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Once upon a time, the Oscar nominations were filled with titles unfamiliar to the regular Joe. Not unknown, necessarily, but at least not widely seen. But today, thanks to all kinds of home video platforms and theatrical distribution for even the short film nominees, it’s not always so impossible to see everything before the big night. To help those of you wishing to be completists, I’ve listed all of this year’s recently announced Oscar nominees and noted how and where you can see them, whether presently or soon enough.

It may not be entirely doable, as some foreign films haven’t officially been released here, including one that doesn’t even yet have a date, and some titles are in the middle of their theatrical to DVD window. But there are a bunch that can be streamed right this moment on your computer via Amazon, Google, YouTube and other outlets, each of which I’ve marked accordingly courtesy of GoWatchIt. Only three are through Netflix Watch Instant, by the way (How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War and Mirror Mirror). And one short has been embedded in the post. 

 

5 Broken Cameras

Best Documentary Feature

Now streaming on Hulu Plus and available for download through Alive Mind Cinema. Hits DVD on January 15 and Amazon Instant Video on January 21.

 

Adam and Dog

Best Animated Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated animated shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Amour

Best Picture – Best Director – Best Actress – Best Foreign Language Film – Best Original Screenplay

Currently playing theatrically in limited release. This weekend, Sony Pictures Classics added screens in San Francisco, Chicago, Scottsdale, Washington, D.C., and other cities. And it’s still playing in NYC and Los Angeles. With expansion continuing through next month, just check the film’s website for the list of upcoming dates to see when it’s playing near you.

 

Anna Karenina

Best Cinematography – Best Costume Design – Best Original Score – Best Production Design

Currently playing theatrically in limited release. Hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 19.

 

Argo

Best Picture – Best Supporting Actor – Best Editing – Best Original Score – Best Sound Design – Best Sound Mixing – Best Adapted Screenplay

Currently back in wide theatrical release with more than 300 screens added this weekend (for a total of 621), so it should be playing in a local theater. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 19.

 

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Asad

Best Live Action Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated live action shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

The Avengers 

Best Visual Effects

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Picture – Best Director – Best Actress – Best Adapted Screenplay

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu. It’s also playing in a few theaters around the country, according to the listings on the film’s official website.

 

Brave 

Best Animated Feature

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Buzkashi Boys

Best Live Action Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated live action shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

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Chasing Ice

Best Original Song

Currently playing theatrically in limited release. For a list of present and many upcoming screenings, check the film’s website. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is April.

 

Curfew

Best Live Action Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated live action shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Best Live Action Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated live action shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Django Unchained 

Best Picture – Best Supporting Actor – Best Cinematography – Best Sound Editing – Best Original Screenplay

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is April.

 

Flight

Best Actor – Best Original Screenplay

Currently in dwindling theatrical release with 150 screens showing the film nationwide. Hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 5.

 

Frankenweenie

Best Animated Feature

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from itunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu. Also still playing on a limited amount of screens around the country.

 

Fresh Guacamole

Best Animated Short

Watch it on YouTube below. Will also likely play theatrically with other nominated animated shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

The Gatekeepers

Best Documentary Feature

Sony Pictures Classics will release the film theatrically on February 1.

 

Head Over Heels

Best Animated Shorts

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated animated shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Henry

Best Live Action Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated live action shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Hitchcock

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Currently playing theatrically in limited release. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is March.

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Best Production Design – Best Visual Effects

Currently playing theatrically in wide release in multiple formats, including High Frame Rate. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is April.

 

How to Survive a Plague

Best Documentary Feature

Now available digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Google Play and YouTube. Also currently playing in NYC and a few other theaters around the country, which you can find details for on its website. Hits DVD on February 26.

 

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The Impossible

Best Actress

Currently in wide theatrical release, albeit on the lighter side, and playing nationwide. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is April.

 

Inocente

Best Documentary Short

Currently on the festival circuit, screening this weekend at the Irvine International Film Festival. See the film’s website for more. Will likely play theatrically with other nominated documentary shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

The Invisible War

Best Documentary Feature

Now available on DVD and digitally from iTunes. Streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, Youtube and Vudu.

 

Kings Point

Best Documentary Short

Currently on the festival circuit, screening this weekend at the Irvine International Film Festival. See the film’s website for more. Will likely play theatrically with other nominated documentary shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Kon-Tiki

Best Foreign Language Film

Currently this film has no release date. For now, just watch the incredible original Oscar-winning documentary from 1951, which is available from iTunes and streaming on Amazon.

 

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Les Misérables

Best Picture – Best Actor – Best Supporting Actress – Best Costume Design – Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Best Original Song – Best Production Design – Best Sound Mixing

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is April.

 

Life of Pi

Best Picture – Best Director – Best Cinematography – Best Editing – Best Original Score – Best Original Song – Best Production Design – Best Sound Editing – Best Sound Mixing – Best Visual Effects – Best Adapted Screenplay

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 5.

 

Lincoln

Best Picture – Best Director – Best Actor – Best Supporting Actor – Best Supporting Actress – Best Cinematography – Best Costume Design – Best Editing – Best Original Score – Best Production Design – Best Sound Mixing – Best Adapted Screenplay

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 26.

 

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Best Animated Short

You can easily find a bootlegged version on YouTube (for now) if you search for it. Will also likely play theatrically with other nominated animated shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

The Master

Best Actor – Best Supporting Actor – Best Supporting Actress

Currently in dwindling theatrical release with locations strewn around the country. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 26.

 

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Best Costume Design

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes. Streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Mondays at Racine

Best Documentary Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated documentary shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

Moonrise Kingdom

Best Original Screenplay

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

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Best Foreign Language Film

Sony Pictures Classics will release this film on February 15.

 

Open Heart 

Best Documentary Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated documentary shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

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Paperman

Best Animated Short

You can easily find a bootlegged version on YouTube (for now) if you search for it. Will also likely play theatrically with other nominated animated shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

ParaNorman

Best Animated Feature

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu. Also still playing in very limited release on a few screens around the country.

 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Best Animated Feature

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Prometheus 

Best Visual Effects

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Redemption

Best Documentary Short

Will likely play theatrically with other nominated documentary shorts in the usual ShortsHD program next month.

 

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A Royal Affair

Best Foreign Language Film

Currently playing theatrically in limited release. For a list of present and upcoming locations, see the list of play dates on the Magnolia Pictures website. Hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 26.

 

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Feature

Currently playing theatrical in limited release. For present and future locations, check the film’s screening calendar on its website. Also available digitally from iTunes and streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu. Hits DVD and Blu-ray on January 22.

 

The Sessions

Best Supporting Actress

Currently in dwindling limited theatrical release with locations around the country. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 12.

 

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Picture – Best Director – Best Actor – Best Actress – Best Supporting Actor – Best Supporting Actress – Best Editing – Best Adapted Screenplay

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is March.

 

Skyfall

Best Cinematography – Best Original Score – Best Original Song – Best Sound Editing – Best Sound Mixing

Currently in wide theatrical release and playing nationwide. Hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 18.

 

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Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Costume Design – Best Visual Effects

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

Ted

Best Original Song

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray and digitally from iTunes and on demand. Streaming on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu.

 

War Witch

Best Foreign Language Film

Tribeca Film will open the film theatrically on March 1.

 

Wreck-It-Ralph

Best Animated Feature

Currently in dwindling limited theatrical release with less than 500 screens nationwide. The movie hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 5.

 

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Picture – Best Actress – Best Editing – Best Sound Editing – Best Original Screenplay

Expanded theatrically to wide release this weekend and is now playing nationwide. There is presently no official release date for home video, but the estimated month is March.

 


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