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ICYMI: Here's the trailers for your Best Picture nominees and where to see them

In “Lady Bird,” Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges talk turkey before a Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s the big blue house that Sacramentans want to see on the “Lady Bird” tour.
In “Lady Bird,” Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges talk turkey before a Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s the big blue house that Sacramentans want to see on the “Lady Bird” tour. AP

It's been a busy year, and Oscar weekend is already upon us. Here's a recap of this year's Best Picture nominees to get you well-versed in this year's cinema in time for the Sunday's awards show.

Lady Bird

Of course, we have to start with "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig's beautiful coming of age tale set in Sacramento. The film follows Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) as she struggles through high school, college applications and a complicated relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf.)

"Lady Bird" earned five nominations overall, including acting nods for Ronan and Metcalf, and directing and screenwriting nominations for Gerwig.

Here's where you can see "Lady Bird" in the Sacramento area this weekend ahead of the big show.

Lady Bird

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," a thriller starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson, has picked up seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. The film follows McDormand, the vengeful mother of a murder victim, as she tries to punish local police for failing to arrest the killer.

Here's where to see "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" in the Sacramento area.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Times - Movie Tickets | Fandango

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from director Martin McDonagh about a vigilante mother who takes matters into her own hands as she searches for her daughter's murderer.

The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro's thriller about a strange South American water creature leads the Oscar nominations pack with 13 nominations. The movie is part science fiction, part romance, part vintage monster movie, and has been one of the season's most talked about films.

Here's where to see "The Shape of Water" in the Sacramento area.

The Shape of Water (2017)

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life changes forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Get Out

Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut garnered four nominations, including directing and screenwriting nods for Peele. The film follows an interracial couple as Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meets his girlfriend's family for the first time and discovers a dark secret.

Here's where to see "Get Out" in the Sacramento area.

Get Out

A young man uncovers a dark secret when he meets his girlfriend's parents for the first time.

Phantom Thread

Director Paul Thomas Anderson's latest Oscar contender tells the story of a mysterious dress maker and his romance with a young, strong-willed woman. The film is allegedly the last for actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

Here's where to see "Phantom Thread" in the Sacramento area.

Phantom Thread

Set in 1950's London, Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Paul Thomas Anderson's newest drama as a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.


Director Joe Wright's epic war drama is up for eight awards, including best director, best picture and a slew of technical awards.

Here's where to see "Dunkirk" in the Sacramento area.

Dunkirk (2017)

Miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Call Me By Your Name

"Call Me By Your Name is one of the artsier Best Picture nominees. The film, about a teenage boy and a doctoral student who fall in love while the student is staying at the boy's family's Italian home for the summer, snagged three nominations, including a Best Actor nod for breakout star Timothee Chalamet.

Here's where to see "Call Me By Your Name" in the Sacramento area.

Call Me by Your Name

A 17-year-old and a doctoral student discover the beauty of awakening desire in summertime Italy.

Darkest Hour

World War II dramas are in vogue this awards season, as both "Darkest Hour" and "Dunkirk" made their way onto the best picture list. "Darkest Hour" features an intensely made-up Gary Oldman playing Winston Churchill and tells the story of the British prime minister's rise to power.

Darkest Hour Times - Movie Tickets | Fandango

During the early days of WWII, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on against incredible odds.

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