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Did you miss any of the Best Picture Nominees? Wanna marathon them? AMC Cinemas gives you the chance!

Published at: Feb. 7, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. This is a rare year in which I've seen all the Best Picture nominees before they were picked. In previous years I'd either missed one in limited run or passed the opportunity to catch it at a film festival. Not so this year.

Even though I've seen all of them I'm tempted to do the big 24 hour marathon AMC theaters are doing February 26th. Currently only 15 theaters are doing the big 24 hour marathon, but 26 theaters are doing a two day run (5 movies a day).

It's a rare year in that I really like every film nominated and it's a pretty diverse line-up, too. I mean, Toy Story 3 and 127 Hours played back to back? Brilliant.

To find out where both the two day marathons and 24 hour marathons are playing check the official site. Tickets are $60 for all the films, but that includes $20 worth of concessions, so for $4 per you get some of the best films released this year and have the ability to catch the ones not so commonly seen, like Winter's Bone.

Tip of the hat to Roger Ebert for alerting me to this event via his Twitter page.

 

 

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  • Feb. 7, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    HUR DURP

    by mattforce7

    Watch and enjoy without yuppy clout

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Warning: Inception starts at 2 am, so if you fall asleep...

    by Jo3yHuds

    I'm sure you now the punchline by now. Something about a dream within' a dream, within two more dreams. I'm sure someone can do better. I've got my ticket for Minneapolis. I wonder if they allow tailgating in the Rosedale mall?

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    This is an awesome idea

    by dukeroberts

    I too saw and liked every nominee, and own three of them, but I don't know if I could do the marathon. I think it's cool for people who haven't seen any, or have seen few of the movies that were nominated though.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Thoughts

    by HansBubi

    I am curious if these theaters will be showing these various movies on one screen, or if the movies will be played on different screens, requiring marathon-goers to hop around throughout the day. I guess it makes sense to play them all on one screen to make it feel like an event, yet a lot of these movies are already/still showing multiple times a day at the listed theaters. I guess that brings up the classic BNAT-related concern. If I want to go for only one or two of the screenings, will I be sitting next to people that have already been sitting in their seats for several hours? I'm assuming it's one thing if you're present from the very first screening, yet if you're walking into a smelly theater mid-day or at night, you're not in for the most pleasant movie going experience. Maybe I'm over-thinking it and making it out to be much worse than it would be. I like the idea of going on the first Saturday to see True Grit and The Fighter back-to-back because I haven't seen those movies, and then going on the second Saturday to see Black Swan and Inception (both of which I've seen and would like to see on the big screen one last time). I still haven't seen The King's Speech, but it doesn't seem like a movie to see in a marathon or even paired with another movie. I liked Toy Story 3 and The Social Network, but I don't need to see those on the big screen again. 127 Hours will need to wait until blu-ray. The Kids Are All Right seems like another rental to me. I just received Winter's Bone from Netflix, so I doubt I'll want to see it again in a few weeks. Lastly, I agree that this year's best picture nominees generally seem to be good. Yes, people can raise the "will any of these be remembered in 20 years argument?" However, even if we won't have a "classic" win best picture (which doesn't happen often anyway), at least the nominees are good.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    I think I may have incorrectly assumed...

    by HansBubi

    ...that you can purchase tickets for individual showings. Now I am getting the impression that you have to buy an all-day ticket (1 or 2 day pass).

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    I'd drop 60 bucks for Hathoway to

    by _Venkman

    (yep, you guessed it) suck my dick

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Used to work at one of the theaters on that list...

    by paper

    here's hoping the manager will still let me in for free.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    that sounds like a horrible fucking experience

    by r_kelly

    just god awful. and I liked most of those movies.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    So we're eating our young now?

    by Ruester

    So people cut each others throats and even leave Ireland for Harry's ABNA. But if AMC hosts an event highlighting some (i said some, not all) of the best films of the year, well then anyone attending must be tools or D&D nuts. Spare me. At our core, anyone who frequents film sites such as this or others, has some obsession with the craft. Yet every time anyone attempts to highlight the gems of the year, the cynics come out in droves. Sorry, but I'm sick of it. And before you retort, remember this: You had to take the time to register to say anything to begin with. So you are just as invested as the rest of us. And chances are, the Twilight Saga and the rest of the mile long list of crap that came out this year isn't on your top ten list either. So maybe that's that a bridge we can continue to build. In mean time, be thankful you're not standing next to a Redbox, getting ready to rent Salt. Sorry for the rant. Btw the D&D club meets on Thursdays at 8pm. Sign up sheet is the lobby.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    That would be torture

    by MattmanReturns

    Hell, I like most of these movies, but I'd still kill myself halfway through that marathon. Preferably before I get to the lesbian movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I would like to do this, but Seattle is fucking blowing it

    by BadMrWonka

    Alderwood Mall, Kent and Woodinville? Jesus, I'd rather drive to Portland. Oh wait, no showings in Portland. Seriously, if anyone is reading this, I promise you there are some theaters not in the middle of hickville that would run this. Oak Tree or Metro cinemas, for example. Thornton Place has a lot of screens. having to go to goddamn Kent for this is silly as shit. that said, I will probably still do the 2-day thing. maybe.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    seriously tempted

    by Bloo

    I'm only a couple of hours from Denver and it might be fun

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    All 10 BEST PIC NOMS ARE all ONLINE 4 D/L

    by john

    All the best film noms are online in DVD quality...gotta love oscar(screener) season..... Social Network for the win Alex..... AMC can kiss my ass with this promo. They shut out my area of theaters with the Back to the future re-release....FUCK 'EM !!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    seriously

    by john

    have a marathon on your couch....all films are available online....so not worth $60 bucks !!??!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    I was going to do this...

    by VinnyMac666

    but it's two days. Don't call it a 24 Hour Marathon when there's a week long intermission.

