Belated Oscar thoughts and where to watch the most nominated movies

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LaKeith Stanfield in "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Last week I decided to call a last-minute audible and get in on the “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” zeitgeist, but I wanted to share some belated reactions to the Oscar nominations from a film year like no other (and let you know where you can watch some of the most-nominated films).

For years now, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have been lobbying hard (and I mean hard) for critics and nominating boards to consider their original films alongside traditional theatrical studio releases. Obviously, 2020 was their time to shine.

Many studios shuffled their theatrical releases, in some cases withholding some future Oscar bait, and other times shifting strategies to take advantage of a captive at-home audience and a massive competition for streaming dollars. Because of that, this year’s nominees are unsurprisingly dominated with movies that debuted at home, which allowed for a slate of nominees consisting of smaller, more intimate films.

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