Catch Up on the Year’s Best Films Before the Red Carpet Rolls out Sunday

Theater

On Sunday, the world’s biggest celebrities will gather in Los Angeles for the 87th Academy Awards®. In 2014, more than 43 million people watched the awards show – will you be one of them this year? Below we’ve outlined four of the Best Picture nominees that you’ll definitely want to catch on DISH before the red carpet rolls out!

Birdman – (rated R) – Available in DISH’s Video-On-Demand catalog

  • Synopsis: Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed up actor who played the iconic superhero “Birdman” over 20 years prior. Hoping to revive his acting career, Thomson focuses on directing a “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” a production on Broadway. As tension mounts between Thomson and a lead actor in the production, he struggles to maintain his sanity until the debut of his show.
  • Nominations in the following categories: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone), Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Directing (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing and Original Screenplay.

Boyhood – (rated R) – Available in DISH’s Video-On-Demand catalog

  • Synopsis: A child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows from a boy to a man over the course of 12 years, experiencing the joys and challenges of adolescence and the complications of adulthood.
  • Nominations in the following categories: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Ethan Hawke), Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Patricia Arquette), Achievement in Directing (Richard Linklater), Achievement in Film Editing, and Original Screenplay.

Grand Budapest Hotel – (rated R) – Available in DISH’s Video-On-Demand catalog with an HBO subscription

  • Synopsis: In the 1930s, Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), the concierge of the Grand Budapest Hotel, takes on a junior lobby boy, Zero, as a protégé. Gustave prides himself on running the popular ski resort with first-class service, including offering his services as a lover to the many elderly, wealthy women who stay there.
  • Nominations in the following categories: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Directing (Wes Anderson), Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Achievement in Production Design and Original Screenplay.

The Theory of Everything – (rated PG-13) – Available in DISH’s Video-On-Demand catalog

  • Synopsis: At Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking learns that he has terminal disease, and falls in love with fellow student and future wife Jane Wilde.
  • Nominations in the following categories: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Eddie Redmayne), Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Felicity Jones), Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) and Adapted Screenplay.

Watch the 87th Academy Awards® Live on ABC, February 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET.

For more Video-On-Demand options and instructions on how to order these movies, visit the DISH Cinema website.

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