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Get Properly Prepared for the Academy Awards

Your mom won’t stop talking about it. Your boss won’t stop talking about it. Even that guy you met on Tinder won’t stop talking about it. The 87th Academy Awards are so close you can almost taste them.

Whether you caught cinema fever or you’re just in the mood for binge-watching great movies all weekend, Best Buy is here to help you get properly prepared for the biggest night in film as Oscar nominations were just announced today.

Want to see what the fuss is all about?  Boyhood  and Grand Budapest Hotel are available on DVD/Blu-Ray right now at Best Buy. And come February, you can stream Whiplash on Netflix.

Still in theaters: American Sniper, Birdman, Selma, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

But if you want to appreciate previous winners and take a trip back in time, we have all the cinematic greats available – so pick them up now, start watching, and tune into the red carpet on Feb. 22 on ABC. Treat yourself.


Best Picture

“And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to…” Need we say more? You know these flicks are going to be killer good. Remember how The Departed kept you on the edge of your seat? But it also reminded us that we couldn’t pull off that Boston accent as well as we thought. Who could forget how The Artist didn’t have to say a word for the entire movie and still won Best Picture. From 2004’s Million Dollar Baby to last year’s winner, 12 Years a Slave, there’s no need to check Rotten Tomatoes to see if these flicks are worth your time.

2013: 12 Years a Slave

2012: Argo

2011: The Artist

2010: The King’s Speech

2009: The Hurt Locker

2008: Slumdog Millionaire

2007: No Country for Old Men

2006: The Departed

2005: Crash

2004: Million Dollar Baby


Best Actor

Ready for some jaw-dropping acting? Forget Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey could not have been more on point in his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. In case you haven’t heard, Daniel Day-Lewis takes method acting to an entirely new level, so check him out in Lincoln and There Will Be Blood and be amazed at how he can make Civil War politics exciting. There’s no need to debate if Philip Seymour Hoffman’s award winning role in Capote was better than Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart because they’re all the best of the best.

2013: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

2012: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

2011: Jean Dujardin – The Artist

2010: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

2009: Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

2008: Sean Penn – Milk

2007: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood

2006: Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland

2005: Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote

2004: Jamie Foxx – Ray


Best Actress

These women give the most impressive performances you’ll ever see. If you thought Natalie Portman was bad in her skit on Saturday Night Live a few years ago, her award-winning role in Black Swan takes even that up a notch. Oh yeah, that girl from The Hunger Games won an Oscar for Best Actress back in 2012. In case you haven’t already seen it, Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in Silver Linings Playbook will finally make you understand why everyone loves J-Law. Whether you’re feeling a little Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line or Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, get ready for high-quality entertainment.

2013:  Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

2012:  Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

2011:  Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

2010:  Natalie Portman – Black Swan

2009:  Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

2008:  Kate Winslet – The Reader

2007:  Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose

2006:  Helen Mirren – The Queen

2005:  Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

2004:  Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby