Oscars 2017 Best Picture marathon: Where, when to see all 9 films

Aside from the nominations themselves, it’s the second most eagerly anticipated Oscars announcement each year.

OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. Still, for fans of the annual AMC Theatres Best Picture Showcase marathon , having the "which movies screen in what order" lineup in hand is a big deal.

After all, if you’re going to have to go right from sitting through the movingly bleak “Manchester by the Sea” to sitting through the movingly tense “Hell or High Water,” you need to be physically and emotionally prepared, right?

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(Spoiler alert: You won’t. Not quite, anyway, as “Fences” falls in-between those two on this year’s Day One lineup.)

A quick recap for those who don’t know what’s going on here. The Best Picture Showcase takes place on the two Saturdays leading up to the live Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, Feb. 26. The nominees for best picture are shown back-to-back-to-etc. at select AMC multiplexes around the country, including three in metro Atlanta: AMC Parkway Pointe in Atlanta, AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 in Lawrenceville and AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 in Cumming.

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The number of best picture nominees varies annually from a minimum of five to a maxium of ten. It’s fun seeing the way AMC lines them up each year, and 2017 is no exception.

Day One, Feb. 18: 10 a.m. “Manchester by the Sea;” 12:40 p.m. “Fences;” 3:20 p.m. “Hell or High Water;” 6 p.m. “LaLa Land.”

Day Two, Feb. 25: 10 a.m. “Moonlight;” 12:15 p.m. “Lion;” 2:35 p.m. “Hacksaw Ridge;” 6 p.m. “Arrival;” 8:30 p.m. “Hidden Figures.”

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Tickets cost $32.50 each day, with a $5 discount on tickets purchased for both weekends (available at participating theater box offices only). For additional information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.amctheatres.com.

Meanwhile, if you want to see all the Oscar-nominate short films in two categories, you're in luck. Starting this Friday, Feb. 10, Landmark Theatres' Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta will show the five animation contendors and the five "live action" nominees in separate, back-to-back screenings. Read more about it here or visit www.landmarktheatres.com/atlanta for more information.