What a week this is going to be! There is simply no better place in the world to get ready for the Academy Awards than the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay. In anticipation of the big event on Sunday, March 2, we’ve got a whole slew of nominated films that Oscar completists won’t want to miss.
But before we get to our upcoming offerings, a quick reminder that TONIGHT is your LAST CHANCE to catch “Her” at the Bijou and “Dallas Buyers Club” at the State. Both films have been nominated for six Oscars a piece, including Best Picture, and are leading contenders in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor/Supporting Actor categories, respectively.
Starting Friday, we are thrilled to be showing all five of the nominees for Best Documentary Feature. This includes two TCFF returning favorites and award winners: “Dirty Wars,” the high-stakes political thriller that won our Special Founders Prize; and “The Act of Killing,” an absolutely essential and groundbreaking work that won the Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking — it’s truly a testament to the power of film. These two titles join fellow nominees:
“20 Feet from Stardom” – the lives of backup singers living in a world just beyond the spotlight.
“Cutie and the Boxer” — a raw look at two underappreciated artists in a breathtaking portrait of marriage, sacrifice, and the creative spirit.
“The Square” — a revelatory and riveting on-the-ground account of Egypt’s ongoing revolution.
The always popular Oscar Nominated Short Film Programs will also return this week. Enjoy all of the Documentary, Animated, and Live Action nominated shorts right here at the State. While these films are not officially rated, the Animated program has been given a suggested PG rating.
And the Oscar nominee spectacular does not stop there! Over at the Bijou, we’re highlighting TWO Oscar-nominated performances with August: Osage County. Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep are standouts among an all-star ensemble cast in this darkly funny family drama adapted from Tracy Letts’ Tony-winning play.
Plus, our top two picks to win the Oscar for Best Picture will both be on screen next week. Following its historic run at the State this November, “12 Years a Slave” will return starting Friday, February 28 AND we could not be more excited to announce that “Gravity” will be showing at the Bijou in…drum roll please…Dolby 3D!
From the first moment we saw Alfonso Cuaron’s visionary film at Telluride, we knew we just had to bring it to Traverse City. And the only way to truly experience this masterwork in its full glory, is in 3D!
Amateur Oscar prognosticators should also take note that ballots for our annual Academy Awards Party are available now at the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay. Start picking out your formal best — even I have been known to sport a tux for the occasion — and mark your calendars for Sunday, March 2 when the winners will be revealed and someone will take home a one-year All Access pass for two to the State and Bijou. Tickets for this State Theatre fundraising event are $10 for members and $15 for the public and include all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, dessert, and popcorn, plus enough soda, coffee, and tea to keep you awake until Best Picture is announced.
And if all of this is not enough for you, also at the State Theatre this week we have a very special Friday Night Flick SECRET SHOW! If you love the heart-stirring magic of the movies, I can say with absolutely certainty that you will not want to miss the movie this Friday at 10:30 pm at the State Theatre. Everyone should be there.
Also, our Saturday 25 cent kids matinee in honor of Dental Health Day is “Rise of the Guardians,” and this week’s Black History Month Wednesday 25 cent classic matinee is the Oscar-winning “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
Start practicing your acceptance speech now.
Your friendly neighborhood Oscar winner,