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The Road To The Oscars!

This is the third weekend after nominations.

And four weeks until The Oscars.

How is your movie countdown coming along? I hate to admit it, I am way behind in reading for my bookclub but I have about tackled this year Oscar list. I have 9 movies left to see.


Best Picture: 8/9 Seen

I added Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook to my "watched" list this weekend. I will admit to never finishing the book Life of Pi despite the wonderful things I had heard about it. So, I had no expectations of the movie. I thought it was wonderful. I have spend the day thinking about how powerful the mind is to protect us from things we can not handle.

My Best Friend and I got together this afternoon to see Silver Linings Playbook together. We use to see numerous nominated movies together but both of us are super crazy busy so we are lucky if we can see a few movies together.  We are both HUGE Jennifer Lawrence fans and we loved her in this movie. Great acting. Great story. I will just say I have never cheered so hard for 50%!

What's left: Amour, which apparently hits theaters Feb. 8.

Actor in a Leading Role: 3/5 Seen

Bradly Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook is the only movie I have added to this category.

What's left: Joaquin Phoenix in The Master and Denzel Washington in Flight.

Actor in a Supporting Role: 4/5 Seen

I added Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook to this category.

What's left: Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Master

Actress in a Leading Role: 4/5 Seen

I added Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and Naomi Watts in The Impossible to this category. I already talked about Jennifer so let's say a few words about Naomi Watts. Naomi plays a character based on a real person who was vacationing in SE Asia when the 2004 tsunami hit. I felt her fear. I felt her determination, and eventually I felt her relief.

What's left? Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

Actress in a Supporting Role: 3/5 Seen.

I added Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook She played Bradly Cooper's characters mother.

What's left? Amy Adams in The Master and Helen Hunt in The Sessions

Animated Feature Film: 4/5 Seen

I added Frankenweenie and The Pirates! Band of Misfits to this category, both are available on DVD.  The older I get the more I love Tim Burton movie's!

Wreck It Ralph is the only film left in this category.

Cinematography: 3/5 Seen

I added Life of Pi to this category and have Anna Karenina (anyone seen it out there?) and Skyfall left. Skyfall will be on my list for next weekend.

Costume Design: 4/5 Seen

Still looking for Anna Karenina

Directing: 4/5 Seen

I added Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. This category could not get much tougher to chose.

What's left? Michael Haneke in Amour.

Documentary Feature: 2/5 Seen

This is a category I do not normally see movies in. They are harder to come by and are slow to make it to DVD. But, I did get lucky and found two on Netflix today. I watched 5 Broken Camera's and The Invisible War.

I am ever impressed by the dedication and perseverance shown in 5 Broken Camera's. I can not imagine such a long hard fight.

I have thought about The Invisible War all day and I am sure I will continue to think about it for days to come. The Invisable War is about rape in the US Military. I am outraged. I am mad. And I am convinced that it must stop.No where else could offenders get away with such crimes.

What's left: Really nothing. These are bonus movies that were not figured into my original count. But, if I happen upon another one then I will watch it.

Film Editing: 5/5 seen

I "closed-out" this category today by seeing Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook.

Makeup and Hairstyling: 1/3 Seen. 

Still needing Hitchcock and The Hobbit. On a completely semi-unrelated subject. The Short Chic has been watching Lord of The Rings with her father. She has gone to bed mad at me because I took over the TV to watch Frankenweenie and Pirates! I may have to take her with me to see The Hobbit.

Music (Original Score): 3/5 Seen.

I have added Life of Pi.

I still need Anna Karenina and Skyfall.

Music (Original Song): 3/5 Seen.

I added Pi's Lullaby. I am still thinking Suddenly from Les Miserables will win.

What's left? Skyfall from Skyfall and Before My Time from Chasing Ice. I am probably not going to see Chasing Ice just to cross off a nomination for Best Original Song.

Sound Editing: 4/5 Seen
 Skyfall is all that is left.

Sound Mixing: 4/5 Seen
Skyfall is all that is left.

Visual Effects: 4/5 Seen

I added Life of Pi. I still need The Hobbit.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): 5/5 Seen.

By seeing Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook I closed out this category.

Writing (Original Screenplay): 3/5 Seen.

I am still needing Amour and Flight.

I think Django Unchained will come out on top of this category.

That is it for another week. It is about time to start thinking about food for the night of the Oscars.


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