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11TH ANNUAL OSCARS CHALLENGE (2019-2020)

A decade has 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 nine 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.

DATE FILMS WATCHED FILMS LEFT DAYS LEFT
Day #1
(Monday, January 13, 2020)

[1] “Les Misérable” (1 nomination)

37

28

Day #2
(Tuesday, January 14, 2020)
[2] “Honeyland” (2 nominations)

36

27

Day #3
(Wednesday, January 15, 2020)
[3] “For Sama” (1 nomination)

35

26

Day #4
(Thursday, January 16, 2020)
[4] “American Factory” (1 nomination)

34

25

Day #5
(Friday, January 17, 2020)
[5] “Judy” (2 nominations)

33

24

Day #6
(Saturday, January 18, 2020)
[6] “Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil” (1 nomination)

32

23

Day #7
(Sunday, January 19, 2020)
NONE

32

22

Day #8
(Monday, January 20, 2020)
[7] “I Lost My Body” (1 nomination)

31

21

Day #9
(Tuesday, January 21, 2020)
NONE

31

20

Day #10
(Wednesday, January 22, 2020)
[8] “The Two Popes” (3 nominations)
[9] “Breakthrough” (1 nomination)

29

19

Day #11
(Thursday, January 23, 2020)
NONE

29

18

Day #12
(Friday, January 24, 2019)
[10] “Marriage Story” (6 nominations)

28

17

Day #13
(Saturday, January 25, 2019)
[11] “Missing Link” (1 nomination)

27

16

Day #14
(Sunday, January 26, 2020)
[12] “Klaus” (1 nomination)
[13] “Frozen II” (1 nomination)

25

15

Day #15
(Monday, January 27, 2020)

[14] “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (1 nomination)

24

14

Day #16
(Tuesday, January 28, 2020)
NONE

24

13

Day #17
(Wednesday, January 29, 2020)
[15] “The Edge Of Democracy” (1 nomination)

23

12

Day #18
(Thursday, January 30, 2020)
[16] “Richard Jewell” (1 nomination)

22

11

Day #19
(Friday, January 31, 2020)
[17] “1917” (10 nominations)
[18] “Little Women” (6 nominations)

20

10

Day #20
(Saturday, February 1, 2020)
[19] “Pain And Glory” (2 nominations)
[20] “Bombshell” (3 nominations)

18

9

Day #21
(Sunday, February 2, 2020)
[21] “Toy Story 4” (2 nominations)
[22] “The Lion King” (1 nomination)
[23] “Harriet” (2 nominations)
[24] “The Lighthouse” (1 nomination)

14

8

Day #22
(Monday, February 3, 2020)
[25] “Ford v Ferrari” (4 nominations)

13

7

Day #23
(Tuesday, February 4, 2020)
[26] “Rocketman” (1 nomination)
#1 of 15: “Kitbull”
#2 of 15: “Hair Love”
#3 of 15: “Brotherhood”
#4 of 15: “Nefta Football Club”
#5 of 15: “The Neighbor’s Window”

#6 of 15: “In The Absence”

12

6

Day #24
(Wednesday, February 5, 2020)

[27] “Knives Out” (1 nomination)
#7 of 15: “Sister” (animated)
#8 of 15: “Saria”
#9 of 15: “Walk Run, Cha-Cha”

11

5

Day #25
(Thursday, February 6, 2020)
[28] “The Cave” (1 nomination)
[29] “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (1 nomination)

9

4

Day #26
(Friday, February 7, 2020)
[30] “Joker” (11 nominations)
[31] “Jojo Rabbit” (6 nominations)

7

3

Day #27
(Saturday, February 8, 2020)
[32] “Corpus Christi” (1 nomination)
[33] “Avengers: Endgame” (1 nomination)
#10 of 15: “Memorable”
#11 of 15: “Daughter”
#12 of 15: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re A Girl)”
#13 of 15: “Like Overakes Me”
#14 of 15: “St. Louis Superman”
#15 of 15: “A Sister”
[34] “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” (10 nominations)
[35] “Ad Astra” (1 nomination)

4

2

Day #28
(Sunday, February 9, 2020)
[36] “Parasite” (6 nominations)
[37] “The Irishman” (10 nominations)
[38] “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (3 nominations)

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