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How to Watch Every 2021 Oscar-Winning Movie Online

Ben Bowman

After a strange year where many films were delayed by the pandemic, the Academy Awards spotlighted a diverse slate of winners. The ceremony ended with the most anticlimactic moment in Oscars history, as the final award went to Anthony Hopkins, who didn’t even attend. If you’re looking to catch up on all the winners, here are your options to watch them from home:

Online Viewing Options for All 2021 Academy Award Winners

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress


January 29, 2021

A woman in her sixties (Frances McDormand) embarks on a journey through the western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

The film won three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director (Chloé Zhao), and Best Actress (McDormand).

The big winner of the night resulted in Oscar gold for Best Director Chloé Zhao and Best Actress Frances McDormand, who won for her role as Fern.

Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay

The Father

December 23, 2020

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages and, as he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for his role as Anthony. Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton took the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Song

Judas and the Black Messiah

February 12, 2021

Bill O’Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers on the orders of FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends—falling for a fellow revolutionary en route—a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

Daniel Kaluuya won for his role as Fred Hampton in this Best Picture nominee. The film also won for its song, “Fight For You” by H.E.R., Tiara Thomas, and Dernst Emile II.

Best Supporting Actress


February 12, 2021

A Korean-American family moves to Arkansas in search of their own American Dream. With the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother, the stability of their relationships is challenged even more in this new life in the rugged Ozarks, testing the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

This semi-autobiographical film from writer-director Lee Isaac Chung resulted in one Academy Award win (Best Supporting Actress Yuh-Jung Youn) and five other nominations, including Best Picture.

Yuh-Jung Youn won for her role as Soonja in this Best Picture nominee.

Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score


December 25, 2020

Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful audition at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste won for their score.

Best Cinematography, Best Production Design


November 13, 2020

1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt, Production Design by Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale.

Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

November 25, 2020

Tensions rise when the trailblazing Mother of the Blues and her band gather at a Chicago recording studio in 1927. Adapted from August Wilson’s play.

Costume design by Ann Roth. Makeup and Hairstyling by Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal, and Jamika Wilson.

Best Original Screenplay

Promising Young Woman

December 13, 2020

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Written by Emerald Fennell

Best Documentary

My Octopus Teacher

September 4, 2020

After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher: a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal’s trust and they develop a never-before-seen bond between human and wild animal.

“My Octopus Teacher” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2021.

Best Film Editing, Best Sound

Sound of Metal

November 20, 2020

Metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to lose his hearing. When a doctor tells him his condition will worsen, he thinks his career and life is over. His girlfriend Lou checks the former addict into a rehab for the deaf hoping it will prevent a relapse and help him adapt to his new life. After being welcomed and accepted just as he is, Ruben must choose between his new normal and the life he once knew.

This film won two Academy Awards (Best Editing, Best Sound) and was nominated for four more (Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor - Riz Amed, and Best Supporting Actor - Paul Raci).

Edited by Mikkel E. G. Nielsen. Sound by Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, and Phillip Bladh.

Best Visual Effects


August 22, 2020

Armed with only one word - Tenet - and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.

Visual Effects by Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley, and Scott Fisher

Best International Feature Film

Another Round

September 24, 2020

Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.

Best Live Action Short Film

Two Distant Strangers

November 20, 2020

A man trying to get home to his dog gets stuck in a time loop that forces him to relive a deadly run-in with a cop.

Best Animated Short Film

If Anything Happens I Love You

August 8, 2020

Grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they mourn the loss of a child in the aftermath of a tragic school shooting.

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