In this company town, too often Academy Award conversations revolve around access (do you have a screener?) and gossip (both Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were snubbed!). Our advice: Quit nagging your Academy friend to loan you DVDs and stop speculating on behind-the-scenes drama. Just buy a ticket to these nominees while they’re still in theaters.
Selma Ignore the controversy about the truthiness of Dr. King and President Johnson’s fights: This is uplifting drama at its best. It’s in wide release, but we’re seeing it in style from one of the leather recliners at the iPic Westwood.
Grand Budapest Hotel Nine Oscar nods means this ties Birdman for 2015’s most-nominated pic. It’s still at the Arclight Hollywood, where you’ll enjoy its vivid costume and production design, both likely winners.
Still Alice A small film with a big performance at its center, you have to see Julianne Moore’s heartbreaking--and Best Actress-nominated--portrayal of a Columbia University professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. It’s at the Arclight Hollywood.
Two Days, One Night Because it’s the story of a working mom asking her coworkers to save her job. And because that mom is Best Actress nominee Marion Cotillard. Catch it at the Laemmle Royal.