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Where To Watch This Year's Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

02/21/2015 02:53 pm ET | Updated Feb 23, 2015
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The Oscars are Sunday, which means there are precious few hours remaining to catch up on this year's nominees. And while many of the major acting races are locked up, and even Best Picture seems to have broken down to "Boyhood" versus "Birdman," things are still a bit unsettled in the Best Documentary category. The experts' money is on Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour," but "Virunga" and "Finding Vivian Maier" stand close behind. Ahead, everything you need to know about the five Oscar-nominated documentaries, including where to watch them before Sunday.

"Citizenfour"

What it's about: "'Citizenfour' is a real-life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA)."

Where to watch: "Citizenfour" is still out in limited release. On Monday, the documentary will debut on HBO at 9 p.m.

"Virunga"

What it's about: "'Virunga' is the incredible true story of a group of brave people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world's forgotten, and a gripping exposé of the realities of life in the Congo."

Where to watch: "Virunga" is available on Netflix right now.

"Finding Vivian Maier"

What it's about: "'Finding Vivian Maier' is the critically acclaimed documentary about a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later, is now among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her."

Where to watch: "Finding Vivian Maier" is available via Showtime On Demand, Amazon, iTunes and YouTube.

"Last Days in Vietnam"

What it's about: "During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible."

Where to watch: "Last Days in Vietnam" is still out in limited release and available now via iTunes, Amazon and YouTube.

"The Salt of the Earth"

What it's about: "Sebastião Salgado has created some of the most indelible photographs of our time. His black-and-white images bring an artful composition to chronicling humanity’s 'salt of the earth' in multiyear projects such as 'Workers,' 'Migrations' and 'Genesis.' This film, directed by his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders, brings an insider’s and outsider’s perspective on the family, illuminating the key role played by Salgado’s wife, Lélia Deluiz Wanick, and their work on the nature preserve Instituto Terra."

Where to watch: "The Salt of the Earth" opens March 27 in New York and Los Angeles. A national release will follow.

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  • 1 "Birdman"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
  • 2 "Boyhood"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
  • 3 "Selma"
    Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Song.
  • 4 "American Sniper
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
  • 5 "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.
  • 6 "The Imitation Game"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Morten Tyldum), Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.
  • 7 "The Theory of Everything"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Felicity Jones), Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score.
  • 8 "Whiplash"
    Nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor (JK Simmons).
  • 9 Bradley Cooper
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "American Sniper."
  • 10 Wes Anderson
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    Nominated for Best Director for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  • 11 Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    Omar Vega/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "Birdman"
  • 12 Richard Linklater
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    Nominated for best Director for "Boyhood"
  • 13 Bennett Miller
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "Foxcatcher"
  • 14 Morten Tyldum
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for best Director for "The Imitation Game"
  • 15 Marion Cotillard
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    Nominated for Best Actress in “Two Days, One Night.”
  • 16 Felicity Jones
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    Nominated for Best Actress in "The Theory of Everything."
  • 17 Julianne Moore
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    Nominated for Best Actress in "Still Alice."
  • 18 Rosamund Pike
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    Nominated for Best Actress in "Gone Girl."
  • 19 Reese Witherspoon
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    Nominated for Best Actress in "Wild."
  • 20 Steve Carrell
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "Foxcatcher."
  • 21 Benedict Cumberbatch
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "The Imitation Game."
  • 22 Michael Keaton
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    Nominated for Best Actor in "Birdman."
  • 23 Robert Duvall
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "The Judge."
  • 24 Ethan Hawke
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Boyhood."
  • 25 Edward Norton
    Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Birdman."
  • 26 Mark Ruffalo
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in "Foxcatcher."
  • 27 JK Simmons Portrait Session
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    American actor in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize-winning film "Whiplash" J.K. Simmons poses for a portrait, on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
  • 28 Patricia Arquette
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Boyhood."
  • 29 Laura Dern
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Wild."
  • 30 Keira Knightley
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    Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "The Imitation Game."
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