The Oscars are less than a week away! Normally I’m more on top of my movie game, but this year I’m scrambling to make sure I at least see most of nominees. Award shows and celebrities aren’t even my thing, but I love the Oscars: the hosts are always my favorite personalities, the acceptance speeches and the red carpet is so entertaining and lovely.
I enjoy watching the films from the eye of the nominator. It brings the films to a new level: reasoning why it was nominated, paying attention to camera angles and wardrobe and certain roles in the film. It elevates the story line.
The history of film also gets me. The Academy Awards (rebranded to The Oscars in 2013) is the oldest awards ceremony and was first held in 1929 coming in at 15 minutes long. The after party was a public event with tickets at $5 ($70 in today’s world). I imagine the long list of talent in the room; people like Walt Disney and Bette Davis and the romance that was “going to the movies.” Since, it’s been one of the few awards show to avoid getting overrun with pop culture and onstage star bashing. It remains the prestige of the prestigious.
If like myself, you need to play catch up before this weekend, below are a few on my list to see with a few MN spots to catch them. Check out their website for all showing details. Best Picture films and denoted with (BP).
(BP) American Sniper: Still widely shown in theaters
A Collective Viewing of the Short Films– Aya, Boogaloo and Graham, Butter Lamp, Parvaneh and The Phone Call: Landmark Lagoon Theater
(BP) Birdman: Amazon Instant and iTunes
(BP) Boyhood: Amazon Instant, iTunes, Redbox, On Demand and Netflix DVD
CitizenFour: St. Anthony Main
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1: Amazon Instant and iTunes
Finding Vivian Maier: Amazon and iTunes
Gone Girl: Amazon Instant, Netflix DVD, Redbox, iTunes and On Demand
Ida: Amazon, iTunes and Netflix Streaming
Inherent Vice: St. Anthony Main
Into the Woods: Eden Prairie Mall
Last Days in Vietnam: Amazon Instant and iTunes
(BP) Selma: Regal Brooklyn Center, Showplace Icon at the West End (St. Louis Park), AMC Rosedale 14, Landmark Lagoon Cinema, Regal Eagan Stadium
Still Alice: Landmark Edina Cinema, AMC Rosedale 14, Regal Brooklyn Center, AMC Eden Prairie
The Box Trolls: Amazon Instant, Redbox, iTunes and On Demand
(BP) The Grand Budapest Hotel: Amazon Instant, Netflix DVD, HBO Go and iTunes
(BP) The Imitation Game: Still widely shown in theaters
The Judge: Amazon Instant, On Demand
The Theory of Everything: Released on Feb. 17
Two Days, One Night: Landmark Edina Cinema,
Unbroken: Eden Prairie Mall,
Virunga: Netflix Instant Stream
Wild: Rochester Paragon, Showplace Icon at the West End (St. Louis Park), Regal Eagan Stadium
(BP) Whiplash: St. Anthony Main, Landmark Edina Cinema,