Where to stream the 2024 Oscar-nominated best films

Missed out on some of this year's best picture contenders? Don't worry – catching up is easy.

Missed out on some of this year's best picture contenders? Don't worry – catching up is easy. Photo: TND

Ten films are in the running for this year’s best picture Oscar – and if you’ve missed any it’s not too late to catch up because all but one is available to stream online.

There has been much hype in recent days about British Holocaust film, The Zone of Interest, which has five Academy Award nominations.

It is showing only at select cinemas but should be available on one of the major streaming services in coming weeks.

The remaining nine films range from historic American biopics to made-up-stories to sheer make-believe enjoyment.

Free or for a fee, all can be found on one of Australia’s five major streaming platforms –  Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney, Prime Video and Foxtel.

The most anticipated awards ceremony of the season, the 96th Academy Awards, will be held on March 11 (AEDT) and broadcast live on the Seven network from 10am. For the fourth time, hosting duties will be taken up by late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

The best picture of 2023 is the last category – and most coveted – of the night, where the stakes for the studios, the actors, casts, directors and cinematographers are highest.

“Can anything beat Oppenheimer?,” asks industry magazine Variety,

JaNae Collins, Lily Gladstone, Cara Jade Myers and Jillian Dion in "Killers of the Flower Moon,"

Were the Osage tribe as depicted in Killers of the Flower Moon drinking coffee? Photo: Apple TV+

Killers of the Flower Moon: Apple TV+

The film is both a triumph and a Martin Scorsese love letter to cinema – but strap in, this Western drama is a long ride, running over three hours.

A true story of murder, betrayal and exploitation in Osage County, Oklahoma, it follows Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his uncle William King Hale (Robert De Niro), who manipulate, murder and exploit the Osage Indians who hit liquid gold when oil is discovered in the land they are displaced to.

Cillian Murphy’s portrayal of Oppenheimer will be hard to beat. Photo: Universal

Oppenheimer: Apple TV+, Prime Video

Director Christopher Nolan calls Oppenheimer the most important man who ever lived, and he wants us to understand the tortured genius who headed the Manhattan Project and paid a heavy price.

Nolan is known for films with mind-bending time warps and ingenious twists. But this agonising study of the father of the atom bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, has no escape portal.

Margot Robbie missed out on best actress throughout awards season. Photo: Warner Bros

Barbie: Apple TV+, Prime Video

When it was announced that Greta Gerwig’s surreal Mattel toy movie Barbie was scheduled to be released on the same day as Christopher Nolan’s epic thriller, Oppenheimer, a cultural phenomenon was born.

Barbie – and Robbie’s production company LuckyChap— won the box office, with gross receipts already in excess of $US1.44 billion ($2.21 billion).

Oppenheimer took home best picture at the Golden Globes, SAG awards, the Critics Movie Choice Awards and at the BAFTAs, where it scooped the pool.

The film focuses on the family life of Auschwitz commandant Rudolph Höss. Photo: Film4

The Zone of Interest

The film has overcome tough competition to make history at a lead-up ceremony, the BAFTAs.

Described by British film critic Christina Newland as an “uncommercial, disturbing film”, The Zone of Interest is a ground-breaking look at the banality of the perpetrators of one of history’s greatest atrocities.

The film is up there as a top contender. Photo: Focus Features

The Holdovers: Prime Video

Up against industry heavyweights at the Golden Globes in January, two stars of an unlikely, feel-good film, The Holdovers, walked away with the top acting prizes.

Sideways star Paul Giamatti won best actor for playing a snarly school teacher forced to spend his 1970 Christmas break looking after New England boarding school students with nowhere to go.

Yale drama school alumni, 37-year-old Da’Vine Joy Randolph won best supporting actress.

A classic whodunnit courtroom drama. Photo: Les Filmes de Pierre

Anatomy of a Fall: (Apple TV+ March 13)

In Justine Triet’s French legal drama, novelist Sandra Voyter (Sandra Hüller) is on trial for murdering her husband, Samuel (Samuel Theis), after he falls to his death from the attic of their Grenoble home.

Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein. Photo: Netflix

Maestro: Netflix

Bradley Cooper co-wrote and directed the film, as well as starring as composer Leonard Bernstein, and brought in executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg for support.

He also studied conducting for six years just to pull off six minutes of expert performance replicating a 1976 concert Bernstein conducted, in front of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Greta Lee, left, and Teo Yoo. Photo: AAP

Past Lives: (Prime Video)

This soulful story about immigrant yearning is too nuanced for commonplace explanations. It channels almost indefinable feelings from a real New York moment experienced by writer and director Celine Song, a Korean-American playwright making her first film.

Ramy Youssef and Emma Stone in Poor Things. Photo: Searchlight/Yorgos Lanthimos

Poor Things: Disney+

It’s an odyssey of sorts, through the eyes of a resurrected woman, Bella Baxter (Stone), created on the operating table of the mad scientist and father figure she comes to love, Dr Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe).

American Fiction. Photo: Orion Pictures

American Fiction: Prime Video

Nominated in five categories, the film tells the story of upper-class frustrated author and novelist Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (Jeffrey Wright), whose books aren’t selling.

He pivots to using a pseudonym and writes a stereotypical “black” books, which gets him into all sorts of trouble when it’s mistaken for serious literature and published to both high sales and critical praise.

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