You know it’s the same every year: You swear you’re going to see all the Academy Award-nominated films before the big day. You put the chosen ones on your to-do list as soon as awards season kicks off. You’ve got plenty of time!

Then suddenly it’s Oscar night, and you’re left shrugging at all the opening-monologue jokes because you chose to spend your weekends with Paul Blart and warring brides instead of watching Brad Pitt age backward.

It doesn’t have to happen again. AMC Entertainment is offering its annual Best Picture crash-course on Sat., Feb. 21, a five-film marathon that for $30 grants you a daylong pass, a “souvenir lanyard,” and a bottomless bucket o’ popcorn.

So slack all you want if you really feel up to catching all the Academy’s good-but-not-great anointed ones in a single sitting. (Apologies to Milk and Slumdog Millionaire, in my opinion the only films that deserve such accolades.)

The schedule below is the same for every theater, which this year includes Loews Georgetown 14, AMC Hoffman Center 22, AMC Potomac Mills 18, Loews Rio Cinemas 18, AMC Owings Mills 17, and AMC Tyson’s Corner 16. Advance tickets can be purchased at AMC Theatres.

Milk 10:30 a.m.

The Reader 1:05 p.m.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3:45 p.m.

Slumdog Millionaire 7:15 p.m. Frost/Nixon 9:45 p.m.