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Five of the eight best-picture nominees are available online.

[NATL] 'Bridge of Spies' Trailer

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Saoirse Ronan plays an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York who must make a difficult choice between life in the new world or returning home. In theaters November 4. (Published Friday, Oct. 2, 2015)

The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online.

The bad news: Nearly half aren't.

The somewhat-less-bad, but still-not-good news: Apart from documentaries, few of the nominees are available through all-you-can-watch subscriptions such as Netflix and HBO Now. That means you'll have to pay a fair bit to rent or buy individual movies — typically $4 or $5 to rent and $10 to $15 to buy (even more for high-definition quality). True, there are also cheaper and less legal ways to watch, but we aren't going there.

Five of the eight best-picture nominees are available online. Add the acting categories, and you can watch nine of the 15 nominees. In all, you can watch 30 of the 57 nominated full-length movies and shorts. An additional two, including best-picture nominee "Brooklyn, " are due out before the Feb. 28 awards show.

[NATL] 'Spotlight' Trailer'Bridge of Spies' Trailer

Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Directed by Steven Spielberg, "Bridge of Spies" is in theaters October 16. (Published Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015)

Here's your viewing guide:

BEST PICTURE AND DIRECTING

"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the only best-picture nominee available through a subscription service, HBO Now. If you have a cable subscription with HBO, you can catch it on HBO Go. You can buy, but not rent, "Mad Max" through iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.

"Spotlight" and "Room" are available only as a purchase for now, though iTunes says you can start renting either next Tuesday. "Bridges of Spies" and "The Martian" are available to buy or rent. "Brooklyn" is coming next Tuesday, though a rental option might not be available right away.

'Spotlight' Trailer

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci, "Spotlight" chronicles the true story of Boston Globe editors and reporters who uncovered sexual abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015)

For "The Big Short" and "The Revenant, " you still need to head to the theater. Although major services are taking advance orders, none say when it will be available. Don't be duped if you see "The Revenant" on Amazon — it's an unrelated 2009 movie with the same name.

All five nominees for best directing overlap with best picture, so if you manage all eight, you're good to go. Once again, you'll need to visit a theater for "The Big Short" and "The Revenant."

ACTING CATEGORIES

Except for "Mad Max, " the best-picture nominees have contenders for one or more acting categories as well.

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