How to watch Oscar nominated movies on the cheap

What's the Deal? with Conor Knighton


The Oscars are this weekend, which means you have just a few more days to see the nominees.  Here’s how to see them as cheaply as possible.

1) Theater chain AMC is offering a best picture showcase. On Saturday, you can see five of the Best Picture nominees for $40.  Or, in a few cities, you can pay $60 to see all nine. 

2) Two of the nominees, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Argo,” are already out on DVD.   For just 3.99, you can watch “Beasts” on Amazon or iTunes.

3) Other rental options include “Flight,” which is up for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, “The Sessions, featuring Best Supporting Actress nominee Helen Hunt, and “Skyfall,” up for several technical awards and Best Song. 

4) You can rent four out of five Best Animated Feature nominees: “Brave,” “Frankeweenie,” “Paranorman,” and “The Pitates Band of Misfits.”

5) You can rent Best Documentary nominee “Searching for Sugarman” for a few bucks.

6) If you're a Netflix subscriber, you can watch documentary nominees “5 Broken Cameras” and “How to Survive a Plague for free.

7) Best Animated Short Film “Fresh Guacamole” is available for free on YouTube.  Check it out and be one of the few people at your Oscar party who's ever seen a Best Animated Short nominee.

8) Even your local Redbox kiosk features a few Oscar nominees for a little over a buck such as Best Visual Effects nominees “The Avengers” and “Prometheus,” plus the Worst Picture Razzie nominees “Battleship” and “That's My Boy.”

The Oscars air this Sunday starting at 7 ET.

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