This year, when the Oscar nominations were announced I had yet to see any of the films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Not even “Son of Saul” of which I had a screener since before the holidays. Luckily, I still get invitations to most of the press screenings for movies vying for Oscar nominations even though I have relocated from Los Angeles to Mississippi, and once the nominations are announced I can go through my emails and reach out to either the studios or the PR firms, briefly explaining my geographically inclined plight, and request a screener. I do my best to watch all of the nominated films, no matter the nomination. This way I feel I can see a blueprint of how the “collective” Academy sees (the good, bad and the ugly!) the year in film. The makes my Oscarwatching experience all the more enjoyable if not extremely tiring. Especially in the final days leading up to the ceremony.