The Oscars are tonight. As usual, I am way behind on current movies. The only film from 2015 that knocked my socks off was Mad Max: Fury Road. I’ve only seen about 1/3 of the films nominated, and only half of the Best Picture nominees.
I often take this time to look back on recent years, hoping that I’ve caught up a bit. Here is a list of the movies for which I have given at least a 9/10 rating since 2010:
2013: Before Midnight (10/10, one Oscar nomination), The Square (10/10, one Oscar nomination), 12 Years a Slave (won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture), The Act of Killing (2012?, one Oscar nomination), Gravity (won 7 Oscars), The Past
During that time, I have seen every Best Picture winner but one (The Artist). Among the critical favorites I have missed from that period: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Melancholia, The Turin Horse, Under the Skin, and Holy Motors. I have only seen one of the top ten box office champs of that period (Marvel’s The Avengers). In short, it’s not unusual that I am behind on this year’s Oscar nominees.