One thought haunted me while I watched the 2012 Academy Awards – how did I miss so many of the films that were nominated? Oh, I know. I have a kid.
Once upon a time, I made a point of seeing all the Best Picture Nominations, which was easier back in the day since there were just five films nominated compared to the nine being nominated today. But after you have kids, going to see a grown up movie becomes harder and harder and more expensive especially after you add in the rising ticket prices and the cost of getting a sitter. If we make the effort to go to the theater, it’s generally to go a kid flick. And I’m not the only one finds themselves lost when navigating the list of films up for the Oscars, and feeling completely out of the movie and pop culture loop. In a poll (albeit a quickie poll via email, Facebook and Twitter) I found many parents who felt the same thing. And the surprising thing?I saw the most at a mere three! All the other parents I questioned saw two, one or zero. The moms and dads had seen Hugo, War Horse, Moneyball and/or The Help. None fessed up to seeing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Descendants or the Best Film Picture winner The Artist.
And for those of us who love movies, it is something we miss doing. When we watch the Academy Awards it’s no longer about the movie themselves, it’s more about the pomp, the circumstance and what everyone is wearing.
The lack of movie going is just another thing we do in the name of parenthood (along side missing out on sufficient sleep and trips to Vegas or Vienna). But there must be some movie loving parents out there who make the effort to see all or almost all the Best Picture Nominees.
Are you one of them? How many of the Best Picture nominated films did you see this year?