Every Friday until the Feb. 26 Oscar telecast, Take 2 will run a series focusing on issues and subjects involving the Academy Awards.
Watching all the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards can be a chore or a cool ride, depending on where you live, what technology you have available and how much time you have. All the best picture nominees have been screened in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but not all of the films with acting nods have been shown. Shorts, animated films and documentaries have also fallen off the radar. However, Take 2 has your back if you want to catch as many films as possible before the telecast. That way, you may know what’s going on during the ceremony. Here are a few suggestions based on time and resources that can help you out:
If you have $35 and a week to spare
Head to Cinemark 20 and XD’s Oscar Movie Week starting Monday and running through Feb. 26 to see all nine best picture nominees on the big screen. Add the short film nominees running Feb. 24-26 to see the films in the animated and live-action categories. A festival pass costs $35 for all nine movies and the shorts program, and a concession offer is available to pass holders. Visit www.cinemark.com/oscar-movie-week for movie times and to purchase a pass online.
If you can watch only a few movies
and want to see the Endless Mountains
Visit the second annual Winter Fest at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock, where many Oscar-nominated films are being shown, opening today. Nominated films “A Man Called Ove” and “Loving” are the opening films, and “Moonlight” and “Hell or High Water” are also screening. The festival runs through March 2. Visit www.dietrichtheater.com for the schedule and descriptions of the films.
If you like to binge-watch
The five-part documentary “O.J. Made in America” is streaming for free on the ESPN app. Two other feature documentaries, “13th” and “Life, Animated” are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime, respectively. The animated film “Zootopia” and visual-effects nominee “The Jungle Book” are also streaming on Netflix.
If watching a movie is a chore
Listen to the music from this year’s nominated films on Spotify, including the scores for “Jackie,” “Lion” and “Passengers” and the soundtracks of “La La Land” and “Moonlight.”
If you have less than 90 minutes to watch anything
Netflix has two nominated documentary shorts available to stream: “The White Helmets,” running at 40 minutes, and “Extremis,” running at 24 minutes.