Stream This Year’s Winning Movies
Want to catch up on this year’s Academy Award winners? You don’t have to travel far: Many are available on streaming services right now, including Best Picture winner CODA, timeless musical West Side Story, earworm-filled Encanto, and mind-blowing music doc Summer of Soul. Here’s how you can have an Oscar watch party at home:
This year’s Best Picture (and the first film with a predominantly deaf cast to win), CODA tells the story of Ruby, the only hearing person in her home (CODA stands for “child of deaf adults”). When she discovers a passion for singing, Ruby must choose between family obligations and her dreams. Troy Kotsur took home Best Supporting Actor in the first such win for a deaf male actor.
Winner: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur), Best Adapted Screenplay (Sian Heder)
Before Venus and Serena Williams were tennis legends, they were teenagers with big dreams. This inspiring biopic—championed by the Williams family—explores the pivotal role played by the sisters’ father, Richard.
Winner: Best Actor (Will Smith)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Jessica Chastain took home Best Actress for her shining portrayal of Tammy Faye Bakker, the ’80s televangelist whose empire crumbled amid a torrent of scandal.
Winner: Best Actress (Jessica Chastain)
The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion won Best Director for this tense family drama, which unfurls against the mountains of Montana in 1925. When a rancher (Benedict Cumberbatch) starts meddling in his brother’s recent marriage, the motivations behind his cruelty soon become clear.
Winner: Best Director (Jane Campion)
West Side Story
Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress for her scene-stealing turn as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s soaring reimagining of the classic musical. With a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Tony Kushner, the film brings a new dimension to the star-crossed story line—and rejiggers a few numbers to recast them in an entirely new light.
Winner: Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose)
Featuring original music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto took over social media with hit songs like “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” and “Surface Pressure”—and now it’s got a Best Animated Feature award to its credit.
Winner: Best Animated Feature
In this galaxy-spanning tale from director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), a young warrior (Timothée Chalamet) travels to a planet of endless deserts to fight for his people and make sense of the mysterious visions in his dreams. Beware the enormous man-eating sandworms!
Winner: Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer), Best Sound, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects
Summer of Soul
The 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival was a watershed moment for Black culture, but despite drawing 300,000 music fans and artists like Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, it was overshadowed by Woodstock, held 100 miles north. This year’s Best Documentary Feature from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson leverages a wealth of newly discovered footage to offer a fresh look at an overlooked event.
Winner: Best Documentary Feature
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Inspired by director Kenneth Branagh’s own childhood, Belfast filters the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in the late ’60s through the eyes of a young boy. As his parents wrestle with the idea of leaving their home, 9-year-old Buddy soaks up wisdom from his grandparents, pursues a crush, and finds slices of childhood amid the rubble.
Winner: Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Branagh)