2013 Oscar nominees on disc and digital: A home viewer's guide
Looking to cram for this year's awards? Here's our guide to the year's nominated films currently available on home video
The Academy Award nominations are now out (see full list here). Now let the guessing games begin. Predictions and kibbitzing are all part of the fun (my annual accounting of contenders who missed the Oscar cut is here on MSN) and catching up on all the nominees before Oscar night is, for many, part of the ritual.
This year, the vast majority of the front-runners were released late in 2012 and are still playing in theaters – expect best picture nominees "Django Unchained," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty," and others to get a boost – but a few (very few this year) are already available for home viewing on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and/or pay-per-view. Some are even available via Netflix. Here's a list of those you can see now on a small screen near you. Click on the titles to get to the DVD/Blu-ray reviews.
The sole Best Picture nominee available for rent or purchase is "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (Fox), which also grabbed nominations for Best Director (Benh Zeitlin), Best Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest person ever in the category), and Best Adapted Screenplay. On Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.
"Moonrise Kingdom" (Fox) was one of my favorite films of the year, but the Academy only recognized it in the category of Best Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola).
Fans of animation, however, are in luck. Almost all of the nominated features are currently available. Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" (Disney), his adolescent twist on the classic story, was release just last week on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and On Demand.
"Brave" (Disney), Pixar's first adventure centered on a female hero and a mother/daughter relationship; "Paranorman" (Universal), an animated ghost story for adolescent audiences; and "The Pirates: Band of Misfits" (Sony), Aardman's comedy of slapstick pirates on the high seas, all arrived in 2010 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD, and can be rented at Redbox.