The Bafta nominations are out, and – like the Golden Globes – they’re indicative of a seismic change in the movie industry, with streaming platforms set to sweep up a number of prestigious awards.
While that might have the old movie studios quaking, it’s great news for the home entertainment connoisseur – there’s never been a better time to watch top-level cinema from the comfort of your own home.
These are all the Bafta nominees you can watch online for free (with a subscription) in the UK, right now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV and other streaming platforms.
This sprawling gangster epic very much feels like a compilation of some of the best mobster flicks of the last half century – a Martin Scorsese-curated Now That’s What I Call Movies! Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and a couple of hundred million dollars of de-aging software tell the true-ish story of Frank Sheeran, a truck driver who climbs the ranks of the mob. It picked up ten Bafta nominations, including Best Film, director, and supporting actor nominations for both Pacino and Pesci. Watch it on Netflix
The Two Popes
Another Netflix film with a stellar cast, The Two Popes is much less bloody than The Irishman. It tells the story of the friendship between Pope Benedict XVI (played by Anthony Hopkins), and his successor (Pope Francis, the current occupant of the Vatican, played by Jonathan Pryce). Both men were nominated for Baftas, and the film has also been tipped for Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay (it originated from Anthony McCarten’s play The Pope). Watch it on Netflix
This powerful and moving documentary tells the story of one Syrian family through five years of the uprising in Aleppo. Filmmaker Waad al-Kateab tells the story of falling in love and giving birth to a daughter, Sama, while all around them the city falls into a dangerous conflict. This harrowing and moving film picked up five Bafta nominations, including in the Film Not in the English Language, Outstanding Debut, and Documentary categories. Watch it on All 4
The first release from Higher Ground Productions, the production company owned by Barack and Michelle Obama, American Factory is about a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio that has been taken over by a Chinese company, Fuyao. It focuses on the workers themselves, and the clash of cultures that’s helping to revive the town. It was nominated for Best Documentary.Watch it on Netflix
Netflix’s warmly received Christmas origin story about a postman who befriends a reclusive toymaker is unusual in its use of traditional animation techniques. As a result, it’s visually lovely – reminiscent of the golden age of Disney films – something reflected in its nomination for a Bafta for Best Animated film. It stars Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and Joan Cusack and was watched more than 30 million times in the first month after release. Watch it on Netflix
Noah Baumbach’s latest feature follows the long and heartbreaking divorce of a theatre director (Adam Driver) and his actor wife (Scarlett Johansson). Driver and Johansson put on a masterclass in emotionally honest acting – but the film remains light and humorous – and has picked up nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress (for Laura Dern). Watch it on Netflix
Musical drama Wild Rose follows Rose-Lynn, a single mother and aspiring country singer who has just spent a year in jail for attempted drug smuggling. On release, she gets a job as a housekeeper for a wealthy local woman – and when the woman’s children overhear her singing one day while cleaning, it starts an emotional and dramatic journey. Jessie Buckley received a Leading Actress nomination for her starring role. Watch it on Amazon Prime
The third phase of Marvel’s decade-long epic more than delivered. End Game drew together multiple strands and plotlines that had been laid over the course of 22 other movies, and pulled them together in a satisfying, blockbuster conclusion. The CGI battle scenes and corny dialogue aren’t to everyone’s taste – but for many people, this was the cinematic event of the decade. It’s been nominated for Special Visual Effects. Watch it on Now TV
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