Last Updated: February 24, 2019
The 2019 Oscar nominations have been announced, so how can cinephiles watch the films in the running for Best Picture? This was one of the more bizarre awards seasons in recent memory, and the Academy found themselves at the center of several unwanted headlines. Whether it was the backlash over the proposed Best Popular Film category (which is now off the table) or the controversy surrounding the Kevin Hart hosting debacle (which will lead to the first host-less Oscars in 30 years), it seemed like the Academy couldn't do anything right. Many were hoping the waters would steady once the Oscar nominations came out and viewers could celebrate the best in film.
Unfortunately, that may not be the case. Many curveballs were thrown on the campaign trail, as several presumed frontrunners (First Man, If Beale Street Could Talk) fell off and gave way to other titles that didn't seem like Oscar contenders at first blush. As such, movie fans might be wondering how they can catch up on any Best Picture nominees they missed along the way. In this space, we'll go over viewing options for all eight Best Picture contenders.
Other Nominations: Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Despite having three Avengers movies under its belt, Black Panther might be Marvel Studios' most impressive accomplishment to date. Director Ryan Coogler brought his unique sensibilities to the comic book realm, telling a compelling story that dealt with serious, real-world topics and themes. The movie's social relevance to today's political climate struck a chord with millions around the world, and Black Panther made history by becoming the first superhero movie to be nominated in this category.
Black Panther has been on Blu-ray since May 2018. It is also currently available on Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, and Movies Anywhere.
Other Nominations: Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver), Best Director (Spike Lee), Best Film Editing
A film only Spike Lee could make, BlacKkKlansman announced its Oscar candidacy with a strong screening at Cannes in May 2018 and rode the buzz from there. It was lauded for its deft handling of wildly contrasting tones, with scenes that showcased both the humor and the horror of Ron Stallworth's situation. Lee also tapped into contemporary social commentary with a bold and daring ending that illustrated how far we still have to go in the fight against racism.
BlacKkKlansman has been on Blu-ray since November 2018. It is also available on iTunes, Redbox, and Movies Anywhere.
Other Nominations: Best Actor (Rami Malek), Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Perhaps the year's least likeliest nominee, Bohemian Rhapsody chronicles the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and his rise to superstardom. The film was no stranger to controversy itself, be it the involvement of Bryan Singer or its questionable handling of key details about its subject. Nevertheless, awards voters enjoyed what they saw and showered Bohemian Rhapsody with nominations all through the season. The exhilarating Live Aid recreation landed the mark, apparently.
Bohemian Rhapsody is now available for purchase on iTunes and is on Movies Anywhere and is out on Blu-ray. The film also played in 424 theaters nationwide this past weekend.
Other Nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Actress (Olivia Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing
Leader of the pack (alongside Roma) with 10 nominations, Yorgos Lanthimos' deliciously delightful costume period piece ended up being a huge player across the board. The director is an acquired taste for many, so this is definitely one of the quirkier offerings of the season. But film buffs willing to give it a chance will be treated to a trio of excellent performances and a fresh spin on a classic genre.
This past weekend, The Favourite played in 288 theaters nationwide. It is available for purchase on iTunes and Movies Everywhere. The Blu-ray hit shelves on March 5.