With snow in the forecast for this long weekend, it may be time to start preparing for some weekend plans indoors. And with the 2019 Oscar nominees set to be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8:20 a.m., this weekend is the perfect chance to catch up on some of the films likely to hear their name called next week.
Unfortunately, many of the presumptive frontrunners, including “A Star is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Vice,” are still in their theatrical runs, so they won’t be available to rent or stream until at least February. But there are still a number of films — including many with local ties — you’ll be able to check out while the snow falls.
Here are seven films with local ties that are still in the Oscar nomination conversation, according to awards prediction site Gold Derby, and how you can watch them this weekend.
“A Quiet Place”
Plot: In real-life couple Emily Blunt and Newton native John Krasinski’s first onscreen lead roles together, the couple and their children must navigate a silent postapocalyptic hellscape ruled by grotesque monsters with supersonic hearing.
Nomination Odds: Not great for the big awards, but pretty good for a couple of technical ones. Krasinski and Blunt are unlikely to earn awards for their performances — or, in Krasinski’s case, his writing and directing — with the only potential being a Best Supporting Actress nod for Blunt. But as can be expected for a horror film about monsters attracted to sound, “A Quiet Place” has a good chance at landing Oscar nominations for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
How to Watch: “A Quiet Place” is available to stream for those who have Epix as part of their cable package, but it’s only available for purchase for $14.99 on other digital platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: Acton native Steve Carell plays real-life writer David Sheff, who struggles to help his son Nic (Timothee Chalamet) through a seemingly endless cycle of addiction. The cast also features Boston native Maura Tierney (“ER,” “The Affair”) as Nic’s stepmom.
Nomination Odds: Great for Chalamet; not so great for everything else. For the most part, the awards hopes of “Beautiful Boy” rest on one performer — Chalamet. He has the fourth-best odds for a Best Supporting Actor nod, according to Gold Derby, but the film isn’t expected to earn much else in the way of nominations.
How to Watch: “Beautiful Boy” is free to stream for Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Video, and is available to rent on iTunes, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: After the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his hidden home of Wakanda to take his rightful place on the throne before facing resistance from inside Wakanda and from the outside world. This Marvel film was lauded for creating a gorgeous world that stood on its own within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, thanks in part to Director of Photography and Cambridge native Rachel Morrison, who became the first woman to receive a Best Cinematography Oscar nomination in 2018 for “Mudbound.”
Nomination Odds: Very high. “Black Panther” will likely land a coveted Best Picture nod, with Gold Derby giving it the sixth-best odds to join a field that hasn’t had fewer than eight nominees since the category expanded to accommodate up to 10 movies in 2009. Gold Derby also likes “Black Panther” to land nominations in Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Score, Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. It also puts Morrison and Michael B. Jordan on the bubble for nominations in the Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor categories, respectively.
How to Watch: Considering it made more than $1.3 billion in worldwide box office gross last year, chances are you’ve already watched “Black Panther.” But for the few who haven’t, or the many who might want to watch it again, you can stream “Black Panther” on Netflix for free with a subscription, as well as for $2.99 and up through iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: Hamilton native Bo Burnham’s directorial debut is a character study of a 13-year-old named Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she navigates uncomfortable crushes, scornful popular girls, and an embarrassing dad (Josh Hamilton) during her last week of middle school.
Nomination Odds: See me after class. Fisher landed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), but Gold Derby only gives her the 13th-best odds for a Best Actress Oscar nomination. The film’s most likely nomination is for Best Original Screenplay, with Gold Derby giving it sixth-best odds to land one of the five nominations.
How to Watch: “Eighth Grade” is available to stream for 99 cents through Amazon Prime Video, and for $3.99 and up through iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: The story of Neil Armstrong’s journey to the moon and the personal journey that preceded it. Ryan Gosling reunites with “La La Land” director and Harvard grad Damien Chazelle, playing the pioneering but publicity-shy astronaut, with Claire Foy (“The Crown”) as his concerned wife.
Nomination Odds: Awaiting liftoff. The film’s sole Golden Globe win, for Best Original Score, went to Harvard-educated Justin Hurwitz, who also composed the score for his Harvard classmate Chazelle’s “La La Land” in 2017. Gold Derby give “First Man” top odds in that category for the Oscars, as well as several other technical categories like Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, and Visual Effects. But it’s less confident in the film earning big-ticket nominees for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Actor.
How to Watch: “First Man” won’t be available to rent until Tuesday, Jan. 22, but is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers for $14.99.
“Leave No Trace”
Plot: A father (Boston native Ben Foster) and teenage daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) live off the grid in an Oregon forest until authorities find them and force them to integrate into society. “Leave No Trace” is the first film for director Debra Granik, a Cambridge native, since 2010’s Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone.”
Nomination Odds: Low. Though the film has had awards success on the indie circuit, garnering nominations from the Gotham Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, its only shot at recognition from the Academy is for Best Adapted Screenplay, with Gold Derby giving it the seventh-best odds to land one of the five nominations.
How to Watch: “Leave No Trace” is free to stream for Amazon Prime subscribers, and is available to stream for $3.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
“The Old Man and the Gun”
Plot: Based on a true story, “Old Man” follows the exploits of Forrest Tucker, an aged bank robber and prison escape artist who robbed dozens of banks with the help of two fellow senior citizens (Danny Glover and Tom Waits), earning them the moniker of “The Over-the-Hill Gang.” Casey Affleck plays John Hurt, the real-life police detective who spent years chasing Tucker down.
Nomination Odds: Long shot. The film’s only hope of a nomination is for Redford, in what is supposed to be the veteran actor’s final performance (or so he says). While the film received positive reviews, it has not been the awards bonanza some had hoped for.
How to Watch: “The Old Man and the Gun” is available to stream for $5.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.