Hey! It’s Oscar weekend!

That means, here at Horse Nation, it’s going to be all horse movies, all the time between now and Sunday night. War Horse, of course, is nominated for a slew of awards: Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. And whether you loved it or thought it was an unrealistic, overwrought waste of celluloid, really, is irrelevant at this point. Right now, all we care about it the fact that a horse movie has been nominated for an Oscar, which hasn’t happened since… OK, so it hasn’t been that long (Seabiscuit in 2003). Which just goes to show you that even Hollywood, in all its zany ridiculousness, understands what we have known all along: Horses. are. awesome.

This is a time for all of us to band together and celebrate the importance of horses in film. The horse-movie genre is a vast, sprawling landscape that ranges from good to bad, serious to cheesy, magnificent to either intentionally or unintentionally hilarious. And this weekend on Horse Nation, we are going to take a tour of all its various incarnations.

So, stock up on microwavable popcorn and dim the lights: Horse Nation is going to the movies.

Go War Horse.

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