I love awards season. The glitz, the glamour, the uncomfortable red carpet interviews with Kathy Griffin. But year in and year out, like many parents, I always find myself facing Oscar night without having seen a single nominated movie.
Kind of puts you at a disadvantage for your friend’s Oscars pool, huh.
I’m proud to say I bucked the trend this year and have seen not one, but two of the 2011 Oscar nominees It’s a first! If you’re like me (or worse), fortunately you can take advantage of cable TV’s Movies on Demand to squeeze in a few more screenings before Sunday night, generally at nice prices.
To save you some time, I poked around and put together this list of the biggies that you can now catch on cable.
The Social Network: (PG-13) Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing
Inception: (PG-13) Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Screenplay
Toy Story 3: (G) Best Picture, Best Animated Film, Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing
The Kids Are All Right: (R) Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay
Winter’s Bone: (R) Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay
How to Train Your Dragon: (PG) Best Animated Film, Best Original Score
The Town: (R) Best Supporting Actor
Unstoppable: (PG-13) Best Sound Editing
Salt: (PG-13) Best Sound Mixing
Iron Man 2: (PG-13) Best Visual Effects
Big flicks like Black Swan, The Fighter, 127 Hours and True Grit will be out in the coming weeks but unfortunately, not before Oscar night.
If you’ve got cable TV visit the In Demand Movies site for the listings, or check out the Movies On Demand channel guide for your area. Then sit back, grab some popcorn, put the kids to bed, and enjoy watching some of these without some jerk kicking your seat. —Jeana
Movies On Demand prices vary depending on title, but range from $0.99 to $9.99. Check your local cable provider for more details.