THE OSCAR YEAR SO FAR

We are halfway through the year already.  If you are like me your goal every year is to see all of the movies with Oscar potential. This is the main reason that I am doing this site, is to make it easier for others to know the movies to see.

A majority of award contenders are not released until the Fall. If you don’t keep up with them they all pile up at the end and it becomes impossible to see them all. The other obstacle is that many of these movies are not shown in wide release, so if you do not live near and “art house” theater it is very difficult to catch these movies.  In the last year or so several independent movies are being released on Video on Demand as well as in theaters. I love this idea. I would be happy to pay a little extra for a VOD movie that is in only select theaters.

The best way to avoid the overload that comes during the end of the year is to keep up with some of the movies from the first half of the year. Most movies released before September get lost in the Fall frenzy and are never heard from again, but occasionally a few will make it all the way. The Broadcast Film Critics scored their favorites from the first 6 months of the year. So far the biggest Oscar hopefuls this year are BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and MOONRISE KINGDOM. Lat year all of the BFCA’s top 10 went on to get a Best Picture nomination.

Thanks to Awards Daily her is a list of their scores for the movies released so far this year. This list can give you somewhat of an idea on how Oscar voters feel so far. It is also a great list of movies that you can begin seeing now before it gets too crazy. Remember many of these will come out on DVD in Fall, the same that you are trying to see everything else. Anything with a score above 75 has the better chance. Print the list and start checking them off. ( You can skip PROMETHEUS!)

  • The Avengers – 90
  • The Kid with a Bike – 90
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – 87
  • This Is Not a Film – 86
  • Polisse – 85
  • Moonrise Kingdom – 83
  • Prometheus – 82
  • Brave – 81
  • The Hunger Games – 81
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – 81
  • The Secret World of Arrietty – 80
  • The Turin Horse – 80
  • The Intouchables – 79
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – 77
  • Madagascar 3 – 77
  • Marley – 76
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 75
  • Safety Not Guaranteed – 75
  • Chimpanzee – 73
  • The Lorax – 72
  • People Like Us – 72
  • Your Sister’s Sister – 72
  • Bully – 71
  • Chronicle – 71
  • The Grey – 71
  • Haywire – 71
  • Headhunters – 70
  • Magic Mike – 68
  • Snow White and the Huntsman – 68
  • Take This Waltz – 67
  • To Rome with Love – 65
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