Want the secret to making it yawn-free through a three-and-a-half-hour Oscar telecast? See as many of the nominees as you possibly can. (And we?re not just talking about the big guns--ahem, American Hustle.)
Once you?ve had your fill of comb-overs and astronauts in underwear, head out to catch these brilliant Oscar underdogs in theaters around town.
Best Supporting Actress We?re rooting for the 84-year-old June Squibb to win for her turn as a sharp-tongued wife in Nebraska--she?d be the oldest actor ever to take home a statue. At the Davis Theatre in Lincoln Square and AMC River East 21.
Best Cinematography What, no song or score nod for Inside Llewyn Davis--a movie featuring a crooning Justin Timberlake? At least the folksy flick grabbed notice for its moody camera work. At Landmark Century Centre in Lincoln Park and The Logan in Logan Square.
Best Costume Design From flapper frocks (The Great Gatsby) to DVF wrap dresses (American Hustle), there?s glitz galore in this category. But we?re suckers for the hoopskirts--and Ralph Fiennes as Dickens in a top hat--in the period drama The Invisible Woman. At Landmark Century Centre in Lincoln Park and Century 12 in Evanston.
Best Short Films Also playing now at Landmark Century Centre: all of the nominated short films in both the live action and animated categories. Power through in a single sitting.