Chatham Film Club Offers Oscar Challenge and Hollywood Mini-Festival

It’s that time of year again for movie fans. As the excitement builds for the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 22, the Crandell Theatre holds its own contest called the “Crandell Oscar Challenge.” The Challenge ballot asks participants to predict the films and individuals nominated by the Academy in each of its 24 categories. In addition, this month the Crandell holds a weekend film festival called “Hooray for Hollywood” with four films on February 14-15.

This is the third year of the Crandell Oscar Challenge. In 2014, the Crandell Theatre showed 25 of the films nominated for Oscars. Of these, 10 films had their upstate premieres at the 2014 FilmColumbia Festival before being released to the general public; 13 were shown as part of the theatre’s regular weekly programming; and two were shown as part of the Chatham Film Club’s Sunday afternoon movies, which are mainly independent, foreign films.

Patrons of the Crandell may participate in the Oscar Challenge by submitting a ballot at the concession stand. In return, they will receive a free small popcorn. Only one ballot per person is allowed, and every category must be filled in. Two tie-breaking questions are asked: “Which film will win the most awards?” and “How many awards will that film win?” Theatre patrons have until February 21st to fill out their ballots. The winner receives a book of 10 passes to the Crandell.

Hooray for Hollywood films and show times include: Saturday, February 14: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at 1 p.m., and The Player (1992) at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 15: Sunset Boulevard (1950) at 1 p.m., and Singin’ in the Rain (1952) at 4 p.m.

“The Oscar Challenge and Hooray for Hollywood film festival provide ways for all of us to celebrate movies during awards season,” says Fred Ulrich, President of the Chatham Film Club. “Since our patrons had the opportunity to see a good number of the nominated films at the Crandell, we think the Challenge is a fun way to get ready for the Oscars, and the mini-festival just adds to the excitement.”

The Chatham Film Club, a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit organization, owns and operates the historic Crandell Theatre on Chatham’s Main Street and produces the popular FilmColumbia Festival each October. For information on the Crandell Oscar Challenge and Hooray for Hollywood films, visit