There are movie lovers and film buffs, art house attendees and straight-ahead cinephiles.
Then, there are the Oscar completists – those who make it a habit to see all of the Academy Award-nominated films in a given year. In a city like Fresno, where mainstream Hollywood blockbusters (the Star Wars franchise or “Jumanji,” for example) take up most of the available screens, it can be tough to get through the Best Picture nominations, much less the more obscure categories. We do get help from Fresno Filmworks.
So, Regal Cinemas’ Best Picture Film Festival should be well met.
The movie chain is screening all nine of this year’s Best Picture nominees from Feb. 23 to March 4 at select theaters, including Fresno’s Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 and Regal Manchester Stadium. Festival passes (good for all nine films) are $35 and available through the Regal mobile app.
Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards (the 90th) were announced Jan. 23. Films in the Best Picture category included:
“Call Me by Your Name,” which the New York Times called “an erotic triumph.”
“Darkest Hour,” the Winston Churchill-centered political drama.
“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s World War II flick.
“Get Out,” which is definitely not a comedy.
“Lady Bird,” an ode to growing up in Central California.
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson + Daniel Day-Lewis.
“The Post,” an ode to journalism.
“The Shape of Water,” a sci-fil flick that BCC argues is the most relevant film of the year.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which a guest columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called the year’s “best tourism documentary.” Not a compliment, I take it.
The Academy Awards airs live on ABC, March 4.