The best Netflix films starring the 2018 Oscar nominees

The best Netflix films starring the 2018 Oscar nominees
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You might have to wait quite a while to watch all the 2018 Oscar-nominated films and performances from the comfort of your very own home.

When are the Academy Awards, who’s nominated, how to watch and why are they called the Oscars?

But you can enjoy watching the majority of actors and actresses recognised this year in other films and TV shows currently available on Netflix.

From indie gems and cult classics to comedy horrors and crime thrillers, here’s a look at the greatest titles starring the recently announced runners and riders at this year’s Academy Awards.

Best Leading Actor

Gary Oldman

There are three Netflix titles featuring this year’s hot favourite for Best Actor, Gary Oldman, who brings Winston Churchill back to life in Darkest Hour.

Kung-Fu Panda 2 and generic crime thriller Criminal might not be the best showcase for his talents. But he makes much more of an impact as Mason Verger, the disfigured victim hellbent on revenge, in long-awaited sequel Hannibal.

Timothee Chalamet

One of this year’s breakout stars, Timothee Chalamet delivered a remarkable leading performance as a sexually-awakened teen in Call Me By Your Name.

The 22-year-old also impresses as a delinquent student in charming 2016 indie Miss Stevens, while you can also catch him as the Vice President’s rebellious son Finn Walden in the second season of Homeland.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington picked up a surprise nomination this year for his portrayal of Roman J. Israel, Esq. in the eponymous legal drama.

The two-time Oscar winner has eight films currently on Netflix, with 2007’s gritty ‘70s throwback, American Gangster, perhaps the pick of the bunch.

Daniel Kaluuya

Although you can’t watch any films starring Daniel Kaluuya, the British actor nominated for his breakthrough performance in Get Out, you can see him appear in two brilliant TV shows.

There’s the hugely underrated pitch-black comedy horror Psychoville in which he plays a thief doing community service and the 15 Million Merits episode of Black Mirror in which he stars as a power-generating slave.

You can also see him pop up as DJ Kenneth in the zeitgeist-defining Skins.

Best Leading Actress

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand is expected to pick up the second Oscar of her career for her fierce turn as a grieving mother in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

You can watch the similarly powerhouse performance she gave to land her first in Fargo, the Coen brothers’ cult classic in which she plays a pregnant and persistent police chief determined to solve three roadside murders.

Margot Robbie

The latest in a long line of Neighbours graduates to find major success in Hollywood, Margot Robbie picked up her first Oscar nomination for her committed portrayal of disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.

The 27-year-old is also impressive in the underrated Z For Zachariah, in which she plays a nuclear apocalypse survivor who enters into a love triangle with Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan can now call herself a two-time Oscar nominee at the age of just 23, having picked up a nod for her self-assured turn as a stroppy teen in coming-of-age film Lady Bird.

Sadly, her first nominated role in Brooklyn has just been taken off Netflix, but you can still catch one of her earlier impressive performances as a Polish orphan in WWII survival tale The Way Back.

Sally Hawkins

Nominated for her turn in The Shape Of Water, Sally Hawkins boasts a diverse filmography which includes everything from Woody Allen movies (Blue Jasmine, Cassandra’s Dream) to the charming Paddington films.

But only one of her pictures is currently on Netflix, the 2004 crime thriller Layer Cake in which she plays a minor character named Slasher.

Meryl Streep

In contrast, there are 13 titles starring Oscar ever-present Meryl Streep, who’s picked up her 21st nomination this year for her performance in The Post.

You can watch one of her three Academy Award-winning turns (The Iron Lady), but we recommend Julie And Julia, the 2009 comedy drama in which she portrays the iconic American chef Julia Child.

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell

Five years before playing a racist cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Sam Rockwell first teamed up with director Martin McDonagh in pitch-black crime comedy Seven Psychopaths.

Rockwell is the best thing about the film as dog kidnapper Billy Bickle.

But if you prefer Rockwell in more charming mode, then check out his performance as Keira Knightley’s love interest in underrated rom-com Say When (also known as Laggies).

Willem Dafoe

Recognised for playing motel manager Bobby Hicks in low-budget drama The Florida Project, Willem Dafoe is one of the best-represented Oscar nominees on Netflix, with no less than nine films bearing his name.

However, only the critically-mauled Speed 2, XXX: State of the Union and Mr. Bean’s Holiday give the veteran actor any substantial screentime.

If you can stomach the sex and violence, then the best of his brief supporting turns goes to Nymphomaniac Vol. II and John Wick.

Woody Harrelson

Joining his Three Billboards co-star Rockwell in the Supporting Actor category is Woody Harrelson, who’s been up for an Oscar twice before.

You can watch his first nominated performance as the titular porn baron in The People vs. Larry Flynt, but the most entertaining of his eight Netflix films is undoubtedly 2009 horror comedy Zombieland.

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins had to wait until his fifties to land his first major role, but he’s made up for lost time since, bagging a second Oscar nomination with his turn as closeted artist Giles in The Shape Of Water.

The Cabin In The Woods is by far the most fun film featuring his name on Netflix, but if you want to see more of him in action, then you’re probably better off with western horror Bone Tomahawk.

Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer hadn’t even filmed his scenes for All the Money In The World a few months ago, and yet he’s now achieved the feat of becoming the oldest ever Oscar-nominated actor at the age of 88.

Despite racking up well over 100 screen credits over the years, there are only four titles featuring Plummer on Netflix, the best of which is the 2011 remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney

Recognised for her remarkable portrayal of the titular ice skater’s mother in I, Tonya, the prolific Allison Janney currently has six films to her name on Netflix.

Her supporting turns in indie movie Liberal Arts, espionage spoof Spy and rom-com The Rewrite are all worth a watch.

But if you want to see Janney in full flow, then watch her reunion with Juno co-star Ellen Page in Netflix original Tallulah.

Lesley Manville

Mike Leigh favourite Lesley Manville has picked up her first ever Oscar nomination this year for her performance in Phantom Thread.

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The two Netflix films bearing her name only feature her in minor roles, so we’d opt for watching her portrayal of Mrs Hale in the BBC’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North And South instead.

Mary J. Blige

As well as picking up a Best Original Song nomination, Mary J. Blige also gets her first Oscar nod as an actress for her powerful turn as cotton field worker Florence Jackson in Mudbound.

With the rural Mississippi-based period drama being a Netflix original, you can actually judge for yourself whether her performance is worthy of such an accolade right now.

Octavia Spencer

Picking up a second Oscar nomination for her turn as sign language interpreter Zelda in The Shape Of Water, Octavia Spencer has two films currently on Netflix.

Ignore the mediocre last instalment of the Divergent series and head straight for Smashed, the relationship drama in which she plays a recovering alcoholic helping to keep Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s school teacher on the straight and narrow.

Unfortunately at the time of writing, there currently aren’t any films on Netflix starring Best Leading Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis or Best Supporting Actress nominee Laurie Metcalf.

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