For Your Consideration: Why Hollywood Doesn't Go to the Movies

5 years ago

Every year in the middle of November, thin little packages start arriving on doorsteps all over Los Angeles. They trickle and flood in until the end of the year, little cases of entertainment. You can almost hear the collective excitement in the city when the film awards screeners go out from the movie studios.  

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You’re eligible to receive film screeners if you’re a voting member of one of the entertainment industry guilds: Producers, Directors, Actors, etc., or if you are part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association or Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  I’m a member of the Producers Guild, and my husband belongs to both the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild.  We see far more movies through my association with the PGA than he does with the DGA or SAG, and we’re among those who race to the mailbox to see what arrived.  

If you’re fine with the bare bones film - no behind the scenes extras here - and a text disclaimer that rolls through the screen once or twice an hour, it’s amazingly convenient to have the year's best films come to you.  Our family went through a movie marathon over the Christmas holiday, knocking out many of those we thought might be the biggies come awards season.  

And now here we are, watching the efforts of the studios' PR pushes pay off. The Golden Globes are behind us (the show itself sort of a snooze-fest this year, would you agree?) and the Oscar nominations are finally out.  

Like a lot of people, I’ve watched the major awards shows since I was a little girl, ogling the sparkly dresses and wondering what it would be like to be in a room filled with such talent.  The first year I lived in Los Angeles was also the first year the Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater, and I lived just down the street on Hollywood Boulevard.  It was surreal to me that the biggest night in Hollywood was taking place just blocks away.  

Now that I’m part of an entertainment industry family, there’s a whole new side to seeing quality work recognized. This really is a small town, and often we know some of the crew or read the script for a project before it was made. And because my husband is mainly behind the camera, we have a soft spot for some of the technical awards that most people use as a bathroom break.  

There were some definite surprises in this mornings Oscar announcements. I was blown away that Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy didn't make it into Best Picture contingency, and sad that Ides of March didn't receive more nods. Though I haven’t made my way through the whole pile of nominated films yet, so far I’m cheering on Moneyball.  What about you?

Laura Tremaine is a Hollywood Housewife.  No, really.  She'll be live-tweeting the Oscars next month, with a pinch of insider knowledge and heavy dose of random musing.

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