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The Academy Awards are less than a week away, and whether you’re a hardcore cinephile or just a casual movie fan looking for an edge in the office pool, you’re likely scrambling to watch all of this year’s Oscar-nominated films. The big Hollywood ones are easy enough to chase down, but what about the more obscure flicks? You know — those shorts and documentaries about topics sure to bum you out while simultaneously making you a better person? These are harder to find, but a lot of them are available online or screening in theaters near you.
In this handy guide to niche Oscars viewing, we look at three front runners in each of the five fringier categories: Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Live Action Short. You’ll find info on what they’re about and where you can watch ‘em. Happy viewing...and gambling.