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8TH ANNUAL OSCARS CHALLENGE (2016-2017)

Eight years have come and gone since I started this Oscar Challenge. Its inception came from missing most of the major movies of 2009 that got nominated. A friend and I decided to take it upon ourselves to watch all the films nominated, most of which we had not seen. This included what are now some of my favorite films to this day, like “Crazy Heart”, “Up In The Air”, “The Hurt Locker”, and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”. But along the way, I saw films like “The Young Victoria” and “The Last Station” which opened my eyes to the truly great films that I might not otherwise give a chance. Now we’re seven years down the line. A few of the challenges I completed 100% in the allotted time (from the day the films are nominated until the day of the Oscars broadcast) while others I missed just a few films that either didn’t get released after being nominated or because of my busy schedule. Regardless, this is one of my favorite times of the year.

Even if I have seen them, I will watch them again, all before the Awards ceremony in the following months. Through this challenge, I get a better understanding of what the Academy sees in certain films and ultimately I just have fun trying to get through all the films in the short amount of time, and forming my own opinions in the process. If you are so inclined to follow along or challenge yourself to join, below is the calendar of my progress.

Day #1
(Tuesday, January 24th, 2017)
  • [1] “13th” (1 nomination)
46 Films Left
34 Days Left
Day #2
(Wednesday, January 25th, 2017)
  • [2] “The Red Turtle” (1 nomination)
45 Films Left
33 Days Left
Day #3
(Thursday, January 26th, 2017)
  • [3] “Land Of Mine” (1 nomination)
44 Films Left
32 Days Left
Day #4
(Friday, January 27th, 2017)
  • NONE
44 Films Left
31 Days Left
Day #5
(Saturday, January 28th, 2017)
  • [4] “Fire At Sea” (1 nomination)
43 Films Left
30 Days Left
Day #6
(Sunday, January 29th, 2017)
  • [5] “Life, Animated” (1 nomination)
42 Films Left
29 Days Left
Day #7
(Monday, January 30th, 2017)
  • NONE
42 Films Left
28 Days Left
Day #8
(Tuesday, January 31st, 2017)
  • [6] “Sully” (1 nomination)
41 Films Left
27 Days Left
Day #9
(Wednesday, February 1st, 2017)
  • [7] “Captain Fantastic” (1 nomination)
40 Films Left
26 Days Left
Day #10
(Thursday, February 2nd, 2017)
  • [8] “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2 nominations)
39 Films Left
25 Days Left
Day #11
(Friday, February 3rd, 2017)
  • [9] “Passengers” (2 nominations)
38 Films Left
24 Days Left
Day #12
(Saturday, February 4th, 2017)
  • [10] “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” ( 1 nomination)
37 Films Left
23 Days Left
Day #13
(Sunday, February 5th, 2017)
  • [11] “Jackie” (3 nominations)
36 Films Left
22 Days Left
Day #14
(Monday, February 6th, 2017)
  • [12] “Toni Erdmann” (1 nomination)
35 Films Left
21 Days Left
Day #15
(Tuesday, February 7th, 2017)
  • [13] “Tanna” (1 nomination)
34 Films Left
20 Days Left
Day #16
(Wednesday, February 8th, 2017)
  • NONE
34 Films Left
19 Days Left
Day #17
(Thursday, February 9th, 2017)
  • [14] “A Man Called Ove” (2 nominations)
33 Films Left
18 Days Left
Day #18
(Friday, February 10th, 2017)
  • NONE
33 Films Left
17 Days Left
Day #19
(Saturday, February 11th, 2017)
  • [15] “Jim: The James Foley Story” (1 nomination)
32 Films Left
16 Days Left
Day #20
(Sunday, February 12th, 2017)
  • [16] “20th Century Women” (1 nomination)
  • [17] “I Am Not Your Negro” (1 nomination)
  • [18] “The Salesman” (1 nomination)
  • [19] “Fences” (4 nominations)
28 Films Left
15 Days Left
Day #21
(Monday, February 13th, 2017)
  • NONE
28 Films Left
14 Days Left
Day #22
(Tuesday, February 14th, 2017)
  • NONE
28 Films Left
13 Days Left
Day #23
(Wednesday, February 15th, 2017)
  • [20] “Lion” (6 nominations)
27 Films Left
12 Days Left
Day #24
(Thursday, February 16th, 2017)
  • NONE
27 Films Left
11 Days Left
Day #25
(Friday, February 17th, 2017)
  • [21] “Moonlight” (8 nominations)
26 Films Left
10 Days Left
Day #26
(Saturday, February 18th, 2017)
  • [22] “Hidden Figures” (3 nominations)
  • [23] “Kubo And The Two Strings” (2 nominations)
24 Films Left
9 Days Left
Day #27
(Sunday, February 19th, 2017)
  • [24] “Hail, Caesar!” (1 nomination)
  • [25]  “Deepwater Horizon” (1 nomination)
  • [26] “Elle” (1 nomination)
21 Films Left
8 Days Left
Day #28
(Monday, February 20th, 2017)
  • [27] “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2 nominations)
  • [28]  “Silence” (1 nomination)
  • [29] “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2 nominations)
18 Films Left
7 Days Left
Day #29
(Tuesday, February 21st, 2017)
  • [30] “O.J.: Made In America” (1 nomination)
17 Films Left
6 Days Left
Day #30
(Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017)
  • NONE
17 Films Left
5 Days Left
Day #31
(Thursday, February 23rd, 2017)
  • NONE
17 Films Left
4 Days Left
Day #32
(Friday, February 24th, 2017)
  • NONE
17 Films Left
3 Days Left
Day #33
(Saturday, February 25th, 2017)
  • [31] “Manchester By The Sea” (6 nominations)
  • [5 ANIMATED SHORTS]
  • [32] “Hacksaw Ridge” (6 nominations)
  • “4.1 Miles” [DOC SHORT]
15 Films Left
2 Days Left
Day #34
(Sunday, February 26th, 2017)
  • [5 LIVE ACTION SHORTS]
  • [33] “Hell Or High Water” (4 nominations)
14 Films Left
1 Day Left