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Here's How to Watch the 2018 Oscar Nominees for Cheap

Whether you want to watch a romantic creature feature or a WWII flick, here's where to watch this year's Academy Award-nominated movies.
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The 2018 Academy Awards will take place on March 4, which means there's only a few days left for you to watch the nominees and determine which ones deserve an Oscar.

Below, we've listed all the ways you can see nearly all the nominees, from Best Picture candidates to animated shorts. That said, please note that some nominees are still only in theaters, while a few aren't currently available to watch anywhere.

See All the 2018 Best Picture Nominees at Once

If you're only interested in seeing the Oscar Best Picture nominees, that's a little easier to accomplish than seeing all the nominated films. Undoubtedly, the most affordable way to do this is at one of the film festivals that are being held before the awards.

Just $35 gets you a pass to Regal Cinamas' Best Picture Festival or Cinemark's Oscar Movie Week. That works out to $3.89 per film.

Just $35 gets you a pass to Regal Cinamas' Best Picture Festival, where you'll have multiple opportunities to see each film between now and March 4. Alternatively, Cinemark's Oscar Movie Week also costs $35 and runs from now to March 4 — notably, that festioval includes all the short film nominees, too. Either way, that works out to $3.89 per film (not including the shorts).

Meanwhile, AMC is offering a 24-hour marathon of all the nominees beginning March 3 at 10 am at select locations for $70.

Best Picture Nominees

Call Me By Your Name

Other Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Song

Seventeen-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) lives in Northern Italy with his translator mother and professor father, who welcomes American doctoral student Oliver to help with his work for the summer. The cultured yet shy Elio is impressed with the confident Oliver, and their friendship blossoms into a relationship that transforms his life.

Where to Watch: Available to buy for $14.99 from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Darkest Hour

Other Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Cinematography, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Costume Design

Controversial politician Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) is appointed prime minister during the early days of World War II and is faced with the momentous choice of continuing to fight or trying to parlay with Hitler. With the fall of France imminent and the possibility of a German invasion of Britain looming, Churchill knows his decision will affect the entire free world.

Where to Watch: Buy for $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Dunkirk

Other Nominations: Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Original Score

In the Spring of 1940, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped by German forces on the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. The terrain precludes the use of large ships, compelling the military to request that civilian boats join the rescue efforts. While soldiers endure attacks and wait in fear, the RAF provides cover for the hundreds of small boats sailing the 26 miles from Britain.

Where to Watch: It's available to rent from $4.99 and to buy from $12.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.

Get Out

Other Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Directing, and Original Screenplay.

Photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is nervous about meeting his girlfriend Rose's parents for the first time, especially when he learns that she has not told them that he is black. Their awkward behavior, along with the oddness exhibited by their two African-American servants, puts Chris on alert but even so, he is unprepared for the family's true motivations.

Where to Watch: If you have HBO, you can watch it for free. Otherwise it's $14.99 to buy from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, or Vudu.

Lady Bird

Other Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role, Directing, and Original Screenplay

Strong-willed teenager Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), who has dubbed herself Lady Bird, yearns to leave her hometown of Sacramento and attend college on the East Coast. Her equally opinionated mother, Marion, who is struggling to provide for her family, tries to prepare her daughter for life's inevitable heartbreaks while also encouraging her to be her best self.

Where to Watch: It's available to purchase from $12.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Phantom Thread

Other Nominations: Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Original Score, and Costume Design

In 1950s London, middle-aged couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day Lewis) is at the height of his fame and creative powers. His sister Cyril helps to manage his precisely ordered world, but when he falls for a younger, high-spirited waitress, Reynolds finds that his new muse has transformed his life in more ways than he thought possible.

Where to Watch: In theaters now

The Post

Other Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role

In 1971, Washington Post owner Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major newspaper, and executive editor Ben Bradlee debate whether they should publish the top-secret, politically sensitive Pentagon Papers. Facing certain legal action, the pair must decide if their duty to inform the public is more important than protecting their careers and the paper itself.

Where to Watch: In theaters now

The Shape of Water

Other Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Original Score, and Costume Design

In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins) works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Isolated and lonely, the mute Elisa finds her life changing forever when she uncovers the truth about the facility's most unusual and top-secret project.

Where to Watch: It's available to buy from $14.99 at Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and Google Play. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Other Nominations: Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Film Editing, and Original Score

Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) is so furious that the case remains unsolved that she commissions three billboards questioning the town's respected sheriff. The prickly Mildred's actions escalate tensions throughout the town, provoking intense reactions from all involved.

Where to Watch: It's available to buy for $14.99 from Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)


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Where to Watch Other Nominees

If you want to watch beyond the Best Picture category, here's where to find the other nominees:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Documentary Feature)
It's free to watch with Amazon Prime. Otherwise you can rent it from 99 cents and buy it from $5.99 at Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu.

A Fantastic Woman (Foreign Language Film)
In theaters now.

