NOTE: Theater counts last updated on February 13, 2018.
The 2018 Oscar nominations have been announced; here’s how cinephiles can check out all the ones contending for Best Picture. This awards season continues to roll on, and the final dominoes have fallen. After the likes of the Golden Globes and multiple guilds handed out their trophies, the Academy recognized what they consider to be the best film had to offer from the past year. Of course, not everyone is going to agree with their selections, but the voters did a good job of nominating a wide variety of projects in several categories.
Due to the Winter Olympics, the actual Oscars ceremony won’t take place until March 4, meaning there’s plenty of time for viewers to catch up on any nominees they’ve missed. When it comes to Best Picture, the Academy has a tendency to choose “smaller” works that don’t post blockbuster numbers at the box office, so we’ve put together this handy guide so you know where you can watch each Best Picture candidate.
Call Me By Your Name
Other Nominations: Best Lead Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song
Luca Guadagino’s tender look at a relationship between 17-year old Elio and Oliver, his father’s research assistant, started to generate buzz at this time in 2017 when it made its way through the festival circuit. Critics praised the film for its touching exploration of first love and dedicated performances. In addition to Chalamet, Armie Hammer received raves for what could be the best work in his career.
As of this writing, Call Me By Your Name is playing in 475 theaters across the United States. It is also available for preorder on iTunes, where it will hit February 27. The Blu-ray comes out on March 13.
Other Nominations: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Lead Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design
Joe Wright’s biopic of former U.K. prime minister Winston Churchill was deemed the frontrunner in the Best Actor category from the moment the first image of Oldman in character was revealed. The film explores the earliest days of World War II, in which the newly-appointed Churchill has to decide if he wants to fight against the Nazis or negotiate with Adolf Hitler. A case can be made Oscar bait is on its last breaths, but some still find it appealing.
Darkest Hour is currently playing in 1,045 theaters nationwide. It is now available for purchase on iTunes, with the physical Blu-ray following on February 27. It is also on Movies Anywhere.
Other Nominations: Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design
Christopher Nolan’s own World War II drama, which pairs nicely with Darkest Hour, premiered back in July 2017 and rode the waves of positive buzz all the way to the Oscars. Depicting the evacuation of Allied soldiers during an intense battle, Dunkirk received widespread praise for its remarkable craftsmanship and multi-pronged narrative that brought the land, air, and sea together in engaging fashion.
Dunkirk has been available on digital and Blu-ray since December 2017. It is also streaming on Movies Anywhere.
Other Nominations: Best Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
Originally released all the way back in February 2017 (a few days before Moonlight topped La La Land), Jordan Peele’s satirical look at race relations in the U.S. became the film of the moment and seized the zeitgeist with its clever concept. The story revolves around an African-American man named Chris Washington, who pays a visit to his white girlfriend’s parents and discovers the horrifying truth about the family.
Get Out came out on digital and Blu-ray in May 2017. It is also streaming on Movies Anywhere.
Other Nominations: Best Lead Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay
Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age dramedy follows high school senior Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, who dreams of leaving behind her hometown of Sacramento to attend college on the East coast. The film examines Lady Bird’s personal relationships with her mother, best friend Julie, and potential lovers over the course of a single year.
Lady Bird is currently playing in 651 theaters. It is now available for purchase on iTunes.
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