If you’ve been lax about catching the Oscar-nominated films thus far, not to worry. A good portion of the nominees, from documentaries and shorts to Best Picture contenders, are still in area theaters. Here are the best ways to get your fix before the stars hit the red carpet this Sunday night:
• AMC Best Picture Showcase: On Saturday, spend $40 to see five of the Best Picture nominees, including “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Or, spend $60 to pack all nine Best Picture films into an even longer day of movie madness.
• National Archives Documentary and Short Screenings: Get in line early for these popular (and free) screenings of all the Oscar-nominated short films as well as the documentary feature nominees. Beginning Wednesday, one documentary feature screens each night this week at 7 p.m. The live action and animated shorts screen Saturday, and the documentary shorts screen Sunday.
• If you can’t make it to the National Archives, selected Oscar shorts are also screening at the Avalon Theatre and Cinema Arts Theatre. And nearly all the Best Picture nominees are still playing in area theaters, including: “Amour,” “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”