Parents and the Academy Awards

You know you are a parent when… you haven’t seen a single one of the movies nominated for an Academy Award.

And I am not just referring to the Best Picture nominees; I’m talking about any movie in any category.

You, you, you, and me.

Can you imagine taking a young child to see the mostly silent, black-and-white best flick nominee, “The Artist”?

My kid would have gotten us thrown out of the theater within the first four minutes, or after the first 50 times of her asking: “Mommy, why does this movie have no sound?”–whichever came first.

Last year, parents lucked out as “Toy Story 3″ was in the running for Best Picture (as well as animated feature, sound editing, original song and adapted screenplay).

In fact, of the 10 Best Picture nominees in 2010, “Toy Story 3” was the only title I even recognized, let alone paid money to sit through.


Could that be the main reason most parents are clueless when it comes to Oscar’s favorite flicks?

Going to the movies these days is not cheap. And if you factor in a sitter for the night, popcorn, gas to get to and from the theater, and the effort it takes to actually look presentable in public, you see why many moms and dads are edged out of the pop culture loop.

Time is another factor.

I don’t know many parents with young children who make time to shower daily, let alone drive to a theater and see NINE movies in the course of a year.

Fortunately for Academy Award show producers, just because most parents haven’t seen a single one of the nominated films, it doesn’t mean they won’t tune into the Oscar extravaganza. After all, even if we don’t know enough to pick the big screen winners, we can certainly weigh in on the best and worst dressed stars.

How many of this year’s Best Picture nominees did you pay to see?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.