It’s Oscar weekend, and even if you don’t particularly care about awards, you probably do like movies, yeah? We’ve picked out a whole slate for you to check out, from movies that are up for Academy Awards, movies that we wish were up for Academy Awards, and a couple of offbeat picks that are almost certainly too hardcore for the Academy Awards. Enjoy.
If you want to check out some current nominees: There aren’t a whole bunch of these on Netflix, but you can catch a few, mostly in categories other than Best Picture—Ava DuVernay’s best documentary nominee The 13th , animated feature nominee Zootopia, and visual effects nominee The Jungle Book are among the few current nominees streaming on the service. Beyond Netflix, the pool gets a little wider. O.J. : Made In America is available on Hulu as a lengthy trilogy of movies, and while you can’t find any current Oscar nominees on Amazon Prime, you can check out a great film we wish was nominated there: The Witch
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If you’re in a movie mood, but want something newer: This week’s biggest Netflix original is I don’t feel at home in this world anymore, a film directed by Macon Blair, the star of excellent (and streaming) thrillers Blue Ruin and Green Room. The film stars Elijah Wood as the friend of a nurse who’s absolutely fed up with everyone in the world being an asshole, and decides to do something about it. Probably something violent.
How bout a horror flick? Check out The Hallow, an indie horror film about a London man who moves his family into a mill house to get away from it all, only to discover the forest is full of children-eating demons. According to our own Tom Philip, it’s “really great low-budget horror with lots of dread and Irish accents,” which doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend a movie night.