Friday, February 20, 2015

Oscar, or Maybe Felix?

Sunday is the Oscars. For the second year (in a row!), we actually tried to watch some of the movies that were nominated, and even watched a movie (The Grand Budapest Hotel) before the nominations came out. For people who don't watch a lot of movies, this is a significant accomplishment.

I think I like watching Oscar nominated movies. It kind of cuts through the garbage and puts a "this won't suck" stamp on the films. Maybe I should go back and watch nominees of years past... but that would probably cut into my Incline-climbing time, and that's just not acceptable.

Anyway, we saw: The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper (in a real live movie theatre, which was the first I had been inside a cinema since American Hustle), Gone Girl, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and (as of tonight) Birdman.

The problem with not seeing all the movies is that you can't compare the ones you haven't seen to the ones you have. Problem with seeing all the movies though, is all that time you spend watching movies. But I digress.

So, given what I have and haven't seen, here's my thoughts on the winners for Sunday.

Best Actor: In the words of my husband: "If Bradley Cooper wins Best Actor, I'm punching somebody." It's not that he's a bad actor, it's just that in comparison to the other movies we've seen, everything and everyone was just that much better. My vote goes to Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything for disappearing into his Steven Hawking depiction. Runner up, because I like consolation prizes, goes to Michael Keaton for Birdman.

Best Actress: I'm guessing that the actresses that I didn't see in the movies were better than the ones I saw. Of the two movies I did see, Rosamund Pike was awesomely creepy in Gone Girl, but I bet Julianne Moore wins for Still Alice.

Best Supporting Actor: Probably Edward Norton in Birdman, even though there were just some really bad underwear shots of him, but kudos for the whitey-tighty bravery.

Best Supporting Actress: Hands-down, Patricia Arquette for Boyhood. Anyone else winning would be a travesty of Hollywood proportions, meaning that there would be more attention to it than its worth.

Best Picture: Boyhood for the amazing concept and execution. There's no way Grand Budapest Hotel or American Sniper should win (see Eric's threat above) but maybe the others have a shot.

Cinematography: Birdman.

The rest of the categories get to complicated for me and well, I'm done paying attention because I don't want to sit in front of the TV for that long... which is, again, why I haven't seen all the movies.

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