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 ♥

A Few Thoughts on the Oscar-Nominated Shorts

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If you’re anything like me, when the Oscars roll around to the awards for Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short, you either A) decide this is a good time to catch up on Twitter or B) declare it bathroom break time.  Every year, without fail, I completely ignore this part of the Oscars because I haven’t seen a single one of the nominees and I wouldn’t even know where to see them if I wanted to.  Which brings me to about a month ago when I saw 12 Years a Slave in a funky little Denver theater and noticed a sign advertising the showing of all the Oscar-nominated shorts and realized this was my opportunity.

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On Friday, we saw all five of the Live Action Shorts.  They were separated by these brief interviews with a bunch of film makers (Steve McQueen was one of them), which I thought was so interesting.  I mean, it’s nice to get some insight into the process of making a short film from the pros and they pointed out some things that I may not have thought about if they hadn’t brought them up.  It made for a much more thought-provoking experience than I had expected to have and I genuinely loved it.

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The thing I found most surprising and interesting was how powerful the emotion was in each of the shorts.  Each film seemed to have a different emotional focus — sadness, fear, happiness — and I think it was because each film was so short that the emotion seemed to be intensified.  I also really loved how different all the films were — from the length to the subject matter to the complexity of the narrative.  It was pointed out that you can’t really develop characters during a short film so the narrative becomes the most important thing and I thought it was amazing how the films were able to fully develop a storyline in such a short period of time.

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We saw the Animated Shorts on Saturday night (yes, back to back nights at the movie theater…) and Joey and I 100% agreed that the Live Actions were overwhelmingly better and more interesting.  That being said, we loved the Disney short that blended the old school black and white cartoons with a more modern version of the beloved classic Mickey Mouse characters.  Having one of the characters using an iPhone was genius.  Also interesting that despite being animated, the subjects of almost all of the films was kind of heavy.  I mean, I didn’t really expect a cartoon to be tackling the issues of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and death, but turns out, it can be done.

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Overall Favorites: “Helium”, “The Voorman Problem”, “Get a Horse!” and “Room on the Broom.”

Have you seen any of the Oscar-nominated shorts?