How Much Do Awards Matter in Your Decision to See a Movie?

One of my most anticipated movies of this month is Zero Dark Thirty, a title that shot way up my list following the incredible critical response the movie received last week when it was first screeend for the press (see the initial buzz out of the gate here). Part of that response was, of course, awards relevant, with the director Kathryn Bigelow and actress Jessica Chastain filling out much of the praises for their cemented Oscar worthiness. But I think if the Oscars didn't exist, it would still be getting an excitable boost and would still be high on my radar. And either way, the fact that it was just named Best Picture (and Bigelow as Best Director and Greig Fraser for Best Cinematography) by the New York Film Critics Circle now has little influence on my decision to see...

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