Hardcore movies fans can rejoice once again. AMC Theaters has confirmed the reprisal of the Best Picture Showcase, which became a true event when the Academy Awards expanded the Best Picture field from five to ten last year. This year's edition will be held on two days - February 19th and February 26th, leading up to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27th with co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
We don't know exactly which ten films will be shown during the showcase, but once the nominations are announced on January 25th, the schedule will be completed. More information on the Showcase, including ticket prices and locations should be available on January 28th.
The best aspect of this showcase is the 24-Hour Best Picture Showcase Marathon. It is a true test for every movie fan and one I recommend everybody try.
Last year, I attended to 24-Hour Marathon and it took every ounce of strength (mental and physical) to power through 10 non-stop movies. Usually the Marathon is held on the 2nd date of the Showcase, which puts those involved in a serious state of insomnia during Oscars Day. In the end, it is worth it to say you were one of the few hundred who actually gave it a shot.
Watch my video documentary of last year's arduous experience below. NOTE: I am on a combination of caffeine and 5-Hour Energy shots. I am not usually this hyper:
This year's competition will likely look drastically different from last year's. Predicting the Oscar nominations is not something we do here, but it looks like the majority of potential nominees are outside of traditional drama. Of course, there are always a couple of movies that few people saw in theaters and might challenge the Marathoners during a 24-hour stint, but that is the beauty of the event.
Those who purchased a Marathon ticket last year were provided free large popcorn with unlimited refills for the entire day. Ticket prices have not been announced, but the 2010 prices ranged from $30 for a one-day pass to $60 for a two-day pass. Aside from the Marathon, each day includes individual showings of all 10 nominees, so you can pick your movie schedule.
Are you going to take on the elements and sign up for the 24-Hour Best Picture Marathon or simply get a one-day pass to check out some nominees you missed along the way? What movies would you like to see in the Showcase? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.