Oscar 2020 Thoughts

The Oscars are today and I have MANY thoughts.  First, please tell me if the Oscars are something you watch/care about.  It’s easy to get stuck in my own bubble of movie excitement and not realize it may be just that… a bubble.  If you live outside this bubble, let me just tell you 2019 was an EXCELLENT movie year and it’s been such an exciting time to be a Alamo movie pass holder 😛  Okay, let’s get to it!

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Best Picture

What I Want to Win: GIVE US A PARASITE BEST PICTURE WIN NOW!!!!  Okay, my actual favorite Best Picture nominee is Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, but Parasite feels like it would be SUCH an exciting win.  I want and need to see that cast and crew on stage, if I’m to feel true happiness.  Give the Bong Hive what it deserves!

What I Think Will Win: 1917??  All signs point toward this outcome, but maybe not??  I actually liked this film, but it would be a truly boring win, IMHO.

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Best Actor

Who I Want to Win: I’m conflicted on this one.  It truly pains me to root for anyone other than Leo, but I was really moved by Adam Driver’s performance in Marriage Story.

Who I Think Will Win: It’s Joaquin, guys.  And even though I didn’t love Joker, Joaquin is an amazing actor and he basically always turns in an interesting and committed performance so I can’t really be mad at a win for him.  Plus, he’s been giving some excellent acceptance speeches.

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Best Actress:

Who I Want to Win: Joey really liked Charlize in Bombshell, but Saoirse WAS Jo March.  She’s been nominated four times, so give it to her already.  Justice for Little Women AND justice for Lady Bird!

Who I Think Will Win: Renee Zellweger.  I truly don’t understand why or how this got cemented so early on.  Can we all recall that Renee already has an Oscar??  This performance was good, I guess, but this movie was painfully dull and I did not enjoy the way it was formatted.

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Best Supporting Actor

Who I Want to Win AND Who I Think Will Win: Brad Pitt forever!!!  I’m truly excited to hear his latest stand-up set at the Oscars.  I’m sure it will be epic 🙂

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Best Supporting Actress:

Who I Want to Win: Maybe it’s because I feel safe enough in Laura Dern’s win that I’m saying this, but I was so blown away by Florence Pugh as Amy March!  She pulled off childish and mature perfectly and she was subtly the funniest parts of this movie.  When Jo cut her hair and Amy uttered “your one true beauty!” I laughed out loud!

Who I Think Will Win: The great Laura Dern does deserve an Oscar and I can’t wait to watch that clip of her male privilege tirade again!

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Best Director:

Who I Want to Win: Guys, have I mentioned Bong Joon Ho?  I’ve heard he’s extremely meticulous about every aspect of his films and I love and admire this, plus it has absolutely paid off in this film.

Who I Think Will Win: Sam Mendes, do we have to?

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Best Original Screenplay:

Who I Want to Win: It’s a toss up between Parasite and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.  I mean, no one writes an original screenplay quite like Quentin!  But the fact that I’ve seen this “alternate reality” thing from him before gives Parasite a slight edge over OUATIH for me.

Who I Think Will Win: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.  The Academy loves to give this award to Quentin and I won’t be even a little bit mad if he wins this one.

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Best Adapted Screenplay:

Who I Want to Win: Little Women!!!!  I really really loved what Greta did with this adaptation.  She NAILED the proposal scene between Jo and Laurie in a way that the 1994 version did NOT and it was simultaneously satisfying and heart wrenching.  The way she wove Louisa May Alcott’s true life into Jo’s story was so beautiful and the more I thought about the movie, the more impressed I was with the many smart decisions she made in telling this story.  Ugh, I love this movie so much!

Who I Think Will Win: I’ve heard a lot of talk that Taika Waititi is winning this for Jojo Rabbit and to that I say NO, but I have very real fear that he will.  Nothing against Taika, who I love, but this movie was just okay.

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Oscar-Nominated Short Films:

We saw all of the shorts — live-action, animated, documentary — and I have nothing super important to say except that I hope Brotherhood, Hair Love and Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) win.

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Best Editing, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design, Visual Effects:

I know these are not the most glamorous award categories but I’m excited about them for some reason??  Maybe it’s because all the acting categories feel decided or because I better understand what these categories are?  Either way, I hope 1917 doesn’t (mostly) sweep these technical awards and Parasite, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood or hey, even Ford v Ferrari or Avengers: Endgame get some love here!  Those movies can have AN award, as a treat.

