Oscars 2020: From Parasite to Joker - How to watch top movies in the UK

From The Irishman to 1917, here’s how to watch some of the top Oscar-winning films right now in the UK, including what's on Netflix.

By Sophia Moir Published: 12 February 2020 - 2.08pm

Todd Phillips’ Joker leads the way with the most Oscar nominations for 2020 - and it’s just one of the Academy Award nominated films available to watch in the UK now.

The 92nd Academy Awards, which are set to take place on Sunday, February 9 in Los Angeles, celebrate the best and most prestigious films in the world.

But while some of the top nominated movies are ready for you to watch in your local cinema, others are streaming on Netflix or on digital release for you to watch at home.

Here’s how to watch some of the top Oscar-nominated films right now in the UK.

Joker

Nominated for: 11 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix

Won: 2 Oscars, including Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix

Starring Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line, Her) in the title role, and directed by Todd Phillips, Joker centres around Batman’s iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.  

The exploration of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.  

How to watch - Joker is available on home entertainment release. BT TV customers can buy now on the BT TV Store.

The Irishman

Nominated for: 10 Oscars, including Best Picture 

Won: 0 Oscars

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran, hustler and hitman Frank Sheeran.

Spanning decades, the film offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

How to watch - The Irishman is streaming now on Netflix worldwide.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

Nominated for: 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio

Won: 2 Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing. TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore. 

The ninth film from the acclaimed writer-director (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.

How to watch - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is available on home entertainment release. BT TV customers can buy or rent now on the BT TV Store

1917

Nominated for: 10 Oscars, including Best Picture 

Won: 3 Oscars, including Best Cinematography 

Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings World War I epic 1917 to the screen - and it’s filmed as one shot. 

The film sees two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth and Andrew Scott guest star.

How to watch - 1917 is in UK cinemas now.

Marriage Story

Nominated for: 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, and Best Actor for Adam Driver

Won: 1 Oscar, Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern

Adam Driver (The Report, Girls) and Scarlett Johansson (Avengers, Lost in Translation) star as a stage director and his actor wife who struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

The film is written, directed and produced by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, While We’re Young).

How to watch - Marriage Story is streaming now on Netflix worldwide.

Jojo Rabbit

Nominated for: 6 Oscars, including Best Picture 

Won: 1 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Writer-director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), brings his signature style of humour and pathos to his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire.

The film follows lonely German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

How to watch - Jojo Rabbit is in UK cinemas now.

Parasite 

Nominated for: 6 Oscars, including Best Picture

Won: 4 Oscars, including Best Picture

Ki-taek and his unemployed family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives, and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

The film made history by becoming the first South Korean movie to be nominated for Best Picture and Best International Film.

How to watch - Parasite is released in UK cinemas on Friday, 7 February, 2020.

Little Women

Nominated for: 6 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan

Won: 1 Oscar, for Best Costume Design

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) crafts a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott. 

In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women each determined to live life on her own terms - is both timeless and timely. 

The film sees Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, play Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March. Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep also star.

How to watch - Little Women is in UK cinemas now.

Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans '66 in the UK)

Nominated for: 4 Oscars, including Best Picture 

Won: 2 Oscars, including Best Film Editing

Oscar winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in Ford v Ferrari, based on the true story of visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale).

Together, they build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

How to watch - Ford v Ferrari (aka Le Mans ‘66) is in select UK cinemas now. 

Bombshell

Nominated for: 3 Oscars, including Best Actress for Charlize Theron

Won: 1 Oscar, for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive true story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it - Roger Ailes. 

The film is directed by Emmy winner Jay Roach, and written by Oscar winner Charles Randolph.

How to watch - Bombshell is in UK cinemas now.

The Two Popes

Nominated for: 3 Oscars, including Best Actor for Jonathan Pryce

Won: 0 Oscars 

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and the liberal future Pope Francis ( Jonathan Pryce) must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

The Two Popes is written by Anthony McCarten, adapted from his 2017 play The Pope.

How to watch - The Two Popes is streaming now on Netflix worldwide.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Nominated for: 3 Oscars

Won: 0 Oscars

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac all return. Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, will appear in the film as Leia Organa, through the use of unreleased footage from the two most recent Star Wars movies.

How to watch - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in UK cinemas now.

Judy

Nominated for: 2 Oscars

Won: 1 Oscar, Best Actress for Renee Zellweger 

Judy follows legendary performer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) as she arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

It's been 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz.

How to watch - Judy is available on home entertainment release. BT TV customers can buy now on the BT TV Store.