49 Movies to See Before the 2011 Oscars

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The pre-Toronto/Telluride/Venice/New York Film Festivals Oscar predictions are now complete including the visual and sound technical categories. Check those out here and feel free to let me know your thoughts.

Every year I come up with a formula that determines the most important movies to see in a given year based on my Oscar predictions. Each movie is given a score based on points earned in each category. A movie earns 5 points for being a front runner in the “Big 8” categories, 3 points for being an alternate in the “Big 8”, 3 points for being a front runner in any other category, 1 point for being an alternate in any other category. Based on that formula I have come up with 49 movies that are likely to receive some sort of attention from the Academy Awards.

Leading the way is the summer hit Inception which not only is a strong contender for Best Picture and Director, but is also likely to sweep many of the technical awards. Right on its tail is Peter Weir’s The Way Back, which is my early pick to win Best Picture. 14 of the 49 films have been released theatrically in the U.S. already this year: Inception, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Winter’s Bone, Get Low, Iron Man 2, Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Micmacs, Restrepo, The Wolf Man, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Of those films I have seen 9. How many have you seen?

Launch the list and keep score as more films continue to get released!

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  • Jose

    I’ve only seen 8 1/2 of those movies, why in the world is Eclipse included?

  • Inception, Toy Story 3, Alice In Wonderland, Despicable Me.

  • Anessa

    I’ve seen 9: Inception, The Kids are Alright, Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Winter’s Bone, Iron Man 2, Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, and Exit Though the Gift Shop.

    And of your list I am ultimately going to end up watching about 30, when most of the movies are out for release.

  • Quinn

    I’ve seen 5: Toy Story 3, Inception, The Kids are Alright, Despicable Me, and Alice and Wonderland.

    The song in “Despicable Me” really doesn’t have much chance at Best Original Song

  • That’s probably true about the ‘Despicable Me’ song, but I don’t really know what other songs will be in competition.

  • Quinn

    Hopefully a song from “Scott pilgrim Vs. the World” will be nominated. I liked Sex Bob Omb

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