On Sunday night the biggest movie stars in the world will gather to see who wins the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. But the viewers will be the real winners as tech will help us enjoy both the ceremony and the films they celebrate. Whether you’ll be watching from in your pajamas from the comfort of your couch or attending a gala party, tech can help you enjoy the Oscars almost as much as the stars do!
Use tech to watch the films you may have missed and find out background information about the movies. You can watch the best movies of 2012 and be “in the know” as you fill out your Oscars ballot.
Where to Watch the Movies – Home or Theater?
Have you seen all of the movies nominated for Academy Awards? Probably not. Even if you’ve watch all of the nominees for Best Picture, you may be missing some of the nominees in categories such as Foreign Language Film, Documentary, or Short Film (Live Action). Some Best Picture nominees, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Les Miserables, are still in theaters, while others, such as Beasts of the Southern Wild and Argo, are available for you to watch at home.
Hollywood.com has a handy list of where you can watch Academy Award nominated films, at home or in the theaters.
IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, is your go-to source for information about movies, actors, locations, trivia, and goofs. Head to IMDb to watch trailers and find out information about nominated films. On IMDb you’ll be able to see if the film is playing in local theaters and/or available to watch on Amazon Instant Video.
Watching the Movies
Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant Video has lots of 2013 nominated films available for streaming, including Best Picture nominees:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Life of Pi
Prime Members can also watch The Los Angeles Times‘ Envelope Screening Series on Amazon Instant Video, showing interviews with the cast and crew of movies. Watch the stars, producers and directors talk about the shooting of the movies, the challenges they faced and interesting behind the scenes stories.
You can watch Amazon Instant Video on your computer or on your TV using:
- Roku (see my full review From Rabbit Ears to Roku)
- Gaming devices, such as Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii
- Internet connected DVD player or TV
The Amazon Instant Video app is free for:
A full list of compatible devices for Amazon Instant Video can be found on the Amazon website.
Amazon Instant Video has Whispersync so you can start watching on one device, such as your Kindle Fire, pause it, and resume where you left off watching on another device, such as your computer or TV.
X-Ray for Video
If you have a Kindle Fire HD, you’ll be able to directly access information about movies from IMDb using X-Ray for Video. I’ll have a full review of this feature on Friday but in a nutshell, X-Ray for Movies is a tool that gives you IMDb information as an overlay when you tap on the screen while you’re watching an Instant Video on your Kindle Fire. No need to pause the movie, go to IMDb, find the information and then go back to the movie. X-Ray is a very handy tool when you’re wondering where you’ve seen that actor before.
On iTunes you can watch movies that have been released for streaming. You can rent or buy movies to watch on your TV using an Apple TV or on your computer using iTunes. You can download the movies to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch using the iTunes app.
On iTunes you can currently find the following Best Picture nominees:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Life of Pi
You can pre-order movies that haven’t yet been released for home viewing.
If streaming isn’t your thing, you can rent DVD’s from Redbox machines that are conveniently located in stores across the US and Canada. You can reserve a movie ahead of time either online or from the Redbox app and pick it up at your local Redbox machine. You don’t even have to return the DVD to the same box you borrowed it from. Redbox charges a daily rate for renting DVD’s so you don’t have to pay a whopping penalty should you decide to return the movie a few days late.
You can read my full review of Redbox here: From Redbox to Red Carpet!
Netflix has Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Life of Pi available on DVD. Not many current nominees are available yet for streaming on Netflix, but if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to watch past award-winning movies, check out Cinema Squid, a site that lets you search for award-winning Netflix movies according to:
- award status (winner, nominee or both)
- type of award (best picture, best director, etc.)
- format (Netflix Instant, DVD, Blu-ray)
Let tech help you catch up with watching the Oscar nominated movies before the big night!
Have you seen most of the nominated movies? Are you busy catching up on the ones you haven’t yet seen? Do you have any favorites you’re rooting for? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech tomorrow to find out how you can use tech to enhance your enjoyment when watching the Oscars!