Thanks to streaming, digital downloads and in-flight entertainment (IFE), catching up on this years’ crop of Oscar nominees the next time you fly has never been easier.
Proving that streaming is still the new normal in post-pandemic Hollywood, for the first time, all ten of this years’ Oscar nominees for Best Picture are now available to rent, stream with a subscription service and/or download for offline viewing. And better still, many of this years’ buzziest contenders like Dune, King Richard, Spencer, House of Gucci and West Side Story are also playing for free on airline IFE systems worldwide.
“Looking at this year’s Netflix and Apple Original Films contenders, streamers are giving conventional studios a run for the Oscars,” Michelle Chan, Stellar Entertainment’s Director, Acquisitions, told APEX Media.
This broader range of films and subject matter being celebrated by the Academy is especially exciting for passengers, added Chan, travelers are now finding themselves with a wealth of new entertainment options when they fly.
“From steamers to indies, filmmaking is very much alive, and post-pandemic IFE has eyes for all great content and storytelling, regardless of whether it’s from the indies or the powerhouses,” said Chan.
The only real problem for passengers this year will be finding time to watch all of the nominated films in-flight before the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 27th on ABC.
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
Although Best Picture nominees Belfast, CODA, Drive My Car, Licorice Pizza and Nightmare Alley are all available to purchase or rent as digital downloads on iTunes, you’ll need a Netflix account to download Best Picture nominees Don’t Look Up, and The Power of the Dog for offline viewing. And if you’re looking to watch the “leader of the pack” so far, you might want to start with Dog.
The Power of the Dog
After taking home Best Picture at the Golden Globes, BAFTA and the Critics Choice Awards, this noir-western is the definite frontrunner this year with a whopping 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director.
Nominated for 10 Academy Awards — including Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Visual Effects — Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic, Dune, is expected to sweep the technical categories this year.
Available now on iTunes and HBO Max, Dune is playing in-flight on select Air New Zealand, Eva Air, Korean Air, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic flights worldwide.
Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor nominee, Will Smith, is a virtual lock to take home a trophy for his performance as the hard-charging father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams.
Available now on iTunes and HBO Max, King Richard is also playing on select American, Jet Blue, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic flights worldwide.
West Side Story
West Side Story was nominated for 7 Academy Awards this year, but Best Supporting Actress nominee, Ariana DeBose, is the one most likely to go home feeling “oh-so-pretty” on the big night.
West Side Story is available on iTunes, Disney+ and is also playing on select Air Canada, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and United Airlines throughout the month.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Also nominated for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, this mascara black comedy tells the story of real-life televangelist Tammy Faye Baker. After taking home a SAG and Critics Choice award for her title role, Jessica Chastain would seem like a lock for a win, but in a season with no clear frontrunner, this category is anyone’s game.
Available to rent or purchase on iTunes, The Eyes of Tammy Faye is now playing on select Air Canada, Caribbean and United Airlines flights worldwide.
Spencer has its detractors, but Twilight alum Kristen Stewart has already taken home 25-plus awards for her turn as the late Princess Diana, so a coronation on Oscar night would not be unheard of.
Currently streaming on Hulu, Spencer is also available on select Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Korean Air, and Turkish Airlines flights worldwide.
OTHER HIGH-PROFILE NOMINEES
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Original Score and Best Original Song — not for the one about Bruno, but the other one — Encanto is the animated movie to beat and looks likely to bestow official EGOT status upon multi-hyphenate, Lin Manuel-Miranda.
Encanto is now streaming on Disney+ and playing on select Air Canada, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Caribbean Airlines, and United flights worldwide.
No Time to Die
The title track from No Time to Die is the third consecutive song from a Bond film to score an Oscar nod (after two wins), so if there is an upset in the Best Original Song category, expect Billie Eilish and company to pull it off.
No Time to Die is now playing on Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, Jet Blue, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic flights worldwide.
House of Gucci
Although Lady Gaga’s turn as real-life socialite turned convicted-killer Patrizia Reggiani didn’t make the cut in the Best Actress category, House of Gucci did score a nod for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
House of Gucci is available to rent and purchase on iTunes and is now playing on select British Airways, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, and United flights worldwide.