Where to stream the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies in Canada

Brush up on the nominees ahead of the ceremony on February 24. Here's how you can stream or rent this year's films online


BEST PICTURE

Black Panther

Available on: Netflix, iTunes

Ryan Cooglar’s Marvel superhero movie scored big nominations and that’s being whined about, but the gripes say more about those complaining than the quality of the movie. A must-watch.

BlacKkKlansman

Available on: Cineplex, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, YouTube

Spike Lee landed his first director nomination for this film based on a book by Ron Stallworth, a Black cop that infiltrated the KKK in 1970s Colorado. It’s also up for best supporting actor (Adam Driver), as well as adapted screenplay, editing and score.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Available on: Cineplex, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

The not-so-historically correct biographical about rock group Queen stars Rami Malek as late singer Freddie Mercury. Malek portrays Mercury perfectly, but NOW’s Norm Wilner calls it “a movie with no depth or resonance.”

The Favourite

Available on: iTunes (March 5), Google Play

Director Yorgos Lanthimos puts a manic comic spin on the story Queen Anne’s court in 18th century England. It’s up for 10 Oscars, including best director, best actress (Olivia Coleman), best supporting actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz) and best original screenplay.

Green Book

Available on: iTunes (pre-order)

Critically polarizing, Peter Farrelly’s film won the audience award at TIFF last year. It’s nominated for five Oscars, including best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali) and best actor (Viggo Mortensen).

Roma

Available on: Netflix

Based in Mexico City in the early 70s and inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s childhood, Roma is about a young woman working as a maid for an affluent family. The movie scored 10 nominations, including best director, best foreign language film and best actoress (Yalitza Aparicio).

A Star Is Born

Available on: iTunes, Google Play (purchase only)

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is the fourth and best remake of the 1937 film A Star Is Born. Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott are all up for acting awards as well.

Vice

Available on: iTunes (March 12)

Our favourite American Psycho Christian Bale transformed himself yet again, this time into former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. Reviews were divided but it’s worth watching simply for Bale’s latex face. It’s up for eight awards, including best actor (Bale) and best director (Adam McKay).

ANIMATED FEATURE

Incredibles 2

Available on: Netflix, Google Play

Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 was an obvious contender for best animated feature. The anticipated sequel picks up right where the original left off in 2004 – literally, the characters haven’t aged. Now its Elastagirl’s turn for her own adventure. 

Isle Of Dogs

Available on: iTunes, Crave+

Wes Anderson is undeniably the king of stop-motion animation. His charm shines through in this film about a Japanese boy’s search for his dog after the species was banished due to canine flu.

Mirai

Available on: n/a

Director Mamoru Hosoda‘s time-travelling adventure has yet to hit streaming platforms in Canada.

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Available on: Google Play, YouTube

The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph was unnecessary, but it manages to be a charming film about video game bad guy Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz navigating the internet.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Available on: iTunes (February 25)

Things are a little bit different in this version of the Spider-Man. We’re introduced to Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a kid in the Spider-verse who meets all sorts of Spider-folk, including Nicolas Cage who plays Spider-Noir and John Mulaney who plays Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Available on: iTunes (pre-order)

Nadine Labaki’s film tells the story of Zain, an undocumented Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the crime of giving him life despite horrible living conditions.

Cold War (Poland)

Available on: iTunes (pre-order)

Director Pawel Pawlikowski’s historical drama follows the romance of star-crossed lovers Zula and Wiktor during post-war Poland. It won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Never Look Away (Germany)

Available on: iTunes (pre-order)

Set in Nazi Germany, this film explores a love story between a painter based on Gerhard Richter and the daughter of an ex-Nazi murderer. It’s also nominated for Best Cinematography.

Shoplifters (Japan)

Available on: Hoopla

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film is about a family of petty scammers that rely on shoplifting to survive. Almost unwillingly, they take in Yuri, a four-year-old girl, and teach her how to steal.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Free Solo

Available on: iTunes

This film follows mountain climber Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first free soloist to climb El Capitan rock face in Yosemite National Park.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Available on: Kanopy

Following the lives of Black people in Hale Country, Alabama, this experimental doc from first-time feature director RaMell Ross offers an intimate look into the lives of a group of friends over five years.

