AMC presents Best Picture Showcase

“AMC Theaters has brought back, for the second year, a marathon of films shown the day before the Academy Awards Ceremony takes place. Five films, all of which are nominated for Best Picture Oscars during the year 2007, are shown one after the other, with short breaks between each and an extended dinner break between the third and fourth films.”

AMC Theaters has brought back, for the second year, a marathon of films shown the day before the Academy Awards Ceremony takes place.

Five films, all of which are nominated for Best Picture Oscars during the year 2007, are shown one after the other, with short breaks between each and an extended dinner break between the third and fourth films.

One admission price of $30 gets a special keepsake pass for the theater and a free large popcorn with unlimited refills.

Last year, Northeast Ohio hosted a showing, but for 2008 the nearest theater is the AMC Easton Town Center 30 outside Columbus.

Showings begin at 11 a.m. with Michael Clayton, followed by There Will Be Blood, Atonement, Juno and No Country for Old Men. Except for Juno, rated PG-13, all the films are rated R. For more information, contact the theater at (614) 429-4AMC or visit the AMC website at amctheatres.com.

Michael Clayton is the story of a litigator, whose bad fortunes in life leave him linked with financial security to a large New York firm. He is forced to make a moral choice when he discovers his firm has jeopardized the multi-million dollar case in which he seems to have the victory.

Also nominated for director, Tony Gilroy; original score, James Newton Howard; lead actor, George Clooney; supporting actor, Tom Wilkinson; supporting actress, Tilda Swinton and original screenplay, Tony Gilroy.

There Will Be Blood is an incredible journey into the greed and social aspects of a turn-of-the-century oil prospector when the resource first became a necessity of life. The film is based on the novel Oil! (1927) by Upton Sinclair.

The film is also nominated for art direction, cinematography, editing and sound editing, as well direction, Paul Thomas Anderson; lead actor, Daniel Day-Lewis and screenplay based on another work, Paul Thomas Anderson.

Atonement is a crafty romantic film concerning the life the main character creates around her family.

She accuses her older sister’s romantic partner of a crime he never committed, and the decades the family endured through the deception and breakup of the romance.

Based on Ian McEwan’s 2001 novel of the same name. Also nominated for art direction, costume design and cinematography,and original score, Dario Marianelli; supporting actress, Saoirse Ronan and screenplay based on another work, Christopher Hampton.

The only non-drama on the list, Juno explores the social themes involved with teenage pregnancy, friendships and relationships that change due to a pregnancy.

The title character goes on a quick ride into adulthood and builds a relationship with the family who will adopt her baby.

Also nominated are director, Jason Reitman; lead actress, Ellen Page and original screenplay, Diablo Cody.

No Country for Old Men is a dark thriller of a drug deal gone wrong, violence and murders in 80s Texas. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel of the same name.

Besides cinematography, sound, sound editing and editing, this film is also nominated for directors, Ethan and Joel Coen; supporting actor, Javier Bardem; and screenplay based on another work, Ethan and Joel Coen.