Home Video: The 2022 Oscars Acting Nominees and Where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Oscars 2022 Acting

We’re closing in on the 2022 Academy Awards Ceremony. On March 27th, we’ll see who the Academy thinks is the best of the best of the year, and that gives you just under three weeks to catch up! So in that spirit, here are all of the films with acting nominations for this year and where you can buy, rent, or stream them.

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Home Video: The Oscars Best Picture Nominees and where to Buy, Rent, or Stream them

Oscars 2022 Best Picture

The 2022 Oscar nominees have been announced! Whether you agree that these are the ten best films of 2022, many of them are already available to buy, rent, or stream. So, with just under six weeks before the March 27th, 2022 ceremony, here is where you can do that with each of the ten Best Picture nominees and hopefully get caught up!

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Podcast: Parallel Mothers & The 94th Oscar Nominations

Parallel Mothers & The Oscars

Greetings program, and welcome to another Awesome Friday! This week is a little different; we’re covering the latest film from Pedro Amaldóvar, Parallel Mothers, which, as it turns out, is an excellent segue into our second topic: the recently announced nominations for the 94th Academy Awards. This episode runs a little longer than our average, but we think it’s worth it!

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93rd Academy Awards Liveblog!

93rd Oscars

Greetings all! It’s the night of nights in Hollywood and Simon and I are back to liveblog the event! the 93rd Academy Awards kick off at 5pm Pacific Time (just a few minutes away) and we’ll be offering snark and commentary, as per usual.

This year is a little different, due to ongoing global pandemics and other obligations so you will mostly be hearing from Simon tonight, but I’ll be popping in whenever I can too.

So let’s watch the show and enjoy! Newest Updates at the top!

Awesome News: The Oscars set new mandate for inclusion in Best Picture nominees

The Oscars

The Oscars have had a diversity problem for roughly forever, a trend brought to the forefront in 2016 with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recent years have seen some tremendous changes in the way we view film and television and an increase in diversity of stories and storytellers, but we still have years where a film like Green Book (a movie about racism made by and for white people) wins best picture when far more powerful films like Blackkklansman and Black Panther were on the ballot.

The Academy has now announced some steps to try to rectify this situation, which will be rolled out in 2022 and take full effect in 2024. Let’s take a closer look.

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92nd Academy Award Nominations are here to elate and disappoint you

Lupita Nyong'o

That’s right folks, the invitees to the big dance have been announced. Has the Academy finally learned from its past and expanded its focus to be more inclusive for people of colour? Turns out they didn’t! Did they recognize more women in the best director category? Also a no!

I love the Oscars because I am a weirdo and, honestly, this is kind of business as usual. There are a bunch of really awesome artists being recognized, but also there is some pan-fried bullshit going on here, too.

Let’s take a look at the categories and add some pithy commentary.

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Matt’s 2018 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

It’s time for the 90th Annual Academy Awards tonight and that means that Simon and I will be live blogging the show! As always I’m publishing my guesses and thoughts now so that they are on the record ahead of time so that I can be held accountable for my guesses. Usually I have some pretty strong ideas of what’s going to happen but this year everything feels a bit up in the air.

Last years show was a bit bonkers what with the Best Picture mix up so the show is pretty certain to be a little less exciting at least. In any event let’s get right to my thoughts on the categories.

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89th Academy Awards Liveblog!

Greetings all! Tonight is the night of the 89th Annual Academy Awards and for the sixth year we will be live blogging the night! We’ll be posting some updates to twitter but the bulk of it will be right here.

We’ll be updating the winners below, and here are [Matt’s predictions](http://awesomefriday.ca/2017/02/matts-2017-oscar-thoughts-and-predictions/).

The show starts in 40 minutes, we’ll see you then!

#### The Winners:

* Best Picture: **Moonlight** La La Land
* Best Director: **Damien Chazelle** for _Moonlight_.
* Best Actor: **Casey Affleck** in _Manchester by the Sea_
* Best Actress: **Emma Stone** in _La La Land_
* Best Supporting Actor: **Mahershala Ali** in _Moonlight_
* Best Supporting Actress: **Viola Davis** in _Fences_
* Best Adapted Screenplay: **Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McRaney** for _Moonlight_
* Best Original Screenplay: **Kenneth Lonergan** for _Manchester by the Sea_
* Best Foreign Language Film: **The Salesman** (Iran)
* Best Animated Feature: **Zootopia**
* Best Animated Short: **Piper**
* Best Documentary Feature: **O.J.: Made In America**
* Best Documentary Short: **The White Helmets**
* Best Live Action Short: **Sing**
* Best Cinematography: **La La Land**
* Best Film Editing: **Hacksaw Ridge**
* Best Makeup & Hairstyling: **Suicide Squad**
* Best Costume Design: **Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them**
* Best Production Design: **La La Land**
* Best Original Song: **City of Stars** from _La La Land_
* Best Original Score: **Justin Hurwitz** for _La La Land_
* Best Sound Mixing: **Hacksaw Ridge**
* Best Sound Editing: **Arrival**
* Best Visual Effects: **The Jungle Book**

Matt’s 2017 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.

This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.

The Oscars are being held on the 26th of February. Join us on the day for our 6th annual liveblog of the ceremony!

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2016 Academy Awards Liveblog

Oscars

Is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and the 5th Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog! Newer updates are at the top!

**Winners so Far:** (y or n for my predictions)

* Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (y)
* Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (y)
* Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (n)
* Best Costume Design: Mad Max (n)
* Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max (y)
* Best Production Design: Mad Max (y)
* Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (y)
* Best Editing: Mad Max (y)
* Best Sound Editing: Mad Max (y)
* Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max (y)
* Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (n)
* Best Animated Short: Bear Story (-)
* Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (y)
* Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (n)
* Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River (-)
* Best Documentary Feature: Amy (y)
* Best Live Action Short: Stutterer (-)
* Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (-)
* Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (y)
* Best Original Song: The Writing’s On The Wall (n)
* Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (y)
* Best Actress: Brie Larson (y)
* Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (y)
* Best Picture: Spotlight (n)