March 3, 2014
For the second year in a row, over 100 patrons tested their movie knowledge in the Crandell Oscar Challenge. With the final ballots counted, the winner was Debra Goldman of Spencertown. Ms. Goldman, who also won the top prize in last year’s contest, correctly picked the winners in 22 of 24 categories and also correctly guessed that Gravity would win the most awards with 7.
Ms. Goldman, a member of the Chatham Film Club and self-described movie buff, took home a book of 10 movies passes as her prize. “I just love movies and usually watch the Oscars with friends,” she said. “To make my selections I read critics’ thoughts and usually end up voting for what I think will win, but not necessarily what I want to win.”
But Ms. Goldman was not the only two-time winner, her daughter Molly was the runner-up for the second year in a row, making 21 correct selections. Tied for second place was Audrey Shelton of Brooklyn, NY. These two runners-up were each awarded a pair of passes to the Crandell.
Twenty-five of this year’s nominated films have played at the Crandell and Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave” will open this Friday. Crandell patrons were able to see eight of the nominees at the annual FilmColumbia Festival last October including “Dallas Buyers Club,” which was the festival’s “Sneak Peak” and took home two Academy Awards for acting.
Chatham Film Club President Fred Ulrich was very excited to see the level of interest in the contest extend into the second year. “We had a great response to the promotion last year and thought it would be fun to run it again. It’s a wonderful way to highlight the strong programing that we have for our regular weekly films, our Sunday series and the annual film festival. “
Located on Main Street in Chatham, the Crandell Theatre is a historic single screen movie theatre, owned and operated by the Chatham Film Club, a member-supported 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. For more information, and to find out what’s playing, go to www.crandelltheatre.org.