I remember first watching the Oscars in 2003, the year Johnny Depp got nominated for playing Jack Sparrow and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” took home 11 awards. I kept watching in the years that followed, but mostly because I wanted to see Orlando Bloom in the crowd, or because I loved seeing the dozens of beautiful dresses on the red carpet.
In 2010, I watched the ceremony and realized that of the 10 Best Picture nominees, I had only seen three. I couldn’t offer solid opinions on any winners or losers because I had barely seen anything. I decided to make it a project every year to try to see all of the Best Picture nominees before the big night. I came close in 2011 and 2012, and in 2013, 2014 and 2015 I made it. I’ve upped the challenge in recent years, too, trying to catch as many of the 20 nominated acting performances as I can.
I don’t see many movies throughout the year, but I make up for it during December and January, my main Oscar Project months. I start planning the project in the fall by consulting the predictions on IndieWire, as well as any other articles I stumble across. In December, the nominees are announced for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which are great predictors. Official Oscar nominations go out at the end of January, and that’s when the real fun starts.
Here are some of my Oscar Project posts from years past. Check back in November to play along next year!