In order to make sure everyone is up to speed with the nominees by the time the Academy Awards are broadcast on February 27th, many of AMC’s theaters are screening marathons of all ten films that are up for best picture over the next two Saturdays. This Saturday, the 19th, they will be screening Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, and The Fighter. Next Saturday, the 26th, they will show Winter’s Bone, Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network, and The King’s Speech.
A two day pass to see all 10 films will run you $60 and a one day pass to see either set of five will be $35. In addition to this, fifteen participating theaters will be doing a marathon of all 10 films starting at 10 am on the 26th and spanning to well into the morning on Oscar Sunday. Tickets to the 24-hour marathon will go for $50.
This is a great way for people to catch up on a lot of top-notch filmmaking that they may have missed out on over the year. Say what you will about the bump up to 10 nominees, but every one of these films is at least good work. Very rarely do mainstream, non festival going audiences get a chance to head to the local multiplex and see a group of films this large that are all so high in quality. Of course, for people who read this site, such a marathon wouldn’t have as much use. I mean, we’ve all seen all 10 nominees, haven’t we? To take part in a marathon such as this would be less about catching up and more about showing off our film-watching prowess. Does anybody here have the fortitude to take on the 24-hour marathon?
And if you do happen to be one of those people who haven’t caught all 10 nominees, what are you waiting for? Get out to the theater. You’re embarrassing all of us.
Locations and show times can be found: here