If the run-up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 seems to have been all about who’s wearing what and which actor may or may not have spoiled his Oscar chances with an ill-timed racy promotion for his next film, leave it to the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., to put the focus where it belongs: on the nominated movies and performances.
In addition to its current showings of A Separation, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, the Music Box is bringing several of this year’s Oscar crop to the big screen, Feb. 10 – 22. The Tree of Life is back for another helping of polarizing reactions; the Ryan Gosling movie that nobody saw, Drive, circles the block again; find out why Demian Bichir earned a best actor nod for A Better Life; relive that scene from Bridesmaids; be the only person in the office Oscar pool to accurately predict the Documentary Short Subject category. Because you’re the only person who’s seen them.
Purchase a ticket to any of the movies in the Oscar series and you’re automatically entered in a drawing to attend a secret screening of a secret film, Feb. 16. It’s all so very hush-hush, but what we can tell you is this: 200 lucky moviegoers will be invited to view a film that’s been nominated for an Oscar but has yet to hit Chicago theaters.
Could it be Monsieur Lazhar, the French-Canadian nominee for Foreign Language Film? Music Box Films just happens to be the movie’s distributor.