Ooh look it's that photo again, the one I've used for my Oscars watchalong for 2 years running now.....that must mean it's time to watchalonga-Oscar-nominated-movies-2013!
Were you looking for a challenge for new year to open your eyes and mind to new experiences? You're very welcome ;)
Wouldn't it be nice as you're live tweeting the Oscar Ceremony from home or at an Oscars party to actually sound knowledgable about loads of the movies nominated?
The good news is that if you want to see all the movies with some sort of nomination there are only 53 this year (there were 61 in 2012 and 56 in 2011)........AND if that still sounds daunting, remember of these 53, there are 15 shorts (documentary, live action and animated) which in the USA at least tend to appear in bundles/back-to-back nearer the Ceremony on iTunes/Amazon Instant Watch/On Demand from some cable providers and in some arty cinemas. So you can always make up numbers nearer the date of the Ceremony (Feb 24th).
AND, this year they've announced the Oscar nominations a week earlier than usual, so you have MORE TIME time to watch as many as you want or can.
(Plus you can always 'cheat' with the 5 nominations for Best Original Song and knock them off by just listening to these.....that technically means you don't have to watch Ted or Chasing Ice if you don't want to, taking movies to watch down to 51, as the only nominations they have are for one song each).
I can't actually remember how many of them I managed to watch in 2007......
But in 2011, I managed to watch 31 of 56 (55%) and last year, I saw 32 of 61 (52%) in spite of Mr D being rushed to the ER a couple of times and me doing the Sew Weekly challenges.
But this year I have no distractions (texts Mr D to check he's not having any twinges....), HOPEFULLY no distractions, so why not think BIG. I wonder if I could watch all 53?
It's 2 pages listing all the 53 movies nominated and beside each film title are the categories for which it's received nominations.
I've also checked out which movies are currently or still screening (sorry, it's in US cinemas only), or available on iTunes to rent, Amazon instant watch, on demand with some cable companies (sorry, USA again) or out on dvd. If I know some are coming out before the Academy Awards Ceremony then I've added the date and where.
At the moment I haven't been able to source 18 of the movies, but 17 of these are shorts, foreign language or documentaries that as I said tend to become available nearer the date of the Ceremony either online or in art cinemas.......The Master is the one I'm really going to have trouble finding. I missed it first time around and it's not available on dvd/iTunes?Amazon etc until Feb 26th....I wonder if they might bring that forward now it's got 3 Oscar nominations?
Let me know in the comments if you want to join in (no matter how many you plan to see).
What I'll be doing as usual is trying to do a quick review as I've seen each movie and what I think about the categories it's been nominated for....if you've seen the movie too, please feel free to comment on each post, or even if you haven't ;)
Then just before the Oscars Ceremony on Feb 24th we can swop OUR choices for each category and which ones we actually suspect will win (often totally different choices).
So far I've seen 7 of 53 (Les Mis, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph, Paperman, Ted and The Avengers) and I'll try to blog about these too.
How many have you seen already? What do you think of them, or of the Oscar nominations generally? As an aside I find it VERY interesting that 8 of the 9 movies nominated for Best Picture are still in the cinemas in the USA at the moment....usually it's only half.....anyone might think that film companies are holding back movies till December/January to coincide with awards season......
Hey, want to knock off a movie from the list very quickly? In the animated shorts category: Fresh Guacamole, only 1.45 mins long and right here:
Aren't I nice to you. We've only 52 movies left to watch together now :)
If you're joining in and blogging reviews, let me know so I can add links to your posts.
LET THE WATCHING COMMENCE! :)