Crandell Theatre Catches Oscar Fever

January 21, 2013

The Oscar nominations have been announced and the countdown to the February 24th awards night has begun. The Crandell is proud to say that 19 of the films nominated for Oscars this year have played on its single screen; in fact, 3 of these films (“Amour,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Sessions”) had their upstate premieres at the 2012 FilmColumbia Festival months before they opened to general release. The remaining 16 Oscar-nominated films were either part of the theatre’s regular weekly programming or were shown as part of the Chatham Film Club’s bi-weekly Sunday afternoon movies.

Given this impressive track record, the Crandell decided to get in on the Oscar excitement with its own contest called the “Crandell Oscar Challenge.” The “Challenge” ballot lists the films and individuals nominated by the Academy in each of the 24 categories which run the gamut from “Best Film,” “Best Original Score” and “Best Supporting Actress,” to “Visual Effects,” “Foreign Language” and “Sound Mixing.”

Any patron of the Crandell may participate by filling out and submitting a ballot at the concession stand. In return, they receive a free small bag of popcorn to enjoy while at the movies that night. Only one ballot per person is allowed, and every category must be filled in, as well as all the contact information (name, phone number and email address). There are also two tie-breaker questions to answer – “Which film will win the most awards?” and “How many awards will that film win?”  Theatre patrons have until February 23rd to fill out their ballots. The person with the highest score wins a book of 10 passes to the Crandell.

The “Crandell Oscar Challenge” is the brainchild of Chatham Film Club board member Fred Ulrich, who added, “since our audience members have had the opportunity to see a good number of the nominees at the Crandell, we thought this would be a fun way to get everyone excited about the Oscars and encourage them to come out to the Theatre in the next few weeks.”.

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