An Oscar race is no fun if nobody has seen the movies

The pandemic-warped release calendar means awards season feels more like a film festival

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You probably haven't seen the best movie of 2020 — at least if this year's awards nominees tell us anything.

Over the past week, traditional Oscar bellwethers like the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Critics Choice Awards announced their nominees and cemented this year's Best Picture frontrunners. But unless you're a critic or a voting member of an awards body, you couldn't actually catch up on watching any of them this weekend. Movies like Nomadland, Minari, The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, and The Mauritanian all received major nominations, while remaining unseen by the general public. Because they still aren't out yet.

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