Oscar-nominated movies to watch high

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Awards season brings out the red carpet fashion, amplifies the voices of film critics, and gives stoners a new crop of choices for infused movie night. A flick and some THC makes for a top shelf night, and that may go double for Oscar-nominated movies.

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There are many things that make a movie great to watch stoned. A whimsical storyline that whisks the viewer to a new world is always exciting while high, and so are special effects and big explosions. Then there are always the classically silly comedies that inspire everyone to laugh, stoned or not.

Here is a selection of the top eight 2024 Oscar-nominated movies to watch high.


From inspiring the color pink to trend for more than one season to opening up more complex conversations about feminism, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie took over in 2023. The film uses saturated colors, stimulating costumes, and even some catchy songs to sway along in the theater.

Lighting up before Barbie could enhance the experience, heightening the pretty hues and opening minds to think more deeply about the message.


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Where to watch: Streaming on Max, Hulu, YouTube, and Prime

Poor Things

Another Oscar-nominated film from Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things promises to take viewers on an even wilder ride than 2019 Best Picture nominee The Favourite. As for being high while consuming it, the sci-fi comedy promises some out-there concepts and scenes.

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The film is a visually stimulating steampunk-inspired set and gorgeous costumes. It is also thought-provoking. Like Barbie, Poor Things features feminist themes. The main character, Emma Stone, exists outside the unwritten patriarchal rules. The experience can be described as carnal, and cannabis would only make it more intriguing.

Where to watch: Select theaters

American Fiction

Comedy is central in American Fiction, a film adaptation of Percival Everett’s book Erasure. The main character is a frustrated author tired of being asked to write stereotypically “Black” books. In response, he writes a ridiculous satire that the literary elite lap up as serious. What happens next is a series of events that sucks the main character into the very world that disgusts him.

Though the visual elements of this film aren’t filled with explosions or surreal elements, the film itself is smart, funny, and engaging for a mind on marijuana.

Where to watch: Select theaters

Spider-man: Across The Spider-Verse

The world of animation is rarely a bad place after getting high, and that’s certainly true with Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse. A bunch of stories told on top of each other grace the screen in this animated feature that uses a captivating new animation style.

If the animation doesn’t dazzle you, the emotional story will. The latest Spider-Man is great for older kids and adults, and the adults may want to light up before turning it on.

Where to watch: Netflix

Nai Nai and Wai Po

Find Nai Nai and Wai Po, Mandarin for Grandma and Grandma, in the Best Short Film category. Director Sean Wang’s grandmothers star in the 17-minute short movie that shares the wisdom of age through the lens of two lighthearted, downright silly seniors.

The super team of grandmas lightens the gravity of every day through dancing, stretching, and farting. Heartwarming messages and lovable characters make this a delightful choice for weed movie night.

Where to watch: Disney+


An imaginary world with whimsical elements, relatable characters, and food for thought are combined in Elemental, the most recent Disney Pixar release. Viewers are immediately drawn into the Elemental world that only goes deeper after a good bong rip.

This is an exceptional choice for a stoned animated movie night, and those who like it should look at our list of classic cartoons to watch high.

Where to watch: Disney+

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 was nominated for a Best Visual Effects Academy Award, and it’s a fun film to watch after lighting up. A kickass soundtrack is coupled with adventure-packed stories, and a cute character named Groot combines into a fantastic foray for the stoned.

Those who haven’t seen the first two films will want to catch up before tuning in, though. The third installment of the Marvel series wraps up some emotional storylines unraveled in the first two movies.

Where to watch: Disney+

Godzilla Minus One

As the 37th installment of the franchise, Godzilla Minus One brings the beauty back to the kaiju. The special effects hyper-realistic Godzilla moments and exciting attack scenes. So good that it was nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar this year. The film brings big action-packed moments, but it is definitely intense. Prepare for dark visuals, intense moments, and a giant lizard monster.

This a Japanese epic, so those not used to subtitles may want to train up before watching it high–or at least grab the eye drops.

Where to watch: Select theaters

Watching movies high can make for a memorable stoned night in. It only makes sense that watching Oscar-nominated films after blazing is just as fun. These are the best eight movies on the list to see high, from experts in the latter, not the former. Grab an award-winning strain and watch these Academy Award-nominated films to become the champion of movie night.

Cara Wietstock is senior content producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.