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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/24/2011

The Oscars and where to watch them in DC

By Elizabeth Flock
Credit: AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Laurie Sparham

When the Oscars get this close, DCites get frantic. They stress about why they haven't seen all the best picture nominees, why they don't recognize the animated films (where oh where have the Pixar lamps gone?), and how they can get their hands on the Oscar shorts. The countdown clock on the Oscar site sure doesn't help.

For those who share the anxiety, there are still theaters aplenty around the Washington region to get your Oscar fix and 3 days, 8 hours, 49 minutes, and 10 seconds in which to do it.

Here's the rundown:

1. For the diehard: Our Going Out Gurus suggest the AMC 24-hour Best Picture marathon this Saturday. For a paltry $35, cinephiles can watch five Oscar best picture nominees. In a row.

2. Catch your shorts: Head over to the National Archives annual Academy Award showcase before Sunday for screenings of all live action short, animated short, and documentary short nominated films. Or catch them at the much talked about West End Cinema in Georgetown.

3. J'aime les films: The foreign films screening at the National Geographic building are gone by now but "Biutiful" Javier Bardem (which is many a film expert's Oscar winning prediction) is showing at AMC Loews in Georgetown.

Most of the other Best Picture nominees are still in area theaters. And if all else fails, mosey up to your TV Sunday night, make a list of the prizewinners, and then wait patiently for them to reach your Netflix small screen.

For more Oscar coverage, head over to Arts and Living, where you can play Oscar bingo, create an Oscar speech, get the nominee list, and all the other Oscar info your heart desires.

YOUR TAKE: What questions do you want asked on the red carpet?

If there's a great question you'd love to ask on the red carpet -- be it the red carpet at the Spirit Awards or the Oscars, be it a general question or one for a specific actor or filmmaker -- tweet it to @celebritology, using the #oscarspotting hash tag on Twitter and we'll post some responses right here.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 24, 2011; 11:10 AM ET
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