Alas Oscar season is upon us and Erica and I are overcome with joy. This time of year has a special spot in our heart for multiple reasons. It all started on a rainy day in freshman year when we were roommates in college, that we decided to watch every single film nominated for the Academy Awards. Every. Single. Film. (Truly, it was the ultimate form of scholastic procrastination). 6 years later the tradition continues! Our Oscar party last year was also our FIRST EVER BLOG POST. Yep, that’s right. And it’s still our favorite. Haven’t seen it? Check it out here.
The best part of this Oscar challenge of ours, is that we watch movies that we would never see otherwise. For example, the short films are GREAT, but how often do we sit down and watch short films? Or documentaries for that matter (not to sound uncultured, but reeaally)? The documentaries were actually some of my favorite nominated films this year, their reality being fascinating. I mean, if you don’t know what The Act of Killing is about, check it out and do your best not to be morbidly shocked and dually captivated. So once a year, the Oscars force us to take a break from our tween lit/RomCom/Mindy Project loving viewing schedules to get. serious. with. the. movies. It’s the best.
Have you been watching the Oscar films yourselves? We hope so! If not, you have exactly 6 days to see as many as you can. Go, go, go! Below is a list of the top nominated films, which is always a good place to start. Plus, all of the documentaries are available on Netflix Instant and the Oscar nominated shorts are available on iTunes and amazon starting Tuesday Feb. 25th so make sure to check those out as well! They also usually have showings at your local theater.
Here is a list of the top 10 nominated films:
- American Hustle 10 nominations
- Gravity 10 nominations
- 12 Years a Slave 9 nominations
- Captain Phillips 6 nominations
- Dallas Buyers Club 6 nominations
- Nebraska 6 nominations
- The Wolf of Wall Street 5 nominations
- Her 5 nominations
- Philomena 4 nominations
- Blue Jasmine 3 nominations
Are you going to be hosting an Oscar party this year? If so make sure to check out last years Oscar Soirée post for DIY ideas. Also, drumroll please… all this week we’ll be posting Oscar party food and DIY ideas so get excited and keep checking back!
A full list of film nominations can be found here.
Here is a downloadable ballot to fill out before the show!
Mark your calendars: Academy Awards begin March 2, 2014 7e/4p!
P.S. Do you have any Oscar traditions or favorite films this year? We’d love to hear ’em!