An Oscars Post You Definitely Need to Read

Or, actually, you really don’t but I’m going to write it anyway! ūüėõ

If it’s even possible, I think I’ve one-upped myself on Oscar obsession this year.¬† If this trend continues, what will I be like in two, five, ten years??¬† The answer is probably INSUFFERABLE.¬† It’s possible I’ve spent far too many hours wondering how¬†A Star is Born¬†has managed to NOT sweep every award show, listening to every podcast that even mentions the Oscars and rolling my eyes every time I remember¬†Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for Best Picture but¬†If Beale Street Could Talk¬†is not?? ¬†Let’s discuss.

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Best Picture

Who I Want to Win: A Star is Born

Who I Think Will Win: Roma

But I won’t be mad when¬†Roma¬†wins because what a masterpiece it is!

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Actor in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win: Bradley Cooper

Who I Think Will Win: Rami Malek

Rami nailed the physicality of Freddie Mercury, but I don’t know, is imitation really as impressive as lowering your voice a whole octave, keeping up with Lady Gaga when you’re NOT even a singer and bringing new emotional depth to a character that’s already been depicted three times, all while starring and directing??

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Actress in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win: Lady Gaga

Who I Think Will Win: Glenn Close

I saw¬†The Wife¬†and it legitimately made me so mad.¬† The premise of the film — that a wife could ghost write her husband’s entire canon of novels — is just WILDLY unbelievable.¬† She also puts a stop to her career because ONE female novelist advises her not to become a writer?¬† I can’t with this film and therefore with Glenn Close’s performance, which was fine I guess but lost in this nothing film.¬† Gaga forever!

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Actor in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win: Sam Elliott or Richard E. Grant

Who I Think Will Win: Mahershala Ali

Look, Mahershala is great, but he just won and I’m also sort of confused why Mahershala gets to be spared any of the¬†Green Book¬†controversy.¬† Did he sign onto this film like everyone else?¬† Anyway, no moment moved me like a teary-eyed Sam Elliott backing out of the driveway and Richard E. Grant is just a delightful human being who gave a superb performance in¬†Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Actress in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win: Regina King

Who I Think Will Win: Regina King

I feel teary every time I think of the sincerity and ferocity Regina put into this performance.  It was astounding.

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Miscellaneous Hopes & Thoughts

I’m going to be really excited when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse wins because animated or not, superheroes or not, it was one of my favorite movies of the year.

I listened to the score from If Beale Street Could Talk at work on Friday and it is though I know NOTHING about music, it is seriously so beautiful.

Real quick just want to mention that Eighth Grade¬†was such an amazing movie and it’s a crime against humanity that it wasn’t nominated for ANYTHING.¬† The end.

I am very nervous for Bradley Cooper to sing. ¬†Please let it go well…

Mainly, I know the Oscars have been kind of a mess this year — I think they walked back literally every announcement they made — but look, there’s only so much you can do to¬†make¬†it a good show, the rest is out of everyone’s control. ¬†No matter what, I’m excited to watch!

Are you watching the Oscars tonight?

Out with 2018 and in with 2019!

In the last weekend of 2018, I saw friends, watched my favorite baby eat a waffle, played a game that involved “bunnies in high heels” (???), cleaned up Christmas, watched four movies (Love, Simon, First Reformed, Inside Llewyn Davis, Vice), made gingerbread waffles, grocery shopped, ate Matzo Ball soup, went to yoga, puzzled, read, slept, laughed.¬† We ate one last 2018 meal at Cart-Driver and declared it our favorite place, then rang in the new year by popping confetti in movie theater parking lot with my sister and Wayne and it felt small and low-key and perfect.

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On the first day of 2019, we slept in, then settled onto the couch with coffee and¬†West Side Story¬†(and maybe a small headache from movie theater Prosecco the night before).¬† I’m less into¬†WSS¬†than say¬†The King and I, but how amazing is Rita Moreno in BOTH?¬† Stopped halfway through to order lunch burritos from Illegal Pete’s, which we decided is the best New Year’s Day tradition.¬† We had my family over for dinner and even though our pork loin took WAY longer than it was supposed to and the juice from the resting meat made a waterfall down our dishwasher (and onto our dog’s head…)¬† it all turned out fine in the end.

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I really love having my family over on January 1st, filling up on homemade foods, eating a really good dessert (or two :P) and getting into bed feeling full both literally and figuratively.  It always feels like the best way to start a new year ♥

So here’s to 2019!