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Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 2:21 pm | Updated: 9:30 am, Sat Feb 19, 2011.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Oscar nominee-watching engines. The race to see all 10 best picture nominees is on, and you can watch them on the big screen beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mesa.

The AMC Mesa Grand 24 movie theater at Stapley Drive and Baseline Road will host the national movie house chain’s Big Picture Showcase, when all 10 films are screened over the two consecutive Saturdays before ABC’s airing of the 83rd annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27.

“These are some of the most celebrated movies of the year, and we recognize that not everyone has seen all ten. Or many movie fans would perhaps like to see them again to analyze scenes, pick up on nuances or just to share the experience with someone new,” said AMC spokesman Stephen Colanero in a statement.

Tickets for the event cost $60 and include both Saturdays of screenings and two $10 gift cards that can be used at the snack bar. Minus the gift cards, that works out to about $4 per picture. A single-day pass costs $35 and includes one $10 gift card.

The schedule

Feb. 19:

11 a.m. “Toy Story 3”

1 p.m. “127 Hours”

3 p.m. “The Kids Are All Right”

5:45 p.m. “True Grit”

7:45 p.m. “The Fighter”

Feb. 26:

11 a.m. “Winter’s Bone”

1 p.m. “Black Swan”

3:10 p.m. “Inception”

6:45 p.m. “The Social Network”

9 p.m. “The King’s Speech”

The Mesa theater is the only movie house in the East Valley to screen all 10 pictures. The AMC Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix will also show them, and the AMC Westgate 20 in Glendale will host a 24-hour movie marathon, where guests can watch all 10 movies in one sitting, on Feb. 26. That ticket is $50 and includes a $20 gift card for concessions.

Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

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