Prep before the Oscars

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Will you be watching the Oscars next weekend? Whenever award season comes around, it’s a reminder of how few movies I’ve seen in theatres. I guess I’ve got a week to catch up.

What were your top picks of this year’s nominees? I’ve got Amy (the documentary about Amy Winehouse) in my queue at home and hope to have at least watched all the Best Picture nominees: one still has to go to a theatre to watch Brooklyn, The Revenant, or The Big Short, but The Martian, Bridge of Spies, and Spotlight can all be watched at home (legally) as of tomorrow.

Here are some ways to prep…

In a betting mood? Need a ballot for your party? The Printable Nominee list.

For the second year in a row, all the acting nominees are white. Are the Oscars the problem or is it the industry? “You have to backtrack and look at the kinds of movies that African-Americans have been cast in.” And start voting with our dollars. (Another interesting read on the subject.)

Related: How will Chris Rock handle hosting when #OscarsSoWhite? Here are his most memorable jokes from the last time he hosted.

A cheat-sheet for feigning informed conversation about the Best Picture nominees.

And the NYT “Bluffer’s guides” to the Oscars.

Entertainment Weekly’s 20 moments to watch before the awards.

How accurate is The Revenant when it comes to Hugh Glass’s life? The true story.

From cocktails to cook-the-movie menus, food inspiration for your Oscar party.

The awards will be held on Sunday, February 28, and will be televised live on ABC at 7:00 p.m. EST/4:00 p.m. PST. Here’s how to live stream the Oscars.

Will you watch? What were your favorite movies this year? 

P.S. My favorite Oscar’s gown, now 10 years past. And the missing 2015 Best Actress dress.

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