Once again Awards Season is in full effect and for Oscar Watchers like me, there’s an extra week to catch-up on films this year thanks to the Winter Olympics. So if you are up to the challenge of watching all nine Best Picture nominees, or perhaps you are like me and will try to watch all 58 nominated films, here are some tips on taking on the challenge and here is an updated breakdown on where you can find this year’s Academy Awards nominees in The District before the March 2nd ceremony.
Best picture nominees in bold
Still In Theatres
The following films are still in widely available in theatres in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. If you are just interested in knocking out the Best Picture nominees, local AMC theatres are once again showcasing the Best Picture nominees in late February/early March. This year AMC is offering four and five movie packages at local cinema locations, if you want to catch-up in the extreme you can watch all nine Best Picture nominees in 24 hours at the Georgetown AMC on March 1st. Last year Regal theatres held similar marathons, no information on any similar events this year have been released yet.
Also check other theatres like the Arlington Drafthouse and AFI Silver Spring for second run opportunities for films that may not be widely available.
- 12 Years A Slave
- All Is Lost (On DVD 2/11/14)
- American Hustle
- August: Osage County
- Dallas Buyers Club (On DVD 2/4/14)
- Frozen (On DVD 3/18/14)
- Gravity (On DVD 2/25/14)
- Inside Llewyn Davis
- Lone Survivor
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (On DVD 3/18/14)
- Omar (In Limited Release 2/21/14)
- Philomena (On DVD 3/4/14)
- Saving Mr. Banks
- The Book Thief (On DVD 3/11/14)
- The Great Beauty (On DVD 3/25/14)
- The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
- The Invisible Woman
- The Wind Rises (In Theatres 2/21/14)
- The Wolf of Wall Street
Released on DVD & Netflix
These films are already out on DVD/Blu-Ray, which means they are probably available on Amazon, Red Box, Netflix, iTunes, or wherever you rent your films. I made note of films that are available for streaming on Netflix Instant.
- 20 Feet From Stardom
- Before Midnight
- Blue Jasmine
- Captain Phillips
- Cutie and the Boxer (On DVD 2/4/14, on Netflix Instant now)
- Despicable Me 2
- Dirty Wars (Netflix Instant)
- Ernest & Celestine (Available in European Format)
- Iron Man 3
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
- Star Trek Into Darkness
- The Act of Killing (Netflix Instant)
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (On DVD 3/11/14)
- The Croods
- The Grandmaster
- The Great Gatsby
- The Hunt (Netflix Instant)
- The Lone Ranger
- The Square (Netflix Instant)
Watching The Documentary Feature Nominees
The National Archives will be holding free screenings of the documentary features (as well as nominees from all three Shorts categories) from February 26th – March 2nd. Visit the Archives’ website for complete details.
Watching The Short Films
ShortsHD will be bringing the short film nominees (Live Action, Animation, and Documentary Short) to theatres on January 31st. Typically the Live Action and Animated short films have been screened at E-Street cinema and the Documentary short films have been screened at West End Cinema. Stay tuned to their websites for details.
The shorts will be released on iTunes and video on demand as well.
Watching The Foreign Language Nominees
National Geographic will screen all five nominees through their Global Glimpses series. Between February 14th and February 16th you can watch the nominees at their Washington, DC headquarters.
The One That Got Away
Alone Yet Not Alone, nominee for Best Original Song, qualified for this year’s Academy Awards with a limited run back in September but won’t be released until June 2014.
[UPDATE: Looks like you don’t have to worry about this one, the film has been disqualified from the Academy Awards.]