Asking me to pick Oscar winners is like taking March Madness advice from the NPR news team (which I regularly do, and then am always disappointed when I don’t win the pool). There’s just a slight disconnect, usually because I have seen NONE of the movies nominated*
Amazingly, this year I have some actual skin in the game! I saw several of the nominated movies–Argo, Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Frankenweenie (best animated movie category). I don’t know how this happened–usually the only movies I see are those that I take the Things to, but somehow the stars must have aligned to improve my social life.
I really enjoyed Argo, Lincoln and Frankenweenie. Les Mis, not so much. I didn’t realize there would be that much singing. And I LOVE musicals, but for some reason, it didn’t resonate. Not that it wasn’t beautifully filmed (it was), but, as Thing 2 would say: “meh.”
I hope Lincoln wins in its categories. DDL, Sally Fields and TLJ were awe-inspiring to watch. The cinematography was fantastic. The costumes incredible, and the story so compelling. But if Argo wins in some of its categories, I won’t be disappointed. It’s satisfying when smart films win.
So, I’m glad the Oscars are on tonight; it will help me stop thinking of Matthew’s downfall (which I’m still uber-disappointed about).
*Except for 1995, when I saw Babe and was heartbroken that it didn’t win anything (although it was nominated).