Oscar Weekend Things

I don’t know that I’ve mentioned it here on the blog but for the past few months, Joey and I have been making some pretty serious plans to do a major renovation on our house.  We’ve invested a lot of time, some money and much of our hearts to this idea so when we met with our builders Friday morning and they presented a budget that was WAY out of our range, we were pretty devastated.  I honestly don’t know where it all lies as of now, but just know we spent the rest of the weekend eating, drinking and money-spending our feelings 😛

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I legitimately emailed Joey the seasonally updated happy hour menu at Root Down with the subject line “This looks like a good place to cry later.”  Despite our disappointment, it was a beautifully spring-like day and there’s nothing more soothing than sitting in the bar with the windows wide open and a drink in your hand.  Also, the parsnip croquettes temporarily made us forget anything bad had happened earlier in the day.  SO DANG GOOD.  Back at home, we watched Icarus (which was up for, and ended up winning, Best Documentary Feature) and I thought the flow of the film was weird but the subject was really interesting.

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Saturday morning, we woke up and had just enough time for pancakes and coffee before I left to get a massage.  My mom gave me a bag of “presents” that included ten onions, ha!  Afterwards, I popped over to my sister’s new apartment, where she treated me to some Lemon-Ginger Brew.  I felt like I hadn’t seen her in so long and it was sincerely the best to soak up some sister time ♥  Back at home, I sat outside to eat lunch and read for a bit, then took myself on a run.  It is god-awful windy today but at least we got perfect weekend weather.

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We went grocery shopping Saturday evening and even though we were kind of making fun of ourselves, there seemed to be a lot of other young people doing the same, so maybe we’re in?  I was thisclose to letting Joey convince me to go out to dinner again but then staying in to cook sounded fun too and we had just bought all those groceries.  Sorry not sorry that I love these broccoli tacos so much!  We also cracked open some beers and watched On Body and Soul, which was up for Best Foreign Language Film.  The description was sort of misleading and it was pretty slow, but I don’t think either of us minded the film overall.

P.S. Made it through all of SNL afterwards and Charles Barkley is far from a polished performer but I still really liked it?

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Started Sunday by walking over to Huckleberry for breakfast and coffee.  Iced coffee, to be exact!  This weekend was apparently all about getting a taste of warm weather things and I was not mad about it.  This toast took what felt like an hour to come out (HOW THOUGH?) but then it tasted really good and the iced coffee was on point so we didn’t really mind.  Mostly, this little breakfast date at our local spot made me so happy.

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The rest of the day involved leaving the back door wide open to let the warmth and sunshine in, food prep, writing a lengthy email to our builders and about 50 episodes of Celebrity Big Brother, during which I was also writing my Oscar post and therefore retained about 5% of what happened on the show.

We sat down to dinner just as the Oscars were starting and I was almost distracted from the show by how good this salmon and these sweet potatoes were.  Almost.  Anyway, I don’t think I need to tell you how excited I was for the Oscars.  I look forward to this day ALL YEAR!  Most of the winners went as predicted, but I thought Jimmy Kimmel was hilarious, — I seriously choked on some water during one of his opening jokes and it took me the rest of the night to fully recover — that bit where they surprised the theater across the street was the best and Frances McDormand was INCREDIBLE.  Also, I did end up making that Buffalo Wing Popcorn and it was truly delicious.  I highly highly recommend you make some.  Now someone tell me how many days until next year’s Oscars 🙂

The Big Bad Oscar Post

Guys!  Are you prepared for Oscar Sunday?  Did you listen to a billion podcasts and read every award prediction article you could find?  Did you have many deep (sometimes testy) discussions about Get Out with your significant other?  Did you rank and re-rank the Best Picture nominees, then give up because you couldn’t fully decide what you liked and didn’t like?  Same, same.

As we’re mere hours away from one of my favorite events of the year (a list that also includes Great American Beer Fest, Thanksgiving and Rockies Opening Day), I have some serious thoughts to share in the form of a “Who I Want to Win vs. Who Will Win” list.  Here we go!

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Best Picture

Who I Want to Win: This category is, by far, the hardest for me to pin down.  I would LOVE for Lady Bird to win because come one, it was a perfect film!  But I sort of get the feeling that it has no chance.  I also want to take this opportunity to say The Disaster Artist was hands-down the most fun I had at the movie theater this year.  What an honest-to-God shame that it wasn’t (couldn’t?) at least be nominated.

Who I Think Will Win: Begrudgingly, The Shape of Water.  For all its beauty and all its underlying messages about being an outsider, I just thought this movie was so under-developed.  I left the theater knowing next to nothing about so many of the main characters, with so many unanswered questions and mainly with the feeling that I had seen this exact plot play out in Splash, which, for the record, I liked a lot more!  Also, please consider this my plea to let Octavia Spencer play a different character in her next film.  She deserves better.

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Actor in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win: Not to play devil’s advocate because I guess Gary Oldman is deserving but kind of loved Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name.  That final stare scene was masterful.  I thought Daniel Day-Lewis was great too!

Who I Think Will Win: Gary Oldman, the end.  It feels traitorous to criticize the actor who played Sirius Black but I mostly feel confused on how to judge his performance in Darkest Hour.  Am I supposed to think his portrayal of Winston Churchill is uncanny?  Because here’s the thing… I have literally NO IDEA what Winston Churchill was like.  I’ll just assume this is all over my head since everyone else seems to think it was such a powerhouse performance.

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Actress in a Leading Role

Who I Want to Win:  What an incredible category!  They’re all so worthy of winning.  Saoirse Ronan is so relatable, Margot Robbie is both fierce and vulnerable, Sally Hawkins does not speak a word but somehow evokes such emotion, Meryl Streep is well, Meryl Streep and Frances McDormand is a force of nature.

Who I Think Will Win:  And for that reason, I think Frances McDormand will take home the win.  Her character is so flawed, so angry, so human and she takes this persona on with 100% commitment.  It’s truly incredible.  That little speech she gives to the priest when she comes home to find him at her kitchen table is epic.

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Actor in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win:  Is it too late to give this to Michael Stuhlbarg?  Between his heroic attempt to save the fish man in The Shape of Water to his brief but vital role in The Post and most importantly, that incredibly moving speech at the end of Call Me By Your Name, he had a killer year.  Alas, he’s not nominated so I’m going with Willem Dafoe on this one.  His portrayal of a hard-shelled but ultimately protective and kind-hearted motel manager was truly wonderful.

Who I Think Will Win: If every other award show is any indication, Sam Rockwell is no doubt taking this one home.

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Actress in a Supporting Role

Who I Want to Win: Okay, I thought Allison Janney was incredible but then I heard some good points being made about how A) the role was written with her in mind and B) she’s sort of good at playing this role already and it really detracted from the difficulty and made me favor Laurie Metcalf, who played such a complicated character in such a convincing and captivating way.

Who I Think Will Win: Allison Janney will win this one though and I won’t be entirely mad.

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Yes, there are many many other awards but I think I addressed all the heavy hitters, plus hi, I still don’t know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing or what film editing or production design mean, so let’s not hear my thoughts on those please.  Mostly, please tell me what you think will win Best Picture and what snacks you’re making to get you through all the boring speeches and references to last year’s La La Land/Moonlight debacle.  I’m planning on Buffalo Wing Popcorn 🙂

Happy Oscar Sunday!