Oscars! Last year I got about 50% correct. I love movies and I love puzzles, I love numbers and I love awards. Yay! Here we go again.
If I counted correctly, 36 different movies and 24 awards we’ll see presented. I watched a whopping 11 movies on the lists before the nominee ( or a little more than 30%.) I better go on a movie watching marathon.
Here’s what I already saw and my critique:
Gone Girl (nominated for Best Actress, Rosamund Pike.)
Whaaat? That’s it? I loved this movie. I said it was a today’s Misery. It just made me cringe. And the ending… What a surprise.
Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Yes, I saw three of the five movies nominated for best Animated Feature. I love the art and creativity of animation. Plus, I have some delightful people to see them with. I mean, how can I resist an invitation from such sweetness. The Boxtrolls was so clever. How could I dislike a gentle super hero in Big Hero 6, and Dragon 2 was as good as Dragon 1, which really surprised me.
Into the Woods and Maleficent (Best Costume Design.) Hmmm…I see a trend here. Grandchildren requests are winning over date night. Woods is also nominated for Best Production Design.
Guardian of the Galaxy (Best Make-upand Hairstyling, Best Writing—Original Screenplay.) This could have been a grandchild request, but he went with his dad. Loved-One requested this one. Really fun in a quirky way. I loved Groot. Did he have a hairstyle and make-up?
Interstellar (Nominated for Best Music Original Score and Best Production Design and Best Sound Editing, Best Writing—Original Screenplay.) This movie made me teary-happy in a kind of Close Encounters sort of way. I did really notice the music set the mood. Music in movies is something I pay attention too.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Best Sound Editing.) Hmmm… I detect a definite sci-fi nerdiness in many of my choices. I almost opted out on this one. I really didn’t like the first two. Too much battling and not enough story. Besides, I have a hard time when the perfectly good story line gets embellished, turns left, or goes down a rabbit hole. This time I just relaxed and pretended it was a new story and not the Hobbit at all. I liked it. Still a bit too much battling.
Captain America: the Winter Soldier (best writing – Original Screenplay) Loved-One and I both think we saw this, but neither of us felt sure. I guess that says something.
I really did see a lot of other movies. I promise. I guess they just weren’t Award-winning.
In the meantime, here’s a trailer for Boxtrolls. I bet you’ll guess right away why it tickled me so much.
I’ll keep you posted and give you my predictions. Our local AMC theatre offers a weekend pass so I can watch all the movies I want for one price. I hope you share your opinions and predictions with me.