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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I don't remember exactly how The Oscar Run got started, but these days it's a midwinter rite. Let me 'splain, Lucy.

What is The Oscar Run?
A marathon viewing of as many Oscar nominated movies as possible prior to the airing of the awards show in March.

Who are the participants?
My friend Mary and myself are the original Oscar Runners, although very recently we allowed her husband Albert to dash along with us. (He's still spinning.)

When does The Oscar Run begin?
Officially, The Oscar Run begins around the time of the Golden Globes.

How did The Oscar Run get started?
If the participants were to plan this sort of thing, we would start going to these movies as they are released. But as pseudo-adrenaline junkies, we both prefer the rush of cramming everything at the last minute.

So how does The Oscar Run work?
The final weeks prior to the awards happen at a breakneck pace. Since at that point some of the films are no longer on the big screen, a massive hunt begins for second tier theaters at which they may be playing, as long as they are within reasonable distance. It might be necessary to view several films in one afternoon, starting with an early early matinee.

What does one wear to The Oscar Run?
While it's fabulous to sport red carpet wear at the Oscars, The Oscar Run demands comfortable clothing that will go with the flow. Sweatpants, sweatshirts and sneakers are derigueur. Always carry a large handbag (see below).

Is there a special diet for The Oscar Run?
Participants usually fortify themselves with large bottles of water, popcorn, Good & Plenty, Pirate Mix and seasonal fruit. (Nothing with peels like bananas). Pack it all in advance in the aforementioned large handbag.

Are there any health hazards?
There may be difficulty readjusting to daylight after spending an entire day watching films in the dark.

Any final recommendations for The Oscar Run?
Bring blankets with you, sometimes the theaters are cold.

Amen, and pass the mustard.

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