We’re now less than a week away from the 2019 Oscars, and much like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are scrambling to figure out who is presenting and what awards will be televised during the Sunday night show, many people are trying to cram a few last-minute viewing sessions in before the big night.
Have no fear: Although some of the eight Best Picture nominees landed in theaters months earlier — in the case of “Black Panther,” more than a year ago — you can still find every contender through some mix of theaters, streaming platforms, or good, old-fashioned DVDs.
Here’s how to watch all of the 2019 Best Picture nominees.
(Note: Theater information is accurate as of Feb. 19, but is subject to change.)
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.
How to Watch: Considering it made more than $1.3 billion in worldwide box office gross last year and first hit theaters in February 2018, chances are you’ve already watched “Black Panther.” But thanks to a pair of special Best Picture promotions from Regal and AMC, the film is briefly back in theaters. For Regal’s Best Picture Film Festival, viewers can pay $35 to see every Best Picture nominee except for Netflix’s “Roma” from Feb. 15 through Feb. 24, including “Black Panther.” Regal has three area theater locations — Regal Cinemas Fenway 13, Regal Cinemas Solomon Pond 15, and Regal Cinemas Bellingham 14 — currently showing the film. For an even shorter catch-up window, AMC is offering the second half of its Best Picture Showcase at four local theaters on Feb. 23. Starting at 11 a.m., visitors to AMC Boston Common 19, AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20, AMC Methuen 20, or AMC Framingham 16 can pay $40 to see a marathon of “Vice,” “Black Panther,” “A Star is Born,” and “Green Book.”
For those who don’t want to venture out to the theater, you can stream “Black Panther” on Netflix for free with a subscription, as well as for $2.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It’s also available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: Based on a true story, “BlacKkKlansman” follows the first African-American detective to join the Colorado Springs Police Department (John David Washington) as he remotely infiltrates the KKK, using a veteran white officer (Adam Driver) as his stand-in for in-person meetings.
How to Watch: You can see “BlacKkKlansman” at the three aforementioned Regal theaters, and can stream “BlacKkKlansman” for $5.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, 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 iconic rock band Queen as told through the life of irrepressible frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”).
How to Watch: “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still showing in more than a dozen area theaters, and is also available to stream for $5.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers, and to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Plot: Set in 18th century England, “The Favourite” chronicles the battle between Abigail (Emma Stone) and Sarah (Rachel Weisz) as they curry favor with the sickly, depressed Queen Anne (Olivia Colman).
How to Watch: “The Favourite” is still playing in more than a dozen area theaters. It is not yet available to rent online, but you can purchase a digital copy of the film for $14.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It will not be available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray until March 5.
Plot: A comedy-drama about the unlikely friendship between a black concert pianist (Mahershala Ali) and the white driver (Viggo Mortensen) hired to safely escort him through a segregated South, co-written and directed by Rhode Island native and onetime Massachusetts resident Peter Farrelly.
How to Watch: “Green Book” is still playing in more than a dozen area theaters. It is not yet available to rent online, but you can purchase a digital copy of the film for $14.99 and up through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Video on Demand providers. It will not be available to rent or buy on DVD and Blu-Ray until March 5.
Plot: A semi-autobiographical story of director Alfonso Cuaron’s life growing up as a child in Mexico City, focused on one of his family’s live-in housekeepers (Yalitza Aparicio).
How to Watch: If you’re not one of the approximately 139 million Netflix subscribers, “Roma” is probably the most difficult Best Picture nominee to see. It is not available to rent or buy on any other streaming platform, and as of now is only playing at two area independent theaters: West Newton Cinema and Loring Hall Cinema in Hingham.
“A Star Is Born”
Plot: Veteran musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers Ally (Lady Gaga) singing at a local bar, binding the two together through the trials and tribulations of romance and stardom.
How to Watch: “A Star is Born” is still playing in more than a dozen area theaters. The film is available to stream from $5.99 and up through iTunes, Google Play, and YouTube. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Feb. 19.
Plot: Director Adam McKay’s darkly comic take on the life and times of former Vice President Dick Cheney (Christian Bale).
How to Watch: “Vice” is still playing at a select number of area theaters, but it is not yet available to rent, stream, or buy online or on DVD/Blu-Ray.