Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

A personal favorite - True Grit

Every year my husband and I commit to seeing every movie nominated for an Oscar or with an Oscar nominee in it before the awards ceremony itself. This year, that meant seeing 32 movies in 33 days (excluding shorts and the 9 movies we’d already seen).

We’re not even in the industry, so we don’t get screeners to watch at home. I know, we’re nuts. We call this The Oscar Run.

Completing an Oscar Run requires a strategy, and here’s ours:

  • Watch on Netflix streaming at home whenever possible. At $8-12 a month, it’s cheap and convenient.
  • If watching on disc, rent Blu-Ray. Upgrading a Netflix account to Blu-Ray is well worth the additional $2 a month, and you can revert back after the Oscar Run.
  • If seeing in the theater is your only option, try to go to UltraStar. They are all-digital, and movies are $6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Keep a list of which movies you’ll see where so you don’t impulsively buy spendy theater tickets for something you could have seen at home for pennies.

Here’s our list of what movies we’ll see and how.

Netflix Streaming
Alice in Wonderland (though I’m sure this looked much better in theaters)
Exit Through the Gift Shop (also available on Hulu, but Netflix is in HD)
I Am Love

Netflix Blu-Ray
Animal Kingdom
How to Train Your Dragon (3D would have been better in theaters)
Iron Man 2
The Kids Are All Right
The Town
The Wolfman
Toy Story 3
Winter’s Bone (They say there’s a short wait for this)

Netflix DVD

127 Hours
Another Year
Barney’s Version
Black Swan
Blue Valentine
Country Strong
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Inside Job
Rabbit Hole
The Fighter
The Illusionist
The King’s Speech
The Social Network (Also on Blu-Ray, and on Netflix Blu-Ray on 2/8)
The Way Back
True Grit
TRON: Legacy (See in 3D if at all possible. Worth the extra money.)

Not yet available
In a Better World
Outside the Law
The Tempest
Waste Land
Unstoppable (Blu-Ray will be released 2/15)

If you find a way to see these last movies, please drop me a line in the comments.

Finally, if you really want to see the shorts, it’s not impossible. Here in San Diego they are often available for seeing in one go for a short time at the Ken Theater. Try your local art house.

Happy hunting!