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This year's Oscar nominees: What's on DVD so far

This year's Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, sending film fans scrambling to catch up on all the official selections. If you're planning on spending some time this weekend watching or re-watching Oscar's picks, here's an alphabetical guide to what's already on DVD and where to find them at Scarecrow: NR= New Releases NBR=New Blu-ray 2010=Best DVDs of 2010 section FNR=Family New Releases ST= Second Take ALICE IN WONDERLAND—Tim Burton's version is nominated for Best Costume Design, Art Direction, and Visual Effects. ST
ANIMAL KINGDOM—Nominated for Best Supporting Actress Jacki Weaver. NR
DOGTOOTH—This Greek film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. It's the only one of the five nominees in that category that is out so far on DVD. It was just released on the 25th, but we had an import a while before that. NR, 2010
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP—Will it win for Best Documentary Feature? And if so, will the elusive Banksy show up to accept? NR, 2010
GASLAND—Nominated for Best Documentary Feature. NR, 2010
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—In a non-Pixar year this would have had a shot to win Best Animated Feature. It's also nominated for Best Original Score. FNR, 2010
I AM LOVE—The family melodrama starring Tilda Swinton, nominated for Best Costume Design. NR, 2010
INCEPTION—Nominated for Best Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Visual Effects (I'll bet you called that nod from the trailer), Original Score, (Hans Zimmer), Original Screenplay (Christopher Nolan), and Best Picture. Sadly, Nolan did not get nominated for Best Director. Argh... NR, NBR, 2010
IRON MAN 2—Nominated for Visual Effects. NR, NBR
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT—Nominated for Best Actress (Annette Bening), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay (Director Lisa Cholodenko and Keeping The Faith writer Stuart Blumberg), and Best Picture. NR, 2010
RESTREPO— Nominated for Best Documentary Feature. NR, 2010
SALT—Nominated for Best Sound Mixing. That fight in a hallway did sound pretty good. NR, NBR
THE SOCIAL NETWORK—Nominated for almost everything: Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg), Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score (Trent Reznor!), Sound Mixing, Best Director (David Fincher) and Best Picture. NR, NBR
THE TOWN—Nominated only for Best Supporting Actor Jeremy Renner. I thought it had a chance to edge out 127 Hours spot in the 10 Best Picture nods. NR, NBR
TOY STORY 3—Nominated for Best Original Song ("We Belong Together"), Adapted Screenplay (the Dream Team of Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich), Sound Editing, Best Animated Feature (duh), and Best Picture. FNR, 2010
WINTER'S BONE—Nominated for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Eastbound & Down's John Hawkes), Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Seattle native Anne Rosellini), and Best Picture. NR, 2010
WOLFMAN—It's nominated for Best Makeup, seeing how they probably did a fine job of making Benicio Del Toro look scary. ST
As is always the case, most of the nominated films are still in theaters. The remaining Best Picture nominees—THE KING'S SPEECH, BLACK SWAN, TRUE GRIT, THE FIGHTER and 127 HOURS—are all playing around town. Seeing those five films also crosses most of the other categories off your list: Best Actor (Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, and Oscar show co-host James Franco); Best Actress (Natalie Portman); the supporting acting categories (Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech, Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit, and The Fighter's Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo); Best Director (David O. Russell, Darren Aronofsky, Tom Hooper, and Joel & Ethan Coen); the rest the screenplay nominees (except one), and lots of the technical categories. For the rest of the acting categories, RABBIT HOLE (with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman) is playing downtown at the Meridian 16 and BLUE VALENTINE (with Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams) is at Landmark's Egyptian Theatre. BITIFUL, with its nominations for Best Actor Javier Bardem and Best Foreign Language Film, should arrive in theaters next weekend. The last Best Original Screenplay nominee, Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR, just opened across the street from us at Seven Gables Theatre. The last Best Animated Feature nominee, THE ILLUSIONIST (from the makers of Triplets of Belleville) is at Harvard Exit Theatre. Here are the DVD release dates we know so far. We'll add to this list as more are announced: INSIDE JOB—Nominated for Best Documentary Feature—March 8th 127 HOURSMarch 1st TANGLED—Nominated for Best Original Song ("I See The Light"). If there had been more submissions for the Best Animated Feature category, it would have been one of five nominees—March 29th WASTE LAND—Another nominee for Best Documentary Feature.--March 29th THE WAY BACK—Peter Weir's latest is in theaters now. It's nominated for Best Makeup.--April 19th As for the rest, we'll just have to cross our fingers and hope that the remaining Best Foreign Language nominees—Canada's INCENDIES, Algeria's OUTSIDE THE LAW (HORS-LA-LOI), and Denmark's IN A BETTER WORLD (the Golden Globe winner in this category) find their way to theaters sometime soon. The nominated short films usually play in theaters as a group a week or so before the Awards—keep an eye on the Landmark Theatres site. The 83rd Academy Awards will be held Sunday, February 27th at 5pm Pacific time with hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. We'll have information about all the local viewing parties & other random speculation in the weeks to come.

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