How (and where) to watch Oscar-winning films (mostly) online
Replete with spellbinding multiverses, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” topped the 95th Academy Awards with big wins including best picture and a historic win for Michelle Yeoh. Stories of family permeated 2022 cinema and winners this year, as did big-budget blockbusters (even if they were denied top honors Sunday night).
Even the Oscars itself is now streaming — you can find the star-studded ceremony on Hulu. Some of the winning films are still in theaters but most are available online to stream now with either a subscription or as a digital rental. Here’s where you can find many of 2022's Oscars-winning films:
“EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE”
Seven wins including best picture. Digital purchase.
The A24-produced indie “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has been a critical success and crowd-pleaser since it came out last spring. The film won best picture and Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for best actress. Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis received awards for their performances. Yeoh, Quan and Stephanie Hsu carry a mind-bending multiverse story about a Chinese American family’s disconnection and how they find each other again through the existence of other versions of themselves. The film is available for streaming on Paramount+ with a Showtime add-on.
“ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT”
Four wins. Netflix.
“All Quiet on the Western Front,” is an unflinching German-language adaptation of a classic antiwar novel about life and death in the World War I trenches. It won four Oscars including best international feature and cinematography. The film is available to stream on Netflix.
Two wins. Digital purchase.
Brendan Fraser won best actor for his portrayal of Charlie, the 600-pound central character of “The Whale.” Charlie is a father, an English teacher and has terminal health issues that give him a life expectancy of a week. In that week, he attempts to bond with his estranged daughter. The film is based on and adapted from the off-Broadway play by Samuel D. Hunter. The film also received an award for makeup and hairstyling. It is available for purchase on Youtube and Amazon.
Thirty-six years after the original “Top Gun,” “Top Gun: Maverick” Tom Cruise is back. Cruise reprises his role as “Maverick,” taking on a leadership and mentor role for supporting cast members Miles Teller and Glen Powell. “Top Gun: Maverick” won the Oscar for sound and is available on Paramount+ and Amazon.
Visual effects. Still in theaters.
After a 13-year wait, “Avatar: The Way of Water” delves into the journey of the original “Avatar” main character Jake Sully’s family through adversity and loss. Director James Cameron builds a spiritual and visually compelling world in this sequel that stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña. Winning the Oscar for visual effects, the film is still in theaters and is not yet available for streaming.
Adapted screenplay. Digital rental.
Director Sarah Polley weaves the story of pervasive sexual assault plaguing the women in a Mennonite community. “Women Talking” is an adaptation of a 2018 book by Miriam Toews. It stars Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand. The film won the Oscar for adapted screenplay. It is available for digital rental on Youtube and Amazon.
“BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER”
Costume design. Disney+.
Designer Ruth E. Carter won the Oscar for costume design for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” making her the first Black woman to win two Oscars. The superhero movie made in the wake of the death of Chadwick Boseman allows the audience to grieve the character T'Challa and Boseman. The Ryan Coogler-directed film is available to stream on Disney+.
“Navalny” is a portrait of Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, following an attempt on his life. The documentary feature-winning film has all the makings of a Hollywood thriller. It is available to stream on HBO Max.
“GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO”
Best animated feature. Netflix.
The decades-old child’s tale “Pinocchio” gets retold through the lens of Guillermo Del Toro’s dark mind. This is not the Disney version of “Pinocchio” — in Del Toro’s still musical version, themes of fascism are explored. The cast includes Christoph Waltz, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Ewan McGregor and it won best animated feature. The film is available to stream on Netflix.
S.S. Rajamouli’s three-hour maximalist action epic “RRR” is one of India’s most expensive — and top-grossing — films of all time. It pairs two of Tollywood’s biggest stars, N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan, as revolutionaries fighting against the British colonialists in 1920. The film, which won for original song “Naatu Naatu,” topped Netflix’s streaming charts over the summer and is still available to watch there.
For more on this year’s Oscars, visit: http://www.apnews.com/academy-awards
Nardos Haile, The Associated Press