HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 4 Passes to See All 5 Best-Picture Oscar Nominees in One Day

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CHICAGO – We are pleased to announce what’s nothing short of a once-in-a-lifetime HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film opportunity: the chance for four lucky winners to see all five 2009 best-picture Oscar nominees (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “Milk,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon” and “The Reader”) in one glorious Chicago day.

This AMC best-picture showcase with the 2009 Oscar nominees also coincides with an exciting social networking experiment where movie watchers will be using Twitter, live blogging and other social networking tools to document their thoughts in real time.

Read on to learn more about this experiment. “Slumdog Millionaire” stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto from “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle. “Milk” stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco and Alison Pill from director Gus Van Sant. “The Dark Knight” and “WALL-E” failed to earn a 2009 best-picture nomination from the academy.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Taraji P. Henson from director David Fincher. “Frost/Nixon” stars Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt from director Ron Howard. “The Reader” stars Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and David Kross from director Stephen Daldry.

If you win this remarkable HollywoodChicago.com Hookup, you’ll earn the opportunity to see all five heavy-hitting 2008 films for free. This redefines the definition of a movie marathon. The festivities start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 in downtown Chicago at AMC River East 21 at 322 E. Illinois St. and run all the way through 11:59 p.m. on the same evening.

Want more? You’ll also be entitled to a complimentary large popcorn with unlimited refills all day as well as a collectible movie pass to immortalize the opportunity. The 81st-annual Academy Awards will air on Feb. 22, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET. Want even more?

As if you’re not already getting hooked up enough, this is also your opportunity to be the critic and write for HollywoodChicago.com! Winners will be invited to blog on our discussion boards using your iPhone or data-friendly cell phone or your Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer at a nearby venue.

One nearby Starbucks with free Wi-Fi is in the Dominick’s grocery store at Illinois and Fairbanks. A second Starbucks is at McClurg Court and Ontario. A Panera Bread is nearby, too. If you win, just make sure you create a thread or threads illuminating your feelings about each film.

To win your unforgettable, Oscar-nominated five-pack pass courtesy exclusively of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is submit an entry of why you deserve a pass using our confidential, Web-based submission form. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

AMC best-picture showcase of 2009 Oscar nominees
Image credit: AMC Theatres

If you noticed the prices mentioned in the graphic above, as a valued HollywoodChicago.com reader we are pleased to inform you that they don’t apply to you. We have negotiated these rates to be entirely free for our four lucky winners.

To secure your free five-pack pass, you must be logged into your HollywoodChicago.com account. If you don’t yet have one, you can quickly register here. Having an account with a valid e-mail address is required to win this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup.

Next, simply submit why you deserve a pass. You must submit your entry using this confidential, Web-based submission form. Please do not comment in this Hookup. Your entry will be invalid if you do so. Please only submit your entry using this submission form.

You must include your e-mail address and full name in your submission. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential and is only for us to contact you about your winning pass. Your personal information will not be sold or shared elsewhere.

StarSubmit you entry now describing why you deserve a pass!

This HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film is simple: Four people who submit an entry describing why they deserve a five-pack movie pass and commit to blogging on HollywoodChicago.com will win! A studio representative will be at AMC River East on the morning of Feb. 21, 2009 to hand passes to the lucky HollywoodChicago.com four. You will need to present your photo ID to the representative.

Winners will be chosen at our discretion based on how compelling your reason is and based on whether you agreed to the terms of this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup.

Following your entry, winners can click this printer-friendly link to print out the information contained in this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup for your jam-packed movie Saturday. Here is the schedule of 2009 Oscar-nominated best-picture viewings on Feb. 21, 2009 at AMC River East:

“Milk,” 10:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. (15-minute break)
“The Reader,” 1:05 p.m. to 3:19 p.m. (25-minute break)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” (30-minute break)
“Slumdog Millionaire,” 7:15 p.m. 9:27 to p.m. (15-minute break)
“Frost/Nixon,” 9:45 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief Adam Fendelman


moviefan508's picture

There is no bigger movie fan

There is no bigger movie fan than myself and this would be an opportunity to immerse myself in the very best.

Anonymous's picture

Biggest Movie Fan Ever!

