As Hollywood continues to gloat all through awards season about the quality of the movies it makes, the fact remains that many of the Oscar nominees have simply not been widely seen by audiences outside industry voting circles. With just short of a month to cram the rest in, how many of this year’s selection have you actually watched?
The poll below contains all of the films nominated for Best Picture and the acting prizes. Feel free to vote “Other” and tell us in the Comments section if you’ve seen nominees from any of the other categories.
This poll is not intended to make predictions about which movie(s) will win trophies on February 28th. Nor is it about which movies you think deserve to win. We’re merely trying to gauge how many you’ve seen. Vote for as many as apply.
As I look over this list, I haven’t seen a damn one of these movies. I have interest in several of them (‘Arrival’, ‘Elle’, ‘Hell or High Water’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Moonlight’), but current front-runner ‘La La Land’ isn’t a high priority for me, and my enthusiasm for some of the others is negligible.
Because Oscar telecast ratings frequently correlate to the box office popularity of the films nominated, it seems fairly obvious to me that nominees like ‘Arrival’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ were primarily thrown in as populist concessions. ‘Arrival’ has virtually no chance of winning, but I think there’s a small chance that ‘Hidden Figures’ could pull an upset victory. However, it should be noted that I am terrible at predicting Oscars, so you probably shouldn’t listen to me on that.