The Academy Awards are only days away, which means you don’t have much time to catch up and watch the nine films nominated for Best Picture. The good news is that you have options. Most of the films are still playing in theaters, and visually dazzling nominees like The Shape of Water and Call Me by Your Name are well worth the price of admission. If you’d rather watch from the comfort of your couch, seven of the films are available on digital, Blu-ray, and/or DVD, with the only holdouts being The Post and Phantom Thread. Here’s a guide to how and where to see every Best Picture contender.
Call Me by Your Name
Director Luca Guadagnino’s sumptuous drama, about an illicit romance between a teenager (Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet) and an older scholar (Armie Hammer) in the Italian countryside in 1983, is available on digital for purchase only. The film comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 13. Visit the website for theaters.
This Joe Wright-directed drama about Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Best Actor nominee Gary Oldman), focusing on his decision to oppose Hitler in the early days of World War II, is available on digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Visit the website for theaters.
The evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk is shown from three perspectives — land, sea, and air — in this World War II action drama, which earned Christopher Nolan his first-ever Best Director nomination. The film is available on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD, including a 4K Ultra HD edition for true cinephiles.
This razor-witted horror hit, about a young black man (Best Actor nominee Daniel Kaluuya) whose meeting with his white girlfriend’s family takes a dark turn, earned Jordan Peele a rare trifecta of nominations for a first-time director: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The film is available on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, for which she became the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director, tells the intimate story of a Sacramento teenager (Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Best Supporting Actress nominee Laurie Metcalf) during the girl’s senior year of high school in 2002. The comedy is available on digital and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6. Visit the website for showtimes.
Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis plays the role of 1950s dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, who enters into an unconventional romance with his muse (Vicky Krieps) under the watchful eye of his sister (Best Supporting Actress nominee Lesley Manville) in Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson’s mesmerizing drama. The film will be available on digital March 27, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 10. Visit the website for showtimes.
Director Steven Spielberg tells the riveting true story of how Washington Post owner Katharine Graham (Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep) and executive editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) made the decision to publish the classified Pentagon Papers in 1971. Digital and Blu-ray release dates have yet to be announced. Visit the website for showtimes.
The Shape of Water
Leading the Oscar nominations this year with 13, Best Director nominee Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama chronicles the relationship between a mute maintenance worker (Best Actress nominee Sally Hawkins) and a sea creature (Doug Jones) in a top-secret government facility in the 1960s. The film is available on digital for purchase only, and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with 4K on March 13. Visit the website for showtimes.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actress nominee Frances McDormand goes to disturbing lengths to try to bring her daughter’s killer to justice in Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama. The film is now available on digital 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Visit the website for showtimes.
The 90th Academy Awards air Sunday, March 4 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
[Editor’s note: This post has been updated since its original publication on Jan. 24, 2018.]
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