Prized films capture most Oscar noms

By Hannah Bates – Staff Writer

On March 2, Oscars will be awarded to the top films and performances of 2013 at the Academy Awards. Many of the nominated films are available on DVD or are currently in theaters, so anyone has the opportunity to see a number of them before the Academy Awards Ceremony airs.

“American Hustle,” a film that takes place during the Abscam operation in the 1970s, has 10 Oscar nominations. The most nominated film this year received recognition in every acting category, directing, and writing, as well as a Best Picture nomination. Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams have already won awards at various ceremonies for their performances in the film. The film itself has also received a Best Motion Picture, comedy or musical award at the Golden Globes. “American Hustle” has been in theaters since Dec. 20.

With nine nominations, “12 Years A Slave” also tops the list of the year’s most nominated films. The film is based on the memoir of a free man named Solomon Northup forced into slavery. At the Academy Awards, it is nominated for Best Picture, acting, directing, and writing. Lupita Nyong’o, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, has already received a Screen Actors’ Guild Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for her performance. The film also received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, drama. In early March, the film will be released on DVD. It has also been in theaters since October.

Several other nominees are easy to find and watch before the Academy Awards Ceremony. “Blue Jasmine,” which features acting nominee Cate Blanchett, is available on DVD. Blanchett has already won a number of awards for her performance in Woody Allen’s latest film. “Captain Phillips,” which is nominated for Best Picture and features first-time actor Barkhad Abdi in an Academy Award nominated performance, is also currently available on DVD. Gravity, which is nominated for Best Picture, acting, and directing, will be released on DVD on Feb. 25. On Feb. 4, “Dallas Buyers Club” features notable performances for which Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are nominated, will be released on DVD. Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Spike Jonze’s latest film, “Her,” both have multiple Academy Award nominations and are still in theaters.

However, a couple of other nominees, including “Nebraska” and “Philomena,” are not widely available in theaters and do not yet have a DVD release date. But, the majority of the nominated films can be enjoyed before the Academy Awards in early March.

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