  • Each screen shows one of the nominees all week. Also, the public gets a significant discount for each showing (like, $3 or something that cheap, or $20 for tickets to all ten movies, each of which you can watch whenever you want, is most convenient, during that week), or maybe one day out of the week one or two of the film showings are free. This would help hype the lead-up to the Academy Awards, promote/encourage the movie-going experience to the public better, give back something (free screenings) to the public.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Additionally...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Have the multiplex where the 10 nominees are shown be in a different city every year -- keep it away from LA. And encourage the actors from each film to come out and present for at least one day out of the week. Imagine, for example, Natalie Portman taking and ripping your ticket before you enter the theater to watch Black Swan. Frankly, I really think the Hollywood studios should do something like this to both promote the movie-going experience and to help make the industry appear not out of touch with the common American.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Since the grade inflation who cares?

    by menacingphantom

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Braindrain

    by Shawn F.

    You think it's actually going to take five years for "Black Swan" to be forgotten? I say five months when the film is selling for $10 on sale at Best Buy. Portman was really good, but the film is horribly overrated.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Local Theater doing the same thing.

    by shutupfanboy

    Saw Black Swan last week, twenty minutes later as the start time due to the cheap old fart running not hiring enough people to serve food and waiting to get every last dime out of the film. Still, it has the best sound system in the area. Hopefully, I can go see King's Speech and True Grit in a better theater this weekend. Inception is still the best one I have seen, but Portman deserves the Oscar.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    You couldn't pay me to sit through "True Grit" again

    by Toe Jam

    But any of the other nominees -- except "The King's Speech," which I haven't yet seen -- I'll gladly rewatch. "Blue Valentine" deserves to take the place of "The Kids are All Right," but how fucked up would that be in the middle of nine other uplifting, feel-good movies?

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Gah, figures

    by Kammich

    My current home of Norfolk, VA FINALLY runs a promotion like this... and I just so happen to be in central Florida for the next 5 weeks. argh! this could've been a cool experience.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    toe jam

    by Anime_Nut

    Did you just imply that Winter's Bone and Black Swan are "uplifting, feel-good movies"? That's... interesting.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I buy a day pass every time I go - it's called a

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I buy a day pass every time I go - it's called a "ticket"

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    seriously, just buy one ticket, then wander from one film to the next. I never see just one film - usually 2 or 3 , and sometimes as many as 6 in a day.

  • Winter's Bone Black Swan The King's Speech The Fighter

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Oscar suck dick

    by Joe Nica

    Such a fucking waste of an award show - Inception was by far the best movie last year and it got how many noms? What about Shutter Island? Instead the Social Network - a made for TV movie - is the freaking Belle of the Ball. It's a movie about FUCKING Facebook - I mean it was okay but get the fuck outta here with that horse shit. It doesnt even compare to Inception or Shutter Island. Such shit!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    wow people sure do get upset about the oscars

    by RZA

    and anybody who thinks that attending a movie marathon makes you a loser probably looks like the elephant man

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Braindrain - no one remembers Shakespeare in Love???

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Plenty of people do, and rightly so. Saving Private ryan was a GREAT film, but I agree with the Academy that Shakespeare in Love deserved the Oscar by a slim margin. As for Crash, Black Swan, Fighter, Winter's Bone, Kids Are Alright.... those overrated snorefests will be quickly forgotten, like the WORST best pic winner of all time: Million Dollar Baby

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    The populace turned on the Oscars with Shakespear in Love

    by Jaster

    NOBODY gives a flying FUCK about that movie. It winning Best Picture was taqntamount to the first Heavy Metal Grammy going to fucking JETHRO TULL as Metallica and the WORLD stood there with a co9llective "What the fucking FUCK!?" And for those that don't realize it, The Hurt Locker is mostly bullshit. The first half is just replaying the same scene over and over and the second half is ridiculous horseshit like a Marine going into Baghdad alone at night drunk. Yeah RIIIIIGHT!

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan losing was a fucking embarrassment

    by MattmanReturns

    Shakespeare in Love was a borefest and Joseph Fiennes has one expression. He deservedly plummeted into TV mediocrity. His brother stole all the talent. Saving Private Ryan was the best film of that year.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love deserved its Oscar

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    You fanboys don't like anything that's not considered "cool", especially a love story featuring Gwyneth Paltrow. Shakespeare in Love had a great script by Tom Stoppard, great performances across the board, a great score, great cinematography... it was every bit as deserving of Best pic as Saving Private Ryan. Saving Private Ryan was a great film as well, and to say you preferred it is fine. But to say "nobody gives a fuck" about Shakespeare in Love, or that its win was bullshit.... well that's just fanboy ignorance.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I agree - The Hurt Locker is HUGELY overrated

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    up there with the most undeserving Best Pic winners of all time, along with Million Dollar Baby, A Beautiful Mind, Crash....

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    $20 worth of concessions

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Will buy you more than just a large coke and large popcorn. But even if that's all it bought, AMC gives free refills on large sizes, so you can eat all day on that.

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "I say five months when the film is selling for $10 at Best Buy"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ALL movies eventually get discounted to $10 at Best Buy, Amazon, and most other outlets, even the most popular and critically-acclaimed films. That's why, no matter how much I'd like to own certain movies, I *never* buy them opening week. Why buy Inception right now when I can get the Blu-Ray for ten bucks by June?

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