Just a few hours ago, I reached the end of an event that I anticipate and dread each year: AMC's 24-hour Best Picture Marathon. Every Best Picture nominee for the year is screened, in a single day, for an increasingly delirious audience. This was 2014's lineup:

  1. Philomena
  2. Her
  3. 12 Years a Slave
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. American Hustle
  6. Gravity
  7. Dallas Buyers Club
  8. Nebraska
  9. Captain Phillips

Here, read a sample of my dispatches from the nine-movie showcase (and come back later tonight to read The Week's live coverage of the 86th annual Academy Awards):