The Weekend Rent: Five Oscar Nominees for Best Picture

The Weekend Rent: Five Oscar Nominees for Best Picture

Feb 25, 2011

All the fussing, primping, campaigning and predicting ends this Sunday when the Oscars are doled out and we find out which movie rules them all—according to the Academy, anyway. In an effort to lure more plebeian viewers (i.e. you) to watch its elitist, self-flattering party, the Academy has upped the number of Best Picture nominees from five to 10. This way, people will have more films to root for—and more viewers are likely to tune in—even though you only have to look at any movie's nominations in the other categories to gauge its chances of taking home the grand trophy. Right now, five of the 10 Best Picture nominees are available for rent or purchase on DVD and Blu-ray. Check one or more of them out and try to second-guess the Academy this Sunday.

Inception: One of the most popular movies of the year is Christopher Nolan's sci-fi mindbender starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the head of a team that infiltrates people's unconscious minds to extract information and, possibly, plant the seeds of ideas for their own benefit. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine round out the impressive cast of this surreal psychological thriller that is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

The Kids Are All Right: Julianne Moore and Oscar nominee for Best Actress Annette Bening play a lesbian couple who have been together for 20 years. Unbeknownst to them, their two teenage children born via artificial insemination seek out and find their biological father (Mark Ruffalo). Things get sticky when the mothers meet their sperm donor and, inexplicably, Moore abruptly switches sexual orientation and moves in for a real sample in this glorified Lifetime drama that is available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

The Social Network: David Fincher's brilliantly-scripted drama about Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and the controversy surrounding the creation of Facebook is Blu-ray Bob's pick for Best Picture. Eisenberg—who is also nominated for Best Actor—is scary good as the smug genius, as is Justin Timberlake as Napster creator Sean Parker and Andrew Garfield as Zuckerberg's discarded best friend, Eduardo Saverin. Friend The Social Network now on either DVD or Blu-ray.

Toy Story 3: Woody, Buzz and the other toys face an uncertain future when Andy goes off to college—a day they always knew would come. This sentimental animated flick was a smash hit at the box office and obviously knew how to pull some heartstrings—something that Pixar has patented. The final Toy Story sequel—available on both DVD and Blu-ray—is more likely to take home the Best Animated Film trophy, for which it is also nominated.

Winter's Bone: Here is one of those films that hasn't got a chance in hell to take home the Best Picture trophy and which most of you have never even heard of, but it's available on both DVD and Blu-ray if you're curious as to why the Academy threw it on its ten-best list. Jennifer Lawrence plays dirt-poor 17-year-old Ree Dolly—a teenager raising her two younger siblings who embarks on a dangerous quest to find her missing father who, if he doesn't show up for his criminal trial, will forfeit the family home that he put up as collateral.

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