Whether you download them to your device before take off, stream them in flight or watch them on your seatback IFE screen, many of this year’s Oscar-nominated films are already available to consume whenever and wherever you want.
With a list that includes a big-budget remake of a Hollywood classic, a political satire, a darkly funny costume drama, a rousing rock and roll biopic and first-time-ever Best Picture nods for a Marvel movie and a Netflix original, this year’s Academy Award nominees could not be more eclectic or diverse. And thanks to streaming and some fortuitous IFE release windows, binge-watching this year’s buzziest nominees in flight has never been easier.
In what is perhaps a sign of things to come in the digital age, only one of this year’s Best Picture nominees – writer-director Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic, Vice – is still playing exclusively in theaters right now. And though fellow Best Picture nominees The Favourite and Green Book are still going strong on the big screen as well, the former is available for purchase on iTunes and the latter will make its digital purchase debut on February 19th so frequent flyer film fans should be able to catch both titles on the fly well before ABC’s Academy Awards telecast on February 24th.
Best Picture Nominees:
After sweeping virtually all of the top acting prizes this award season for his appropriately mercurial lead performance as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek is pretty much a lock for Best Actor at this point. And after taking home the top prize at the Golden Globes last month, Rhapsody is also a dark horse Best Picture front-runner heading into the big show.
Available as a digital purchase from Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, and VUDU, Rhapsody is also playing this month on EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, Delta, Air New Zealand and British Airways flights worldwide.
After a brief return to the multiplex – where it screened for free for a week in select AMC theaters in honor of Black History Month – the first super hero film to score an Oscar nomination for Best Picture is available to download and/or stream on Netflix as we speak. Wakanda forever, indeed!
Nominated for six Oscars, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Adam “Kylo-Ren” Driver, and a first time Best Director nod for indie iconoclast Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman is now playing on select American Airlines, United, Delta and Singapore Airlines flights around the globe. The 1970’s-set true-life dramedy is also available as a digital rental or to own at Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play.
A Star is Born
Having recently taken home two Grammys and a BAFTA, A Star is Born is on a winning streak. Nominated for a whopping eight Oscars, Star doesn’t hit IFE screens until March but fans eager to get their Gaga on before the Academy Awards can purchase the film online from iTunes, Google Play, VUDU and YouTube.
Already the most honored film of the year with big wins at the Golden Globes, Producers Guild, and this past weekend’s BAFTAs, the Netflix-produced Roma is tied with The Favourite as the most nominated film of the year with ten Academy Award nods a piece. Available to stream and/or download from Netflix since December, Roma is also nominated for Best Foreign Film.
Best Actress Nominees:
Best Actress nominee Glenn Close’s career-best performance in The Wife is currently lighting up IFE screens. Now playing on select Emirates, United and Southwest Airlines flights, The Wife is also available via steaming on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime.
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Although Close is almost certain to win top honors this year in her seventh time at bat, Melissa McCarthy’s stellar turn as real-life literary forger Lee Israel is also well worth catching the next time you fly.
Also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant) and Best Adapted Screenplay, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is now playing on select Delta, Lufthansa and British Airways flights worldwide.
Other High-Profile Nominees:
Also making waves on IFE screens this month is Polish writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski’s black-and-white period romance Cold War. Picking up surprise nods for Best Director, Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography, War is now playing on Air France and British Airways.
True Oscar completists will definitely want to make time for Best Achievement in Visual Effects nominee Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is playing in-flight virtually everywhere this month, and Best Documentary Feature nominee RBG which is keeping things “notoriously RBG” on select ANA, Aer Lingus, United and British Airways flights worldwide.