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Prepare for Sunday’s Oscars broadcast


Yes, I know that AMC River Park Square is holding special screenings of an all-day, 11-and-a-half-hour Best Picture Showcase, highlighting the Best Picture Oscar nominees in advance of Sunday's Academy Awards broadcast.

But the movies — or most of them — have been screening for some time at the Magic Lantern. And they continue.

Again on Friday, the Lantern will screen the following films:

 "Lady Bird": Five nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Greta Gerwig), Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf).

"Call Me by Your Name": Four nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory).

"The Shape of Water": Thirteen nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Original Screenplay (del Toro, Vanessa Taylor), etc.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": Seven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), etc.

"I, Tonya": Three nominations, including Best Actress (Margot Robbie), Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney), etc.

Plus, the theater is screening both Oscar Shorts programs, Animation and Live Action.

Imagine, you can both enjoy these nominees at your leisure and support Spokane's lone arthouse movie theater.

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