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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oscar Watch: Best Picture Showcase Two-Day Stroll or 24-Hour Marathon

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Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has expanded the Best Picture nominees from five to ten, AMC® Theatre's Annual Best Picture Showcase, which used to screen all the nominated Best Picture films in a single day*, has been expanded into a two-day event. Over the course of two consecutive Saturdays—February 19 and February 26—movie fans have the chance to watch all ten films on the big screen. (*Look after the jump for the hard-core 24-Hour Marathon option.)

Atlanta's participating theatres include:

AMC® Colonial 18: Link
AMC® Phipps Plaza: Link
AMC® Fork & Screen Buckhead: Link

A hint for neophytes—go with the Fork & Screen as the dining options are significantly more robust than the nachos, pretzel bites, and three-week-old hot dogs available at the concession stand at the conventional theaters. (Is this why it is called a concession stand— because you concede that you are not eating actual food?)

Break-down by day...

Saturday, February 19
11:00 AM - Toy Story 3 (103 min)
1:00 PM - 127 Hours (95 min)
3:00 PM - The Kids Are All Right (106 min)
5:45 PM - True Grit (110 min)
7:45 PM - The Fighter (116 min)

Saturday, February 26
11:00 AM - Winter's Bone (100 min)
1:00 PM - Black Swan (109 min)
3:10 PM - Inception (148 min)
6:45 PM - The Social Network (121 min)
9:00 PM - The King's Speech (119 min)


Ticket options include the Two-Day Pass - $60, good for all 10 films divided between both days as well as $20 in AMC® Gift Cards for sustenance; or the One-Day Pass - $35 good for the scheduled 5 films on either day as well as $10 AMC® Gift Card.

Can you pussies handle 24-Hours?

For the truly hardcore, 15 AMC® Theaters are hosting a 24-Hour Marathon on Saturday, February 26, including Atlanta's AMC® Parkway Pointe: Link.

The 24-Hour Marathon Pass, good for all 10 films shown back-to-back on Saturday, February 26 into the wee hours of Sunday February 27 costs $50 and includes a $20 AMC® Gift Card for a trough of pop-corn and a bucket of soda.

Saturday, February 26
10:00 a.m. Toy Story 3 (103 min)
12:00 p.m. 127 Hours (95 min)
2:00 p.m. The Kids are All Right (106 min)
4:15 p.m. True Grit (110 min)
7:15 p.m. The Fighter (116 min)
9:45 p.m. Winter's Bone (100 min)
11:45 p.m. Black Swan (109 min)
Sunday February 27
2:00 a.m. Inception (148 min)
4:45 a.m. The Social Network (121 min)
7:05 a.m. The King's Speech (119 min)

The screening lets out a little after 9 a.m., enough time to crash for a few hours, then up and at 'em for the 8 p.m. Oscar® Broadcast!

More fun, and in clear violation of the courtesy policy to put your iPhones and PDA's away during the show, AMC® is encouraging folks to join the social networking revolution, (presumably during the shows?) by posting at facebook.com/amctheatres or chirping on Twitter using the hashtag #amcbps.

Nothing psyches me up for a movie marathon like a montage:

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