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The Beehive Asks: How many best picture nominees have you seen?


In my years as full-time movie critic for The Bee, I lived and breathed Oscars. (I even got to cover the ceremony with press credentials the year “Titanic” swept. That was a long time ago.) Back then, of course, I would see all five best picture nominees each year, and most of the time I would see every film featuring a best/supporting actor/actress nominee.

But now I’m off that beat, and a part of me still thinks it’s ludicrous that there are up to 10 best picture nominees now. ¬†Ten! That’s way too many. This year’s total is actually nine. They are: “Amour,” “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Mis√©rables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

I’ve seen “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” So it turns out I saw five after all. (I guess I’m a traditionalist.) I don’t want to be boring, but I’m rooting for “Lincoln.”

The question is: How many best picture nominees have you seen? Has anyone out there actually seen all nine?

Responses to "The Beehive Asks: How many best picture nominees have you seen?"

Zara says:

Remember our days together on the morning show? I miss those! I’ve seen eight. Missed “Amour” when it was in Fresno for one whole day. I’m rooting for “Argo”.

Donald Munro says:

I do, Zara! What fun. I’m impressed you’ve seen eight.

Donna Kohlruss says:

I’ve only seen 4: Lincoln, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Les Mis. I think Silver Linings was good, but not Oscar good. Would love to see any of the other 3 win.

Kristin C says:

I’ve seen all but Amour and Beasts. I’m in for Argo, but I think that Zero Dark Thirty is going to win.

Leighanna says:

I’ve seen eight – didn’t get a chance to see Amour. I’m expecting a win for Argo.

Christy says:

I’ve only seen 1 (Django Unchained). I still want to see Silver Linings Playbook, and Life of Pi.

Amy says:

I’ve only seen Lincoln, Argo, and Les Miz. I enjoyed all three, but I would be happy to see either Lincoln or Argo win. Both had excellent screenplays, excellent casts, excellent direction. Both had special challenges; Lincoln had to recreate a past we think we know, but really don’t. Argo had to recreate a past some of us lived through (from a different perspective) and can be very critical about. Both were dazzling films, but I think Lincoln should win. This is one of the most important stories of American history. Lincoln’s presidency wasn’t about his assassination; it was about the end of slavery–the Thirteenth Amendment. Tommy Lee Jones’s performance was transcendant; we have neglected the true heroes of American history–the die-hard abolitionists. They were right when everybody else was wrong. Pitch perfect.

John Moses says:

I’ve seen all nine this year. Given how few people turned out for Thursday’s screening of AMOUR, there can’t be many of us in Fresno. I have to agree with all the critics who have called Haneke’s film a “masterpiece,” but the American Academy doesn’t have a history of awarding masterpieces for Best Picture. So, for me, the best film with a chance of winning is LINCOLN. Having said that, ARGO will take the prize, right?

Donald Munro says:

We bow before your movie-going stamina, John.

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