Netflix offers the excellent Nimona to all

A full, Oscar-nominated 2023 animated film for free on YouTube ahead of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony? Yes, please.

Nimona was one of the best animated films of 2023 and now, thanks to Netflix, anyone can watch it in its entirety on YouTube. Does it deserve an Oscar in this year’s Academy Awards? You decide! (Image: Netflix)

In a rather unusual, thus surprising, move, Netflix published Nimona – its best animated film of last year and an Oscar nominee at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards – in its entirety to YouTube a few hours ago. The movie is about a knight in a futuristic medieval world that’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit (Riz Ahmed) and the only one who can help him prove his innocence, Nimona, (Chloë Grace Moretz), a mischievous teen who happens to be a shapeshifting creature he’s sworn to destroy. Thanks to its unique art style, humor and unusual LGBTQ+ theme, Nimona was one of the most interesting animated films released in 2023.

Nimona was based on the graphic novel by ND Stevenson and directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, initially developed by Blue Sky Studios (owned by 20th Century Fox). After acquiring Fox, though, Disney being Disney balked at the film’s LGBTQ+ content and canceled the production of the film. Thankfully, it seems that one can’t put a strong-headed teenage girl down: the movie returned to life years later by Annapurna Pictures and Netflix, who resurrected and supported the project to completion.

Yes, you can watch this absolutely fantastic 2023 animated movie legally, anytime you like, for free, on any device, no subscription strings attached. Surprised? So are we! (Video: Netflix)

This film Netflix has just published in full on its official YouTube channel, permanently by the looks of it, in an effort to increase its chances for an Oscar in March… maybe? Yes, it’s watermarked with Netflix’s logo, and yes, it’s obviously not presented in HDR or Dolby Digital 5.1 (SDR and stereo sound only), but it’s still offered in full 1080p resolution at an acceptably high bitrate (English subtitles are also included). People who would like to keep it around for offline viewing can easily download a copy using any one of the numerous online services or popular apps available for that. It’s a great film to watch anytime, for kids and adults alike.

Nimona will arguably face really strong competition in the Animated Feature Film category of this year’s Academy Awards: excellent films like Robot Dreams, Elemental, Spider-man Across the Spider-Verse or The Boy and the Heron all surprised and delighted audiences across the world last year with their high-quality storytelling or presentation. Netflix’s film may not be the current favorite for an Oscar (media seem to think it’s going to be a Miyazaki vs Spider-man affair), but now, at the very least, everyone gets to form an opinion about Nimona regardless. Oh, just go watch it already!


Kostas Farkonas

Veteran reporter with over 30 years of industry experience in various media, focusing on consumer tech, entertainment and digital culture. No, he will not fix your PC (again).

Veteran reporter with over 30 years of industry experience in various media, focusing on consumer tech, entertainment and digital culture. No, he will not fix your PC (again).




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