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10TH ANNUAL OSCARS CHALLENGE (2018-2019)

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
(Tuesday, January 22, 2019)

[1] “The Wife” (1 nomination)

36

33

Day #2
(Wednesday, January 23, 2019)
[2] “RBG” (2 nominations)

35

32

Day #3
(Thursday, January 24, 2019)
[3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (3 nominations)
[4] “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” (1 nomination)

33

31

Day #4
(Friday, January 25, 2019)
NONE

33

30

Day #5
(Saturday, January 26, 2019)
[5] “Incredibles 2” (1 nomination)
[6] “Cold War” (3 nominations)

31

29

Day #6
(Sunday, January 27, 2019)
NONE

31

28

Day #7
(Monday, January 28, 2019)
NONE

31

27

Day #8
(Tuesday, January 29, 2019)
NONE

31

26

Day #9
(Wednesday, January 30, 2019)
[7] “Shoplifters” (1 nomination)

30

25

Day #10
(Thursday, January 31st, 2019)
[8] “If Beale Street Could Talk” (3 nominations)

29

24

Day #11
(Friday, February 1, 2019)
NONE

29

23

Day #12
(Saturday, February 2, 2019)
[9] “The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs” (3 nominations)

28

22

Day #13
(Sunday, February 3, 2019)
[10] “Capernaum” (1 nomination)
[11] “First Reformed (1 nomination)

26

21

Day #14
(Monday, February 4, 2019)
NONE

26

20

Day #15
(Tuesday, February 5, 2019)

[12] “Roma” (10 nominations)

25

19

Day #16
(Wednesday, February 6, 2019)
[13] “Minding The Gap” (1 nomination)

24

18

Day #17
(Thursday, February 7, 2019)
[14] “Isle Of Dogs” (2 nominations)

23

17

Day #18
(Friday, February 8, 2019)
NONE

23

16

Day #19
(Saturday, February 9, 2019)
[15] “The Favourite” (10 nominations)

22

15

Day #20
(Sunday, February 10, 2019)
[16] “BlacKkKlansman” (6 nominations)
[17] “Mirai” (1 nomination)

20

14

Day #21
(Monday, February 11, 2019)
[18] “Of Fathers And Sons” (1 nomination)

18

13

Day #22
(Tuesday, February 12, 2019)
[19] “Bohemian Rhapsody” (5 nominations)

18

12

Day #23
(Wednesday, February 13, 2019)
[20] “A Quiet Place” (1 nomination)

17

11

Day #24
(Thursday, February 14, 2019)

[21] “At Eternity’s Gate” (1 nomination)

16

10

Day #25
(Friday, February 15, 2019)
[22] “Border” (1 nomination)
[23] “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (1 nomination)

14

9

Day #26
(Saturday, February 16, 2019)
[24] “Ready Player One” (1 nomination)
[25] “First Man” (4 nominations)

12

8

Day #27
(Sunday, February 17, 2019)
[26] “Green Book” (5 nominations)
[27] “Never Look Away” (2 nominations)
[28] “Free Solo” (1 nomination)

9

7

Day #28
(Monday, February 18, 2019)
[29] “Black Panther” (7 nominations)
[30] “Avengers: Infinity War” (1 nomination)

7

6

Day #29
(Tuesday, February 19, 2019)
(#1 of 15 Shorts: “Black Sheep”)
(#2 of 15 Shorts: “End Game”)
(#3 of 15 Shorts: “Period. End Of Sentence”)
(#4 of 15 Shorts: “Lifeboat”)
(#5 of 15 Shorts: “A Night At The Garden”)
(#6 of 15 Shorts: “One Small Step”)
(#7 of 15 Shorts: “Animal Behaviour”)
(#8 of 15 Shorts: “Late Afternoon”)
(#9 of 15 Shorts: “Weekends”)

7

5

Day #30
(Wednesday, February 20, 2019)
[31] “Mary Queen Of Scots”  (2 nominations)

6

4

Day #31
(Thursday, February 21, 2019)
(#10 of 15 Shorts: “Madre”)
(#11 of 15 Shorts: “Fauve”)
(#12 of 15 Shorts: “Marguerite”)
(#13 of 15 Shorts: “Detainment”)
(#14 of 15 Shorts: “Skin”)
[32] “Vice” (8 nominations)

5

3

Day #32
(Friday, February 22, 2019)
[33] “A Star Is Born” (8 nominations)

4

2

Day #33
(Saturday, February 23, 2019)
[34] “Christopher Robin” (1 nomination)
[35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” (1 nomination)
[36] “Mary Poppins Returns” (4 nominations)

1

1

Day #34
(Sunday, February 24, 2019)
[37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” (1 nomination)
(#15 of 15 Shorts: “Bao”)

0

0

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