If you want to stand in solidarity with the #OscarsSoWhite protest by not watching the Oscars on Sunday you still need something to watch.
Never fear, there are plenty of really great movie options available on your favorite streaming platforms that do showcase a diverse array of talent and backgrounds. Some have garnered awards at every show except the big one, while others snuck under the indie radar but either way they're great options for popping some popcorn and tuning in.
1. Beasts of No Nation, Netflix
Idris Elba heads up this gritty Netflix original about child soldiers in an unspecified West African country. Elba is terrifying as Commandant, the rebel leader recruiting boys to perform acts of terror. Newcomer Abraham Attah also puts in a heartfelt performance as Agu that rivals Jacob Tremblay's mesmerizing turn in Room.
2. Chi-Raq, Amazon Prime
Spike Lee won't be at the Oscars despite winning an honorary award in November. Instead, his "joint" Chi-Raqfeaturing a who's-who lineup of black talent, including Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, is available for streaming on Amazon prime.
3. Ex Machina, Amazon Prime
Substitute the Oscar awards for Oscar Isaac with the sci-fi sleeper hit Ex Machina. The film is actually up for Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects, but all glory should be given to Isaac's memorable robot dance duet. (And Alicia Vikander is in it too).
4. Dope, Netflix
Dope is the minority answer to Brooklyn. It has similar themes of feeling stuck between two diverse worlds, except instead of Ireland and New York it's Inglewood, Calif. and Harvard. It's sharp, poignant and laugh-out-loud funny in parts.
5. Tangerine, Netflix
Who would have thought a movie shot on an iPhone could become one of the most talked-about films of the year? The ambitious project follows Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) on a crusade to find her pimp boyfriend whobroke her heart. You will laugh and cry and understand all the well-deserved praise.