If there is one question people ask me (besides how do I always look so handsome) its how do you see every film nominated for the Oscars? There are 44 feature films and 15 short films nominated for the 2018 Academy Awards and if you’re like me, you scour the internet for show times and hustle from city to city making sure you’ve seen every single film nominated for the Academy Awards before the March 4th telecast. My wife is usually a willing partner with me, but the year I made her drive over ninety minutes each way to see an Best Song nominee while she was pregnant pushed her past the breaking point. Now, we see as many as we can together and then I fly solo for the rest. I always see them all and luckily, this year there are a ton of films already streaming and on DVD to make it much easier.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the films and need some direction – I’m here for you. First, look over the nominations list and check off what you’ve already seen. If by chance, you haven’t seen any of the nominated films, fret not because you still have time to catch up! You don’t need to see all 59 films nominated – most people just see the Best Picture nominees but you can set your own goal. I’m not here to tell you what to see and judge you for not seeing as many movies as me, just to offer you a comprehensive guide on how to see what you want to see! Take a deep breath because this can be overwhelming, so buckle up and let’s go!
FIRST OFF – If you live under a rock and don’t know what films are nominated for the 90th Annual Academy Awards then click here for the nominations:
In case you’re thinking this is going to cost you an arm and a leg, there are many films available at no additional cost because they’re already included with your subscription to Netflix, HBO or Amazon Prime.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Beauty and the Beast
The Boss Baby
On Body and Soul
Last Men in Aleppo
The Big Sick
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
HBO & HBO GO:
Streaming free on Topic.com
Edith + Eddie
Streaming free on Firstshowing.net
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (***MY FAVORITE FILM OF THE YEAR!)
Streaming free on YouTube:
For the following films, there is a charge, but you can make a real dent in some of the major categories with the movies NOW STREAMING on ITunes, Amazon, & Google Play. (You can also get them free of charge at your local Library by going old school and picking up a DVD too!)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
The Florida Project
Blade Runner 2049
The Disaster Artist
Victoria & Abdul
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kong: Skull Island
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Available on ITunes, Amazon, & Google Play February 27th:
The Shape of Water (The most nominated film this year with 13!)
Call me By Your Name
Animated Short Films (Five film bundle of Dear Basketball, Garden Party, Lou, Negative Space, Revolting Rhymes)
Live Action Short Films (Five film bundle of DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O’ Clock, My Nephew Emmett, The Silent Child, Watu Wote/All of Us)
Available on ITunes, Amazon, & Google Play March 2nd:
In Theatres only:
All the Money in the World
The Greatest Showman
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (If you haven’t seen this by now – come on young Padawans!)
Documentary Short Films Program A & B (Program A has three films including Traffic Stop which isn’t available online, so this is the only way to see it. The Program B films are available free on Netflix and ITunes).
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Good luck catching up and getting caught up. Start with the Best Picture nominees or start with the films with the most nominations or just pick out of a hat and work your way down the list. There are some great films this year and if I could get you to watch only one – let it be Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405! It’s far and away my favorite film of the year and if you’re not moved by Mindy Alper’s story you just might be dead inside. I’ve seen a lot already and my checklist is almost complete, but even though I’m cramming all the last minute films in, I’m still here if you need suggestions or advice. Which are your favorites this year? What moved you? What bored you? What pissed you off? What’s overrated? Light up the comments below and tell the Immodium Abuser all about it!