Oscar Miscellany

23 Jan

The Oscar nominations were announced last Thursday, and all ends of the entertainment spectrum have weighed in.  I’m not going to repeat all of the observations, but here are a few thoughts:

  • There are notable omissions every year.  This year, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are getting a lot of press for their non-nominations, as are the films Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis, since Hanks and Thompson and the Cohen brothers are traditionally Academy favorites, but none of them were “sure thing” nominations anyway.
  • There are usually a couple of “smaller” movies nominated for Best Picture, but it seems to me that there are more this year, in Philomena, Her, Nebraska, and Dallas Buyers Club. This is, IMO, a good thing.
  • The number of Best Picture nominees I’ve seen is an all-time low of 1.  This is partly intentional, as there were a couple of movies (American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave) that I intentionally didn’t see, figuring that they’d be nominated and I’d take them in at the Best Picture Showcase.
  • Speaking of…tickets for the AMC Best Picture Showcase have gone on sale.  Unfortunately, St. Louis once again doesn’t have a 24-hour venue, so the movies will be shown on consecutive Saturdays, February 22 (4 films, $30) and March 1 (5 films, $40).  A two-day pass is $60, and if you have an AMC Stubs card, you get $5 in concession credits to use each of the two days.  Details are available here.
  • And for completists, For the first time that I can remember, all of the acting award nominees can be seen in the Best Picture nominees, plus two.  Usually there are outlying nominees in non-nominated pictures, but this year the only four nominated actors (two Best Actress and two Best Supporting Actress) are in two movies:  Blue Jasmine and August Osage County.
  • And for complete completists, the nominated Short Subjects (Animated, Live Action, and Documentary) will once again be shown, marathon-style.  But, since they’re shorts, many more people will be able to sit through them than those of us who commit to 9 movies over two days and yearn for 9 movies over 24 hours.  (That would be me.)  They’ll also be available via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, and on Pay Per View and Video on Demand.  Details here.

3 Responses to “Oscar Miscellany”

  1. Charles January 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    And an additional thought: To cover all of the Best Screenplay nominees (both original and adapted), you just need to add Blue Jasmine and Before Sunrise to the Best Picture nominees. So the total number of movies to watch to see the 9 Best Picture nominees, the 5 director nominees, all 20 acting nominees, and the 10 writing nominees is 13.

  2. CPav January 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Sorry. That should be Before Midnight in the comment above. I haven’t seen any of the trilogy, and screwed up the timeline.


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