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question of the day: Do Oscar nominations affect your desire to see a film?

Earlier this week, Patrick Goldstein at his Los Angeles Times blog wondered “What happened to the fabled ‘Oscar bounce’?” In the midst of a tremendous box office boom, the films nominated for Oscars have not benefitted — in fact, they’re being all but overlooked by moviegoers, for the most part. Writes Goldstein:

Here’s one perspective on how little the best picture nominations have meant this year. Even without a best picture nod, “Doubt” has outgrossed three of the five best picture nominees, while “Defiance” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” which barely registered with Oscar voters–earning one major nomination between them–have outgrossed both “The Reader” and “Frost/Nixon.” The latter film is the most striking commercial failure of the season. Losing more theaters each week, “Frost/Nixon” only made a paltry $473,000 this weekend, giving it a total of $16.3 million after 11 weeks in the market, nearly 60% of its overall grosses coming before the Oscar nominations were announced.

Goldstein offers a lot of intriguing analysis after that as to how and why the Oscar bounce may have disappeared, and how the movie marketplace is changing overall, and it’s well worth a read. But my question to you today is simpler:

Do Oscar nominations affect your desire to see a film? If not, why not? If so, are you more likely to see that film in a theater, or will you wait till DVD?

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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