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Will You Go See a Movie Just Because It's Nominated?

Will You Go See a Movie Just Because It's Nominated?

With so much ado over the Oscars each year, it's always interesting to see what impact, if any, the king of all award shows has on the nominated films at the box office. This year's not looking so good: Lacking major blockbuster crowd-pleasers a la Lord of the Rings, this year's five best picture nominees will likely be the second-lowest box office earners in two decades.

Still, studios put a lot of stock in these accolades. Michael Clayton, for example, got a re-release after it started racking up critics' awards and nominations in the hopes that audiences would give it a second chance because of all the acclaim. What do you think? Do Oscar nods or other award nominations make you more interested to see a movie you originally planned to skip?

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caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
I was thinking about it, And I like George.
Hautie Hautie 9 years
Oh... and someone mention Cold Mountain. I loved that movie. I found it a great look at the life young women who were left alone during the Civil War with no good men around... and them having to learn to survive in very harsh surroundings. It showed women from all walks of life... from the southern belle, to the farm girl, young widow mother of a small child and the widow of a good man killed by the local guard. Plus it's a great look at how brutal the Civil War was for everyone. The unjust brutal behavior of men in general.
Hautie Hautie 9 years
From aspoonfulofsugar "On a side note, I did see "Easten Promises" the other day, and though I know that Daniel Day Lewis is slated to win Best Actor--Viggo Mortensen is absolutely eerie in Eastern Promises. He's fantastic. It's an interesting film that I would highly reccommend if you are into dark crime/mob/mystery movies." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have been saying this for a couple of months... that Viggo is outstanding in this movie. I voted for him to win in the contest. If the actual Oscar voters really watched the movies... Viggo should really be in the running to win. I found Daniel Day Lewis so overrated. Sadly, Eastern Promises never got the big buzz it deserved, so people are not talking about it.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I really dislike blockbuster movies. I love movies that are well written and have an amazing storyline. If I'm on the edge about a movie, hearing good reviews helps me decide whether to see it or not. And knowing that a movie is getting critical buzz or nominations shows me that it's not a movie full of fluff and cr@ppola. It's a movie of substance.
ASpoonfulofSugar ASpoonfulofSugar 9 years
I do believe that award-nominated (esp. Oscar-Nom) movies are nominated for a reason. There are movies I couldn't believe were nominated for or won awards before I even saw them, and I ended up loving them. (Moulin Rouge, for example.) So basically, I try not to judge until I've seen a movie. I haven't seen even one of this year's Best Picture nominated movies--and can't believe it, especially as a devout Tim Burton follower since age 3 and lover of most films a'la Coen Brothers. At least all of the Best Picture nominees are well-received this year! I remember past award seasons where no one really liked any of the nominated films. On a side note, I did see "Easten Promises" the other day, and though I know that Daniel Day Lewis is slated to win Best Actor--Viggo Mortensen is absolutely eerie in Eastern Promises. He's fantastic. It's an interesting film that I would highly reccommend if you are into dark crime/mob/mystery movies.
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
I've seen all the best picture nominees (and enjoyed all of them) so now I'm trying to see all the performances. I live for this stuff...
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Yes definitely. I am also way more likely to go see a movie if critics and fans enjoy it. While I don't always agree with which film wins the Oscar, I think that the ones nominated are all always very good, so it definitely will make me pay attention if I didn't notice the movie before. I mean, I wouldn't see something JUST because it was nominated for an Oscar, but it'll make me read a description and a review to see if I'd like it. There is an Oscar nominated film that critics all love, No Country For Old Men, and I HATED it, so obviously not everyone is going to love every critically-acclaimed film! I think Persepolis got nominated for something, and I went to see it tonight, it was very cool. There were seriously like 5 people at the theater, so I think an Oscar nomination is a good way to find out about a movie that isn't doing so well through marketing and word of mouth.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I guess I should expand on that: I would certainly have respect for several of those movies, but that doesn't mean I'll love them to the point where I would watch them repeatedly.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Oscar nominated movies make me more curious to see them...but it doesn't mean I might love them. But since the nominations, I've really wanted to see "Juno" and "There Will Be Blood."
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Sure. I mean, for one I'd want to see them so I can form my own opinion about who should win the award. Two, I don't think I'd automatically assume it's a good movie because it's nominated.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
Most of the time I don't understand why the films were nominated in the first place. I guess they just aren't my cup of tea???
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
My boyfriend and I make it a point to see all of the movies that are nominated for the Best Picture Oscar every year. We don't make it a point to see the movies nominated for the other categories, or for the other awards shows, though. I mean, we'll go see them, but only if we want to, not because they were nominated for the Best Screenplay Golden Globe or whatever.
Yeah, I try to see all the films nominated. The Critcs love em, people who have seen them rave and I have to see them too. So if a film has neen nominated I really want to see it.
demeter demeter 9 years
No. I see what I want to see, no nomination no matter how prestigious is going to get me to see it any more.
Marci Marci 9 years
We love movies and go a lot, so I've usually seen most of what's nominated. But if there's something that's getting a lot of buzz that I haven't seen, yes; I'll go see it because of that.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Every year I try to see all the nominated films, and this year I think I'm zeroing in on that goal. I've seen 31 so far, many of which I never would have seen otherwise. Linda McP, or anyone else who likes to see all the nominated flicks, you should join our Academy Awards group: We try to see them all every year and post about them. Even though there's only one week left, we'd love to hear more input! :)
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Sometimes a nomination will spark interest in a film to which I hadn't given much thought, but it would never sway me to see a film I wasn't interested in at all in the first place. I still haven't seen/have no intention of seeing: Gladiator, Cold Mountain, and loads more, just like I'll never watch Atonement by my own will.
Francesca-Fiore Francesca-Fiore 9 years
Last year I went on a tear of seeing as many nominated films as possible, and I ended up glad I did. I did it for totally selfish reasons- I wanted to be the expert at our annual Oscar party! But I saw things I wouldn't normally have made time for, and it was worth it.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I might go see the nominated movies, if only so I can properly predict the winners! The nominations don't automatically make me think it's a good film, but it does make me take a second look.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Every year, I try to see as many of the nominated films as possible. Some years we have movie marathon weekend and fit as many films in as we possible can.
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