Every year, you enter awards season with the best of intentions. You’re determined to see every Oscar nominee (even the shorts!), or at least every major nominee (sorry, French Foreign Film hopeful Mustang), or at the very, very least every film that got a Best Picture nod.
And then, inevitably, life happens.
The beginning of the year is a busy time, entertainment-wise. It’s tough to muster up the energy to spend two and a half hours watching Leonardo DiCaprio grunt and crawl his way across the Canadian wilderness. Hell, even Hugh Jackman didn’t see The Reader the year he hosted the show.
Lucky for the Oscar slackers among us, though, there’s still time to take in the night’s most celebrated films — in several cases, from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how.
The Big Short
Remember how you can stream, rent or buy some of the Best Picture nominees? Yeah, The Big Short isn’t one of them. You’ll have to catch this one in movie theaters for now; it’ll be out on DVD/Blu-ray/etc. on March 15.
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
Live and die and live again by watching Fury Road on repeat via HBO Go or HBO Now. If streaming’s not your thing, you can catch the film on Blu-ray and DVD or purchase it on Amazon,iTunes, Google Play, YouTube or Vudu. (Sorry; Immortan Joe has apparently forbidden rentals.)
Whip up some baked potatoes and watch Matt Damon problem-solve via YouTube, iTunes,Amazon, Vudu and Google Play — all of which offer the options of renting or buying The Martian. The less space-age among us can also find the movie on DVD and Blu-ray.
Sorry, bear enthusiasts: You currently have no option but to watch this one in a movie theater. (To be fair, this is one film that really benefits from a big screen.)
The journalism thriller of the year — seriously! — can still be found in select theaters. You can also help fight the good fight by buying the movie on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Vudu or Google Play. (You can’t rent it yet; that’d be like using your mom’s login to read the New York Times.)
Want to see every single nominee on the very same day, you madman/woman you? You’re in luck: Select AMC theaters are showing a massive Best Picture nominees marathon that begins Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. and ends Oscar Sunday in the wee small hours of the morning.See here for details. (On Saturday the 27th, a much larger number of theaters will be showingfour of this year’s nominees in a row: Brooklyn, Spotlight, The Martian and The Revenant. Bridge of Spies, Room, Mad Max and The Big Short all played last Saturday.)
Wait, what’s on Netflix?
Disappointed that your Netflix subscription won’t do you any good when it comes to Best Picture nominees? Don’t be: Three of 2016’s Best Documentary Feature nominees (Cartel Land, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, and What Happened, Miss Simone?) are all streaming there.
The other two best docs — Amy and The Look of Silence — can be purchased or rented from the usual suspects (iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, etc.) as well.