No More Oscar Panic: Best Picture Showcase at AMC Loews is a Winner

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Posted February 26, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Downtown Boston
The AMC Loew's Boston Common

Nominathon is what I like to call my desperate attempt to see every single movie that earned an Oscar nod in the span of a month. I try to do this to avoid my usual state of having the Oscar party ballot in my hand and filling in my votes with the same panic on my face that I had during some of the SAT sections. First category. I didn’t see any of these. Guess blindly. Second category. I didn’t see any of these, either. Guess blindly again. It’s painful.

Enter Best Picture Showcase. It seems AMC Theatres heard my desperate cries and is now holding the event at its downtown Boston Common location. Now, you too can see the nine best picture nominees before the Oscars on March 2, 2014. The theater is splitting the movies between two days, so you can attend one day for a few films, or go to both and see all the movies. With each day’s journey starting at noon, you will take a cinematic trip around the world, with stops in Dallas, New York City, Somalia, the deep antebellum South, New Jersey, the United Kingdom, and Nebraska. Check out the impressive lineup:

Saturday, February 22: Begin the Best Picture Showcase by rooting for Philomena (played by the always incredible Dame Judi Dench) as she meets BBC comedic genius Steve Coogan in his role as a journalist who is crafting a story about a woman who was unwillingly forced to give up her child. There’s not a dry eye in the house as the pair searches for him together in Philomena.

Stretch your legs, fix your weepy face, and head off to the mid-’80s for Dallas Buyer’s Club. Not only is native Texan Matthew McConaughey’s 47-pound weight loss for the film unbelievable, but so is his performance as hustler Ron Woodroof, who beat the system to help AIDS patients get medication after he was diagnosed with the disease.

Following that is Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie not for the faint of heart or morals. It has it all — sex, drugs, crime, sex, drugs, corruption, and the federal government. Did I mention sex?

12 Years a Slave is up for several Oscars

“12 Years a Slave” was nominated for multiple Oscars. Photo Credit: Jasmin Kuhnle

Wash your brain and eyes out, then settle in for the last of the evening with one of my personal favorites to win this year, 12 Years a Slave, the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. Forgive me, Mr. McConaughey, but if Chiwetel Ejiofor doesn’t win for best actor in a leading role . . .

Saturday, March 1: With only one day to go before the Oscars, you’re in the home stretch. The day starts off with Nebraska. Bruce Dern is up for best actor, so keep your eye on him throughout this heavy-hitting drama.

Next is Captain Phillips. Although the scene with Tom Hanks and the nurse (and you know which one I’m talking about) steals your breath, so does Barkhad Abdi’s performance. By the way, this was his very first role. Before landing the role of Muse, Abdi was a chauffeur. I’m not joking. But here he is now, with a best performance by an actor in a supporting role nomination, and I seriously hope he wins.

After you calm down from a ride down the Somalian coast, hang out with sexy Scarlett Johansson (or at least her voice) and Joaquin Phoenix in Her, followed by American Hustle. I don’t know which is better, Christian Bale’s crazy gut (he gained 40 pounds) or all that fabulous 1970s fashion on Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. As much as I really don’t like her (gasp!), Lawrence was outstanding in American Hustle.

Your day ends floating in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity at 10:30 p.m. IMHO, Bullock can do no wrong, and she proved me right in this spacey and almost claustrophobic film.

No matter what way you decide to celebrate the film industry’s accomplishments this year, or at what pace, you’ll be sure to impress at your Oscar party of choice.

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