2011 The Year in Movies

As 2012 beckons, let’s bid farewell to the year gone by. It’s been an eventful year in the movies. So here’s all the year-end news you should know before ushering in the New Year.

Bid Goodbye to Film

In what comes as probably the biggest change in Cinema in recent memory is that film will be a thing of the past. Movie theaters have been put on notice to have them convert all their projections to digital. Movie studios are mulling over a change to do away with shipping films on film stock, which are a huge expenditure and a logistical nightmare. Fox Studios is leading the change; it expects to go fully digital by the end of 2012. All other major players will also follow suit. The only other movies that we might see on film are IMAX and indie films. The younger generation might not understand the fuss behind the move, however it would be a landmark change in the way cinema has been viewed; the move can be compared with the previous decision to shift to color movies or the momentous move from silent cinema. However, as we all know ‘Change is constant and inevitable’.

It’s Oscar Time

In other news, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has mailed out nomination ballots for the impending 84th Academy Awards ceremony, to be held on February 26th. The number of voters is around 5,786, and they will all have to make up their minds as the nominees are set to be announced on January 24th. In some excellent related news, Billy Crystal is back to host the ceremony after a tame show by actors Anne Hathway and James Franco last year.

Box-Office 2011

The domestic box-office return is somewhere around the $10 Billion mark, and yes that is a shortfall of about $500 Million from last year. The other bad news is that the overseas box-office return of the top 100 films in 2011 is $969 million short of the number for 2010.

All is not lost for the industry; there is definitely a silver lining for the upcoming year. There are some mouth watering prospects in store; here sample a few, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, Men In Black 3D, Wrath of the Titans.

So here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year and looking forward to a great year at the movies.

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