Are you caught up on the major Oscar nominees? Here’s a guide to what’s available for home viewing before the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28.
The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 28, in another star-studded, overproduced, self-congratulatory spectacle that we seem unable to resist. Are you caught up on the major nominees?
Some of the nominated films are still going strong in theaters, notably best-picture nominees “The Revenant” (the nominations leader with 12 nods, including director for Alejandro González Iñárritu and actor for Leonardo DiCaprio), “The Big Short” (five nominations, including director for Adam McKay and original screenplay) and “Brooklyn” (three nominations, including actress for Saoirse Ronan and adapted screenplay). A surprisingly large number, however, are already available to watch at home.
Here’s a guide to what you can see and how you can see them.
Now on Pay-Per-View / VOD / DVD
The resources of the entire planet are marshaled to rescue an astronaut (Matt Damon) from the angry red planet in “The Martian” (seven nominations, including picture, actor for Damon and adapted screenplay).
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks team up once again for “Bridge of Spies” (six nominations, including picture, supporting actor for Mark Rylance and original screenplay), the real-life drama of civilian diplomacy at the height of the Cold War.
“Steve Jobs” earned acting nominations for Michael Fassbender (actor in a leading role) and Kate Winslet (actress in a supporting role). “Trumbo” picked up a nomination for Bryan Cranston (actor in a leading role).
“Sicario,” set in the heat of the drug war on the border with Mexico, earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Roger Deakins — the 13th for the great cinematographer who has yet to take home a trophy.
“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” up for animated feature, features the distinctive stop-motion clay figures and offbeat humor of Britain’s Aardman Animations.
Available on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — just under a week before the awards ceremony — are “Spotlight” (six nominations, including picture, supporting actor for Mark Ruffalo and supporting actress for Rachel McAdams), the story of The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic church’s decades-long cover-up of abusive priests; and “Room” (four nominations, including picture, actress for Brie Larson and director for Lenny Abrahamson), based on the novel by Emma Donoghue.
Netflix is home to three of the five nominated documentaries. It produced “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a portrait of singer and activist Nina Simone, co-produced “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” and picked up “Cartel Land,” about the grass-roots resistance against the drug cartels in Mexico, after the film walked away from Sundance with a couple of major awards.
“Amy,” a portrait of Amy Winehouse and the odds-on favorite among the documentaries, is free for Amazon Prime subscribers. For the rest of us, it’s still available to rent on pay-per-view and VOD and to own on disc.
The post-apocalyptic speed thriller “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10 nominations, including picture, director for George Miller and cinematography) is streaming for HBO and HBO Now subscribers, plus it’s on Blu-ray and DVD.
VOD and disc
Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which presents the mind of a kid as an epic theme park, is on disc and VOD. If you are the parent of a schoolkid, you may already own it, either for their entertainment or your own guide to the adolescent mind.
“The Look of Silence,” a look back at the genocide in Indonesia, is on VOD from Amazon Video, Vudu and other streaming services.
“Cinderella” picked up a single nomination for its costume design. Because Oscar is a sucker for fairy-tale gowns. On disc, VOD and the Starz streaming service.