AMC Best Picture Showcase

AMC Theatres will be continuing their yearly trend of screening every film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, with one notable change. The event, which is normally a day-long affair, will now take place on consecutive Saturdays (February 27th and March 6th) to accommodate all 10 nominees (Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air).

The schedule hasn’t been fully announced yet. The showcase kicks off February 27th with Avatar in 3D, and AMC has a poll up to decide which four films to follow it with. Note that the second Saturday, March 6th, is the day before the Oscars.

A two-day pass costs $60 online, $50 at the box office, and it’s $30 for one day. Tickets come with unlimited popcorn refills, as well as bragging rights for being able to sit through that many movies in a row.

It’d be interesting to see how the films compare when viewed back-to-back. My guess is that it’d be obvious which movies don’t belong there – The Blind Side in particular – and what it is that appeals to the Academy.

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Michael Nordine studies literature and philosophy at Bennington College. His fiction and essays have appeared in Silo, plain china, Nutmeg Unit, and One Leaf, and his as-yet untitled collection of short stories will be completed in the spring. He divides his time between Vermont and California.

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