Last updated on January 30th, 2023 at 10:27 pm
The final list of nominees for the 2023 Academy Awards has been announced but did you know you can actually watch some of this year’s Oscars hopefuls on BBC iPlayer?
From an Animated Short to Documentary Features and starring turns by those nominated in other categories, check out just some of the titles now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse
A story of kindness, friendship, courage and hope for viewers of all ages in a heartwarming, this hand-drawn animated film based on the children’s book by Charlie Mackesy is nominated for Best Animated Short Film.
A House Made of Splinters
A Storyville documentary, filmed before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, that focuses on the experience of a boy called Kolya in an orphanage in the war-torn east of the country. It’s nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Also nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category is Navalny, a documentary about Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. While recovering from Novichok poisoning in 2020, Navalny and his team unravel the plot against him, finding evidence of the Kremlin’s involvement, and prepare to go public with their findings.
His lead role in BBC Film backed Aftersun has landed him his first ever Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor and you can go right back to where it all began for Irish actor Paul Mescal on BBC iPlayer with his Bafta-winning performance in Normal People.
Colin Farrell features alongside Paul Mescal in the Best Lead Actor race. You’ll find him in The North Water on BBC iPlayer, playing harpooner Henry Drax. During filming of the series, Farrell says he “did feel that death was just around the corner at any given time, that we were just one mistake away from someone falling into the Arctic sea and either very quickly getting hypothermia or sinking under the weight of the waterlogged costume.”
Farrell’s regular on-screen partner Brendan Gleeson is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2023 Academy Awards but you can find him discussing a very different partnership on BBC iPlayer. State of The Union series two sees liberal campaigning Ellen ( Patricia Clarkson) dragging her traditional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have 10 minutes before their marriage counselling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue.
She’s secured another Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actress for her role as a fictional composer but in Mrs. America on BBC iPlayer, Cate Blanchett stars in a stylish, treacherous true story about the women, fights, and fallout on both sides of America’s sex equality war.
Her exploration of the relationship between a mother and son sees Michelle Williams nominated for Best Lead Actress in 2023. Watch Fosse/Verdon on BBC iPlater to see her explore an altogether quite different dynamic – the creative and romantic partnership of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
A regular feature during Oscars season, Steven Spielberg finds himself nominated Best Director yet again in 2023. You can watch his multi-Academy Award winner Schindler’s List on BBC iPlayer – and his take on Roald Dahl’s classic story, The BFG too.
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