January 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST

Around this time every year, your friends and coworkers inevitably start offering their two cents on what films and actors they think should move on to Oscar glory. “Christopher Plummer was to-die-for in Beginners,” says the in-the-know guy in the cubicle to your right. “But have you seen Bridesmaids? What’s with the lack of love for laugh-out-loud comedies these days,” wonders the intern who was eavesdropping on your conversation. “Bridesmaids?” sneers highbrow guy number one. “How dare thee suggest adding a film whose crowning moment was a defection scene to the same category as Terrence Malick’s majestic exploration of human existence, Tree of Life?”

But there’s one small problem: You were too busy doing other things, like playing outside or watching football, to see this year’s contenders. You can’t join this hypothetical conversation. So you sit in silence and politely nod, quietly accepting your own shame. (Hey, Shame wasn’t nominated!) Thankfully, most of the just-nominated films are now available to cable customers via Movies On Demand. Stay up-to-date on all of the contenders via the Movies On Demand website, and in the meantime, check out some of their offerings below:

Midnight in Paris – Now playing (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction)

The Help – Now playing (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress)

The Tree of Life – Now playing until March 25 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Achievement in Cinematography)

Moneyball – Now playing (Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing)

Warrior  Now playing (Best Supporting Actor)

Bridesmaids – Now playing through Feb. 29 (Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Now playing (Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects)

Beginners – Now playing (Best Supporting Actor)

Margin Call– Now playing (Best Original Screenplay)

The Ides of March – Now playing (Best Adapted Screenplay)

Kung Fu Panda 2 – Now playing (Best Animated Feature)

Jane Eyre – Now playing through Jan. 27 (Best Costume Design)

Anonymous –Premieres Feb. 7 (Best Costume Design)

Hell and Back Again– Now playing (Best Documentary)

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front– Now playing (Best Documentary)

Drive – Premieres Jan. 31 (Best Sound Editing)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon– Now playing (Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Now playing (Best Visual Effects)

Real Steel – Now playing (Best Visual Effects)

Read more:

This week’s cover: Oscar nominations

Why are there nine nominees?

Fun facts about the 2012 Oscar nominations

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