If parenting has you feeling a bit out of touch, there’s a good chance you may have forgotten that the Academy Awards (commonly known as The Oscars) are coming up, let alone be up to speed on this year’s nominees. It’s not too late to get in the know. There’s still time to watch the nominated movies and get primed on their casts before the big night. Why not book a sitter, and watch the festivities with a few friends, March 2, at 7 pm EST/4 pm PST on ABC. It’s hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
The 2014 Oscar Nominees/ 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations
For a complete list of all the award-worthy categories, movie clips, background, Red Carpet news and to get involved in the buzz, you can go to the official Oscar site. For busy parents, here’s the need-to-know for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role.
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Christian Bale (American Hustle )
- Bruce Dern (Nebraska )
- Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street )
- Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave )
- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club )
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Amy Adams (American Hustle )
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine )
- Sandra Bullock (Gravity )
- Judi Dench (Philomena )
- Meryl Streep (August: Osage County )
While watching the televised Oscars might not make for an ideal family movie night, it’s a fun opportunity to get together with friends, share a few cocktails and debate the best entertainers (and glamorous gowns!) of the year.
Can’t make it to the Oscars this year (because somehow your invitation was lost in the mail)? Don’t fret! Stay up to date on the most important moments with the Official Oscar App.