Not everyone makes it a winter mission to track down all of the awards bait, but if you're like me and do go a little insane with the movie-watching this time of year, here are the places and platforms where you can find this year's major Academy Award nominees before the winners are crowned on Feb. 22.
Please note not all of the films in theaters are playing in wide release.
In theaters: "American Sniper" (six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Bradley Cooper), "Birdman" (nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Michael Keaton), "Foxcatcher" (five nominations, including Best Actor for Steve Carell and Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo), "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" (Best Sound Editing), "The Imitation Game" (eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch), "Inherent Vice" (two nominations, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design), "Into the Woods" (three nominations, including Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Costume Design), "Selma" (two nominations, Best Picture and Best Original Song for "Glory"), "The Theory of Everything" (five nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Eddie Redmayne), "Unbroken" (three nominations, including Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing) and "Wild" (two nominations, Best Actress for Reese Witherspoon and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern).
Netflix: "Ida" (two nominations, Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography) and "Virunga" (Best Documentary).
Amazon Instant Video: "The Boxtrolls" (Best Animated Feature), "Boyhood" (six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Richard Linklater), "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (Best Visual Effects), "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (Best Visual Effects), "Finding Vivian Maier" (Best Documentary), "Gone Girl" (Best Actress for Rosamund Pike), "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (nine nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Wes Anderson), "Guardians of the Galaxy" (two nominations, Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling), "Ida," "The Judge" (Best Supporting Actor), "Last Days in Vietnam" (Best Documentary), "The Lego Movie" (Best Original Song), "Maleficent" (Best Costume Design), "Nightcrawler" (Best Original Screenplay) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" (Best Visual Effects).
Redbox: "Begin Again" (Best Original Song), "The Boxtrolls" (as of Feb. 17), "Boyhood," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Gone Girl" (Feb. 10), "Guardians of the Galaxy," "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (Best Animated Feature), "The Lego Movie," "Maleficent" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Blu-Ray/DVD: "Begin Again," "The Boxtrolls," "Boyhood," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "Finding Vivian Maier," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Ida," "The Judge," "The Lego Movie," "Maleficent," "Nightcrawler" (Feb. 10), "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" (Feb. 17), "The Theory of Everything" (Feb. 17) and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
In limbo: "Whiplash," which has five nominations (including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons), is in the awkward space between its limited theatrical release and its disc and digital release on Feb. 24 (two days after the Oscars, unfortunately). "Beyond the Lights" (Best Original Song) and "Big Hero 6" (Best Animated Feature) are also scheduled for disc and digital release two days after the Oscars.
"Citizenfour," a front-runner in the Best Documentary race, will premiere on HBO (and HBO Go) on Feb. 23, just one day after the Oscars.
"The Salt of the Earth," another Best Documentary nominee, isn't scheduled for release in theaters until March 27. "Wild Tales," a Best Foreign Film nominee, is slated for limited release on Feb. 20.
"Interstellar," Christopher Nolan's Matthew McConaughey-starring sci-fi opus with five Oscar noms (including Best Score and Best Visual Effects), won't be available for home viewing until March 31 despite being mostly absent from theaters at this point. Best Animated Feature nominee "Song of the Sea" will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and digitally March 17.
"Leviathan" might walk away with the Best Foreign Film Oscar on Feb. 22, but it is unlikely you will see it before then, as it was only released in theaters on a limited basis and there isn't a disc or digital release date on the books at the moment. Julianne Moore is heavily favored to win the Best Actress Academy Award for "Still Alice" (the film's only nomination), but the movie is in the same release status as "Leviathan."
"Mr. Turner," director Mike Leigh's biopic on British painter J.M.W. Turner, which surprised everyone with its four noms (including Best Production Design and Best Cinematography); Best Foreign Film nominees "Tangerines" and "Timbuktu;" and "Two Days, One Night," for which Marion Cotillard received a Best Actress nomination, are all suffering the same fate as those two likely winners as well.
One of the Best Documentary Short nominees this year is on a familiar subject: the North Dakota oil boom. "White Earth" shows viewers the boom from the perspective of three children and their mother.
The 19-minute film, directed by J. Christian Jensen, is available to watch online at whiteearthmovie.com through video service Vimeo for $3.99 as a 48-hour rental or $7.99 to buy.
"White Earth" has already picked up a variety of accolades at film festivals across the country, including the Best Cinematography Jury Awards at both the Slamdance and Fargo film festivals and the Best Documentary Short Jury Awards at the New Orleans and Napa Valley film festivals.
Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards shook up a couple of key Academy Award races. After failing to win a Best Picture Golden Globe (losing to "The Grand Budapest Hotel" in the Comedy/Musical category), it seemed as though the chances of "Birdman" winning the Best Picture Oscar were severely diminished. "Boyhood," which picked up the Best Picture, Drama, Golden Globe and a variety of other trophies, including the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture, was quickly emerging as the film to beat.
But the actors chose "Birdman" as the winner of Best Ensemble on Sunday, leaving the Best Picture category up in the air as the Feb. 22 Academy Awards approach. "Birdman" and "Boyhood" are the strongest contenders, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" could pull a surprise and win, too.
Another "Birdman"-related surprise occurred at the SAG Awards when Eddie Redmayne picked up the Best Actor trophy for his work in "The Theory of Everything," besting favorite Michael Keaton for his work in the Best Ensemble winner.
The other three film acting categories went as predicted, and Julianne Moore (Best Actress, "Still Alice"), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor, "Whiplash") and Patricia Arquette (Best Supporting Actress, "Boyhood") should have their acceptance speeches prepared for the Oscars.
For our best- and worst-dressed picks at the SAG Awards, read Sunday's Accent on Life and Style.
The final picks and predictions for the Academy Awards will be published in print and online on Feb. 19.