compiled by Sara Maher

February is upon us, and on a Sunday in February, humankind’s greatest battle will commence.  After a season of truly impressive face-offs, only the strongest, most clever team will come out victorious and walk away with the trophy...  er, statue.  The 87th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m.  Before you dress in your best and roll out the red carpet, head to these venues and check out the nominees.

City Cinemas 1, 2, and 3   This theater, conveniently located near both the F and the Tram, features wide rows and plush seats.  Currently showing: American Sniper, nominated for six awards including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and an acting nod for leading man Bradley Cooper.

 F downtown to 63rd/Lex and walk southeast to 1001 3rd Ave., or take the Tram and walk west on 60th to Third.  General admission $17, ages 3-11 and seniors $14, shows before noon $8.50.  Rated R.  See

The Paris   This theater has a wide screen and balcony seating.  The staff is very friendly, but the theater has a small lobby, so don’t show up more than 15 minutes before showtime unless you’re willing to wait outside.  Currently showing: The Imitation Game, which hits all eight major categories with nominations for Best Picture, Directing, Production Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, and acting nods for Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

 F downtown to 57th Street and walk northeast to 4 West 58th.  Adults $14.50, children and seniors $11.75, shows before noon $8.  Rated PG-13.

Ziegfeld Theater   This gem claims to be the City’s last single-screen movie theater, but it may just be the most famous.  Currently showing:  Birdman, considered a frontrunner for Best Picture, has eight other nominations, including Directing, Original Screenplay, and three for acting.

 F downtown to 57th Street and walk southwest to 141 West 54th Street.  Adults $15, ages 2-11 and seniors $11.50.  Rated R.

Chelsea Cinemas   An older multiplex with updated projection and sound.  Currently showing: Selma, nominated for Best Picture, and The Theory of Everything, nominated for Best Picture, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, and nods for leads Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

 F downtown to 23rd Street and walk west to 260 West 23rd Street.  Adults $15, ages 2-11 and seniors $11.50.  Both films rated PG-13.

IFC Center   The historic Waverly theater now shows the best in new independent film and sells only organic popcorn.  It’s also big on the Oscar nominees.  Currently showing: the other Best Picture frontrunner, Boyhood, and Documentary Feature nominee Citizenfour.  It is also one of the only venues showing all nominated short films (Animation Shorts, Live Action Shorts, and Documentaries).

 F downtown to West 4th Street and it’s right across the street at 323 Sixth Ave.  Adults $14, children and seniors $10, members $9.  Tickets for short films sold separately by genre.  Boyhood and Citizenfour are rated R; Animation Shorts recommended for ages 8 and up; Live Action Shorts recommended for ages 11 and up; Documentaries not rated.

Angelika Film Center   Offering a “dynamic and sophisticated atmosphere,” this venue claims to be “the most successful and recognized arthouse in the United States.”  Its Oscar showings certainly skew toward the artistic.  Currently showing: Inherent Vice, nominated for Costume Design and Adapted Screenplay, and Mr. Turner, nominated for Cinematography, Costume Design, Production Design, and Original Score. 

 F downtown to Broadway-Lafayette and walk west to 18 West Houston.  General admission $14, ages 3-11 and seniors $11.  Both films rated R.

Landmark Sunshine Cinema   Dare I say, a landmark?  Friendly staff, comfortable seats, and a remarkably clean restroom with fake flowers.  Currently showing: Whiplash, nominated for Best Picture and featuring Supporting Role likely J.K. Simmons, and Foxcatcher, winner of several awards for ensemble cast and nominated for Original Screenplay.

 F downtown to Second Avenue and walk southeast to 143 East Houston.  Adults $13.50, children $11, seniors $10.  Both films rated R.



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