Every year, as soon as the Oscar nominations are announced, movie fans begin the process of trying to catch up with some of the nominated movies they missed during the year. How many of the 2018 batch have you watched?
Year after year, the Academy Awards often reward movies that weren’t widely seen by paying audiences. Of the nine Best Picture contenders for 2018, only ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Get Out’ would qualify as genuine mainstream blockbusters. Although some of the others may have been successful by art film standards, I doubt that many of them had crowds in the suburbs lining up to see them (if the movies were distributed to the suburbs in the first place). Even within major metropolitan areas, today’s viewers are perhaps more apt to wait to watch these types of movies on Netflix or disc rather than trek out to a theater to see them.
The following poll is strictly a count of how many nominated films you’ve seen. We’re not asking which movies you think will win, or which should win.
The list contains all of the titles nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, or Best Animated Feature, as well as all four of the acting and both screenplay categories. Go ahead and vote “Other” if you want to brag about having seen one of the documentary shorts or a costume design nominee.
Once again, my own viewing habits were appallingly limited last year. I saw and loved ‘The Florida Project’ (Best Supporting Actor) in the theater, and am disappointed that it didn’t get a Best Picture nod. I also caught ‘The Big Sick’ (Best Original Screenplay) on Amazon streaming and liked that as well.
I really have no excuse for not having watched ‘Get Out’ yet. It aired on HBO and has been sitting on my DVR for a few weeks, but I’ve been too busy to make time for it. At some point or another, I would really like to watch that one, ‘Coco’, ‘I, Tonya’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Logan’, ‘Phantom Thread’, ‘The Shape of Water’, and ‘Three Billboards’.
I hope you’ve done better than I have.