Anyone noticed or think there's a direct relation to that? I think it's an interesting point really, you tend to see most of the major academy award nominated films come out between December and February / March of the new year
Then the summer blockbuster season starts from May onwards through till August or so, rinse and repeat
Of course it's not a general rule, a great, critically acclaimed and generally well liked film can come out at any time of the year (Inception was out August '10, District 9 July '09, Inglorious Basterds in August, Life and Death of Benjamin Button was released in the summer also? in 2009)
But does anyone think there's anything behind that? Just coincidence that the films released around the start or end of a year tend to be the most considered for academy awards and generally get the most critical acclaim.
Avatar and more recently The Fighter, The Kings Speech are some reference points
Academy award winners for best picture, 2000-2011
2000 - Gladiator (released in May)
2001 - A beautiful mind (released in December)
2002 - LOTR: Return of the King (released in December)
2003 - Chicago (Released in December)
2004 - Million Dollar Baby (released in December)
2005 - Crash (released in September)
2006 - The Departed (released in October)
2007 - No Country for Old Men (released in November)
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire (released in January 09 in the UK)
2009 - The Hurt Locker (released in July)
2010 - The Kings Speech (released in December / January in the US)
People are more likely to go and see a film in winter because:
a) Most people have time off.
b) There's not much else to do in the major film markets of Western Europe and North America because it's cold and dark outside.
And so top billing films are generally released in late autumn, winter or early spring.
That's my theory anyway
Avatar was awful.
Best film of last decade is There Will Be Blood.
They're usually released for summer (may/june/july release) or a winter release (November/December). It's pretty well known in the film industry.
Titanic was released in December here in the UK.
It's not a coincidence.
They release the Oscar potentials just before the deadlines for that year so they're fresh in the mind of the judges and to get the increased publicity that comes from being nominated for the various awards.
Almost no films that are looking for awards are released before November, otherwise all of the voters forget about them and their momentum dies. Just look at how The Social Network faded this time.