Chatter: Which Best Picture Nominee Must Be Seen on the Big Screen?
This is your last week to catch the Best Picture nominees in theaters before a winner is declared at the Academy Awards, which will be telecast on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Most film fans go out of their way to see all of the Best Picture nominees on the big screen. This year, there are nine: Amour; Argo; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Django Unchained; Les Miserables; Life of Pi; Lincoln; Silver Linings Playbook; and Zero Dark Thirty.
All caught Oscar’s attention for different reasons, be it the ripped-from-the-headlines intensity of Zero Dark to the culled-from-the-history-books authenticity of Lincoln.
But we want to know which of the Best Picture nominees do you think absolutely need to be seen on the big screen in a movie theater? Which nominee will fans be kicking themselves for missing when they finally see it on DVD or video streaming?
My pick, after much internal debate, is Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Most of the nine nominees play very well on a big screen. But Lee’s use of 3D and the gorgeous cinematography in his spiritual drama would be so drastically decreased on a television screen that I feel it must be seen in a theater. I even wrote about a One Big Scene from the film, which was a jaw-dropper.
How about you? Which Best Picture movie do you think has to be seen on the big screen? And will you head to this theater this week to see any of the Best Picture nominees before Sunday’s Oscar telecast?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.