10 Oscar-Nominated Netflix Movies You Need To See, From 'Mudbound' To 'Strong Island'
When most people think of Oscar-nominated films, they tend to only recall the prestige films nominated for Best Picture. This year, that includes movies like Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, and Call Me by Your Name. But those aren't the only films the Academy will be honoring on March 4. Nearly 60 films have been nominated for Oscars this year, thanks to various categories that include short films, foreign films, animated movies, and technical achievements, and you can watch a good chunk of these Oscar-nominated movies on Netflix right now.
Although none of the Best Picture nominees are on Netflix at the moment, there are 10 other Oscar hopefuls that are currently streaming. These films come from a diverse range of genres and awards categories, from Netflix original documentaries to big budget Disney special effects extravaganzas to foreign art films. Out of the ten, four are documentaries, and three of those docs are Netflix originals, showing the company's commitment to the format. Of the six non-documentary films that are currently streaming, one is a Netflix original drama, two are Disney blockbusters, one is an animated feature from Dreamworks Animation, another is an animated short from the United Kingdom, and the last is a Hungarian drama. As you can see, it's quite the variety, so take a look below to find out what these ten films are all about, as well as which Oscars they'll be hoping to take home at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Arguably the most prestigious film on this list, this Netflix original is perhaps the best film the company has produced to date. The drama deals with racial issues in post World War II Mississippi has earned four Oscar nominations for 2018: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige, and Best Cinematography for Rachel Morrison, making her the first woman to ever be nominated in the category.
2. 'Beauty And The Beast'
Disney's mega-blockbuster, the second biggest box office hit of 2017 after Star Wars: The Last Jedi, needs no introduction when it comes to its story, but it's less obvious what award the movie is up for. The gorgeous film is competing for two design awards: Costume Design and Production Design.
3. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2'
Another Disney blockbuster, this one a part of the MCU, Guardians 2 is sadly not nominated for best soundtrack — probably because that's not a thing that exists. It will have to settle for its nomination in the Best Visual Effects category.
4. 'The Boss Baby'
Yup... the movie in which Alec Baldwin portrays a super-smart businessman baby is an Oscar nominee. The movie is nominated in the Best Animated Feature, where it faces stiff competition in the form of heavy favorite Coco.
5. 'Revolting Rhymes'
Up for the award of Best Animated Short is this British export about classic fairy tales told with a twist, based on the book by Roald Dahl.
6. 'On Body and Soul'
This Hungarian drama is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, and tells the story of two co-workers who start having the same dream every night.
This Netflix original documentary shines a light on the Russian doping scandal, which is especially timely given the ongoing winter olympics where athletes have been banned from competing under the Russian flag. The film is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
8. 'Last Men In Aleppo'
Another Best Documentary Feature nominee, this is a hard-hitting and emotional look at the White Helmets, the search and rescue volunteers working in war-torn Syria.
9. 'Strong Island'
The final Best Documentary Feature nominee currently streaming is a Netflix original from director Yance Ford, who investigates his own brother's death and ends up detailing the history of racial injustice in America.
Yet another Netflix original documentary, Heroin(e) is nominated in the category of Best Documentary Short Subject. The movie is about three women doing their part to battle the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia: Fire Chief Jan Rader, Judge Patricia Keller, and volunteer Necia Freeman.
All of these movies are worthy of Oscars in their own way (well, except for maybe The Boss Baby), so get caught up now so you have something to root for before the awards are handed out on March 4.