Best Score:

I did my due diligence and listened to every single one of these scores, okay??  And guess what, the Joker score is NOT great background noise at work, but I suppose it’s cool and there’s only ONE woman nominated in this category, so I can’t say I’ll be mad when Hildur Guðnadóttir wins.  That being said, the Little Women score is BEAUTIFUL.  It makes me feel emotional and wistful and happy.  The end!

Best Cinematography:

It’s Deakins! As a major fan of The Lighthouse though, I was ecstatic to see a nomination for this film!

Other Random Thoughts:

I hope the hostlessness serves us well again this year and I really just can’t wait to see all the people who made all these wonderful films in a room together celebrating.  Give me all the montages, all the speeches and all the glimpses of Tom Hanks ♥

Hello, 2020!

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I was too excited for 2020!  Or perhaps the espresso I had yesterday morning was too strong.  Either way, I feel good about 2020.  I’m hopeful for happy things, plus it’s a Summer Olympics year!!!  Also, I’m just so done with 2019.  Joey and I had our five year wedding anniversary and the most wonderful trip to Italy, but also just a lot of tough moments both personally and on a a larger scale — does anyone else feel like this presidency has lasted a million years?? — so let me tell you about the very last day of 2019 and then let’s put it to rest, okay?  Sounds good to me!

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It’s starting to feel like seeing a movie is the best way to spend New Year’s Eve!  We invited my sister and Wayne to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with us but then my sister suggested Little Women!  I’d already seen it at an advanced screening but loved it so much and was dying to see it again so my answer was, of course, YES!  Then we invited my parents and Lori and wow, did I feel happy sitting in the theater with all of them ♥♥

Guys, this movie is truly wonderful.  I’ll allow the criticism about the jumping around between timelines, but I’ll hear no other bad remarks about it.  It’s perfect.  I was slightly horrified to find out no one cried because I openly wept the first time I saw it and then, because I knew exactly what was coming and when, had to turn to stone watching it the second time around.  It’s so alive and fun and perfectly cast.  I feel so lucky to live in a world where Saoirse Ronan exists, but DAMN, Florence Pugh blows me away in this film.  Afterward, my mom walked up to me and said “I loved it so much!  I was sad at the end because I wanted it to keep going!” and I’ve never been happier.

We grabbed a late dinner at Homegrown Tap and Dough afterward and what a mess that place is.  I’m over it!  They seemed short staffed and you could just tell they all wanted to go home and didn’t really care if we had a pleasant time.  Twice, we had to track down our waitress.  But it’s okay, because it was still fun to all have dinner together.  We went back home and watched the Times Square festivities, which we had recorded and somehow messed up recording the part where they dropped the ball?  Oh well!

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New Year’s Day is quickly becoming my favorite holiday!  I don’t think many people even celebrate it, but my family always has and we’ve taken to hosting for the past few years.  It feels so small and intimate and manageable after all the Christmas celebrations.  We woke up and made lattes (we’re getting better!) + whole wheat buttermilk pancakes (have I never made these before because they were wonderful!) and got to another recent New Year’s Day tradition: watching a musical!  We went with Meet Me in St. Louis, which neither of us had ever seen and OH MY GOSH, WE LOVED IT!  We both thought it was amazing and whacky and funny.  The musical numbers are such fun and Judy Garland is just such a star.  I will say that Halloween scene was truly bizarre, though!

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We spent the afternoon, cleaning up a bit, prepping a four pound brisket for dinner and I made a chocolate cake!  Joey and Andi needed a nap after that, so I started my first read of 2019: The Scholar.  So far, so good!

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My family came over at 5 and dinner was served!  Guys, this was our first time cooking brisket and though we were insanely excited about it, it was a bit tough.  I looked it up and sounded like we UNDERcooked it??  Perhaps we’ll try it again later in the year and see if we can figure it out or perhaps we’ll never cook brisket again, who knows!  Still, the sauce was great, the carrot-sweet potato mash was amazing and everyone refused to believe I had just pan-seared those Brussels sprouts in olive oil and there was no mustard or horseradish involved.  The star of the show, though, was that chocolate cake!!!  It was BA’s Best Chocolate Macaroon Cake and here’s the thing, I had to bake it for almost twice as long as directed and had a bit of trouble getting the ganache to thicken up (I ended up adding a couple tablespoons of coconut oil then letting it sit in the freezer for a bit), but it all worked out and it was truly delicious.  I was wowed!

Before everyone left, we all went outside to pop some confetti on the front porch.  Please be good to us, 2020!!!  And please tell me how the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 went for you.  I hope it was splendid 🙂