners to hit the streaming service.
Where to watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime (and to rent or buy), iTunes (to rent or buy)

The Theory of Everything: The Stephen Hawking biopic only picked up one Oscar but it was for star Eddie Redmayne's performance as the theoretical physicist suffering from a motor neuron disease.
Where to watch: Amazon (to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

Whiplash: J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as an abusive music teacher opposite a determined aspiring drummer (Miles Teller) in this film about how far people are willing to go for art. The movie also won awards for film editing and sound mixing on Sunday night. And it won two Independent Spirit Awards. The Sony Pictures Classics title just became available to rent or buy on iTunes and Amazon.
Where to watch: Amazon (to rent or buy) and iTunes (to rent or buy)

Both Amazon and iTunes also have pages devoted to this year's Oscar winners and nominees.