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Oscar Heavies Storm The March JustWatch Top 10

by Alex Kirschenbaum Apr 03, 2022

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the big nominees for the 94th annual Academy Awards stormed the JustWatch streaming charts last month. The biggest movie since the start of the coronavirus pandemic also ratcheted up JustWatch’s search engines, too.

JustWatch should be the go-to resource for any movie lover hoping to locate any movie on any streaming platform for their region. One simply types in the flick of their choosing and is presented with every available option for watching said flick. It’s pretty darn spectacular.

And as a special bonus, JustWatch has made a habit of telling us, your pals at Trailers From Hell, just what movies have been lighting up their search engines every month. For U.S. territories in March, that obviously meant a lot of Oscar heavies. Given the fractured state of moviegoing these days, streaming has evolved into the safest choice for the vulnerable and immunocompromised in our communities. So it follows that a lot of the less standard “popcorn” fare is making a dent for film fans at home.

Take a look at the stateside streaming search charts for March below:

The Paul Thomas Anderson San Fernando Valley period trifle Licorice Pizza vaulted into first place. Though it ultimately would not win any of the three Oscars for which it was nominated (Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Original Screenplay), the rom-com was clearly a popular choice for movie fans from March 1st to March 31st. It had been in February, too, when it was the third-most sought-after title on JustWatch.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, the third Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man movie (which also featured the other two theatrical Spider-Men), ninth Spider-Man film overall, and 13th theatrical movie featuring Spider-Man, has showed no signs of fan fatigue, both at the box office and on the streaming charts. The film has grossed $1,889,674,167 worldwide. But fans were looking for home viewing options, too. It was the second-most-searched movie on JustWatch in March.

Eventual Best Original Screenplay winner Belfast was the third-most-searched film for the month, Best Picture victor CODA came in fourth, and Drive My Car parked in fifth. King Richard, the uplifting true-life saga of the Williams sisters that might get a lot more eyeballs in April for some reason, was the sixth-most-searched for movie.

The Worst Person In The World, recognized with two Academy Award nominations (Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature) and a The Movies That Made Me podcast appearance of its own, debuted on the JustWatch top 10 in seventh place. The West Side Story and Dune remakes remained steadfast on the chart, at eighth and ninth place.

There’s no getting rid of that pesky Ryan Reynolds. His Free Guy may have vanished from the top 10 this month, but his new project, The Adam Project, crept into JustWatch’s chart at tenth — for now. To be fair, it only debuted on Netflix on March 11th, and audiences most likely were pretty aware that Netflix was the sci-fi- time-traveling adventure’s exclusive home platform, so its standing on the charts may not be an accurate representation of audience interest.

It will be fascinating to see if some new names make the cut in April, with the Academy Awards now in the rearview.