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WATCH THE TOP 2023 FILMS

Feb/25/2024 / by Melanie Fourie

Where to view the Academy Award best picture nominees

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The 96th Academy Awards best picture nominees feature a diverse and compelling selection of films that capture both audiences and critical acclaim. From powerful dramas to thrilling adventures, these nominees deliver a memorable cinematic experience. Our guide here delves into what to expect and where you can watch them.

The Zone of Interest

This poignant historical drama immerses viewers in the unsettling backdrop of a German family residing adjacent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. At the story’s core is the father’s role as a commandant within the camp, offering a unique perspective on an agonizing chapter in history. This compelling narrative has earned the film five Oscar nominations, underscoring its powerful impact on audiences and the industry.

“The Zone of Interest” is currently gracing theatres. You may also pre-order it on Amazon Prime Video.

Past Lives”

In her inaugural directorial venture, Celine Song brings to life this 2023 American romantic drama film. The tale unfolds over 24 years, capturing the evolving connection between two childhood friends portrayed by Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magaro. As they navigate the twists and turns of life, the characters grapple with the changing nature of their relationship, diverging paths, and the complex tapestry of human connection. The film’s narrative, semi-autobiographical in essence, draws inspiration from real events in Celine Song’s life. You can rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.

Barbie

In 2023, Greta Gerwig directed the fantasy comedy film “Barbie,” with a screenplay co-written with Noah Baumbach. This live-action adaptation marks a departure from previous computer-animated Barbie films. Starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, the story delves into a journey of self-discovery, navigating both Barbieland and the real world in the wake of an existential crisis.

“Barbie” is now streaming on Max and Max Amazon Channels. If you prefer to own or rent the movie, it is available for purchase on YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play Movies, and the Microsoft Store. Rental options can be found on platforms like Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies, and the Microsoft Store.

Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos’ unconventional horror-fantasy-comedy, featuring Emma Stone as the Frankenstein-inspired Bella Baxter, secured a remarkable 11 nominations at the Academy Awards. The nods encompass direction, supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo), adapted screenplay, cinematography, costume and production design, editing, hairstyling and makeup, and a singular score.  This film is currently showing in theatres. According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” you may rent or buy it via Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV as of February 27. The DVD is set to be released on March 12. 

The Holdovers

Unpopular teacher Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti) endures a lonely Christmas at school in 1970, overseeing students stranded for the holidays. His companions are troublemaking 18-year-old Angus and the school’s head cook, Mary (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), a grieving African American woman. Bonding over snowy misadventures, this unlikely trio forms a makeshift family, discovering the strength to break free from their pasts and carve out their own destinies. Rent or buy this film on Amazon Prime Video.

Oppenheimer

Experience the riveting life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant physicist pivotal in crafting the atomic bomb that ended World War II. From his university days to post-WWII fame, delve into the complex journey that ensnared him in political intrigue. The cast features a range of remarkable stars, like Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer, Emily Blunt, Robert Downey Jr., and Matt Damon. 

“Oppenheimer” is available on Apple TV+. Alternatively, you can rent or purchase it online on Google Play Movies.

American Fiction

Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut is a comedic tour de force that follows Jeffrey Wright as Monk, a discontented novelist determined to disrupt our culture’s obsession with stereotyping. Fed up with the establishment’s exploitation of “Black” entertainment through tired tropes, Monk adopts a pen name to craft his own outrageous narrative. As he delves into this satirical endeavor, Monk finds himself at the crossroads of hypocrisy and the very madness he seeks to dismantle, creating a hilarious yet thought-provoking exploration of societal absurdities.

The movie is available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video.

Maestro”

“Maestro” unfolds the intricate love saga of composer Leonard and Felicia Bernstein, spanning over three decades. From their serendipitous meeting in 1946, through two engagements, a quarter-century marriage, and raising three children—Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and Nina Bernstein Simmons—their story is a rich tapestry of love, conflict, and family bonds. Actor Bradley Cooper stars as the male lead, maestro or Leonard, in this film.  You can stream “Maestro” on Netflix. 

Killers of the Flower Moon

In 1920s Oklahoma, the discovery of oil beneath Osage Nation land triggers a series of murders targeting the Osage people. As the community is systematically targeted, the FBI intervenes to untangle the mystery. This Academy Award nominee boasts A-list talents, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro.  Stream this film on Apple TV+.

Anatomy of a Fall

The film begins with the lifeless body of Samuel discovered in the snow near their secluded chalet. Living with his German writer wife, Sandra, and their partially sighted 11-year-old son, Daniel, the investigation reveals a “suspicious death,” leaving uncertainty about suicide or murder. Sandra faces indictment, and as the trial unfolds, their once-strong relationship unravels. Daniel, caught between the courtroom drama and their fractured home life, navigates the strain on the mother-son bond.

“Anatomy of a Fall” is now screening globally in movie theatres. For those preferring digital access, it’s available for purchase or rental on Apple TV+. You may also catch this flick on Amazon Prime Video.

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