Weekending: 2018 Oscar Showcase at AMC Theaters

Posted March 5, 2018 by shooting in TV/Movies / 42 Comments

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This past Saturday, March 3rd, I went to my local AMC Theaters to attend their second day of the 2018 Oscar Showcase. The week before, four of the Best Picture nominees were shown, but yesterday, it was time for the final five. I elected to pay for Day Two because it had more of the movies that I still wanted to see. At that point, the only one I’d seen was Call Me By Your Name – which I loved and was happy to see again. As the Oscars were last night, I thought it would be fun to talk about the five Best Picture nominees that I have seen.

The AMC Oscar Showcase occurs every year – some AMCs have a 24 hour showing of all nominees, but most break it up into two days. There is a break between every movie – though some are longer than others – so you can get up and move, use the restroom, and of course buy more food to sustain you through a day of movies. It was essentially 11+ hours of being in a movie theater. It’s fun though, so I recommend checking it out some year!

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In the order of how the movies were shown on Saturday–


I’d heard going in that Dunkirk doesn’t have a lot of dialogue, and while I’d always wanted to see this movie, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about that. It turns out that I didn’t need to worry because the film captures your attention the entire time. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite of the five movies, but it’s worth watching. With the lack of dialogue, it’s that much more important that the actors do so well and they are quite captivating. There are big names like Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy. But there are also lesser known actors who really make the movie, like Fionn Whitehead, who apparently made his film debut in Dunkirk. There’s also Aneurin Barnard, who plays one of my favorite characters and surprisingly for me, he only says maybe…one word? Finally, there’s Harry Styles, who you might know as a former One Direction member, and this is his acting debut, and he really does do a good job.

Should you watch it? Yes, I would recommend. It’s not my top favorite, but I’m glad I saw it and it has a lot of great actors.

Darkest Hour

What’s funny is that during the Showcase, one of the “hosts” if you will – he talks between each movie and gives away prizes – mentioned that it might have made more sense to show Darkest Hour before Dunkirk, because a big part of Darkest Hour actually talks about Dunkirk and explains certain things that the movie Dunkirk doesn’t go into detail about. At any rate, this movie stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. It’s not that exciting of a film and it’s probably my least favorite out of these five. I can see why people say Oldman should win Best Actor, but honestly, a lot of that credit goes to the makeup artists and just making him appear to be Churchill.

Should you watch it? If you really want to, but otherwise, this was my least favorite of the five I’ve seen.

Call Me By Your Name

This is my favorite out of all five films, and it’s also the only movie nominated for Best Picture that I saw before the Oscar Showcase. CMBYN is actually based on the book by Andre Aciman. I don’t know the exact year I read this book, but I believe it was close to around the time it was released. It’s one I found at the library and really loved, so when I heard it was going to be a movie, I knew I had to see this one. It’s filled with great acting, especially by Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet (who definitely deserves it). I will say though that it’s a long movie that might be slow moving for some – I think it felt faster the second time, though. It’s very much an indie, kind of European movie. It doesn’t shy away from sexuality, and that’s a large theme of the movie, but I think they handled everything well. It also might make you cry – it’s that emotional! 

Should you watch it? Umm…yes. If it sounds like something you’d hate, then maybe pass, but if you’re at all curious, I recommend giving it a go. This is one nominee I’ll own on DVD as soon as I can.

The Post

Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks? Yes, please! This movie is all about the Pentagon Papers and how the Washington Post published them, to let the pubic know the truth about the Vietnam War, even when The New York Times had already been told to stop posting anything about them. It really shows you how much Streep’s character had to lose (and this is a true story – so it packs that extra emotion). Despite knowing how this story will end, it was very much an enjoyable movie.

Should you watch it? Yes, this tied for my second favorite movie…along with Get Out.

Get Out

Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele, and it definitely deserves a Best Picture nomination. It’s not your typical nominee though. You expect the indie darlings, and the war films, and the movies with big and famous actors. Get Out is a thriller/comedy of sorts, but with a lot of social commentary that never feels like it’s beating you over the head. This movie is full of little twists and turns and it deserves to be watched, to be talked about.

Should you watch it? Yes, again – it’s tied for second with The Post.

In Conclusion—

Out of the five nominees I’ve seen, here is my order (from best to worst – in my personal opinion):

Call Me By Your Name

The Post AND Get Out


Darkest Hour

So, tell me: have you seen any of the Best Picture nominees? Do you want to? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

42 responses to “Weekending: 2018 Oscar Showcase at AMC Theaters

  1. RO

    It’s so cool that you were able to do this at AMC, and I can tell we share the same love of movies. The only one I haven’t seen is Get Out. I got really caught up in the Oscars last night, and there were a few surprises for me. Quite a night!

