How to Movie Hack the Oscars

Oscar nominations were announced two week ago. We’re big fans of Oscar nominated movies and watching as many movies before the show as possible. For these Oscars, we’ve seen eight movies already with at least one nomination.

We know that many will call us urban snobs because we seek out Oscar nominated movies, but we disagree. While many complain about the lack of story lines and good dialogue in movies today, contrary to Hollywood’s “golden years”, they only watch the over-CGI’d, root ‘em, toot ‘em, shoot ‘em up movies they vocally disdain. The Oscars typically highlight the more thought provoking movies of the year.

That said, below is a list of Oscar nominated movies that are available for rental, streaming or purchase on iTunes and Netflix. All options, including the purchase options, will cost you less than going to a physical movie theater, especially if you go with others or purchase food.

If you organize a group of friends and a pot luck to watch one or two movies for a night, you can’t beat the price and experience. On Valentine’s Day, we’re having an Oscar-thon with friends, while everyone cooks their own dish at our place. We do this once or twice a year. We have a lot of fun and don’t spend a lot of money.

Netflix DVD – 1 disk = $7.99, 2 disks = $11.99, 3 disks = $15.99/mos

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The LEGO Movie
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Begin Again
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Finding Vivian Maiar
  • Maleficent

Netflix Streaming

  • Ida
  • Virunga

iTune Rental

  • Finding Vivian Maiar – $4.99
  • Ida – $4.99
  • Boyhood – $5.99
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $5.99
  • Gone Girl – $5.99
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – $5.99
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $5.99
  • Maleficent – $5.99
  • The Boxtrolls – $5.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $5.99
  • Begin Again – $5.99

iTune Purchase

  • A Single Life – $2.99
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – $14.99
  • Begin Again – $14.99
  • Boyhood – $14.99
  • Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – $12.99
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – $14.99
  • Finding Vivian Maiar – $14.99
  • The LEGO Movie – $17.99
  • Gone Girl – $14.99
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – $19.99
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – $19.99
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $9.99
  • Ida – $14.99
  • Maleficent – $19.99
  • The Boxtrolls – $14.99
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – $14.99
  • The Judge – $19.99
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past – $14.99

Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman (currently only in theaters) lead with nine Oscar nominations each and Imitation Game (currently only in theaters) has eight nominations. Boyhood, with six nominations, has been cleaning up at other award ceremonies, such as The Golden Globes.

There are several movies currently only available in theaters, where you’ll spend $12 minimum per person. The list above will give you enough insight into the Oscar nominated movies to enjoy watching the typically too long and over self-praising award show that is The Oscars.

To clarify, we don’t take the Oscars too seriously. Being the practitioners of schadenfreude that we are, we enjoy waiting for the predictable prattle and possible celebrity stumble to the podium. The occasional wardrobe malfunction and unintentional eye roll only adds to the entertainment. With the recent Sony hack scandal, the mood in the Dolby Theatre should be even more entertaining. Ms. Pascal meet Mrs. Jolie-Pitt.

Even if you don’t watch the Oscars, there are still some good movies here for your viewing  pleasure.

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