Where to Watch the Oscar Nominees for Documentary

For Sama


By Pat Mullen

This year’s Oscar race has a tightened window, so act fast to see the documentary nominees! Readers can catch most of the documentary nominees from the comfort of their homes, but devoted Oscar-watches might need to attend the annual screening(s) of the nominated shorts if they want to see all five contenders.

We’ve rounded up the documentary contenders to the best of our abilities to help readers with their Oscar watching. Links/news will be updated when available. Happy Oscar watching!

Best Documentary Feature

American Factory and The Edge of Democracy are available on Netflix.

Honeyland and The Cave are still in some theatres and are coming soon to home video. (Honeyland Jan 21, The Cave TBA)

For Sama is available to stream for free on YouTube thanks to PBS:

Best Documentary, Short Subject

In the Absence is available on YouTube thanks to Field of Vision:

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) is available on A&E for cable subscribers.


Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl) – Trailer from A&E IndieFilms on Vimeo.

Life Overtakes Me is available on Netflix.

St. Louis Superman is not currently available to stream, but is coming soon from MTV Documentary Films.

Walk Run Cha-Cha is available on Vimeo thanks to New York Times Op-Docs:


Walk, Run, Cha-Cha from The New York Times on Vimeo.