James Cameron uses Avatar 3D technology in Sanctum

The Academy Award nominations were announced last week and whether or not you are a movie expert, you can enter to win free movies for a year with Landmark Cinemas’ annual Academy Awards Contest.

With James Cameron serving as executive producer

The Academy Award nominations were announced last week and whether or not you are a movie expert, you can enter to win free movies for a year with Landmark Cinemas’ annual Academy Awards Contest.

If you think that you have not seen enough of the nominees to make a guess at what and who might win, there are other ways to predict the winners. Pay attention to other awards shows such as the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild and critic’s awards and you can even see what odds Las Vegas is putting on the nominees.

In fact, it is probably better to base your predictions upon what the odds makers are saying, rather than personal feeling.

For example, both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, indicating that they are both a good bet to win at the Oscars.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Grand 10, Paramount or Capitol Theatres or you can download the entry form from the Capitol Theatre’s website at www.westkelownamovies.com.

Entry deadline is Sunday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., the same day the awards are handed out, starting at 5 p.m.

No matter how predictable the winners may be, there are very good reasons why these movies, directors and actors are nominated. To not see some of these nominees on the big screen would be opportunities missed.

Movies like The King’s Speech, True Grit, Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Fighter are still playing in the Central Okanagan, so there is still time to see what everyone’s talking about.

The most exciting movie opening this week marks the return of the magic touch of James Cameron to the big screen. Sanctum is about a deep-sea diving team, headed by a father and son, who get trapped in an underwater cave system and face a two-day battle for survival.

It was inspired by the film’s co-writer Andrew Wight’s near-death experience of leading a diving expedition miles into a system of underwater caves, then having to find a way out after a freak storm collapsed the entrance.

Cameron executive produces the 3-D drama.

Shot on location at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Sanctum employs 3-D photography techniques Cameron developed to film Avatar. With Cameron involved, you can be assured that it features some impressive underwater action scenes.

It stars a lesser-known cast with the biggest names being Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Richard Roxburgh (an Australian actor best known for roles in Mission Impossible 2 and Dracula in Van Helsing).

The Roommate may look like thrillers like Single White Female, but I cannot recall one set in a college dorm. Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights & Parenthood) star in a thriller about a deranged college freshman who becomes obsessed with her new roommate.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

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