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Nomadland: how to watch the incredible film that is tipped for award season success

Jonny Yates February 9, 2021
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Frances McDormand and David Strathairn in Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Nomadland is the highly anticipated film from director Chloé Zhao that recently made history in the Golden Globe nominations.

Starring award-winning actor Frances McDormand, Nomadland will be released digitally on streaming service Hulu from 19 February in the US and via Disney+ from 30 April in the UK.

The story follows Fern played by McDormand who leaves rural Nevada following the economic collapse of a company town. She packs up her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

It also stars real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West and is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jessica Bruder.

The film comes from director Chloé Zhao who is also directing the upcoming film Eternals which includes Marvel Studios’ first depiction of an LGBT+ superhero.

Zhao was recently nominated in the Best Director category alongside Regina King and Emerald Fennell for their films One Night in Miami and Promising Young Woman.

They became the first three women nominated in the Best Director category in the same year and only the sixth, seventh and eighth women to ever be nominated for the award at the Golden Globes.

Several LGBT+ themed shows and films including Schitt’s Creek, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Ratched also got some recognition in the Golden Globes nominations.

However it wasn’t all good news as James Corden received a nod for his ‘borderline offensive’ role as a gay man in The Prom, despite receiving negative reviews for his performance.

Meanwhile Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed series I May Destroy You was completely snubbed which led to many people calling out the awards for erasure.

Nomadland will be available to stream on Hulu from 19 February in the US. You can sign up and stream it at Meanwhile UK viewers will be able to watch the film from 30 April as part of a Disney+ subscription, to sign up go to

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