How to Watch (Almost) All of the Oscar-Nominated Films Before the 86th Academy Awards


The awards season trudges on, but the end is near. This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. Forty-three features and fifteen shorts are up for Oscars this year.

So far I’ve only seen ten of the nominated feature films, so I’ve got my work cut out for me if I want to catch up before the telecast on March 2nd.1 I use all manner of little hacks to figure out which films I can see and when. This year I thought I’d share my little master list.

Below you will find details on all forty-three nominated features, including links for where you can watch them right now. If you’d like to track your progress (as I do), I’ve also made a Letterboxd list you can subscribe to (“like” in the vernacular) or clone.

The list is in alphabetical order and lacks both nomination counts and categories. All opening dates and availability are for the US based on current information. If you need that info I suggest checking out The Dissolve’s coverage. Each title links to Letterboxd for more information. All DVD and Blu-ray links go to Amazon; shopping with any of the iTunes or Amazon Instant Video links helps support the candler blog; I thank you in advance.

I’ve included DVD and Blu-ray availability not just for purchasing, but for readers who live near a decent video store. Here in Austin we are spoiled by both Vulcan Video and I Luv Video. Support your local video store if you’ve got one.

Enough preamble. Here are all of this year’s feature films up for at least one Academy Award and how to watch them.

2014 Oscar Nominated Feature Films

Viewing Calendar

Streaming on Netflix today:

Available on disc or digital today:

  • 20 Feet From Stardom
  • All is Lost
  • Before Midnight
  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Prisoners
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

Now in theaters:

  • 12 Years A Slave
  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • The Book Thief
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Frozen
  • Gravity
  • The Great Beauty
  • Her
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Invisible Woman
  • Lone Survivor
  • Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Wolf Of Wall Street

Opening soon:

  • The Wind Rises, February 20, 2014
  • Omar, February 21, 2014 (Limited)
  • Ernest & Celestine, March 14, 2014 (Limited)
  • The Missing Picture, March 19, 2014 (Limited)

Coming to disc or digital soon:

  • Blue Jasmine, January 21, 2014
  • Captain Phillips, January 21, 2014
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, January 24, 2014
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, March 11, 2014 (iTunes, February 4, 2014)
  • Dallas Buyers Club, February 4, 2014
  • All Is Lost, February 11, 2014
  • Gravity, February 25, 2014
  • The Great Beauty, March 25, 2013 (iTunes, February 25, 2014)
  • Frozen, March 18, 2014
  • The Grandmaster, March 4, 2014
  • Ernest & Celestine, June 10, 2014

Unavailable in the near future:

  • Alone Yet Not Alone

  1. Only one film from my top ten list, Nebraska, is up for anything. Figures. ↩︎