I’m still getting set for the 85th Academy Awards!
As discussed last week (see the first post here), following are the most important categories of the 85th Academy Awards — at least, in my opinion. You are certainly welcome to disagree, although I think that really means you have to write your own post on the topic and not try to correct me since opinions are subjective, which means, on my bloggy-blog, I win and you lose:
- Best Picture and Directing
- Actor or Actress in a Leading Role
- Actor or Actress in a Supporting Role
- Animated Film Feature
How is your own list coming along?
The following movies (listed alphabetically) have been nominated for Oscars in one or more of the above categories:
- ARGO — currently playing at the Danbarry Dollar Saver (*woot*); DVD release Feb. 5.
- BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD — *hoorayz!* — I saw this one!
- BRAVE — *hoorayz!* — I saw this one!
- DJANGO UNCHAINED
- FLIGHT — DVD release Feb. 5.
- FRANKENWEENIE — available for rent and/or instant streaming.
- THE IMPOSSIBLE
- LES MISERABLES
- LIFE OF PI
- THE MASTER
- MOONRISE KINGDOM — available for rent and/or instant streaming.
- PARANORMAN — available for rent and/or instant streaming.
- THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS
- THE SESSIONS — available for rent and/or instant streaming as of today!
- SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
- WRECK-IT RALPH — currently playing at the Danbarry Dollar Saver.
- ZERO DARK THIRTY
As you can see, out of nineteen (19) films, I have only watched TWO (2). That is bullshit right there. I’ma have to step up my game, or else the 85th Academy Awards are going to blow right by me and my guesses will all be based on the trailers. Lucky for me, all ten of the films nominated for the two writing categories (my personal favorites!) are repeats of what is already on the list above; otherwise, that would be an ass load of even more movies I’m not likely to see!
So, I should take a moment and discuss (read: tear apart) the movies I have seen thus far. After all, isn’t that what the 85th Academy Awards is really all about?
Well, it’s Pixar, and that pretty much says it all. I didn’t like it as much as Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., or Cars, but I guess those are pretty big shoes to hold BRAVE up against. The main thing here is that my 8-year-old daughter loves the movie, and it doesn’t suck, which makes it a *win* in my book. My hubz and I did find ourselves laughing a bit throughout the film, which we watched on DVD, so the evening ended in high spirits.
BRAVE is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD:This movie was really strange. I mean, my hubz and I both liked it, and we’re glad we saw it, but we likely won’t see it again. The story is definitely haunting, and the little girl who plays the main character really gets into your heart, so I can see why she was nominated. There are some breathtaking scenes of flood damage and the movie almost plays out as a documentary. While I have positive things to say about this movie, however, I’m not sure I agree with its nomination for Best Picture. The screenplay was adapted from a play which I have not read, called “Juicy and Delicious” by Lucy Alibar.
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is nominated for Best Picture, Directing, Actress in a Leading Role, and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).
Ready to vote for the winners of the 85th Academy Awards?
One of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, did an excellent write-up on his 85th Academy Awards predictions, and if you are having a difficult time narrowing down the categories, you should definitely give it a read. I’m still hoping to see a few more of the films before I begin making any bets, but he does seem to have a grasp on how things will play out.
Other movies nominated for 85th Academy Awards:
Here are the other movies I’ve seen thus far which do NOT appear on the list of “Most important nominations”.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS — nominated for Visual Effects, and boy can I see why! This film is so fun, and is loaded with great lines for fans of the animated shows. We all enjoyed it bunches!
MIRROR, MIRROR — nominated for Costume Design, which is interesting because the first time I saw this (over a month ago, so WAY prior to the nominations!) my hubz and I commented on the main character’s dress. At the end she has a giant orange bow which oddly offsets the blue gown in a really pleasant display. I wouldn’t expect it to look right, but she pulls it off nicely. The costumes throughout the movie are great (especially during a couple scenes where the characters’ costumes are… missing, haha!), and the movie was quite enjoyable.
PROMETHEUS — nominated for Visual Effects, and I hope it loses big. I really wanted to like this movie, and it pisses me off how much it disappointed me. I expected that all the negative reviews I heard were just from people who didn’t “get” the story philosophically, or that it got complaints because sci-fi isn’t always embraced by the public at large. So I went into this movie thinking I would love it. I hated it. There was so much shit that didn’t even make sense, I’m not going to say another word. Just… it fucking sucked, and made me mad in the process.
TED — nominated for Music (Original Song). I can’t remember the song, so I don’t know if it’s a good one or not. However, the movie itself was surprisingly funny and endearing. While I expected to love PROMETHUS and walked away hating it, the exact opposite is true for TED. I’d actually consider watching it again soon, because it cracked me up. But of course, it really had me at Flash Gordon. Or Marky-Mark.
I watched these relatively unimportant movies because they were all available as rentals and/or instant streaming, which made them easy and obvious choices. You’ll notice I’ve avoided the documentaries thus far — three of which are available for instant streaming on Netflix! Guess I’m just not that interested. I shall force myself to sit and watch them this week.
Let’s talk about the host of the 85th Academy Awards, shall we?
Seth MacFarlane. I have to be honest; I don’t even know who this guy is. Hold on a sec while I go Google him…
Right, so he is behind both FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD! — both of which I cannot stand. Don’t get me wrong, they are funny, sometimes, but mostly they are just over the line for me. Which is saying a lot, because my line is very, very far past normal. I feel about those shows the way my sister described feeling about SOUTHPARK — really funny, and they totally crack me up, but they are way too vulgar and I don’t like the aftertaste.
But, okay, he made the movie TED, which I totally expected to despise and which I ended up adoring. I can see that. TED was extremely raunchy. You know what this says about me? I have very immature tastes, which I apparently feel guilty about, so I mostly avoid that kind of material.
So I guess that’s what I’m worried about. I can sit through an episode or even a movie full of naughty material… but can I sit through an entire awards ceremony? Well, it’s not like I have a choice, so I guess I’ll live.
Here’s another concern, though: Seth didn’t receive very good reviews for his presentation of the nominations, and his cohost Emma Stone, after being insulted by him, was not playing along with him in any way whatsoever. I can totally see the 85th Academy Awards being a big flop because the celebs have decided ahead of time they’ll have none of Seth’s shenanigans, so his jokes fall flat. That could totally happen. And that? Would be the most painful Oscars EVER.
Somebody comfort me.