ABOUT THE PROJECT
Let me set the stage for you: you get home after a long day at work. You make dinner, pour yourself a glass of wine, and scroll through Netflix for something to watch. And you keep scrolling...and scrolling...and scrolling. Nothing is popping out at you. You've already seen all the true crime documentaries, you've binged Schitt's Creek and The Office so many times that you can basically quote them verbatim...and you only have a couple hours to watch something before you have to go to bed and do it all over again...so Law and Order: SVU it is! Sound familiar?
It was nights like this that inspired my husband and I to come up with this movie project. If we have a few hours on a weeknight or weekend to watch a movie, let's at least watch something worth watching!
We thought about watching every Best Picture winner ever made, but that's been done so many times. Instead we decided to broaden our pool and watch every movie ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.
Now, the Oscars started in 1929. Doing this chronologically would mean a lot of black and white movies to start...and that would surely tire us out pretty quickly. So we decided to place all the movies in a bucket and we're pulling out one year at a time and watching all the movies nominated that year.
With a project this big, we naturally had to establish some rules:
1. Timeline. There isn't one. We didn’t want to commit to finishing this project in a year or so, it would be near impossible with our schedule. This is something we’ll do as we have the time, and this blog will help us stick to it!
2. No re-picks. Once a year is picked, there's no going back. If we pick 1929 and then 1930, that's the way it goes. And we have to finish one year completely before picking the next year.
3. We each get 1 skip. Even if we've seen the nominated movies before, we've committed to re-watching them for the sake of the project. However, we each get 1 skip...so if we've seen a movie before and don't want to see it again (*cough* The Green Mile *cough*), one or both of us can skip it.
4. There's no rhyme or reason to the order in which movies are watched. We thought about watching the Best Picture winner first or last, but decided to just watch them in whatever order we want (most often it's based on what's available streaming or at our local library). And here’s a little Easter Egg for ya – the order in which the movies are reviewed on the site is the order in which we watched them.
5. No purchase necessary. Our local library basically knows us by name at this point. We've agreed not to buy any of these movies, so we have to find them either on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or get them through one of the several libraries around us. It's been a challenge, but not impossible!
And there you have it! I set up this blog so I could write reviews of all the movies we watch, both for your entertainment and to simply remind us of what we’ve seen! Check out the Full Movie List to see what years we’ve picked already (which is obviously updated as we wrap up each year). You can also check out my Hidden Gems section for movies that didn’t win Best Picture, but were still absolutely wonderful films.
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