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?

Weekend Things

Sometimes you are gifted with a perfect weekend and this weekend, that started with a really good movie, included a night out with our besties and ended with a taco festival, was just such a weekend.  Just thinking about it is making me feel so so happy ♥

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Real life dinner sometimes looks a lot different than Instagram dinner¬†but those leftovers were delicious and we got to watch some of the Rockies game before making our way to the Mayan to see¬†Eighth Grade.¬† Guys, the movie was SO GOOD.¬† I think I had mentally prepared for it to be really sad, so I was pleasantly surprised at how A) funny and B) optimistic much of it was.¬† But don’t get me wrong, there were many cringe-worthy and heart-breaking parts too.¬† Please see it, it is truly beautiful!

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The Saturday morning plan was to wake up and head straight to the Farmers’ Market then have breakfast when we got back, but Joey got up SUUUPER early and went for a run and then I got up two full hours before the market started so pancakes at home it was!¬† These¬†Coconut-Cashew Pancakes¬†were in the newest Cooking Light and once I got the batter properly thinned out with extra coconut milk, they turned out really good!

We hadn’t been to the market in something like three weeks, and in our absence, all the peppers popped up!¬† We paid $20 for our haul and I thought that was a pretty good deal.¬† Spent the rest of Saturday doing a few productive things — grocery, garden clean up, over-baking some¬†Pistachio-Raisin Bars¬†— but mostly some restful things — reading, napping, watching¬†Anchorman —¬†before our exciting evening plans.

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We made Dining Al Fresco reservations for¬†Osteria Marco¬†all the way back in MAY and even then, 8 PM was the earliest we could get in!¬† We also waited 20 minutes for our table but there was complimentary Prosecco, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.¬† Once sat, it was just a fun night of dinner under the string lights with our best friends¬†‚ô•¬† It started POURING as we drove back home, so we could not have timed it more perfectly!

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Fish Taco from Los Chingones

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Jackfruit Taco from Mas Kaos

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Scallop Taco from Bright Marten

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Hard Shell Beef Taco + Green Chile from La Fiesta

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Barbacoa Taco from Chuey FU’s

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Carnitas Taco from Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina 

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Chocolate + Butter Pecan Paletas from Neveria Jedany’s

Sunday morning, I got up early(ish) and headed to yoga and Joey was out most of the day for a fantasy football draft so when I got home, I got our¬†salads for the week¬†made and finished my book so we could have the rest of the late afternoon to spend together at… Tacolandia!¬† Aka, an all-you-can-eat taco festival at Civic Center Park.¬† Look, there wasn’t a bad taco in the bunch, but the barbacoa from Chuey FU’s was my favorite.

After we had watched enough of the Lucha Libre Final Match (the wrestlers slapping their leg as they “punched” each other to imitate the noise was seriously so funny!), we decided to top it all off with some dessert in the form of the creamiest paletas and a Tamaricco, which I’d never heard of before but found super fascinating.¬† Also, again, the weather was not supposed to be great for this outdoor event, but we totally lucked out because, except for a bit of wind, it was plenty warm and sunny.¬† We had so much fun doing this!¬† Oh and Rockies swept the Braves!

Please tell me something fun you did this weekend! ūüôā