I am the biggest movie fan ever… so much so that I will watch just about anything and once I start I have to sit all the way through it. Picture 3 college guys watching “The Hours.” No joke… we had to watch it all the way through!

biffhasselhoff's picture

I'm a winner

Its quite simple I am an avid movie goer. Just because I love the actors in these movies does not mean I will love the movies so I will be honest and sincere with my blogging. I do enjoy blogging and I will be honest and forthright, I can be funny and insightful. I love socializing and I love movies. I also watch the academey awards. Please lets not talk about the snub job they did on Eddie Murphy last year. And more importantly I will be able to commit for the day. Also it would be great if two passes were made avaible to me because as they say two gold bloggers are better than one any day of the week.

MovieWatcher's picture

Best Picture Showcase

I am worthy of winning the pass to see the award nominated films because I love the movies.

chicago-irishman's picture

Oscar Award Dream Showcase

This is what all movie lovers dream about, seeing all five of the best picture awarded movies in one day, I believe that I should be one of the lucky few because I already blog reviews of the movies I see, I write about the movie, the cast, the sound and everything, My blogs are almost novel length. I not only watch the movie, but I pay attention to how other movie goers react to parts of the movie, I mention their experience as well as mine. All five of these movies are deserving of their award and Adam i feel I am deserving of seeing them in one day.

slickflix's picture

Hook me up!

Listen, I’ve already seen all the movies nominated for best picture. Some of them multiple times. In my humble opinion, anybody who can’t say the same isn’t a real movie fan. Like everything in life one has a passion for, I’ve committed time, money, and mind to cinema’s finest offerings this year.

So why do I deserve the opportunity to see them again?

Simple. I love them all so much. Some a little more than others. And at this point I’m having a really tough time trying to determine which film stands out as the most accomplished of the year. I’ll be honest, I’ve got two in mind which seem to be edging out the others considerably. All of the films nominated are so diverse and so well made that sorting it all out consumes my thoughts day and night. The change to watch them all, back to back, free of any bias and other commitments, seems like the only way I can settle for myself what film really is the best picture of the year.

chicagomovies's picture

5 movie pass

I deserve a pass because my last 5 movie marathon was on New Year’s Eve, and consisted of: Feast 1 & 2, Hostle 1 & 2, and Revenge of the Nerds. So, needless to say I have been out of the loop and am in dire need of some quality, award winning entertainment.

If I don’t cut the mustard with this entry, don’t feel bad about it. Because I have my VCR on pause ready for my own 5 movie marathon. This time around I’m thinking… Fiddler on the Roof, The Godfather part 2, What About Bob, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Ishtar. I think that’ll be punishment enough for not coming up with a better entry.

I have been the proud winner in the past of hookup tickets, and as always promise to show up, and for the first time, blog about it. Ty.

miss_niki's picture

Let's Go to Church!

(i submitted this via the link above as i thought we were supposed to, but thought i’d post here as well in order to make sure it is received … thanks adam)

“It’s Wednesday, February 11th. The Academy Awards are on Sunday the 22nd. We’re a mere 11 days out. What kind of a film buff would I be if I haven’t already seen most of these movies?

Actually, in this economy, scratch that thought.

Truth is, I’ve seen 3 out of the 5 films on the roster. So why give a pass to someone who has already viewed these movies?

A few months ago, when the Golden Globe nominations came out, I sent an email to my film-loving friends, stating the movies I planned on seeing before the Oscars. The subject of the email? “Let’s Go to Church!”

The movie theatre, to me, is a sacred place. On a Sunday morning, only the faithful go, pay their tidings, & enter the church. We eat the traditional food, we drink the traditional drink. We shoosh the disrespectful, we smile knowingly at familiar faces. We sit, facing the pulpit, & await the message for the day.

There are rules, often unspoken, sometimes reiterated towards the beginning of Mass: have some respect. There’s an order to the message: Quiet music playing as we enter, future events being announced to whet our interest, & the dimming of the lights. We open ourselves up to the wonderment of whatever it is we will be receiving. Sometimes, the homily is a funny commentary on life. Other times, it’s a stark reminder of our own mortality. Still other times, it’s a way for us to zone out of our tedious day-to-day stress. & then the music plays us out as we file down the aisles, heading to the world outside with new thoughts, images, ideas in our heads & hearts.

& yes, sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to hear the same sermon twice.

So … think of this as a retreat I’d be honored to attend.”

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