The 2023 film award season ends with the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, on March 12. The culmination of all major award shows, such as the Golden Globes, British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS) and the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), the Oscars is the biggest night of the year for cinephiles.
Wondering how to watch the films that have dominated the award shows before the big night? See these Oscar-nominated films on Prime Video now.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director (Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Supporting Actress (Stephanie Hsu), Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score.
A breakout hit, this absurdist sci-fi film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (the “Daniels”) is a touching story about love, family, and the multiverse. Action star Michelle Yeoh stars as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant with a struggling business, failing marriage with her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) and an estranged relationship with her daughter Joy (Stephanie Hsu). A visit to the Internal Revenue Service for an audit quickly turns into a mission to defeat villain Jobu Tupaki, a version of Joy in an alternate universe. As part of this mission, Evelyn travels through multiple universes experiencing different versions of her life before finding meaning in her original universe. A visual spectacle filled with everything from hotdog fingers to talking rocks, Everything Everywhere All at Once is a fan favourite to win big at the Oscars.
Prime members can watch Everything Everywhere All at Once for free on Prime Video. If you don’t have a Prime membership, you can rent the film for £3.49 or buy it for £5.99.
Nomination: Best International Feature Film
Inspired by true events, Argentina, 1985 is a legal drama about the Trial of the Juntas – the publicised trial of the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship. The landmark case is examined from the perspective of lead prosecutor Julio Strassera (Ricardo Darin) who fights against the Argentinian judicial and political system to bring the dictatorship’s commanders to justice. Political history buffs will be entertained by courtroom scenes as archival footage is mixed in with fictionalised drama and testimonies are taken directly from the public record.
The Banshees of Inisherin
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director (Martin McDonagh), Best Actor (Colin Farrell), Best Supporting Actor (Barry Keoghan), Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson), Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), Best Film Editing, Best Original Score
Fans of 2008 black comedy In Bruges will enjoy The Banshees of Inisherin, which reunites actors Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, and director Martin McDonagh. Set in 1923 during the Irish civil war, this tragicomedy centres around a friendship between musician Colm (Brendan Gleeson) and simpleton Pádraic (Colin Farrell). The duo while away time at their local pub, talking, singing, and drinking until Colm abruptly and mysteriously ends their friendship. The Banshees of Inisherin is a deep rumination on legacy and companionship.
With stunning cinematography and arresting performances from Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, and Kerry Condon, it’s easy to see why The Banshees of Inisherin has scored major wins at this year’s award shows.
The Banshees of Inisherin is available to rent for £4.49 or buy for £6.99 on Prime Video.
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Austin Butler), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
This musical biopic takes on the King of Rock and Roll in all his glitz, glamour, and sequinned jumpsuits. Set against the backdrop of cultural change in America from the 50s to the 70s, the film details Elvis Presley’s (Austin Butler) meteoric rise, marriage to Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge) and complicated relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Elvis fans will savour the show-stopping musical performances by Austin Butler and appreciate the insight into the often-harmful relationship between popular artists and their fans.
Musical fans can buy Elvis on Prime Video for £7.99.
Top Gun: Maverick
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Original Song.
Tom Cruise is back as Maverick in this crowd-pleasing action sequel to the 80s blockbuster Top Gun. After decades of serving as one of the navy’s top aviators, Maverick is tasked with training a group of elite fighter pilots to undertake a deadly mission and finds himself confronting past traumatic events. Living up to the high expectations of critics and fans alike, the sequel became the second highest-grossing film of 2022. Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Jon Hamm as Cyclone and a touching cameo from Val Kilmer as Ice Man, this film is perfect for fans of stylized action sequences and 80s nostalgia.
Catch up with Maverick and his new crew for £9.99 on Prime Video or for free with Paramount+ as part of a 7-day free trial.
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director (Todd Field), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing
Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, the first female chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in this psychological drama from writer and director Todd Field. Lydia has built the perfect life; she lives in a sleek apartment with her wife Sharon (Nina Hoss) and their daughter and spends her days rehearsing with the orchestra for a live recording of Gustav Mahler’s symphony No. 5. When Lydia is accused of sexual misconduct and grooming young women in the New York Post, her perfectly curated life starts to unravel.
Rent Tár on Prime Video for £15.99.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Angela Bassett), Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design
A touching tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever combines a reverence for Boseman’s King T’Challa with the blockbuster action of a superhero film. In this acclaimed sequel, Wakanda defends itself from global world powers who plan to steal their vibranium resources, including an unexpected threat from the underwater kingdom of Talokan. Tenoch Huerta Mejia makes his live-action debut as villain Namor, Angela Bassett returns as Queen Ramonda alongside Letitia Wright as Shuri.
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