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 Misérables,” “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?