Who wants to watch all five Best Picture Oscar nominees in one sitting?

Atonement_lOnce again, the AMC theater chain is planning a marathon screening of all five Best Picture nominees. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, the day before this year’s Oscars, you can watch Michael Clayton, followed by There Will Be Blood, then Atonement (pictured), followed by Juno, and finally, No Country for Old Men. This seems kind of like a punishing day — not because it’s 12 solid hours of movie-watching, but because four of the five pics are so grave and serious. (I was hoping they’d put Juno last, so the marathon could end on a cheerful note, but maybe it’ll work better as a palate cleanser between Atonement and No Country.) All-day passes are just $30 and are available now at the AMC website, which also tells you which of its theaters across the country are screening the Oscar showcase.

We’re hoping one of you PopWatchers will take up the gauntlet, especially because we tried to do this last year and didn’t get very far. Volunteer below; tell us why you should be our guinea pig brave marathoner. (Please include your e-mail address, so that we can get back to you.) If you are chosen, you’ll get to describe the experience for all your friends here on PopWatch.

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  • blaire

    Because it sounds both fun and completely insane and it makes an excellent story to tell people.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, I’m a big theater-hopper, but I think both “There Will Be Blood” and “No Country…” are movies that have to be seen on their own and given digestion time. So, for this year’s selections particularly I think this is a bad idea. Best of luck to the guinea pig!

  • Julie

    I’d love to do it. I hate to admit it, but I haven’t seen any of the films, so it should be interesting to be able to see them all in one day.

  • Heather

    I saw all five and I can’t imagine seeing them all at once! I saw two of them (Atonement and There Will Be Blood) in one weekend and that was a lot. I appreciate that the release dates were spread out so I could take them all in gradually.

  • Sarah C

    I’ve only seen Juno and read Atonement, so I’m up for the challenge…but the closest AMC is four hours away.

  • jen

    It has always been a life goal of mine to watch all the Best Pictures before the actual Oscars. Needless to say, it has yet to actually happen. And I’ve previously rocked the AMC marathon at the theater. That’s right, I went to Trilogy Tuesday for Lord of the Rings. And for my friend’s birthday, we watched all the Star Wars (that’s right, all 6) whilst playing Star Wars trivial pursuit (probably shouldn’t admit that to too many people). Anyways, all that to say that I’ll be your huckleberry. I’ll take one for the team and watch ‘em all.

  • Alex Clarke

    I’d totally do it! I saw Micheal Clayton and Juno already, but I wouldn’t mind seeing them again. This way, I can stop agonizing myself over the three best picture noms that I STILL haven’t seen.

  • Joe in Philly

    Could I skip Atonement? I’ve already seen it and don’t know if I could sit through it again. I suppose I could sit there text messaging during it but that Kung Fu Panda (from their “Silence is Golden” announcement) would get mad at all the click-click-click-click-click and beat me up. Or I could take a nap but I might sleep through the next movie. But hey, I’m willing to do it.

  • Joe in Philly

    Ha! I looked at last year’s message and said the same thing about Little Miss Sunshine last year that I did about Atonement this year. It must be a sign.

  • Jeff W.

    I have already seen them all and I would love to do this, but I live in Canada and they don’t do that here. Bummer. I would love to see them all together. It would be quite the expereince.

  • Caitlin

    Count me in. I’m all about this kind of masochism…i mean, fun (I watched all 5 Rockys in 2 days so I could go see Rocky 6 when it was in theaters…my motivation: milo ventimiglia.) I’ve wanted to see all of these movies, but I’ve only been able to see Juno. Color me excited.

  • :o(

    I would love to do it but unfortunatly for me there is no theater near me.

  • johnbrittain

    I would volunteer to do it because of these 5 movies, I have only seen one (Juno). I am normally the “awards movie” guru of my circle of friends, but this years’ crop, as excellent as they are rumored to be, has failed to excited me. I guess that is why I am so blasee about the Oscars this year. I was more excited about hearing about what Sean Young did at the DGA awards. I need to find a reason to get excited about these films, and this assignment could just be the spark I’m looking for. Otherwise, I don’t even know if these are renters.
    I worked for five years as a movie theater projectionist and manager before going into teaching. I literally watched every movie that came out (I used to have a 20 minute rule that all movies deserved at least that much of my time in order to discover those hidden gems that I might overlook. These days, however, I’m not so sure.)Furthermore, on a teacher’s salary, I can’t afford to see all of them and a $30 deal is just what the budget needs.Help EW!

  • Stephanie

    If you’re in DC, you can watch all five of the Foreign Language film nominees at the National Geographic headquarters! Only $7 a show or $25 for all five, and they’re showing them between Feb 14-17.
    http://www.nglive.org for ticket info

  • Jaime

    I would so love to do this. . .i have yet to see any of them cus none of them have caught my attention, but like always the oscars fall on or around my b-day (this year on). So i will be busy super busy getting wasted but if you insist i will make it a memerable 22nd b-day and sit down in a theatre for 12hrs straight to watch them on the day b4 my B-Day!!! I have 3 theatres around me doing this!!!
    LET ME KNOW. . .im down for it!

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