The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were announced this lunchtime and if you’re looking for something amazing from the list to watch tonight then you’re spoiled for choice.
The Power of the Dog, a western directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch is the leader of the pack, with 12 nominations across the categories.
Meanwhile other highly-lauded films included the beautiful sci-fi adaptation Dune got nods for ten awards, Spielberg’s West Side Story and Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast both took seven.
British-born Branagh becomes the first person to be nominated for an Oscar in seven categories (he’s previously been up for best actor, supporting actor, adapted screenplay and live action short).
Meanwhile, this Oscar season can already been seen as a victory for Netflix, who not only were the studio behind The Power of the Dog but also have other titles in the running including climate change parable Don’t Look Up (four nominations), The Lost Daughter (three nominations) and Tick Tick Boom! (two nominations).
The Academy Awards 2022 ceremony will be held on March 27. So far there’s little additional detail about the event, although it is rumored there will be a host overseeing proceedings.
Names in the frame include Conan O’Brien and Spider-Man Tom Holland meaning, with Tick Tick Boom! star Andrew Garfield up for Best Actor, we could have two Spideys taking center stage.
If you’re feeling inspired to watch an Oscar-nominated movie, here’s our rundown of what’s available where – and our pick of the best.
Where to watch The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog is currently available to watch on Netflix. Directed by Jane Campion – who previously won an Oscar for The Piano – it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, all of whom have been nominated in their respective acting categories.
This dark, foreboding drama is not the cheeriest thing you’ll see this spring, but it has amazing performances, stunning cinematography and – somewhat surreally – a haunting score composed by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.
Where to watch Dune
While there were complaints that Zendaya was front-and-centre in so much of the marketing and promotion for Dune, cast performances across the board are so nuanced and well-played that there’s little to disappoint here.
It tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure the future of his family and his people.
The all star cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard and Jason Momoa
Denis Villeneuve’s stunning adaptation of the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic is out now to rent and buy on Amazon Prime. If you’re old school it’s also available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K.
Where to watch King Richard
Will Smith has a Best Actor nomination for his role as Serena and Venus Williams’ dad in this intense biopic.
Like many films on this list, it’s likely to get a second round of showings at the cinema as interest in the film, which was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (for Aunjanue Ellis) and Best Original Screenplay but it’s available to stream directly to your TV at home on Amazon Prime.
Where to watch West Side Story
Stephen Spielberg’s shot-for-shot remake of the 1961 film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins takes a largely unknown cast and makes something that says a surprising amount about life in the modern day.
As well as Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director nods it got nominations in four technical categories.
West Side Story isn’t out yet to watch, but Disney + has announced they will be streaming it soon – and you can’t help but assume that with the success of the film and interest it will garner in the run up to the Oscars it might yet be pushed up the release schedules further.
Where to watch Charm
Speaking of Disney Plus, the platform’s latest animated hit, the utterly lovely Encanto has been nominated for Best Original Score, Best Original Song (with Lin-Manuel Miranda getting the recognition for – somewhat surprisingly for anyone who’s been humming We Don’t Talk About Bruno for the last few weeks – Dos Oruguitas) and Best Animated Feature.
If you’ve got children of a certain age you’ve probably watched this multiple times already, but if it has passed you by it’s available to stream on Disney Plus right now and is by far one of the best Disney films of recent times – yes, way better than Frozen.
Where to watch Licorice Pizza
If you’re looking to head to the cinema to see any of this year’s Oscar nominees on the big screen, then Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza is your best bet.
With the release window of films for consideration so wide, many of the critically acclaimed options are already available to stream.
But the two that aren’t and that are worthy of a trip to your local cinema are this quirky coming of age tale and Belfast, both of which are currently big UK box office draws.
Where to watch Being the Ricardos
The West Wing’s Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed Being the Ricardos, a biographical drama starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Barden as 1950s US TV icons Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
The writing and direction of the film didn’t get any recognition from the Academy, but both the leads got nominated for Best Performances while JK Simmons got a nod for Best Supporting Actor.
Not only is it available to stream in the UK now – but it’s actually available as part of an Amazon Prime subscription, meaning if you sign up for a trial of the service you can watch it free.
Where to watch The Lost Daughter
Maggie Gyllenhaal wrote and directed The Lost Daughter, which sees both Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley nominated for Best Acting nominations (one as lead, one as supporting) playing the same character at different points in her life.
The Lost Daughter is currently available to stream on Netflix.
Where to watch Tick Tick BOOM!
Andrew Garfield plays Jonathan Larson, the theater composer who feels pressure to create something amazing before time runs out.
Of all the things on this list there is nothing quite like Tick Tick Boom! Lin-Manuel Miranda has directed a moving and memorable film that is both epic in scope and totally intimate, while Andrew Garfield gets a well-deserved Best Actor nomination for an incredible performance.
Another Netflix film, it’s available to watch here.
- Pam and Tommy on Disney Plus: Lily James swaps Downton Abbey for Baywatch to play Pamela Anderson alongside Marvel’s Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee in a quirky take on their 90s sex tape scandal.
- Reacher Season 1 on Amazon Prime: Lee Child’s infamous investigator leaves Tom Cruise behind in a tongue-in-cheek (we think?) eight episode mini-series based on Killing Floor.
- Severance on Apple TV: Parks and Rec’s Adam Scott stars with Christopher Walken in a sci-fi thriller about office workers whose memories of home and work life have been surgically divided.
- Bel-Air on Peacock (streaming free with Sky TV and Now): There’s no chilling out, maxing and relaxing in this dramatic modernization of The Fresh Prince.
- In From the Cold on Netflix: A sci-fi-ish espionage drama focused on a superhuman American single mum exposed as an ex-Russian spy.
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Where to watch CODA
CODA tells the story of Ruby, the only hearing person in her deaf family (or Child of Deaf Adults, as the title explains).
When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby finds herself torn between pursuing a love of music and looking after her family.
It’s currently available to watch on Apple TV Plus. Find out how to get Apple TV for three months free to watch it.