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How to Watch This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Films Online (Updated!)

Alyssa Bereznak
National Correspondent, Technology
Yahoo Tech

This Sunday, Neil Patrick Harris will guide us through the 87th Academy Awards, an event that has previously produced the most retweeted thing of all time and at least one enthusiastic F-bomb (courtesy of Melissa Leo). But before you watch all the pretty celebrities showing off their on-camera fake happy faces, it’s best that you catch up on the nominees. 

This year’s potential winners range from risky dramas like Birdman to twee Wes Anderson staples like the The Grand Budapest Hotel. Though I have no real authority to tell you who’ll win, I can, with confidence, tell you how you can best stream this stuff from the comfort of your home with a bottle of wine. 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

Birdman: Rent it via Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5.

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $10 on Amazon, $15 on iTunes, $10 through Google Play, or $13 from the PlayStation Store.

The Theory of Everything: Rent it via AmazoniTunes, Google Play, or the Sony PlayStation Store for $5. 

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall in The Judge: Rent it on Amazon, iTunesGoogle Play, and the PlayStation Store for $4.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, for Inherent Vice: Rent it for $10 or buy it for $20 on Amazon or the PlayStation Store.

Best Original Screenplay

Dan Gilroy, for Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal: Rent it on AmazoniTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5.

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6: It’s not quite available to rent yet. But you can buy it for $20 on AmazonGoogle Play or the PlayStation Store

The Boxtrolls: Rent it for $5 on Amazon iTunesGoogle Play, or the PlayStation Store.

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: Rent it for $4 on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play

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

Finding Vivian Maier: Rent it on Amazon or iTunes for $4. Or at the PlayStation Store for $3. 

Best Original Song

“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.

“Lost Stars,” Begin Again: Rent it on AmazoniTunes, Google Play, or the PlayStation Store for $5.

"Grateful," Beyond the Lights: You can’t rent it, but you can buy it for $13 at the PlayStation Store

Best Cinematography

Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida: Stream it for free on Netflix or Amazon (if you’re a Prime member). Rent it for $1 on iTunes or for $4 on Google Play.

Best Costume Design

Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent: It’s not available to rent yet, but you can buy it on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and the PlayStation Store. 

Best Animated Short

The Dam Keeper: Buy it on iTunes for $3.

Feast: Buy it on Amazon or Google Play for $2, or on iTunes for $3.

Me and My Moulton: Watch it free.

A Single Life: Buy it on iTunes for $3.

[Or, rent all the animated shorts for $4 or buy them for $8 on Vimeo.]

Best Live Action Short

[Rent them all for $4 or buy them all for $8 on Vimeo.]

Aya

Boogaloo and Graham

The Phone Call: Also free to watch on Indiewire.

Butter Lamp

Parvaneh

Best Documentary Short

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

Joanna: Rent it for $5 or buy it for $10 on Vimeo.

The Reaper (La Parka): Rent it for $5 or buy it for $10 on Vimeo.

White Earth: Rent it for $4 or buy it for $8 on Vimeo.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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

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