Is there really a better time of the year for movies than Oscar Season? Not in my book. For whatever reason, all of the best movies come out in September through February (some movies get a limited release in December just to qualify for the Oscars, then open wide later). It's how I get to see Hotel Rwanda and Million Dollar Baby on consecutive weekends and that is priceless.
But what I really like about this time of the year is just that because of all of the award shows leading into the Oscars, there is a lot of discussion about movies. Sure there is discussion all year, but how much do I really want to hear about The Day After Tomorrow and Eurotrip?
It's all about the Oscars. What are the chances of the actor I like scoring a nomination? In the case of Natalie Portman, apparently very good. Will Scorsese finally win Best Director? I hope not. Is there a better movie this year than Million Dollar Baby? No, but Hotel Rwanda, Maria Full of Grace, and Closer were all excellent. Will Hilary Swank win a second Best Actress Oscar and deny Annette Bening a second time? I hope so.
It'll keep me up and in front of the tv watching all 6 hours of the Academy Awards television broadcast while I should be sleeping because I have to work the next day.
And then it'll keep me mentally complaining for the next couple of months (or years if I think about Titanic winning Best Picture over L.A. Confidential).