The annual Academy Awards show airs Sunday (6 p.m. Central on ABC), with eight films vying for an Oscar. If you haven’t caught them yet, there’s time before the red carpet rolls.
While top contender “The Revenant” is available only in theaters, you can buy or rent the other seven online and binge watch to your heart’s content from your couch. In addition to Netflix, Apple TV and Amazon, we checked YouTube, Google Play and iTunes and found most offered. Older rentals cost about $5; the more recent the release, the higher the price.
Another power-watching plan: Some AMC theaters will screen four films in an 11-hour marathon Best Picture Showcase Saturday starting at 10 a.m. A $35 pass gets you in to “Brooklyn,” “Spotlight,” “The Martian” and “The Revenant.” The other finalists were featured last week. (Check listings.)
Here’s the rundown:
“The Big Short” The comedy infused take on the recent recession and collapsed housing market is still in theaters.
“Bridge of Spies” Find this Tom Hanks Cold War spy thriller in one metro-area theater through the weekend — Mann Hopkins Cinema 6, in Hopkins.
“Brooklyn” The story of an Irish Imigrant in 1950s New York widely available in theaters. Also available to rent or buy.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” This beautiful and deadly dystopian action film is no longer in theaters, but is on HBO, and its online services, HBO GO and HBO NOW.
“The Martian” In this science fiction film, a stranded astronaut, played by Matt Damon, struggles to find his way home from Mars. It’s in two area theaters — Mann Hopkins Cinema and the Cinema Grill in New Hope.
“The Revenent”Alejandro González Iñárritu’s gritty realization of frontiersman Hugh Glass, played be Leonardo DiCaprio, as he fights for survival in 1823 America is still in theaters. It is not available online.
“Room” The drama about a woman and her 5-year-old son’s struggle to acclimate to the outside world after years of captivity is still in movie theaters.
“Spotlight” The true story of the Boston Globe’s investigative team’s work to uncover widespread abuse by the Catholic Church is still in theaters.
Barry Lytton is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.