  2. Biana

    That is awesome that your local theater did this…I didn’t see any of the nominated movies!! OOPS!

  3. Okay, I didn’t know that AMC theaters did this marathon Oscars watching, but what a great idea and I want in for next year! I felt kind of left out while watching the awards last night (didn’t see all of it, but caught bits and pieces); I’d really like to see Three Billboards (I hope I didn’t just screw up the name, lol), Lady Bird, and I, Tonya, too. Call Me By Your Name sounds excellent!!

  4. WHAAAT?! I had no idea that AMC theaters did this! So wait, you pay a flat rate and get to see all the nominees for whichever day you pay for? That’s awesome. I did my own “showcase” over the weekend, watching Lady Bird, Three Billboards, and Get Out, but I still really want to watch The Post, CMBYN, and The Shape of Water. I agree about Get Out- I was a little nervous about watching it because I’m not really into horror films, but being that it more suspense/psychological thriller I really enjoyed it. It was my favorite out of the ones I watched!

    • shooting

      I still need to see Three Billboards and Lady Bird! But yes, you pay a flat rate! It’s so much fun.

  5. That’s so cool to get to watch the nominations. I want to see Call Me By Your Name and 3 Billboards – did you see that one? I haven’t seen any of them because I only get to watch kids’ movies!

    • shooting

      I haven’t seen Three Billboards yet, but I do want to – that and Lady Bird. My sister saw Three Billboards though and really loved it.

  6. I didn’t know the AMC theatres did this!! That is so cool! And I haven’t seen any of the nominees this year besides the Big Sick. I would like to see Lady Bird, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards and I’m sure I will at some point! Thank goodness for streaming, lol.

  7. I have always wanted to attend AMC’s Oscar Showcase. I’m hoping to attend next year. I really want to see The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, and Lady Bird.

  8. I didn’t realize that movie theaters did this but it’s such a good idea! My boyfriend and I saw several of the nominees over the last few weeks and really enjoyed all of them.

  9. I wish one of our local theaters did something like this — it sounds fantastic! Call Me By Name was my favorite, too. My husband loved both Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, because he’s a history buff, but I didn’t so much, ha, ha!

    • shooting

      I really like history films – my sister too – but Darkest Hour was just a bit boring. hah Yay, I’m glad Call Me By Your Name was your favorite too!

  10. The only one I watched was Get Out and I loved it. So creepy and interesting and the twists. It is definitley one that needs to be watched and talked about. I will have to try and watch some of the others.

  11. I haven’t seen any of the Oscar nominated movies, but I did watch the Oscars last night. I want to see The Post, Lady Bird, and one or two others. Well, I take that back, I did see Coco. It is so sweet!

  12. I have not seen any of them, but I know my husband wanted to see Dunkirk – awesome to see that you enjoyed most of them for the most part especially CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – I’ve heard mixed reviews for that one

  13. I am the worst, I haven’t seen ANY of these! I used to go to movies a lot when I was younger and now I never go! I want to see so many of the ones that were nominated but who knows when I actually will. Maybe one of these days!

  14. Jen

    What a fun outing! My son is a WWII history buff and he saw Dunkirk and loved it. I am hoping to catch it soon with a copy from Red box!

  15. I hadn’t even heard of AMC doing this until yesterday morning when I heard someone mention it on a morning radio show. What a cool event! I’ll have to remember it for next year. Dunkirk looked interesting but I felt like it would get me too emotional. I definitely want to see CMBYN and The Post. I ador Meryl Streep.

    • shooting

      I hope you enjoy the movies you DO see. I’ll have to try and post about the showcase earlier next year so people have time to go!

  16. I’ve only seen Dunkirk and thought it was amazing and the character you loved the most was the best!
    It’s actually Tom Hardy not Tom Brady (;
    I really want to watch Call Me By Your Name because I loved the trailer, Armie Hammer, and I recently saw Timothee in a movie on Netflix where he liked a teacher. Very interesting coincidence?
    I’ve got to remember this AMC Oscars thing for next year!

    • shooting

      You’re the only one who mentioned the Tom mix-up. Thank you! It’s fixed. I don’t even LIKE Tom Brady so sheesh. LOL Oh, what movie was Timothee in? I want to see him in more (I still need to watch Lady Bird) because he’s just fantastic.

    • shooting

      I’m so glad you love it too. It’s such a wonderful movie, and the acting is just top notch!

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