Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Road To Oscar: Week 1



I am happy to report, I am down to 16 movies left to watch.

Where are you at in your list?

Best Picture/Actor in a Leading Role/Actress in a Leading Role:

I have currently seen 5/9 Best Picture nominations. {I am seeing another today but I have not counted it yet!}

Beast of the Southern Wild you can find at the local Red Box. I am totally smitten with that cute little girl who was only 5 at the time of making this movie.

Djando Unchained. Okay, first let me say, I don't know how I feel about Quentin Tarantino movies. I liked Pulp Fiction. Not so much other things. Will admit to not watching Kill Bill. This movie is typical Quentin. Blood. Or at least fake blood. Lots and lots of it. Over the top moments that you just can't help but laugh at. I liked the story line. I really liked Christoph Waltz, if I had a mustache, I think I would be grabbing at it.

Les Miserables was wonderful! Having never seen it on Broadway or even off Broadway, I assume it is pretty comparable.  It is long! The music was fabulous.  I can totally understand all the fuss over Anne Hathaway. Her solo sent chills to my extremities! I think Anne Hathaway's competition is Jessica Chastain.  But then again, I have only seen 2/5 Actress in a Leading Role movies.

Lincoln is probably still my favorite of the nominations. I saw it a few weeks before nominations came out. Daniel Day-Lewis was absolutely amazing as President Lincoln. I can not imagine him not taking home the gold statue. As much as I loved Daniel Day-Lewis, I also loved Sally Field. She was spunky and clever and stole her scenes.

Zero Dark Thirty is a  great movie. The commitment it took the main character to hunt for a needle in a haystack that everyone was protecting was unbelievable. I wanted to cheer and I wanted to cry. I do however, find myself asking who gave up this information  And couldn't everyone make a great movie if they had access to confidential informational? Jessica Chastain starred in two Oscar nominated movies last year and I loved her performances then but she grabbed my attention in Zero Dark Thirty. {Can I tell you I am secretly repeating her most quotable line, "I'm the Mother F'er how found him, Sir!"

Animated Feature Film

I have seen 2/5. I love Brave. I love that Disney made a Princess who did not marry and whose Momma was strong ... and alive! I also thought Paranorman was good. I will say it did not hold The Short Chic's attention. I watched it alone.

Cinematography

I have seen 2/5 (Django and Lincoln)

Costume Design

I have seen 4/5. My bet right now is on Les Meserables. But I have not seen Anna Karenina and I know Oscar loves a Victorian piece.

Film Editing

I have only seen 2/5 (Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty).

Make-Up and Hairstyling

Is hair-styling new to the category? I think it might be. I have only seen 1/3. Anyone seen Hitchcock in a theater near you?

Music (Original Score)

1/5. Not doing so well in this category.

Music (Original Song)

2/5. So far my bet is on Suddenly from Les Miserables.

Production Design

Again, I have only seen 2/5 in this category.  Hopefully I will have more by next week.

Sound Editing

Yep, 2/5 movies watched in this category.

Sound Mixing

2/5 in this category.

Visual Effects

3/5 here. We watched Prometheus this week. I do not do well with Sci-Fi thrillers. They kinda stress me out! I find I hold my breath and that only adds to my stress.  Funny enough, I thought I recognized the birth of the alien at the end. I was the one who explained it to my hubby. Clever writing but it is not nominated for writing.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Speaking of writing, no surprise I have watched 2/5 in this category  However, it is my goal to finish this category this week.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

I have currently seen 3/5. You can find Moonrise Kingdom  in your Red Box and I will say it is a quirky cute coming of age movie. The staff is amazing (loved seeing Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Francis McDormand, and Tilda Swinton)!

As much as I loved this movie, Oscar usually gives Best Original Screenplay to the number 2 movie. Right now, I think Lincoln will take home the top honors and Zero Dark Thirty will take home the second place spot.

Thanks for reading my ramble. I have to get going, I have a date with my cousins. We are watching another movie, Argo! 

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