For me, the Academy Awards is the most boring awards show: stuffy, long and self-congratulatory. I do, however, enjoy going to the movies and the list of Best Picture nominees this year is good.
In anticipation of Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville is hosting a Best Picture Showcase on Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. For $30, or $25 if you are part of AMC's free MovieWatcher Rewards, you can watch five Best Picture nominees back-to-back with a large popcorn and unlimited soda. This way, you can skip the boring speeches and talk with other movie-goers about your favorites.
10:30 A.M.: Up
12:45 P.M.: A Serious Man
2:45 P.M.: The Hurt Locker
6:00 P.M.: An Education
8:00 P.M.: District 9
Not a bad deal if you are a fan of cinema or have not yet seen many of the films. You cannot bring in outside food, but a commemorative lanyard lets you enter and leave as you please. The food options in Bay Street are limited to chains like P.F.Chang’s China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen and Asquew so you are safer bringing your own meal and eating outside by the fire pits in front of Barnes and Noble.
AMC Bay Street
5614 Shellmound Ave., Emeryville