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How to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films Online

Alyssa Bereznak
National Correspondent, Technology
Yahoo Tech

It’s awards season, that time of year when the world collectively recognizes the greatness of Meryl Streep, and sometimes other actors!

This morning, J.J. Abrams, Alfonso Cuarón, Chris Pine, and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs gathered onscreen to tell us which of this year’s movies and actors are worth our time. The list included high praise for offbeat dramas like Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, as well as snubs for historical dramas like Selma and The Jennifer Aniston Story.

My job, dear reader, is not to judge these films, but to tell you how you can best stream them from the comfort of your home with a bottle of pinot noir. Below, a complete guide to watching all the nominated movies and short films online.

(Note: This is not a complete list of nominated movies, just the ones that you can watch online. Check out the whole shebang here.)

Best Picture:

Boyhood

Boyhood: Rent it via iTunes for $5, or through Google Play or the PlayStation Store for $4.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $14 on Amazon or iTunes. Or for $13 through Google Play or the PlayStation Store.

Best Actress:

Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl: Rent it on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5.

Best Supporting Actor:

The Judge

Robert Duvall in The Judge: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and the PlayStation Store for $15.

Best Animated Feature:

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $14 on iTunes or Google Play.

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Rent it on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5.

Best Documentary Feature:

Last Days in Vietnam

Last Days in Vietnam: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $13 on iTunes.

Virunga

Virunga: Stream this Netflix Original on — where else? — Netflix.

Finding Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier: It’s not available to rent yet, but you can buy it on Google Play for $13. Or from iTunes or the PlayStation Store for $15.

Best Original Song:

The LEGO Movie

“Everything is Awesome,” The LEGO Movie: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $10 on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and the PlayStation Store. It’s also free to stream on HBO GO if you have a login.

Begin Again

“Lost Stars,” Begin Again: Bezos special! Rent it on Amazon for $1. Or from iTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5. 

Best Cinematography:

Ida

Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida: Stream it for free on Netflix or rent it for $4 on iTunes or Google Play.

Best Animated Short:

Me and My Moulton

“Me and My Moulton”: Watch it free here.

Best Live Action Short:

The Phone Call

“The Phone Call”: Watch it free on Indiewire.

Best Documentary Short:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”: Buy it on Google Play or Amazon for $10. Or stream it free on HBO GO with a login.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Ida (Poland): Stream it free on Netflix or rent it for $4 on iTunes or Google Play.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy: Rent it for $5 from iTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store.

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