Nomadland: where to watch Golden Globes winning film, UK release date 2021 - and is the movie streaming anywhere?

The award-winning movie isn’t available on sites like Netflix yet – but you can watch the trailer here

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:32 pm
Nomadland tells the story of Fern, played by Frances McDormand (Credit: Searchlight Pictures)

Nomadland is the film everyone is talking about after it won four awards at the Golden Globes 2021.

Directed by Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, the movie scooped the night’s top prize for best drama film.

Zhao also won best director, becoming the second female winner of the category in the award ceremony’s history, while McDormand was awarded best actress in a drama film.

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So, what is Nomadland about - and is it available to watch in the UK?

Here is everything you need to know.

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What is Nomadland about?

Nomadland is based on a nonfiction book by journalist Jessica Bruder.

The neo-western drama tells the story of Fern (Frances McDormand), who is newly-widowed.

She is forced to leave her longtime home in rural Nevada after losing her job in the 2008 financial crash.

During the recession, Fern lives in a van, spending her life on the road as a modern-day nomad looking for seasonal work.

She bathes in lakes, washes her clothes in laundrettes and makes friendships that are short-lived.

But during her struggles, she rediscovers the vast and spectacular American West.

“Nomadland at its core for me is a pilgrimage through grief and healing,” said Zhao when her film won the award for best drama.

“So for everyone who has gone through this difficult journey at some point in their lives, this is for you.”

Frances McDormand is joined by a cast of non-actors in Nomadland, many of whom are nomads themselves.

Real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells feature, as well as American actor David Strathairn.

Where can I watch the film?

Nomadland opened at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award.

And at the Toronto International Film Festival the movie won the People’s Choice Award, making it the first ever film to win the top prize in both Venice and Toronto.

People in the US are now able to stream Nomadland on subscription service Hulu.

The film is exclusive to the service, so unfortunately people are not able to watch the drama anywhere else at the moment.

Will Nomadland be released in the UK?

There is good news for people in the UK who are itching to watch Nomadland.

Searchlight Pictures recently confirmed that the Golden Globe-winning movie is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on 9 April 2021.

That means it could drop on one of the big streaming sites, like Netflix, Amazon or Now TV, shortly after.

Is there a trailer?

There is a full-length trailer for Nomadland on the Searchlight Pictures YouTube channel.

The two-minute long video depicts Fern setting off on the road to explore life as a modern-day nomad.

You can watch it here.

Who were the other Golden Globes winners?

As well as Nomadland, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was the big winner at the awards ceremony.

The sequel to 2006’s critically acclaimed Borat was named best musical or comedy film.

Cohen was named best actor in a musical or comedy for the same movie.

Half of the night's 14 acting winners were British, including Cohen.

Rosamund Pike was named best actress in a musical or comedy film for I Care A Lot, while Daniel Kaluuya won best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.

John Boyega was named best supporting actor in a limited series for his role in an instalment of Small Axe.

Netflix’s royal drama The Crown was the big winner for television, winning best television drama series along with a host of acting prizes for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).

The Queen's Gambit won best limited series, while its leading actress Anya Taylor-Joy was named best actress in a limited series.

Schitt's Creek was awarded best comedy series, and Catherine O'Hara was named best TV comedy actress.

Aaron Sorkin accepted best screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7, while The United States vs Billie Holiday star Andra Day was named best actress in a drama film.

Meanwhile, Chadwick Boseman, who died last summer from colon cancer at the age of 43, was posthumously awarded best actor in a drama film for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.