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Where to watch the Best Picture nominations

Kyle Nazario

knazario@ledger-enquirer.com

The Academy has released its list of best picture nominations, what it considers the most important movies to come out this year. Most of these films have cycled out of Chattahoochee Valley theaters, but a few are available on the big screen in Atlanta.

The Oscars air on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. eastern on ABC.

The Big Short

Nominated for 5 Oscars, the Big Short tells the story of four people who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks.

Four Wall Street outsiders use eccentric insights into the U.S. financial markets to predict meltdowns in the housing market and big banks in 2008. The group bets on a coming catastrophe and amasses a fortune.

"The Big Short" also received nominations for an Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing, Editing and Adapted Screenplay.

Available now as a digital download and playing in Atlanta

Bridge of Spies

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

A New York insurance lawyer is enlisted to defend Rudolf Abel, who is accused of spying for the Russians. The CIA then sends Donovan to East Berlin to negotiate with the Soviets to exchange Abel for captured U.S. Air Force pilot Francis Gary Powers.

"Bridge of Spies" was included in the nominations for an Actor in a Supporting Role, Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay.

Available now as a digital download and playing in Atlanta

Brooklyn

An Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn falls for a local, but she must choose between the two countries when her past catches up with her. The film is nominated for 3 Oscars.

Eilis Lacey leaves Ireland in 1952 to immigrate to Brooklyn to find work. She falls in love with an Italian American suitor and a boy from her hometown after returning to Ireland. She finds herself torn between two countries and two men.

"Brooklyn" also received nominations for an Actress in a Leading Role and an Adapted Screenplay.

Playing now in Newnan

Mad Max: Fury Road

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max.

Director George Miller returns to the apocalypse to direct this surprisingly good sequel. Max Rockatansky joins up with Imperator Furiosa as she rescues a harem from a warlord called Immortan Joe in one gigantic car chase.

"Mad Max" earned the second most nominations with nods for Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Costume Design.

Available on iTunes, Amazon and Redbox and playing now in Kennesaw

The Martian

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Watney, however, has survived and has to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. The movie won a Golden Globes award

When an unexpected storm hits mars, the crewmates of astronaut Mark Watney assume he's dead and leave him behind when they abandon the mission. Watney must find ways to survive in the harsh environment as scientists on Earth race to rescue him.

"The Martian" was also nominated in the categories of Actor in a Leading Role, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Adapted Screenplay.

Playing now in 2D at Peachtree 8 and available as a download or DVD

The Revenant

Frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Leonard DiCaprio) is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear. The film won three Golden Globes awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama.

Frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is mauled by a grizzly and abandoned on a journey through the American wilderness in the early 1800s. Glass is driven by thoughts of his family and revenge and he chases the men who left him for dead.

"The Revenant" received the most nominations of any movie this year, with potential Oscars for Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Cinematography, Directing, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

Playing now at Hollywood Ritz 13 and in IMAX at Carmike 15

Room

A young woman tries to make a normal life with her five-year-old son after being held in captivity in a shed for seven years.

"Room" was praised by the Academy, who nominated it for Actress in a Leading Role, Directing, and Adapted Screenplay.

Playing now at Hollywood Ritz 13

Spotlight

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The journalists of the Boston Globe uncover a conspiracy of lawyers and government officials who helped the Boston Archdiocese of the Catholic Church hide pedophile priests and deny victims justice.

"Spotlight" received nominations for Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Directing, Film Editing and Original Screenplay in addition to its Best Picture nod.

Playing now in Atlanta and available as a digital download

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