How to watch ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

One of the last major awards contenders to debut during Oscars season was handsomely rewarded by the 2021 Academy Award nominations. “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which didn’t screen publicly at all in 2020 and made its debut in February 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max, received six Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture. The film’s placement in the top category is historic: produced by Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King, and writer-director Shaka King, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is the first Best Picture nominee with an all-Black producing team in Oscars history. Among other firsts, “Judas and the Black Messiah” procured first-time nominations for Coogler, Shaka King (both as a producer and co-writer), cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, and star LaKeith Stanfield, who earned a surprise Best Supporting Actor nominations alongside his co-star Daniel Kaluuya.

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is among eight films nominated for Best Picture in 2021. Here’s how to watch “Judas and the Black Messiah” before the Oscars on April 25. (This post will be updated as more information becomes available.)

Is “Judas and the Black Messiah” on Netflix?

No. “Judas and the Black Messiah” made its debut on February 12, simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. On March 14, one day before it received five Oscar nominations including Best Picture, “Judas and the Black Messiah” was removed from HBO Max in keeping with the WarnerMedia strategy to debut its theatrical features on the streaming platform in 2021, but only for the initial 30 days of release. According to a source close to the film, it’s possible “Judas and the Black Messiah” will be added to HBO Max again in the near future — but nothing is confirmed. Because of its affiliation with HBO Max, it is unlikely the film will ever appear on Netflix.

How can I see “Judas and the Black Messiah”?

At the moment, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is playing in theaters around the country and also available via on-demand services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNOW, YouTube, and Google Play. The rental price for the film is $19.99.

Is “Judas and the Black Messiah” on HBO Max?

No. “Judas and the Black Messiah” left HBO Max on March 14. It could return in the near future but nothing is confirmed. Last year, the New York Times noted WarnerMedia envisioned a scenario for its 2021 Warner Bros. film releases that included an initial platform on HBO Max for 30 days, followed by a traditional theatrical release window and then a digital debut thereafter. Eventually, the publication pointed out, the films would cycle back through HBO Max.

How many Oscar nominations did “Judas and the Black Messiah get?

“Judas and the Black Messiah” received six Oscar nominations in 2021: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, Best Supporting Actor for LaKeith Stanfield, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Song. It’s widely expected that Kaluuya will win Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton. Kaluuya has been the favorite in the category for weeks and won Best Supporting Actor honors from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

Is “Judas and the Black Messiah” playing in theaters?

Yes, it is. Check local listings to find out if it’s playing in a theater near you.

Where can I rent “Judas and the Black Messiah”?

Currently, “Judas and the Black Messiah” is available to rent via Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Vudu, iTunes, and other on-demand services.

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