And the Oscar Goes to…

I’m sticking with the award theme this week it seems…

Do you watch any of the various award shows on TV? There are quite a few these days aren’t there? Do you plan to watch the upcoming Oscars? I’ll be watching.

I love movies. Hubby loves movies. My whole family loves movies.

My mother loved movies too. When I was growing up, she always tuned in to watch the Oscars, so I watched too. Even though it aired (and still does) on a school night, we stayed up late each year watching to the very end. In a way, watching the Oscars sort of feels like something we still “do” together. Each year I imagine what her picks might be.

One of the great things about having my own blog is that whenever I feel like it, I get to be a movie critic. Actually being one would probably be my dream job.

I’ve seen six out of this year’s nine nominated movies. And by the way, I wonder why they recently increased this number. It used to be five movies were nominated for best picture, now there can be up to ten movies nominated. Again, this makes me wonder if it’s more about “free” advertising…

Anyway, here are my picks for this year’s winners (along with whom I think will win) in the top categories:

Best actor in a leading role:  Hands down, it has to be Daniel Day-Lewis for his amazing performance as President Lincoln in, of course,  Lincoln. If someone else wins, it’s just wrong IMO. Daniel-Day Lewis became Lincoln in this role. (I think he will win)

Best actress in a leading role:  I must go with Jessica Chastain for her outstanding performance in Zero Dark Thirty. She was amazing and if this movie is in any way indicative of what really went down, all I can say is, wow; it truly is incredible what we owe people who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. (I think she will win)

Best actor in a supporting role:  This is a tough one. I loved Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln. I loved Robert D’Niro’s performance in Silver Linings Play Book. Alan Arkin was stellar in Argo. When push comes to shove, I have to go with Robert D’Niro. I’m a sucker for a man who sheds tears on screen or elsewhere. (I think he will win)

Best actress in a supporting role:  I’m going with Sally Field for her stunning portrayal of the opinionated, troubled and out-spoken Mary Todd Lincoln in Lincoln.  Anne Hathaway was also amazing in Les Miserable. Anyone who can sing like that and with that kind of emotion deserves an award, but I’m a history buff, so… (I actually think Jacki Weaver will win for Silver Linings Playbook)

Best director:  Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Academy as he wasn’t nominated, so I can’t give it to him for Argo. I would if I could. I actually have no idea what’s involved with directing a movie, but I’m assuming it’s a pretty big job. I’m going with Ang Lee for Life of Pi just because; well, actually because there are animals involved. Confession – I haven’t actually seen this movie yet, but I sure plan to. (Have no idea who will win this one)

Best original song:  I’m choosing “Skyfall,” though probably only because I remember this song the most and have not even heard all the songs nominated. (I think it will win too)

And finally, best picture:  I have to go with Argo. I loved Lincoln and it was hard for me to not choose it, but I thought it dragged just a bit. I also thought the story in Django Unchained was so important and well told, but it got lost in the violence. What I remember is the violence, not the story. The story must always come first IMO. Argo was fascinating, fast-paced and kept my attention every second, so I’m going with it. (It’s hard to tell what will win here, but I’m going with Argo)

There you have it.

Those are my picks. 

What are yours?

Do you watch the Oscars?

How many of the  nominated movies have you seen?

What was your favorite movie (not necessarily one nominated) of 2012?


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13 thoughts to “And the Oscar Goes to…”

  1. Nancy,

    I used to watch the Oscars, but I go to bed really early nowadays, so I don’t. I loved Lincoln and agreed with everything you said about this movie. I’ve been out of touch with the movie scene, which is a shame, as I LOVE movies. I want to see Argo, Life of Pi, and Les Miserables.

    I hope I get to see these at some point. I enjoyed your round-up of these movies. You’re a pretty good movie critic!

    1. Beth, Granted, sometimes the program does run late, but still I usually manage to stay up for the big finale. It’s completely understandable that you are a bit out of touch with the movie scene, except perhaps those movies that are geared to four-year-old girls? I hope you get a chance to see the ones you mentioned. I want to see Life of Pi too. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you think I’m a decent critic!

  2. I’m so out of touch! Your list is a film resource for me 🙂 And I’ll take your preferences seriously when next visiting the theatre on twoonie Tuesday (that’s Canadian for two-dollar Tuesday). Argo and Lincoln are front runner for a viewing.

    Thanks for the reviews,

    1. Catherine, “Twoonie Tuesday”, that’s pretty funny. You should definitely see Argo and Lincoln. If you do, let me know what you think. Thanks for for the comment.

  3. What a wonderful memory with your mom. I also loved Argo the most. I am lucky because I am in SAG so I get some of the movies on DVD, although I prefer seeing them in the theater if I can. Argo just was so engaging and Ben Affleck did a superb job as a director and actor.

    1. Susan, I agree with you about Argo and Ben Affleck, too, of course. How does one get to be in SAG? Are you an actress in your other life when you aren’t being a wonderful advocate? Thanks for sharing, Susan.

  4. I used to watch the Oscars with my mom, too. When I was in grade school she liked to tell me she dreamed of watching me up on stage accepting an award for something creative like set design. I’ll miss our Red Carpet gossip this year.

    1. Briana, I’m so sorry for your loss. Do you think you’ll still be watching? I find it a nice way to remember, but it might be too soon for you. Thank you so much for stopping by. And that dream your mom had about you is so sweet. Thanks for sharing that.

  5. I haven’t seen the full list of nominations yet, but this year I am interested because I have actually seen quite a few of them.

    The movie I enjoyed most this year was End of Watch, and I don’t know if it is nominated for anything or not. It is a drama/thriller about two cops with the LAPD.

    1. Lindsay, You know I haven’t even heard of that one. I imagine there are a lot of great movies out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve. I guess that’s the way it is with everything though. So, do you plan to watch the Oscars then? Thanks for commenting.

  6. Definitely Argo for best picture. As for Life of Pi, the visuals were absolutely gorgeous. Do see it. Haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty but I adore Jessica Chastain. She has a rare depth to her. I’m not a TV person, but I love movies and always watch the Academy Awards.

    1. Eileen, Once again we are of like minds! I think Argo should and will win too. Thanks for the recommendation on Life of Pi, sounds like it’s one not to miss. I also agree about Jessica Chastain, but I don’t actually know what else she’s been in. Thanks for reading and commenting. Enjoy the show.

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