The Academy Award nominations can be overwhelming, especially if you don't live in one of the cosmopolitan cities where the films open first (and play longer, to garner attention of high profile Oscar voters). But don't worry -- we have your guide to where you can watch all of this year's contenders.
Let's start with the biggies, shall we?
"Call Me By Your Name," the absolutely beautiful gay drama, scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Original Song (Sufjan Stevens' magnificent "Mystery of Love") and Adapted Screenplay (by James Ivory), is currently still playing in theaters. This is also true of such heavy hitters as "Phantom Thread," which secured nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Costume Design (Mark Bridges) and Score (Jonny Greenwood).
"Lady Bird," which garnered Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf), Best Director (Greta Gerwig), and Best Original Screenplay (Greta Gerwig) is still in theaters. Also "The Post," which is up for Best Picture and Best Actress (Meryl Streep). "The Shape of Water" is currently expanding wider. The film secured the most nominations this year, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Costume Design (Luis Sequeira), Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Score (Alexandre Desplat), Production Design (Paul Denham Austerberry), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay (Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor).
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is also becoming a small hit at the box office. The very violent, and very emotional, film scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell), Film Editing (Jon Gregory), Score (Carter Burwell), and Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh). (It should be noted that the home video release date for "Three Billboards ..." was just announced -- it hits digital platforms beginning on February 13 and on physical formats February 27, so you'll still have time to see it in theaters before the awards in March.)
Movies that scored major nominations that are still in theaters also include "I, Tonya" (Best Actress Margot Robbie, Best Supporting Actress Allison Janney and Editing), "All the Money in the World" (Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer), and "The Greatest Showman" (Best Song).
And some of these movies are in a state of flux.
You'll still be able to find "Darkest Hour," which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel), Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran), Make-up and Hairstyling (Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick) and Production Design (Sarah Greenwood), in theaters, but it's home video release is also just around the corner. It arrives on digital platforms on February 6 and physical formats February 27. Ditto Pixar's "Coco," nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Song ("Remember Me"), which hits digital on February 13 and physical formats on February 27.
World War II epic "Dunkirk," which grabbed nominations for Best Picture, Cinematography (Hoyte van Hoytema), Best Director (Christopher Nolan), Film Editing (Lee Smith), Score (Hans Zimmer), Production Design (Nathan Crowley), Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, is on home video (both digital and physical) and has been re-released into some theaters, alongside fellow nominee "Get Out," which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Director (Jordan Peele), and Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele). You can see "Get Out" at home, but also at your local bijou. So boom.
But perhaps the biggest difference between this Oscar race is how heavily Netflix factors into the nominations. "Mudbound," which scored nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige), Cinematography (Rachel Morrison), Best Song (Blige again) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Dee Reese and Virgil Williams), is a Netflix original film (and could have easily earned additional nominations). Plus "Strong Island" and "Icarus," both nominated for Best Documentary Feature, are from the streamer. ("Icarus" you should definitely watch before the Winter Olympics starts.)