Seen any good Oscar-nominated movies lately?
If not, this weekend is your chance to catch up on the contenders for the best picture prize before Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast (8:30 p.m., ABC/7). Many nominees are playing at local movie houses (check Newsday’s movie timetables), but if you can’t get to a theater, several of the films can be seen from the comfort of your couch.
ON THE BIG SCREEN
Settle in with a mega-sized bucket of popcorn and grab a seat for AMC Theatres’ annual Best Picture Showcase at Loews Raceway 10 in Westbury and Loews Stony Brook 17. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and lasting until about 11 p.m., the theaters will host a marathon of five of this year’s best-picture nominees.
Kicking things off at 10 is one of the front-runners, “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ drama about an African-American teen dealing with his homosexuality. In his four-star review, Newsday’s Rafer Guzmán called it “the rare movie that doesn’t just show you a life but makes you feel you’ve lived one.”
It’s followed at 12:15 p.m., by “Lion,” which is based on the true story of a 5-year-old in India who becomes separated from his family and is adopted by an Australian couple. The heart-wrenching drama stars Oscar nominees Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
Up next at 2:35 p.m. is “Hacksaw Ridge,” director Mel Gibson’s comeback film about a pacifist (played by best actor nominee Andrew Garfield) in World War II who became the first person to receive the Medal of Honor without ever firing a gun.
“Arrival,” at 6 p.m., stars Amy Adams as a linguistics professor assigned to translate the language of some alien visitors. The sci-fi tale puts a 21st century spin on the 1951 classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”
Wrapping things up at 8:30 p.m. is “Hidden Figures,” the box-office hit about three African-American female mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and supporting actress nominee Octavia Spencer) and their importance to the space program in the 1960s.
ON THE SMALL SCREEN
If you prefer watching movies without an audience — and without the big ticket prices — a number of Oscar hopefuls are available for home viewing.
“Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” the crime drama “Hell or High Water,” “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — Kenneth Lonergan’s mood piece starring best actor nominee Casey Affleck as a man dealing with his nephew and his troubled past — are all available on demand ($4.95, Channel 500 for Optimum subscribers). All but “Moonlight” are available on DVD. (That movie comes out Feb. 28.)
While many of this year’s acting nominees are featured in those films, several of the other performances in the running for the Oscar are also out on DVD — Viggo Mortensen (“Captain Fantastic”), Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”) and Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”).
All that’s missing is a package of Raisinets.
Best Picture Showcase
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at AMC Loews Raceway 10, 1025 Corporate Dr., Westbury, and AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Hwy.
INFO $37.50, amctheatres.com
SEE THE SHORTS
If you want to get an edge on your competitors to win the big bucks in that Oscar pool, it’s important to see all of the short films as well as the feature films that are nominated. Here are two venues where you can catch the Oscar-nominated shorts this weekend.
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Catch showings of the five nominated live-action featurettes: “Ennemis Intérieurs” (France), “La Femme et le TGV” (Switzerland), “Silent Nights” (Denmark), “Sing (Mindenki)” (Hungary) and “Timecode” (Spain).
WHEN | WHERE 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach
INFO $17; 631-288-1500, whbpac.org
Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
The theater will present the documentary shorts “Joe’s Violin,” “Extremis,” “4.1 Miles,” “Watani: My Homeland” and “The White Helmets” on Saturday morning. On Sunday, the animated short film nominees “Borrowed Time,” “Pearl,” “Piper,” “Blind Vaysha” and “Pearl Cider and Cigarettes” will be screened.
WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m. both days, 20 Terry St., Patchogue
INFO $9 ($5 ages 12 and younger), 631-438-0083, plazamac.org