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Written By: Monday, February 6th 2017

While the Golden Globes and the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards have already aired, the best of the best has yet to come. While we couldn’t include all the nominees, here are 5 of the movies you need to see before tuning into the Academy Awards on February 26.

La La Land

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor-Ryan Gosling, Best Actress-Emma Stone, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song x2, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Music Score.

“La La Land” is a shoe-in to do well at the Oscars after picking up 7 Golden Globe wins and tying the record for Oscar nominations at 14, but it also is a feel-good movie! Many Oscar movies tend to lean more to the dramatic side of story-telling while La La Land is much more whimsical and fun. It stars Ryan Gosling as an aspiring Jazz pianist and Emma Stone, as an aspiring actress. You can watch it right now at the Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas!

Manchester by the Sea

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor- Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actor- Lucas Hedges, Best Supporting Actress- Michelle Williams, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Better make sure you have tissues near by to watch this tearjerker. The movie, set in Boston (it features an Affleck brother, what else would you expect!), is about a man whose life is changed when he becomes the guardian of his 16-year old nephew after his brother dies. It has been described at the very least as “heartwrenching.” You can stream it on Amazon starting on February 7th here.

Hidden Figures

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress- Octavia Spencer and Best Adapted Screenplay

This true story about three women who were the brains behind getting the first man in space. It was certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with the critics consensus, “Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked — and crucial — contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.” You can still catch it in theaters at the Owen Sound Galaxy Cinemas.

Jackie

Nominated for: Best Actress- Natalie Portman, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

This movie is an interesting take on the assassination of John F. Kennedy as it follows his wife Jackie Kennedy in the events following his death. Academy Award Winning actress Natalie Portman portrays the former first lady and The Hollywood Reporter called it, “a remarkably raw portrait of an iconic American first lady, reeling in the wake of tragedy while at the same time summoning the defiant fortitude needed to make her husband’s death meaningful, and to ensure her own survival as something more than a fashionably dressed footnote.”


Arrival

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing.

Usually Sci-fi films are overlooked at the Oscars, but while “Arrival” is about aliens, it is on a whole different level from other invasion movies, such as “Independence Day”. The cast is led by Amy Adams, an expert linguist, who is tasked with figuring out how to communicate with the aliens who have invaded the globe. This movie also has some Canadian blood in it from Director Denis Villeneuve, who was born in Quebec. You can buy “Arrival” to watch on Youtube.