All the Money in the World (Actor in a Supporting Role)
In theaters now.

Baby Driver (Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing)
Available to rent from $4.99 and to buy from $14.99 from Google Play, Vudu, Amazon, and iTunes.

Beauty and the Beast (Production Design and Costume Design)
You can watch for free on Netflix. Otherwise, it's available to rent from $2.99 and to buy from $13.99 at Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and iTunes.

Blade Runner 2049 (Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Visual Effects)
Available to rent from $4.99 and to buy from $12.99 at Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu.

Coco (Animated Feature and Original Song)
It's available to purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and YouTube. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Dear Basketball (Animated Short)
Watch it for free at go90.

DeKalb Elementary (Live Action Short Film)
Rent for $2.80 on Vimeo.

Edith+Eddie (Documentary Short Subject)
Stream for free at Topic.

Faces Places (Doumentary Feature)
In theaters now.

Ferdinand (Animated Feature)
It's available to purchase for $19.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu. (It's also available to rent from select sites.)

Garden Party (Animated Short)
Available to rent for $3.50 from Vimeo.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Visual Effects)
You can watch for free with a Netflix account. Otherwise, it's available to rent from $2.99 and buy from $13.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (Documentary Short Subject)
Watch for free on YouTube.

Heroin(e) (Documentary Short Subject)
Watch on Netflix.

Icarus (Doumentary Feature)
Watch on Netflix.

I, Tonya (Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Film Editing)
In theaters now.

Knife Skills (Documentary Short Subject)
Available to rent from $1.99 or buy from $7.99 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and YouTube.

Kong: Skull Island (Visual Effects)
You can watch for free with an HBO account. It's available for purchase from $9.99 at Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu, and iTunes.

Last Men in Aleppo (Doumentary Feature)
Watch for free with a Netflix account. Otherwise, Amazon has it to rent from $3.99 and to purchase from $9.99.

Logan (Adapted Screenplay)
Watch it for free with an HBO account. It's available to purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

Lou (Animated Short)
Available to purchase from $1.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and YouTube.

Loveless (Foreign Language Film)
In theaters now.

Loving Vincent (Animated Feature)
Available to rent from $3.99 and to purchase from $9.99 from Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes.

Marshall (Original Song)
It's available to rent from $4.99 or purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

Molly's Game (Adapted Screenplay)
In theaters now.

Mudbound (Actress in a Supporting Role, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Song)
Available only on Netflix.

My Nephew Emmett (Live Action Short Film)
In theaters now.

Negative Space (Animated Short)
Currently unavailable.

On Body and Soul (Foreign Language Film)
Watch it with your Netflix account.

Revolting Rhymes (Animated Short)
Available to watch with a Netflix account. Otherwise, it's available to purchase from $4.99 at Amazon and iTunes.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (Actor in a Leading Role)
Available to rent from $4.99 and to purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Visual Effects)
In theaters now.

Strong Island (Doumentary Feature)
Watch on Netflix.

The Big Sick (Original Screenplay)
Free to watch with Amazon Prime. Otherwise, rent it from $4.99 or purchase it from $14.99 at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.

The Boss Baby (Animated Feature)
Available to watch with a Netflix account. Also available to rent from $2.99 and to purchase for $14.99 from Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube.

The Breadwinner (Animated Feature)
It's available to rent from $4.99 or purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

The Disaster Artist (Adapted Screenplay)
Available to purchase from $12.99 at Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, and Vudu.

The Eleven O'Clock (Live Action Short Film)
Currently unavailable.

The Florida Project (Actor in a Supporting Role)
It's available to rent from $4.99 and to buy from $12.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

The Greatest Showman (Original Song)
In theaters now.

The Insult (Foreign Language Film)
In theaters now.

The Silent Child (Live Action Short Film)
Currently unavailable.

The Square (Foreign Language Film)
It's available to rent from $3.99 and to purchase from $12.99 at Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, Amazon, and iTunes.

Traffic Stop (Documentary Short Subject)
Watch for free with an HBO account.

Victoria and Abdul (Makeup and Hairstyling and Costume Design)
Available to rent from $4.99 and purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

War for the Planet of the Apes (Visual Effects)
It's available to rent from $4.99 and to buy from $17.99 at Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and iTunes.

Watu Wote/All of Us (Live Action Short Film)
Currently unavailable.

Wonder (Makeup and Hairstyling)
It's available to rent from $4.99 and to purchase from $14.99 at Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu.

Readers, what Academy Award-nominated movies are you excited to see? Which ones are you hoping will take home an Oscar? Let us know in the comments below!


Senior Staff Writer

Stephen has been writing for such national and regional publications as The Village Voice, Paste, The Agit Reader, and The Big Takeover for 20 years, and has been covering consumer electronics and technology for DealNews since 2013.
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2 comments
Justin Kalm

This is very useful. Thanks for the post.

skaets

Don't watch any of these shows cause their ego's are way bigger than my 55 inch television screen.