If you go

What: Academy Awards viewing party at the Boedecker Theater

When: 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder.

Tickets: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

Info: 303-440-7826 or thedairy.org

There are so many opportunities in the area to see Sunday's Academy Awards contenders onscreen.

Missed Shawn Christensen's live-action short "Curfew" at the Boulder International Film Festival last week? Head to the Mayan in Denver, where the live-action shorts package, along with the animated shorts, is playing. Want to see "Argo" one more time before the "envelope, please?" There's a big screen for that, too.

The International Film Series at Muenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus is offering the Oscar-nominated animated shorts this weekend. The Mayan, 110 Broadway, Denver, is offering the Oscar animation and the live-action shorts.

For a dose of short docs, head to the Denver Film Society's Sie FilmCenter for the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts package.

As for the best picture contenders, some can be tricky to find:

"Amour." Michael Haneke's splendid film about loss, is showing at the Boulder Century, 1700 29th St., Boulder, and the freshly renovated Chez Artiste, 4150 E. Amherst Ave., Denver.


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"Argo." This year's likely Oscar champion also is at the Boulder Century, as well as the AMC Flatiron Crossing 14, 61 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild." Nominee Benh Zeitlin's elegiac beauty with a hero named Hushpuppy is onscreen at the Denver Film Society's Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave.

Other best picture nominees are likely playing at a theater near you:

"Django Unchained." A late-2012 arrival, Quentin Tarantino's visceral tale is about a former slave and his bounty-hunting mentor.

"Les Misérables." Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert sing. OK, Hugh Jackman's Valjean sings in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the musical. (Denver only)

"Life of Pi." Seek out director Ang Lee's dreamy adaptation of the best-seller about a boy at sea with a tiger, not least because Lee might pull off a Sunday surprise.

"Lincoln." It has come under fire recently for factual bungles, but there's nothing fudged about Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as POTUS 16.

"Silver Linings Playbook." David O. Russell's dark comedy is the first film to receive Oscar nods in all four acting categories since Warren Beatty's 1981 epic "Reds." See why.

"Zero Dark Thirty." Kathryn Bigelow's hunt for Osama bin Laden political drama has fallen -- hard -- from its December frontrunner status, but it's still a vivid, smart, complicated ride.

Want to make it easy on yourself, though not your hiney?

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Century Boulder is offering an Oscar Marathon. The lineup: "Argo" (1 p.m.), "Silver Linings Playbook" (3:20 p.m.), "Zero Dark Thirty" (5:30 p.m.) and "Django Unchained" (8:20). Cost for this four-pack is $30.

The AMC theater chain, including Westminster's Orchard 12, 14653 Orchard Parkway, and Westminster Promenade 24, 10655 Westminster Blvd., continues its best-picture showcase, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. On tap: "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty." You get all five for $40.