Friday, January 27, 2012

Where to See the 2012 Oscar Nominees

Now that the Academy Award nominees have been announced, the real fun of Oscar season can begin: checking off all the movies on the list in an attempt to see as many of the nominees as possible!

Viewing all of the nominees can often be a grueling task, as many of the films are small independent features, foreign films or movies that are not in wide release. And don't even get me started on the short films. The best bet with those is to either scour YouTube or make a wild guess in your predictions.

As for the rest of the nominees, I have compiled a cheat sheet that breaks them all down: what is in theaters, what is on DVD and which films you are just going to have to go without seeing. I've even tracked down the nominees on Netflix, Netflix Instant and Redbox. Look at the good I do.

So grab your popcorn, make sure you find a comfy seat, and take a look at where you can view this year's Oscar nominated films...

* = film I've already seen

In Theaters (or soon to be):
The Adventures of Tintin *
Albert Nobbs
The Artist *
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Iron Lady *
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
War Horse

In Theaters, but hard to find:
In Darkness (NY/LA release Feb 10)
Pina (limited release)
A Separation (currently in NY/LA)

Currently available on DVD:
Beginners (Netflix, Redbox) *
A Better Life (Netflix, Redbox) *
Bridesmaids (Netflix, Redbox) *
Jane Eyre (Netflix, Redbox)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Netflix, Redbox) *
Hell and Back Again (Netflix, Netflix Instant)
The Help (Netflix, Redbox) *
The Ides of March (Netflix, Redbox) *
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Netflix, Netflix Instant)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Netflix, Redbox) *
Margin Call (Netflix, Redbox)
Midnight in Paris (Netflix, Redbox) *
Moneyball (Netflix, Redbox) *
Rango (Netflix, Redbox)
Real Steel (Netflix, Redbox)
Rio (Netflix, Redbox)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Netflix, Redbox) *
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Netflix, Redbox) *
The Tree of Life (Netflix, Redbox) *
Warrior (Netflix, Redbox)

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is airing on HBO (check local listings), HBO OnDemand and HBO GO.

Will be on DVD before the Oscars:
Anonymous (Netflix, Redbox - Feb 7)
Drive (Netflix, Redbox - Jan 31)
Puss in Boots (Netflix, Redbox - Feb 24)

Movies you are SOL with:
Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Footnote (being released post-Oscars)
Monsieur Lazhar
The Muppets (out of theaters, on DVD March 20) *

So there you go. Good luck on your movie-watching journeys, dear readers! Out of the 46 nominated films (excluding shorts), I've only seen 16, so I have my work cut out for me before February 26th. With any luck, I'll be seeing 4-5 this weekend, and then bit by bit checking more films off my list.

How many Oscar-nominated movies have you already seen? Are you ready to get to the movie theater, or are you going to stay at home and watch a pile of DVDs? And if anyone knows any information on the three limited release movies or the list of movies I couldn't find information on, please share in the comments!

[Image Source: Moviehouse One of the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA]
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