AMC Is Hosting a Marathon of All Eight Best Picture Nominees
Let’s say you don’t get out to the theater much, and you’ve seen the list of 2015 Academy Award nominees, but you haven’t seen any of the films themselves. Catching up with them individually would be almost impossible, not to mention wildly expensive. But if you want to watch all this year’s Best Picture nominees in one shot there is one way: AMC Theatres is bringing back their annual tradition of marathoning the entire Oscar field. If your butt is strong enough to withstand eight movies back-to-back(-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back), this event is for you.
All the details are at AMCTheatres.com. There are actually two different options; either one-day or two-day marathons. In the two-day option (or, as I call it, “The Wuss Option”) you actually spend two consecutive Saturdays, on February 14 (Valentine’s Day! How romantic!) and 22 watching four Best Picture nominees. You can buy either weekend marathon separately, so if you want to watch ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Birdman,’ and ‘Selma’ but not ‘Boyhood,’ ‘The Theory of Everything,’ ‘The Imitation Game,’ and ‘American Sniper,’ you can. (And given those lineups, I wouldn’t blame you.)
Or, for the true movie lovers (and psychotics) out there, select theaters around the country (or yours, if you can get 100 people to sign up with you through their website) will run all eight nominees in a row, starting with ‘Boyhood’ at 10AM and concluding with ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ at 3:45AM.
Now I love a movie marathon; just last weekend, I spent Saturday watching four Jean-Claude Van Damme movies at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, New York. And that was a glorious, mulletatious event. But eight movies is tough, and particularly these eight movies, which include a three-hour film (a masterpiece, but a three-hour masterpiece nonetheless) and a few less-than-thrilling options (*cough‘TheoryofEverything’cough*). But tickets are $65 for the marathon or $35 for each of the half-marathons, about as cheap as you’re gonna get to see eight movies in the theater. If you’re gonna go, bring a pillow you can sit on. By the time it’s over, you’ll have been at the theater so long Richard Linklater may make a movie about your life.