Of the nine movies nominated for Best Picture this morning, every one of them was released in theaters in the final quarter of 2013 — which means that, conveniently, every single one of them is now playing on at least one Seattle-area big screen. (Should you wish to schedule a marathon, the Regal Meridian is a convenient location: seven of the nine are currently playing there; all but “American Hustle” and “Her.” ) As for where to find the lesser-known titles:
- Best Documentary: “The Square” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas; the other four (“The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars” and “20 Feet From Stardom”) all had theatrical runs here in mid-2013 and should currently be available for streaming or DVD purchase.
- Short film categories: Landmark will present an assortment of the nominated short films (exact list TBD) at the Varsity, opening January 31.
- Best foreign-language film: “Broken Circle Breakdown,” “The Great Beauty” and “The Hunt” have all played Seattle already, though “The Great Beauty” is currently screening at the Admiral in West Seattle. “The Hunt” is available on streaming/DVD, but the other two won’t be available until March. Of the two remaining, “The Missing Picture” (from Cambodia) has U.S. distribution and may screen here in the spring; “Omar,” from Palestine, also has U.S. distribution but no current release date.
- Best animated feature: “Frozen” is currently in theaters; “The Croods” and “Despicable Me 2” played midyear and are currently available on DVD/streaming. Hiyao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” opens in theaters here February 21; “Ernest and Celestine” will play a Landmark theater here beginning March 28.
Oscar nominations have a way of speeding up availability; I’ll post more information as I get it.