Let the Oscar movie-going begin. Now that the Academy Award nominations have been revealed, movie fans have a month to see the nominated films before the awards are handed out Feb. 22.
The good news is that all the films have played in Central Kentucky, and except for one (Happy-Go-Lucky), all are available to see in the region.
Here's a guide to the major-category nominees that you can see in theaters or on DVD this weekend. Major nominations are also listed. Note that studios sometimes will rerelease nominated films, which often will show up at discount theaters.
These films are in Lexington theaters. Check the movie guides on Pages 18 and 19 for show times and theaters.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button : picture, actor (Brad Pitt), supporting actress (Taraji P. Henson), director (David Fincher), adapted screenplay.
The Dark Knight : supporting actor (Heath Ledger). Also on DVD.
Frost/Nixon : picture, actor (Frank Langella), director (Ron Howard), adapted screenplay.
The Reader : picture, actress (Kate Winslet), director (Stephen Daldry), adapted screenplay.
Revolutionary Road : supporting actor (Michael Shannon).
Slumdog Millionaire : picture, director (Danny Boyle), adapted screenplay.
The Wrestler : actor (Mickey Rourke), supporting actress (Marisa Tomei).
These films are available on DVD
The Dark Knight: supporting actor (Heath Ledger).Also in theaters.
In Bruges : original screenplay.
Kung Fu Panda : animated feature.
Tropic Thunder : supporting actor (Robert Downey Jr.).
Vicky Cristina Barcelona : supporting actress (Penelope Cruz).
The Visitor : actor (Richard Jenkins).
WALL-E : original screenplay, animated feature.
COMING SOON TO DVD
These films will be out on DVD before the Oscars.
Frozen River : actress (Melissa Leo), original screenplay. Due Feb. 10.
Changeling : actress (Angelina Jolie). Due Feb 17.
NO MAN'S LAND
These films are no longer in Lexington theaters and aren't scheduled to arrive on DVD until after the Oscars. If you haven't seen them, you might be out of luck, unless you make a road trip. To find show times for theaters outside Central Kentucky, go to www.kentucky.com/lexgo/movies.
Bolt : animated feature. Playing in Florence, Louisville and Cincinnati.
Doubt: actress (Meryl Streep), supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), supporting actress (Amy Adams and Viola Davis), adapted screenplay. Playing in Louisville and Cincinnati.
Happy-Go-Lucky : original screenplay. Due on DVD on March 10.
Milk : picture, actor (Sean Penn), supporting actor (Josh Brolin), director (Gus Van Sant), original screenplay. Playing in Louisville and Cincinnati.
Rachel Getting Married : actress (Anne Hathaway). Playing in Cincinnati; due on DVD on March 17.