Where to Watch All the 2021 Best Picture Nominees

Haven't seen the Oscar-nominated movies yet? No problem.

Hulu/Serachlight Pictures
Hulu/Serachlight Pictures

Early Monday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 2021 Oscars, with eight movies vying for Best Picture. The winners will be announced during the Oscars ceremony that airs on ABC on April 25. For many loyal Oscar viewers, who enjoy checking out all the Best Picture nominees before the show, this is typically crunch time. Gotta see all those movies to know who should win, who got snubbed, and who exactly plays The Father. (It’s Anthony Hopkins.)

This year will be the same in many respects, but, given the disruption of the movie business and number of nominees that debuted exclusively streaming services, watching all the nominees isn’t as simple as driving up to your local theatre or stopping at a video store. Most of the nominees are available online in some capacity, but some require subscription services while others can be purchased online (often at a lofty price point). To help you make sense of it all, we put together this guide of where to find each movie.

Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics

How to watch The Father

Is it on a streaming service? No, The Father is not available to stream yet. The drama starring Anthony Hopkins debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and will be released in cinemas from April 1.
Is it available to rent? No, The Father is not available to rent yet.
What we think of it: “Adapted from a play by director Florian Zeller, The Father finds clever, moving ways to dramatise its subject matter, bringing the viewer into the mind of a man slowly losing his grip on his memories… While all the actors give sharp performances, particularly Olivia Coleman, it’s ultimately up to Anthony Hopkins to sell the film’s most devastating moments and anchor the conceptual gambits. Luckily, the 82-year-old actor is more than up to the task.”
(Watch the trailer)

Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

How to watch Judas and the Black Messiah 

Is it on a streaming service? It is not streaming in Australia yet. You can still catch Judas and the Black Messiah in select theatres, namely HOYTS and Cinema Nova.
Is it available to rent? Not yet.
What we think of it: “From beautifully shot scenes to electrifying performances, there’s plenty to love about Judas and the Black Messiah. Daniel Kaluuya as Fred Hampton is brilliant, but you’ve probably been hearing that for months already. His ability to morph into Hampton is incredible.”
(Watch the trailer)


How to watch Mank

Is it on a streaming service? Yes, Mank was released on Netflix on December 4.
Is it available to rent?¬†No, Mank is¬†not available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, or other platforms. It’s only available on Netflix.
What¬†we think of it: “To get frustrated at¬†Mank¬†for all its nostalgia would also miss the point of what David Fincher is doing with this story, which on its surface is a quasi-biopic of Herman Mankiewicz (played by Gary Oldman), the screenwriter behind the Orson Welles masterpiece,¬†Citizen Kane. Fincher’s latest is ultimately a movie about myth-making and the miniscule lines that exist between art and propaganda.”
(Watch the trailer)


How to watch Minari

Is it on a streaming service? No, Minari is not available to stream in Australia yet.
Is it available to rent? Yes, Minari is available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, and other VOD platforms
What¬†we think of it: “Lee Isaac Chung centres a child’s perspective in his emotional epic Minari, about a Korean family who moves to Arkansas, but the effect goes so far beyond something like ‘childlike wonder.’¬†In his semi-autobiographical, 1980s-set tale, Chung uses his stand-in, 6-year-old David (played by the incredibly adorable Alan Kim), as a way to unearth the contradictions and conundrums of assimilation. David’s viewpoint infuses everything that follows and makes¬†Minari not just a very special movie, but a very funny one as well.”
(Watch the trailer)

Searchlight Pictures
Searchlight Pictures

How to watch Nomadland

Is it on a streaming service? No, Nomadland is not available for streaming in Australia, but it has re-opened in select cinemas.
Is it available to rent?¬†No,¬†Nomadland is not available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, or other platforms. It’s only available in the cinema – the old fashioned way!
What we think of it: “At a moment when American patriotism has become synonymous with hate, exclusion, and greed,¬†Nomadland offers a portrait of life on the fringes that encapsulates the inverse of those sentiments. It’s a deeply generous, non-judgemental work of art, fully attuned to this country’s cruelty as well as its beauty.”
(Watch the trailer)

Focus Features
Focus Features

How to watch Promising Young Woman

Is it on a streaming service? No, Promising Young Woman is not available to stream.
Is it available to rent? Yes, Promising Young Woman is available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, and other VOD platforms.
What we think of it:Promising Young Woman¬†uses aesthetics that usually get written off for being too feminine to its wily advantage, but the movie is anything but soft. Director Emerald Fennell has made something that’s angry and borderline cruel. Underneath all the candy hues and catchy tunes, it offers gut punch after gut punch.”
(Watch the trailer)

Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime

How to watch Sound of Metal

Is it on a streaming service? Yes. Sound of Metal is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
Is it available to rent? No. Sound of Metal is only on Amazon Prime Video, so you need to be a subscriber to watch the movie starring Riz Ahmed.
What we think of it: “It’s in a class of its own. The experimental drama is filled with surprises and is secretly one of the best movies of this year.”
(Watch the trailer)


How to watch The Trial of the Chicago 7

Is it on a streaming service? Yes, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was released on Netflix on October 16.
Is it available to rent?¬†No, The Trial of the Chicago 7¬†is¬†not available to rent; it’s only¬†on Netflix.
What we think of it:The Trial of the Chicago 7, which Aaron Sorkin both wrote and directed, is both pure, uncut Sorkin and very good. It’s material that perfectly fits his bombast, but in this context, it’s expertly deployed.”
(Watch the trailer)

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef,¬†Cuong Nguyen¬†will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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