Oscar nominations 2020 on Netflix: From The Irishman to Marriage Story - films and documentaries to stream

Netflix isn't all all box sets and binges: enjoy these incredible Oscar-nominated movies and documentaries on Netflix today.

By Sophia Moir Published: 21 January 2020 - 6.14pm
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Netflix has become synonymous with its award-winning drama series that are watched by millions across the globe.

But did you know that Netflix has also been nominated for Academy Awards for its movies and documentaries - all of which are available to stream now?

And in the Oscars 2020, Netflix scored 24 nominations - that's the most of all the studios, with noms for The Irishman, Marriage Story, The Two Popes and Klaus.

Here’s a round-up of the best Oscar-nominated Netflix originals available to watch right now.

Oscar nominations 2020 on Netflix

The Irishman

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The Irishman is nominated for 10 Oscars in 2020, including Best Picture. 

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s  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.

Marriage Story

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Marriage Story is nominated for six Oscars in 2020, including Best Picture, and Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, and Best Actor for Adam Driver.

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).

The Two Popes

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The Two Popes is nominated for three Oscars in 2020, including Best Actor for Jonathan Pryce.

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.


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Animated Christmas movie Klaus has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category at the 2020 Oscars.

The film sees Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriend toymaker Klaus. Their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Klaus is written by Sergio Pablos, known for his work on animated flicks including Despicable Me, Treasure Planet and Rio.

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Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars in 2019, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón. 

The most personal project to date from the award-winning Mexican director and writer, Roma follows Cleo, a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. 

Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst political turmoil of the 1970s. 

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was nominated for three Oscars in 2019, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

Directed by the Coen brothers (True Grit, Hail, Caesar!), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, each chapter of which tells a distinct story about the American West.

End Game

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End Game was nominated in the Best Documentary Short Subject category at the 2019 Academy Awards.

This emotional documentary takes viewers inside two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities where terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners who seek to change our approach to life and death.

Oscars success is nothing new for the streaming service: here are the best Netflix originals to have been nominated for Oscars in previous years - all available to watch now.


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Mudbound was nominated for three Oscars including Best Supporting Actress for Mary J. Blige and Best Adapted Screenplay. Proving that Netflix movies are finally gaining the big-time recognition they certainly deserve, Mudbound also stars Carey Mulligan, Jonathan Banks and Garrett Hedlund.

Set in rural Mississippi, two young men return from serving abroad in World War II to farm life where racism and poverty are rife. With a current 96% Rotten Tomatoes rating, Mudbound has been widely praised both for its compelling performances and its music score.


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Lance Armstrong’s doping confession turned the sports world upside-down, with fans of all sports wondering how common doping really is, especially among the top performers. This Oscar-nominated Netflix Originals documentary set out to dig deep into the seedy yet booming world of sports doping and performance enhancing drugs.

However, when its filmmaker Bryan Fogel has a chance encounter with a Russian scientist, it transforms this investigative documentary into a political thriller. Thrown into a disturbing underworld, Bryan discovers first-hand just how prevalent doping is and how devastating its consequences can be.

Strong Island

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A 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Strong Island is a compelling true crime drama investigation documentary. In 1992 an unarmed young black man, William Ford, was murdered by a white mechanic in New York. The killer claimed self-defence and he walked away free.

Why did this happen? Was it just, was it a cover-up or plain racism? Ford's surviving family members, including the documentary’s filmmaker Yance Ford (his brother) give unprecedented access to his life and times, and what they really believe happened that ill-fated day. This tragic yet extraordinary documentary seeks definitive answers.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Nominated at the 2016 Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, What Happened, Miss Simone? takes viewers through a journey of the phenomenally talented yet deeply troubled jazz singer Nina Simone’s rise and fall.

A singer, pianist and civil rights activist, she was revered for being the ‘High Priestess of Soul’ but she struggled with bipolar disorder throughout her life. With exclusive footage of Nina Simone and unprecedented interview access to Nina’s daughter, family and former fellow performers, this movie serves as an honest yet profoundly moving tribute to the late jazz legend.


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Another Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, filmmaker Ava DuVernay (director of the Oscar-nominated film Selma) explores the history of racial inequality in the United States. Why are the majority of inmates in the country's prisons African-American, and what’s the social history behind it?

Ava aims to find out with the help of a team of historians, politicians and social activists. Arguing that it is the backlash of the 13th amendment – which outlawed slavery in the US - that has caused such racism and racial disparities, 13th makes for some undeniably thought-provoking viewing.

The Square

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The Square was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2014 Oscars and chronicles three dramatic years in Egyptian history, from the protests in 2011 that saw the overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak to the ousting of his successor Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

The Square follows the activism of Magdy, a member of the Muslim brotherhood, Khalid Abdalla, the lead actor in the movie The Kite Runner, and fellow social activist Ahmed as they fight to create a fairer, more justly-run Egypt. Through the use of handheld cameras and social media updates, this film takes an intense and brutal look at the protests in Tahrir Square during the 'Arab Spring' of the early 2010s.