Minding The Gap

Available on: n/a

Director Bing Liu‘s excellent debut about skateboarders in the U.S. midwest is not yet on streaming or rental platforms in Canada.

Of Fathers And Sons

Available on: iTunes, Kanopy

Director Talal Derki posed as a war photographer sympathetic to the jihadist movement in order to profile Abu Osama, a founder of the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda. The resulting doc explores the man’s relationship with two of his young sons who are training to become militants.

RBG

Available on: iTunes, Hoopla

This documentary is about the second woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court: octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It’s a timely look at the court’s importance in the era of President Donald Trump.

ANIMATED SHORT

Animal Behaviour

Available on: snowdenfine.com

Produced in Vancouver and Montreal, this animated short focuses on the lives of five animals who regularly meet for a therapy session.

Bao

Available on: iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

Toronto-raised Domee Shi tells a Chinese version of The Gingerbread Man as a metaphor for her upbringing as an only child.

Late Afternoon

Available on: n/a

Louise Bagnall of Cartoon Saloon’s digitally hand-drawn short is about an elderly woman living with dementia who relives memories of her past to understand her future.

One Small Step

Available on: n/a

Created by TAIKO Studios, One Small Step is about a Chinese-American girl with the dream of becoming an astronaut.

Weekends  

Available on: Kanopy

Trevor Jimenez’s 2D-animated Weekends is about a boy navigating his parents’ divorce. The boy must cope with splitting time between mom and dad, and learn how to see them as happy without each other.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Black Sheep

Available on: YouTube, shortoftheweek.com

Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn’s doc tells the story of a young Black boy from London who befriends a group of racists.

End Game

Available on: Netflix

Academy Award-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s film follows the lives of families dealing with palliative care.

Lifeboat

Available on: n/a

Director Skye Fitzgerald gives viewers a close-up look at the work of a group of volunteers with the German non-profit Sea-Watch, which patrols waters off the coast of Libya looking for boats transporting migrants.

A Night At The Garden

Available on: anightatthegarden.com

Marshall Curry’s short is comprised entirely of archival footage of a 1939 rally in which 20,000 Americans gathered in support of Nazism.

Period. End Of Sentence.

Available on: Netflix

The arrival of a menstrual pad machine in a rural town outside of Delhi, India, sparks a discussion about the taboo topic of periods. This film explores the empowerment these women feel after the machine is installed. 

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Other nominated features:

A Quiet Place

Nominated for: Best sound editing

Available on: Netflix 

At Eternity’s Gate

Nominated for: Best actor (Willem Dafoe)

Available on: Google Play iTunes

Avengers: Infinity War

Nominated for: Best visual effects

Available on: Netflix

Border

Nominated for: Best makeup & hairstyling

Available on: n/a

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Nominated for: Best actress (Melissa McCarthy), best supporting actor (Richard E. Grant), best adapted screenplay

Available on: iTunes

Christopher Robin

Nominated for: Best visual effects

Available on: iTunes, Google Play, Cineplex, YouTube

First Man

Nominated for: Best sound editing, best production design

Available on: iTunes, Google Play, Cineplex, YouTube

First Reformed

Nominated for: Best original screenplay

Available on: Crave+, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft 

If Beale Street Could Talk

Nominated for: Best supporting actress (Regina King), best adapted screenplay, best original score

Available on: n/a

Mary Poppins Returns

Nominated for: Best costume design, best original song, best original score, best production design

Available on: n/a

Mary Queen Of Scots

Nominated for: Best makeup & hairstyling, best costume design

Available on: hoopla

Mother!

Nominated for: Best live action short (this is the only live-action short nominated this year that is currently available to stream in Canada)

Available on: Netflix

Ready Player One

Nominated for: Best visual effects

Available on: Crave+, Cineplex

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Nominated for: Best visual effects

Available on: Netflix, Microsoft, Google Play 

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Nominated for: Best adapted screenplay, best costume design, best original song

Available on: Netflix

The Wife

Nominated for: Best actress (Glenn Close)

Available on: Cineplex, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes

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