One of the more tangible goals of this project was not being blindsided by the Oscars. Last year, I made it through about 20 minutes of the Oscars before I turned it off because I had neither seen nor HEARD of most of the nominees. It's hard to be invested in an awards show when you have no baseline knowledge of any of the players. As an aside, it's also hard to not feel like a complete outsider in that scenario - it definitely led to some introspection about the particular rocks I live under.
We're two weeks away from the Oscars, and, while I'm not ready yet, I'm already ahead of last year and am putting together a cramming plan.
To that end, here are the headlines of this year's Oscars:
With two weeks to go, I've seen one of the Best Picture noms, Black Panther, and two others that received nominations: Mary Poppins Returns (Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design) and RBG (Best Documentary Feature). To fill in the gaps, here's my preparation crash course:
To streamline the above "syllabus," here's a list of the Best Picture nominees, their trailers, their official synopsis from the Oscar's site and information about how you can watch them in the next two weeks.
A Star is Born
Here's the synopsis from the Oscar's page and other nominations it's gotten:
If you want to get this on your last-minute watch list, you might be able to find it in a local theater - it's playing at one in Memphis; you can purchase it on Google Play or YouTube for $19.99 (no date yet of when it will be available there for rent); or after February 19, you can get it at Redbox. I'm scheduling this for Friday, February 22!
Here's the Oscar's synopsis and other nominations:
You can rent BlackKklansman on Google Play, Amazon Prime or YouTube for $5.99. It's also available at Redbox for $1.75.
The Oscar's synopsis and other noms are:
Black Panther is available on Netfix. You can also rent it for $5.99 on Amazon Prime or Google Play, rent it on YouTube for $2.99 or rent it a Redbox for $1.75.
Here's the official synopsis and other nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody:
You can purchase Bohemian Rhapsody for $19.99 on YouTube, Google Play or Prime. It should be available at RedBoxes on February 12 and available to rent on Google Play and Prime on March 4. It's also showing at one of our local theaters, so you might still have a chance to see it on the big screen.
And the other nominations and synopsis:
The Favourite is a hard one to find right now. It'll be released on DVD on March 5. Google Play says that it's expected on February 19, but other than that it's not readily available before February 24. Add to that that it's not playing at any of our local theaters, and I'm putting this on the post-Oscars watch list.
And the details:
Green Book is still playing in many local theaters, so you should be able to see it on the big screen. It'll be available for purchase on Prime March 5 and likely available on Google Play on February 19.
Roma is available on Netflix.
Here's what you need to know about it:
Vice is still playing in many local theaters and should be released on DVD sometime in March.
Just getting through this step, I already feel more ready for the Oscars than I have been in the last 5 years. Plus, I look forward to seeing at least three more of the above movies in the next two weeks. A good challenge for some cold, dreary weeks. Hope you are up to speed and looking forward to enjoying the Oscars on the 24th!